Miami Dental

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Interdental Cleaners

Interdental brushes serve as an alternative to flossing. If patients do not have the dexterity or motivation to use dental floss, he or she may benefit from cleaning with an interdental device. Using an interdental brush versus using floss will depend on personal preference because both are effective in eliminating plaque and leftover food particles between the teeth. Drs. Ressler, Hirschl & Lelchuk, DDS, PA, would like to explain the difference between floss and an interdental brush.


Interdental cleaning helps remove debris and plaque that collects between the teeth from foods that we eat. Interdental brushes have precision manufactured brush-heads that remove dental plaque from crowns, bridges, dental implants, and orthodontic appliances. Most of them have handles designed for comfort and grip to reach where floss might not be able. Dental floss needs no introduction, but you have to use it to reap the benefits of fresh breath, clean teeth, and a healthy mouth.


If you have questions or concerns regarding preventive dentistry or oral care, please give us a call. To learn more about dental hygiene as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors or hygienists, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or our North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Why Should Children Spit their Toothpaste?

When children learn to brush their teeth, it is important for them to know to spit the toothpaste out afterward. People may wonder why that is. The answer is fluorosis, the discoloration of teeth due to excessive fluoride consumption, and we at the dental offices of Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk want our patients to understand more about it.


When children’s teeth are forming, an excessive amount of fluoride can cause staining on a deep level. Fluorosis is not common and most cases are only apparent to dental professionals doing an examination. But in the worst-case scenarios, it can cause teeth to appear brown or to have white web-like patterns on them. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities and dentists commonly apply it to children’s teeth in order to protect them, but a child who swallows their toothpaste is at risk of consuming too much.


When children are learning to brush, parents should emphasize the importance of only using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and of spitting. Parents also should not give their children fluoride supplements unless instructed to do so by one of the child’s doctors. If the teeth do get stained, the issue is only cosmetic and may be hidden with bonding or veneers.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami Dental through a contact form.


 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Bleeding Gums

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) wreaks havoc on a person’s body, and unfortunately, the gums are not spared. Severe periodontal disease threatens the stability of a person’s teeth, which is part of the reason why the dentists of Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk want our patients to understand why people with RA need to be especially careful about their oral hygiene.


Unlike some other forms of arthritis which are caused by wearin down of cartilage over a lifetime, RA is an autoimmune disorder. That means the body’s immune system has turned against its own tissues, resulting in inflammation. Studies by Johns Hopkins have found that most people with RA have gum disease, and six times as many people with RA have severe gum disease as in the general population. Gum disease was also common in people whose RA was in its early stages, suggesting the inflammation was not just due to difficulty brushing.


Scientists are currently examining whether better oral care can reduce RA symptoms. Regardless, the evidence shows that regular brushing and flossing do help people with RA to fight gum disease. For those with difficulty holding a manual toothbrush, an electric alternative may be preferable. Throat moisteners can also help people suffering from dry mouth as a side effect of RA medication.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami Dental through a contact form.


 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Central Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which a patient stops breathing or takes pauses while breathing during sleep. There are two different types of sleep apnea. We’ve previously mentioned obstructive sleep apnea, but in this post, Drs. Ressler, Hirschl & Lelchuk, DDS, PA, are going to discuss central sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea has similarities to obstructive sleep apnea but the difference is that there is no blockage of the airway.


Obstructive sleep apnea occurs because of a physical blockage in the airway, while central sleep apnea is more psychological. In central sleep apnea, breathing is regularly disrupted during sleep because of the way the brain functions. The symptoms remain the same; therefore, if you experience morning headaches, restless sleep, or chronic fatigue, it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis and explore your treatment options.


If you have questions or concerns about sleep apnea, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Missing Incisors

If you’re missing a pair of incisors, you’re not alone. In about 2% of the adult population, the upper lateral incisors (the ones on the sides of the central incisors, or front teeth) either never descend or never grow at all. At the offices of Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk, our dentists have a great deal of experience in providing prosthetic teeth and other assistance that can provide people who are missing teeth with healthy, beautiful smiles.


Although it is somewhat unusual for the lateral incisors to not descend, it is a common problem with upper canines. Dentists who perform oral surgery often cut away a bit of gum tissue, allowing orthodontists to attach brackets to the impacted teeth. They can then be guided downward with orthodontic wires while the other teeth are moved aside to make room. In cases where there simply are no lateral incisors, artificial ones may be fabricated. Single implants, fixed bridges, and removable dentures are all possible options, depending on the state of the patient’s other teeth and where they end up after orthodontic therapy has opened up enough space for new teeth. After getting their new incisors, the patient will have to be vigilant about wearing their retainer, since the denture or bridge will be designed based on the assumption that the surrounding teeth do not move again.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, www.miami-dental.com through a contact form.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

White Spot Lesions

You probably are familiar with dark-colored tooth stains, but what do you do about white spots? Although teeth can become stained through consumption of dark-colored drinks and food, white spot lesions or incipient lesions indicate a threat to your mouth’s health. Fortunately, at the offices of Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk, we can provide treatment and restore your smile’s beauty.


Tooth enamel looks unnaturally white early in the process of demineralization. This effect can be seen on the back teeth of people suffering from acid reflux. More commonly, it results from oral infections. As bacteria feed, they produce acid, which erodes the teeth. The gum line, the sides of teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach, and the areas surrounding orthodontic brackets are all common places for white spots to develop. It only takes about thirty days for bacteria to erode enough enamel to be visible.


White spot lesions indicate the presence of an infection that needs to be brought under control before anything else can be done. When the infection is no longer active, the white spot will look shinier. If necessary, it can be treated with remineralization therapy or covered with bonding or a veneer.


Dr. Allen Ressler, Dr. Andrew Hirschl, and Dr. Ira Lelchuk operate from two locations. To schedule an appointment at the location at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Suite 1190, Miami Beach, Florida, 33140, call 305-532-1444. To schedule an appointment at Intracoastal Mall, 3909 NE 163rdSt, Suite 310, North Miami Beach, Florida, 33160, call 305-949-2630. They can also be reached on their website, Miami Dental through a contact form.


 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Retainer Options

If you’ve recently completed orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to protect your investment with a retainer. Drs. Ressler, Hirschl, and Lelchuk offer two different kinds of retainer options to choose from and the type you decide on will depend on your needs and your preference. A removable retainer is designed for a patient who is disciplined enough to remember to wear it, while a fixed retainer is for a patient looking for a more permanent option.



  • Removable Retainer – a removable retainer is the most common type, but depending on the individual, it may not always be the best choice. A removable retainer is crafted from a clear plastic that is formed by heat and a model of your teeth.  Removable retainers can be virtually invisible, and easy to wear.

  • Fixed Retainer – also known as a bonded retainer, a fixed retainer consists of a wire being bonded to the back of the six bottom or top teeth. Bonded retainers tend to protect fewer teeth than removable retainers, but are ideal for the patient that may forget to wear his or her retainer at night.


If you have questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment or retainer options, please give us a call. To learn more about dental health as well as the services we provide at the practice, visit www.miami-dental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, give us a call at our Miami Beach office: 305-532-1444 or our North Miami Beach office: 305-949-2630.