Thursday, April 4, 2019

Are Your Teeth Sensitive? Miami Dentist Gives Solutions to Eliminate Sensitive Teeth


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Is cold water causing you to jump? Maybe hot coffee can sometimes be a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you jump? If you answered yes to any of these, you may suffer from sensitive teeth.

Some of the possible causes for sensitive teeth include:

Tooth decay (cavities)
Fractured teeth
Worn fillings
Gum disease
Worn tooth enamel
Exposed tooth root
Trauma

Your teeth usually have a layer of enamel that protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.


Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity to certain things.
There is good news though. Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing your specific sensitivity. Some of these treatments include:


Special desensitizing toothpaste. These special toothpastes usually contain compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. They may take several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.

Fluoride gel application. This is an in-office procedure that actually strengthens the tooth enamel. The result is reduced the transmission of sensations and less sensitivity.

Dental crown, inlay or bonding. These are dental restorations that correct a flaw or decay. The ultimate result is reduced sensitivity or even no sensitivity at all.

Gum graft. This is a surgical option that replaces gum tissue that has been lost from the root.  This will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.

Root canal. Sometimes when sensitivity is severe and persistent and you have tried other options, a root canal may be the solution. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.

Make an appointment with our office today if you have sensitive teeth. Many times simple changes as changing your toothbrush or adjusting your hygiene routine are enough to diminish tooth sensitivity. However, it is good to know that there are many options available to reduce sensitive teeth.

Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.  



(305) 948-9102 Dentist in Miami, North Miami, and Aventura
C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What are Dental Implants and why should I consider them as a Replacement for Missing Teeth?

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Many of your friends probably have them and you don’t even know it. The fact is that dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural looking teeth. The easiest way to think of dental implants is as an artificial tooth root that is similar in shape to a screw. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural jaw bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called dental crowns. They can also be used to support dental bridges of three or more teeth or even a full arch of teeth.


Ultimately, dental implants allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth coming out or getting loose.


Titanium dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available today to support replacement teeth. One of the best things about dental implants is that they allow your new teeth to feel, look and function like your natural teeth.

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When performed by a trained and experienced dental implant surgeon, dental implant surgery is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry. It is fast, safe, and effective. Call our office today to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.  


(305) 948-9102 Dentist in Miami, North Miami, and Aventura
C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

Saturday, January 12, 2019

North Miami Dentist on Dental Resolutions for This Year

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Try a dental resolution this year!


Did you know that most New Year’s resolutions never make it to the end of January? Why not try something a different type of resolution this year…a dental resolution! Make this New Year the best year for attaining the healthy smile you’ve always wanted. It is easier than you think. The first step is to stop the bad habits, then incorporate good dental habits. 

Some of the worst dental habits include: 

Nail Biting


  • The habit: This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. 
  • The solution: Bitter-tasting nail polishes, stress reduction and setting small, realistic goals can help. If certain situations are triggers, hold something to keep your fingers busy.

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Brushing Too Hard


  • The habit: Brushing for two minutes twice a day is one of the best habits you can get into. Just make sure you’re not trying too hard. Brushing with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too hard, can damage teeth and irritate gums.
  • The solution: Use a soft toothbrush with the proper pressure. “Don’t think ‘scrub.’  Think ‘massage,’" he says. “Save the hard toothbrush for cleaning the grout in the bathroom tile.”


Grinding and Clenching


  • The habit: Teeth grinding can cause chipping or cracking of the teeth, as well as muscle tenderness or joint pain. You might also feel like you can’t open your mouth wide or chew with pain.
  • The solution: Do relaxation exercises and being aware makes a big difference. A nighttime mouthguard may also help. This way you’ll have less tooth damage, less pain and muscle soreness and actually better sleep.


Once you have done away with the bad habits, incorporate good habits like brushing twice per day for at least two minutes, flossing regularly, and regular dental cleanings three times per year. It’s not difficult, and the best part is that our team is here to help. Call our office to schedule your next dental cleaning and start on your dental resolutions now. 

Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.  


(305) 948-9102 Dentist in Miami, North Miami, and Aventura
C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Three Healthy Dental Habits for the Holidays



The Holidays are a great time for friends, family, and food! The bad news is that it is easy to neglect your dental health during the holidays. All the extra food, the sweets, the sugary drinks can all add up to dental problems that will put an end to your holiday celebrations. However, there are a few dental health tips that can help to ensure that you have a healthy smile and avoid dental issues these holidays.

The National Confectioners Association says 77% of people include candy in holiday gifts. This means that you will more than likely be receiving candy as a gift this year.

Dental Tip #1: Consider re-gifting the sticky, candy and keeping the chocolate. Chocolate is a better option because it washes off your teeth more easily than stickier sweets like candy canes.


Dental Tip #2: Don’t Open Gifts with Your Teeth. Believe it or not, gift wrapping is a big cause for dental emergencies for the holidays. Don’t use your teeth to try to undo the knots tied with ribbon. Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors. If you do, you could crack a tooth, loosen caps or dental bridges, injure your jaw or accidentally swallow something you shouldn’t. Stop catch yourself and find something or someone to give you a hand instead. It only takes a few seconds, but it can help you avoid pain and time dealing with a dental emergency.


Dental Tip#3: Carol While You Clean Your Teeth. Take advantage of the seasonal music. Using music to time your dental routine can be of great help and fun as well. Try it with the kids and create a holiday playlist of your family’s favorite holiday music for a fun dental care routine.

Put these dental tips to use and create a healthy holiday smile! We wish you a happy holiday season and a very Happy New Year!




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(305) 948-9102 Dentist in Miami, North Miami, and Aventura
C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Great Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween


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Halloween is here! For most children it means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stash of sweets for the winter. However, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. Eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan.

How can help your family stay healthy on Halloween?

Choose Candy Carefully

Avoid hard candy, sour candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay. The longer the sweet stays in contact with your teeth, the worst it is for your teeth!


Avoid Sticky Situations

Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.


Have a Plan

It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your access. A good strategy is to pick your favorite and donate the rest. There are organizations that help you donate candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude. This can be a win-win for all in your family!

Drink More Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.


Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you "fill up" affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.Follow the above recommendations to avoid dental issues this Halloween. The main thing is to enjoy the time with your family this Halloween and help everyone maintain a healthy smile for life!


Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.  


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C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cold and Flu Season: 3 Ways to Care for Your Mouth When You’re Sick



Sooner or later we all catch the flu. It’s inevitable. When you have a cold or the flu, taking care of your body is your top priority—and that includes your mouth. Here are three simple ways to care for your dental health when you’re not feeling well:


1. Stay Hydrated to Avoid Dry Mouth
When you’re sick, you need plenty of fluids for many reasons. One is to prevent dry mouth. Not only is it uncomfortable—dry mouth can also put you at greater risk for tooth decay and cavities. The medications you might be taking for a cold or flu—such as antihistamines, decongestants or pain relievers—can also dry out your mouth, so drink plenty of water and suck on sugarless cough drops, throat lozenges or candies to keep that saliva flowing.


2. Choose Sugar-Free Cough Drops
Read the label before you pick up a bag of cough drops at the drug store. Make sure to avoid ingredients like fructose or corn syrup. Many cough drops contain sugar, and it is almost as bad as sucking on candy. Sugar is the bad guy when it comes to cavities. The longer you keep a sugary cough drop in your mouth, the more time cavity-causing bacteria has to feast on that sugar, which produces the acid that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

3. Practice Good Hygiene
When you’re sick, you know to cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. Don’t forget to keep up your dental and toothbrush hygiene as well. According to the CDC, the flu virus can live on moist surfaces for 72 hours. Make sure not share your toothbrush. This can get other people sick. Also, replace your toothbrush after you’ve been sick. Especially if it is more than three months old.

These three tips will help you maintain your dental health even if you are sick. Remember to always brush at least twice per day and floss through colds and the flu. A healthy mouth contributes to a healthy you.




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C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Do you suffer from Bad Breath? It’s More Common than you think. There is Hope…Read on


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If you don’t have it, you are lucky. Yes, it’s Bad breath (also known as halitosis or malodor). It can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. Some people don't realize their breath could stop a charging bull. It can even ruin relationships.

Fortunately, this problem is often easy to fix. It takes: Good oral hygiene, regular visits to your dentist, and ruling out any underlying conditions or other factors (such as some medications, diets, and foods) that could cause bad breath.


Do You Have Bad Breath?
Bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off bad odors or gases that smell like sulfur.

What Causes it?
Studies show that about 80% of bad breath comes from your mouth. Cavities or gum disease can lead to bad breath, as can tonsils that have trapped food particles; cracked fillings, and less-than-clean dentures. There are also several internal medical conditions also can cause bad breath. They include diabetes, liver disease, respiratory tract infections, and chronic bronchitis. You'll want to see your doctor to rule out things like acid reflux, postnasal drip, and other causes of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia).


The main thing to do is keep it clean. Good oral hygiene is key to fighting bad breath. Ideally, you should brush and floss after every meal to help reduce the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. While a regular toothbrush works well, using an electric toothbrush is better. Good mouthwashes or mouth rinses can help prevent cavities and reduce bacteria-causing plaque and fight bad breath. Stick to an antiseptic or antibacterial rinse that kills bacteria, rather than a cosmetic rinse that just focuses on freshening the breath.

What You Eat Also makes a difference.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet and regular meals. Certain diets -- such as extreme fasting and very low-carb diets -- can give you bad-smelling breath. Consider snacking on raw carrots, celery, or apple slices.


Avoid foods that worsen bad breath like garlic, onions, and some other spicy foods. Chronic garlic users cannot only have chronic bad breath, they also often have body odor.
More Ways to Fix Bad Breath

First Stay hydrated. If you can't brush your teeth after a meal, drinking a lot of water can help speed up the process of cleaning harmful bacteria and debris from between your teeth. Don't drink too much coffee. It may be tasty, but coffee is a tough smell to get off the back of your tongue. Try green tea instead.


Don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Cigarettes, pipes, and snuff can foul your breath.
Cut back on alcohol. Alcohol can lead to a dry mouth. Too much beer, wine, and hard liquor can make your breath reek for up to eight to 10 hours after you finish drinking.
Chew sugarless gum especially after a meal. This can help with saliva flow. Try gum that's 100% xylitol-sweetened can help reduce cavities.



Call our office today to make an appointment so you can find out what the best options are for your specific case.  


(305) 948-9102 Dentist in Miami, North Miami, and Aventura
C A R R O L L D E N T I S T R Y
15801 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160