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By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
November 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a child with special needs, it can feel challenging at times to find dental services which work for you and your family. At South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez provide attentive one-on-one care for every patient. If you are looking for a special needs dentist in South Miami, FL, we are here to serve you. Keep reading to learn more.

Special Needs Dentistry

Children with special needs or disabilities require a unique level of care when it comes to their dental services. This can create a challenge for parents as they struggle to provide their children with appropriate dental care. As a result, the dental health of special needs children and adults often suffer.

Special needs dentistry will offer customized care for your child. Some of the advantages we offer include:

  • Gentle dental practices- This helps children who are dealing with anxiety
  • Parent participation- If your child requires your attendance during dental treatments, this is not a problem. Be sure to discuss with the doctor exactly what can be done to make your child more comfortable during their visit
  • Dental consultation- If you would like to meet with the dentist in South Miami, FL, first, you can set up a consultation appointment. During this appointment, you will be able to discuss with the doctor your child's specific needs and what your expectations will be from the staff

The Importance of Dental Visits For Special Needs Patients

Dental visits are important to everyone's health, but they are especially important for those dealing with special needs and disabilities. Patients who are dealing with disabilities may not be able to communicate dental problems as easily. This can mean that dental issues could go unknown and untreated without regular dental visits. During your child's dental visit, the doctor will be able to examine them for potential problems. Some of these problems could include dental decay, gum disease, or other issues.

If you would like to learn more about our services, or if you are looking for a special needs dentist in South Miami, FL, please contact Dr. Martinez and Dr. Fernandez at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates by calling (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
November 17, 2021
Category: Oral Care
Tags: First Dental Visit  

As a parent, one of your responsibilities is monitoring your child's health. If you are getting ready to bring your child to their first dental visit in South Miami, FL, you are likely wondering what to expect. Here is a rundown of what happens when you bring your child to the South Miami Pediatric Dental Association to meet with Dr. Mario Martinez or Dr. Danielle Fernandez.

Your child's first dental visit is an important one. When you bring your child to meet with us, we provide a full evaluation of the condition of their teeth and make recommendations regarding treatment options that may be necessary to perform. We handle all aspects of pediatric dentistry, from routine cleanings to needed fillings.

Our practitioners will explain procedures to you every step of the way, and they take a slow approach while providing details about actions taken to help keep children calm. We understand how uncertainty about dental procedures causes a bit of anxiety, so we walk both children and parents through processes, so they learn why they are needed and how they are conducted.

We cater to the younger set and provide the following services:

  • White Fillings
  • Preventive Based Dentistry
  • Sealants
  • Sedation Dentistry
  • Special Needs Dentistry
  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
  • IV Sedation
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Expanded Duty Auxiliaries (assistants)
  • Sterilization (strictest technique)
  • CPR Trained Staff
  • Child-Friendly Office
  • Great Magazine Selection (for waiting parents)
  • Video Games (Playstation IV and Xbox)
  • Toys (treasure chest)
  • CPR Trained Staff
  • 24 Hour/7 Day Emergency Service

South Miami Pediatric Dental Association in South Miami, FL prides itself in providing a full array of dental services to those living in the area. Our practitioners, Dr. Martinez and Dr. Fernandez use their skills to provide top-notch pediatric dentistry, including successful first dental visit services for those in the South Miami, FL area. For more information about South Miami Pediatric Dental Assoc., or to make a first dental visit appointment for your child, contact (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
September 30, 2021
Category: Dental

Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez are highly-educated and experienced board-certified pediatric dentists. If you’re seeking a compassionate, knowledgeable pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, then South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates is the right place for you. 

When Is Too Soon to Lose a Baby Tooth?

Children usually begin to lose their baby teeth around age six and continue losing them until age 13. 

If your child loses a tooth at age five or younger or has a baby tooth knocked out prematurely, you should consult your pediatric dentist. 

What Causes Children to Lose Baby Teeth Too Soon? 

The most common cause of early tooth loss is due to dental trauma from an accident or injury. 

Gum infections, such as periodontitis, can also cause teeth to fall out because the infection weakens the gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth. 

Hypophosphatasia, childhood cancer, and other medical conditions that weaken bone development can cause children to lose their primary teeth prematurely. 

What Happens When the Baby Tooth is Lost Too Early?

Dentists will not reinsert the baby tooth into the gums. This can cause severe and permanent damage to your child’s permanent teeth. Cosmetically speaking, it is scarce for anything to be done for the space (other than a space maintainer). Your child will likely have an open space until his or her permanent teeth come in.

With that said, you should absolutely take your child to his or her pediatric dentist. If you need a pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, Dr. Martinez, and Dr. Fernandez at South Miami Dental Associates is ideal for you and your child.

If you are unsure why or how the tooth was lost, your pediatric dentist can evaluate and diagnose the root cause of the tooth loss, remedy solutions, and help ensure that your child won't lose any more teeth. 

Your dentist may need to determine if your child needs a space maintainer. This tool prevents neighboring teeth from crowding and shifting into the open space. A space maintainer holds a spot so that there is a place for them when the adult teeth come through. 

Request an Appointment Today

Get in touch with a pediatric dentist in South Miami, FL, today. You may contact Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates by calling them at (305) 666-2068. You may also visit their office at 6601 S.W. 80th Street, Ste. #212 South Miami, FL 33143.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
August 13, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Some children (like adults) can experience fear and anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. Whether during routine oral care or a more extensive dental procedure, it is important that children feel comfortable and relaxed while they are visiting the dentist. If you feel that your child may benefit from sedation to reduce anxiety during dental visits, consider reaching out to Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Danielle Fernandez of South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry involves using mild to deep sedative medications for relaxation or even sleep during dental procedures as a way to avoid fear and anxiety that some children may otherwise experience at the dentist. Not only does a child's increased fear and anxiety affect their overall health and experience at the dentist, but it can also create a challenging situation for dentists to be able to complete oral care safely and effectively. As a way to give your child the best possible care and experience, many people turn to sedation dentistry for help.

Types of Sedation

Here are a few options for types of sedation that YOUR PEDIATRIC DENTIST may consider when choosing what works best for your child. The (3) common types of sedation include oral sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation, and general anesthesia (GA).

With oral sedation the child drinks a liquid medicine (or swallows a small pill), your child will still be awake but experiencing increased relaxation and decreased stress.  Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is usually used in conjunction with oral medication.  Most children report having no memory of the visit. 

With intravenous sedation, medication is administered through a needle/IV in the arm, this procedure is usually completed by a pediatric anesthesiologist and provides a more moderate sedative effect. During this type of sedation, your child will usually be asleep.

With general anesthesia, this type of sedation is done at a hospital by an anesthesiologist and his/her team.  Your child will be completely asleep throughout the procedure.  Our doctors have been on staff at Nicklaus Children's Hospital for many years.

Where To Go For Sedation Dentistry

If you are interested in working with Dr. Martinez and Dr. Fernandez to reduce your child's anxiety during dental procedures, consider sedation dentistry at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates. Our team will work with you and your child to create a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. Please give us a call today at (305) 666-2068.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
May 07, 2021
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Cavities   Cavity  

There are many steps you can take to help your children avoid cavities. Developing good oral hygiene habits at home, as well as scheduling regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings are just a few ways to help prevent tooth decay. Dr. Danielle Fernandez and Dr. Mario Martinez, the skilled pediatric dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, provide preventive pediatric dentistry services to help your child avoid developing cavities.

Preventive Dental Care

We offer preventive pediatric dentistry at our office in South Miami, FL. preventive dental care involves being proactive about maintaining good oral health to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns. Scheduling regular dental checkups provides an opportunity for your child’s pediatric dentist to identify oral health concerns early on so they can be treated promptly before more serious problems develop.

Two key aspects of preventive dental care are oral exams and professional teeth cleanings. Both of these are part of your child’s regular dental checkup and help ensure your child enjoys optimal oral health. preventive pediatric dental care can also include fluoride treatments, the application of dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of vulnerable teeth, such as molars, and other preventive measures to help your child avoid cavities.

Good Oral Hygiene Habits

You can help your children avoid developing cavities by teaching them good oral hygiene habits. Developing a daily routine for kids that includes brushing with fluoride-containing toothpaste twice a day, and flossing before bed is a great way to help them get in the habit of caring for their teeth. Younger kids often need assistance with brushing and flossing to ensure the teeth are being thoroughly cleaned. Additionally, children under the age of three years should start with fluoride-free training toothpaste.

Limit Sugar Consumption

An excellent way to prevent cavities in children is to limit their consumption of sugary foods and drinks, including fruit juices and soda. The sugars in foods and beverages mix with bacteria in the mouth to form an acid. Over time, acids in the mouth weaken and break down tooth enamel, which can leave the teeth vulnerable to decay. Limiting the sugary foods and drinks in kids’ diets can dramatically reduce their risk of developing cavities.

Helping your children avoid cavities is as simple as limiting sugar consumption, teaching them good oral hygiene habits, and scheduling regular dental visits. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fernandez and Dr. Martinez for preventive pediatric dentistry services, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, at (305) 666-2068.

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