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By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
May 26, 2020
Category: Oral Care
Tags: hospital dentistry  

Hospital dentistry may offer a good solution if your child needs extensive dental treatment, has difficulty sitting still, or has special needs. Here at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, your pediatric dentists, Drs. Mario Martinez and Rebecca Lenard can help you decide if hospital dentistry is right for your child.

How Does Hospital Dentistry Work?

Dental treatments are performed in the hospital while your child is sedated with general anesthesia or another type of anesthesia.

When Is Hospital Dentistry Recommended?

You and your child's dentist will decide if hospital dentistry is the best option during your visit to the South Miami dental office. Hospital dentistry may be a good option if:

  • Your Child Needs Multiple Dental Procedures: Young children may find it difficult to handle several appointments that involve lengthy dental procedures. Thanks to hospital dentistry, all of the treatments your child needs can be done at the same time.
  • Your Son or Daughter is Uncooperative: If lack of cooperation is an issue, your child's dentist may suggest hospital dentistry.
  • Gagging is a Problem: Traditional dental treatment may be impossible if your son or daughter has a highly sensitive gag reflex.
  • Your Child is Extremely Fearful: Dental treatments can be very stressful if your child has a dental phobia. When your child is sedated during treatments, he or she won't remember anything about the procedure.
  • Your Son or Daughter Needs a Root Canal or Another Complicated Procedure: Many children can only stand so much time in the dental chair. If a complicated procedure takes longer than your child can tolerate, hospital dentistry may be the best choice.
  • Allergies Prevent the Use of Local Anesthetic: If your child has had a reaction to local anesthetic in the past, their dentist may recommend a trip to the hospital for dental treatment.
  • Your Son or Daughter Has Special Needs: Your child may benefit from hospital dentistry if he or she has certain diseases or conditions. These may include autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, mobility impairments and other health or behavioral issues.

Hospital dentistry can help your child receive the dental care that they need. Call your pediatric dentists in South Miami, FL, Drs. Martinez and Lenard of South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, at (305) 666-2068 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

These everyday habits could improve your child's oral health.

The key to maintaining healthy smiles in your children is to teach them good oral hygiene practices while they are young. After all, these habits will carry with them throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our South Miami, FL, board-certified pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, know that it will be easier to get your child to brush and floss if you make it more interactive and fun.

Here are some tips to keep your child’s smile healthy:

Make sure they are drinking water

Many kids simply don't drink enough water! If you want to support healthy teeth and gums, you’ll want to keep your child hydrated. A rule of thumb is to make sure your child is drinking as many 8-ounce glasses of water a day as their age. For example, if your child is five years old, they should be drinking five, 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Active children may also require more water. Drinking water is chock full of fluoride, which can also keep teeth strong and prevent cavities from forming.

Brush twice a day

Make sure that you are brushing your child’s teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time. In the beginning, you’re going to have to brush their teeth for them until they are able to do this themselves; however, you can also use this time to educate them on proper brushing techniques, so that when it comes time for them to brush their own teeth, they already well equipped for the task. If you have questions about how to brush your child’s teeth or the right tools for the job, don’t hesitate to ask your South Miami, FL, Pediatric dentist.

Snack in moderation

It is important that your child is receiving all the vital nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Of course, snacking too much throughout the day can increase plaque buildup, which can also increase your child’s risk for cavities. Therefore, limit snacking to 2-3 times a day, and avoid sugar-laden, processed snacks like gummy bears and potato chips. Instead, opt for smile-friendly choices such as apples, hummus, yogurt, and raw veggies.

Visit the dentist

While our South Miami, FL, practice is temporarily closed due to coronavirus, our pediatricians can still provide emergency care for children dealing with serious and urgent matters. Just call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068. Keep practicing these oral hygiene habits together as a family to keep dental problems at bay.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Early Oral Hygiene  

Oral hygiene is one of the first things you should teach your child when he or she can do things independently. That includes brushing, flossing, and eating healthy foods. Learn how you can best teach your child good oral hygiene habits from a young age and visit a pediatric dentist at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, regularly.

Importance of Early Oral Hygiene
You’ve probably heard your dentist tell you about the importance of good oral hygiene as an adult countless times. It is just as important for young children and teens, if not more. Children aren’t as consistent with dental care, and they like to snack on foods and beverages that aren’t kind to their smiles. If you begin to teach them good oral care habits when they are very young, they’ll carry those valuable lessons with them as they get older.

Ways to Teach Your Child Good Oral Hygiene
Children are very impressionable and often will mimic the behaviors and teachings of their parents. Try these tips for teaching your child about good oral hygiene:

- Explain in detail why having healthy teeth and gums is important.
- Show your child how to brush and floss their teeth, and keep up with the healthy habits yourself on a daily basis.
- Schedule and keep regular appointments with your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentist. Have your teeth cleaned at a visit with your child so that he or she can see the results.

Long-Term Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
The better your child’s oral hygiene, the more likely you’ll be able to avoid extra visits to the dentist for cavity treatments, extractions, and crowns in the future. Losing a tooth as a child could have long-term repercussions, including bone loss, orthodontic problems, and reduced self-confidence. Good oral hygiene also helps ensure that your child has fresh breath and strong dental enamel that stays resilient for years.

Help Protect Your Child’s Smile
One of the best things you can do when you’re trying to keep your child’s smile healthy is to teach her or him good hygiene habits. Talk to a pediatric dentist at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, for more advice and tips. Call (305) 666-2068 today to schedule a family visit with Dr. Mario Martinez or Dr. Rebecca Lenard.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
July 19, 2018
Category: Oral Care
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Anxiety about visiting the dentist usually starts very early in life. It is a significant problem because a lot of people of all ages avoid gettingsedation dentistry basic treatments just because they’re afraid of dental pain or discomfort. If your child struggles with dental anxiety, learn more about sedation dentistry and the specific options available at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL.

Types of Sedation
The most basic sedative is a gel that numbs the gums when you’re having your teeth cleaned. An injectable local anesthetic (Septocaine or Lidocaine) will completely numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue when getting a cavity cleaned. Some patients prefer to relax with nitrous oxide, and other patients may be candidates for oral medication. Deep sleep sedation or general anesthesia using an IV may also be an option for some patients who need more invasive procedures or have extreme anxiety. Other common procedures that call for sedation include root canals and wisdom tooth extraction.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Knowing that your child will be sedated may make it easier to get him or her to the appointment with your South Miami dentist. Sedation dentistry allows your child to breeze through the visit pain-free and relaxed. It also makes treatment easier for the dentist because there’s no need to pause at intervals due to discomfort. Sedation is also quick and easy to administer so the dentist can get right to work fixing the dental problem. 

Discuss This with Your Dentist
When there is a dental issue that may require sedation, be sure to consult your dentist about the options that are safe for your child. You must provide detailed information about your child’s medical background and history, a list of any medications, and allergies. The more prepared you are with information at the appointment, the better. The dental team at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates also offer special needs dentistry to help children with disabilities.

Get the Treatments You Need, Stress-Free
With sedation dentistry, you and your child can defeat dental anxiety and get the treatments that you need. Call (305) 666-2068 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Mario Martinez or Dr. Rebecca Lenard at their office in South Miami, FL.

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
May 23, 2018
Category: Oral Care

What your pediatric dentists in South Miami want you to knowKids smiling

Protecting your child’s smile is an important part of keeping your child healthy. When your child has a healthy smile, it aids in digestion, which contributes to overall good health. There are a few simple tips you need to know when you are caring for your child’s smile. Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL, want to share the facts about how to make sure your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

The fact is children are at risk of tooth decay the minute the first tooth erupts. That’s why it’s critical to teach good oral hygiene habits early. Frequent and thorough removal of plaque by brushing and flossing is essential. You can start caring for your child’s smile by:

Teaching your child to brush after meals and before bed; take a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. You and your child should face a mirror with you standing behind your child. As your child watches, use a gentle circular motion to brush all the surfaces of your child’s teeth and along the gumline. Have your child demonstrate the technique back to you.

Sonic or electric toothbrushes are often helpful because they flush out food debris from hard-to-reach places. They are especially helpful for young children who may have dexterity problems.

When your child is 4 years old, you can begin to teach flossing. Have your child hold a hand mirror and watch as you demonstrate flossing. Make sure to wrap around the wide part of each tooth to keep the floss firmly against the tooth surface. Have your child demonstrate back to you. Your child should be flossing without help around the age of 8.

Floss picks are often helpful and because they are available in kid-friendly shapes and colors, they help children want to floss.

Make sure your child is getting an adequate amount of fluoride, either through fluoridated water, your pediatric dentist, or your pediatrician. Fluoride is the most important weapon against tooth decay.

For more information about teaching your child oral hygiene skills and other pediatric dental topics, call Dr. Martinez and Dr. Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates today!