My Blog

Posts for category: Oral Care

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!

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
March 08, 2018
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits now is a crucial part of their dental health later on in life. However, children learn by example, oral hygienemeaning that your oral hygiene should also be in tip-top shape. But which oral hygiene habits should you teach your child? Where should you start? When should your child see their dentist? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL.

Starting Them Off Right: Your Child and The Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year regardless of your age or risk of dental issues like teeth decay or gum disease. But when should your child see the dentist for the first time? The ADA also recommends that children see the dentist when their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. These early visits are more for getting to know the dentist and becoming comfortable with the surroundings of the office than an examination. However, your child’s dentist will look at their teeth and ensure that they are on track developmentally.

The Best Daily Oral Hygiene Routine for You and Your Child
Children and adults alike benefit from a solid at-home oral care routine between their regular biannual visits with their dentists. The best way to care for you or your child’s teeth is to brush at least twice daily for two minutes each time. Floss at least once a day between every tooth reaching up and underneath the gumline to remove the bacteria and plaque which your toothbrush’s bristles cannot reach. These two tasks are enough to keep teeth decay and gum disease at bay and help keep your child’s smile healthy and clean.

Pediatric Oral Health in South Miami, FL
Starting your child’s regular dental appointments early helps lay the foundation for a good relationship with their dentist, nip dental anxiety in the bud, and keep your child’s teeth free from damaging decay. For more information on pediatric oral health or how you can help your child have a healthy smile, please contact Dr. Martinez and Dr. Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. Call (305) 666-2068 to schedule your appointment with your child’s dentist today!

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
December 29, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: hospital dentistry  

Unfortunately, many people of all ages and in many situations deal with dental anxiety. This condition makes it more difficult for people to hospital dentistryundergo dental procedures and can come from various causes. Many children suffer from dental anxiety, making hospital dentistry a viable option. Hospital dentistry involves using general anesthesia to sedate a patient before performing their dental procedures. Find out more about hospital dentistry and if it could benefit your child with Dr. Mark Webman, Dr. Mario Martinez, and Dr. Rebecca Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. 

What is hospital dentistry?
Hospital dentistry involves using general anesthesia in a hospital setting to complete dental procedures for children with dental anxiety or special or developmental needs which cause them to feel uncomfortable, not understand the dentist, or move too much to complete the procedure. Hospital dentistry may also benefit patients who require an extensive amount of dental care at once. Whatever your child’s needs, hospital dentistry can help them have a pain and anxiety-free dental experience. There are other methods of anesthesia available depending on the situation that can help your child relax.

Could my child benefit from hospital dentistry?
If your child has severe dental anxiety or developmental or physical delays which may cause them to fear or feel uncomfortable at the dentist, they may benefit from hospital dentistry. Your dentist will rate your child’s cooperation according to the Frankl Behavioral Scale, which ranges from definitely negative, negative, positive, to definitely positive. The scale helps your doctor determine if your child requires hospital dentistry and which level of sedation would best suit their needs.

Hospital Dentistry in South Miami, FL
If you think your child could benefit from hospital dentistry, consult with your dentist at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates. Hospital dentistry can often benefit people with conditions such as severe anxiety, autism, down syndrome, medical disorders like cerebral palsy, or other special needs.

For more information on hospital dentistry, please contact Dr. Mark Webman, Dr. Mario Martinez, and Dr. Rebecca Lenard at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates in South Miami, FL. Call (305) 666-2068 to schedule your appointment with your child’s pediatric dentist today!

By South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates
November 02, 2017
Category: Oral Care
Tags: Sealants  

What can your pediatric dentists at South Miami, FL, help your with?sealants

Brushing your teeth is essential, but those hard-to-reach teeth may cause other detrimental issues, especially when it comes to your children's oral health. That's why the dentists at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, Drs. Mark Webman, Mario Martinez and Rebecca Lenard, can help your children with dental sealants

What are sealants?

Sealants are thin, protective materials coated onto teeth, especially the molars. Your South Miami, FL dentists coat the chewing surface of the molars because they are uneven and rough, making them an easy place for bacteria to flourish.

If bacteria settles in, cavities will begin eating away at your child's teeth. That's why it's best to maintain a consistent oral regimen of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting your dentist twice a year. Your dentist may prevent a cavity from eating away at your child's tooth.

More About Dental Sealants

Getting dental sealants is not difficult or painful. Your dentist will clean and dry your tooth, then apply an acid gel on your child's tooth. His or her tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface. Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves and expose it to a special blue light to make the sealant hard.

Unfortunately, children aren't getting this treatment and, according to the CDC, there are several issues arising:

  • Approximately 43 percent of children with ages ranging between 6 and 11 have gotten a dental sealant.
  • Children with no sealants suffer from more cavities than children with sealants.

Sealants are beneficial to children and adults, and the sooner you get them the sooner your teeth will be protected. So when you visit your dentist, Drs. Mark Webman, Mario Martinez or Rebecca Lenard, at South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates, make sure you ask them about sealants. Your dentists are conveniently located in South Miami, FL, and can be reached at (305) 666-2068.