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Wine Tasting May Be More Harmful To Teeth Than Standard Drinking


A study from the University of Adelaide in Australia has shown that “just 10 one-minute wine tastings can bring a softening of the tooth enamel.” Researchers said that the “acidic levels found in wine were similar to those in orange juice,” and that people who taste wine, as opposed to simply drink it, have an increased risk for tooth break-down because of the additional swirling of wine in the mouth associated with tasting wine, increasing exposure of wine to the tooth. The researchers advise frequent wine tasters use fluoride treatments to help protect their tooth structure.  Call us if this applies to you!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Diet Soda Consumption Tied To Increased Abdominal Fat.


A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveals that “people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink diet soda.” After analyzing “data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular,” then adjusting for confounding factors, researchers found that “people who drank diet soda daily gained 3.2 inches around their waist during the study period, while those who did not drink diet soda gained approximately 0.8 inches.”

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

CDC Study: Nearly Two-Thirds Of US Adults Over 30 Have Periodontitis.

“A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that nearly one out of two U.S. adults age 30 and over—64.7 million Americans—has periodontitis, the advanced form of periodontal disease.” The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology, and its findings “also indicate that prevalence is highest among ethnic minorities, with 63.5 percent of Hispanic-Americans, 59.1 percent of Non-Hispanic Blacks and 50 percent of Non-Hispanic Asian Americans affected by periodontitis.”

Some of the main tools in fighting gum disease has been brushing, flossing, and frequent periodontal maintenance .  Although many patients dislike flossing and try to substitute other options. a new study by the Mayo Clinic states:

Oral Irrigators Should Not Replace Brushing, Flossing.

Although oral irrigators can be effective in removing food particles from teeth, Mayo Clinic advises oral irrigators not replace brushing and flossing, still the most effective oral hygiene tools. Mayo Clinic advises, “If plain dental floss gets stuck in your teeth, use the waxed variety. If you have a hard time handling dental floss, try a floss holder.” In other words, floss is your friend. Do your part to be an good friend!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The Perfect Gift for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we wanted to offer something special. Between now and February 14th, we’re running what we’re calling our Sweetheart Special.

It’s simple: purchase one bleaching procedure and get the second one FREE. That’s a nice two-for-one special, at an amazing savings. We’re also offering special pricing on single bleaching procedures. Here’s your chance to have the whiter teeth that you’ve always wanted for Valentine’s Day, or as a gift to a friend or loved one.

Not only are the whitening kits are a fun surprise, but you or your loved ones will enjoy a beautiful smile long after the holiday is over!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Study: Seniors Who Sleep In Dentures At Higher Risk For Pneumonia

“Today, approximately 75 percent of senior citizens over age 65 have kept some or all of their teeth – a record -thanks to better preventive measures like community water fluoridation and daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, according to the American Dental Association,” a press release announces. The Journal of Dental Research found that very elderly adults (ages 85 and older) in community-living settings who slept in dentures were at a higher risk of developing pneumonia because bacteria from the mouth could be inhaled into the lungs.”

The take-away is that it’s really important if you have dentures of any type to make sure that you take them out every night, clean them carefully, store them in a cup of liquid, and in the morning clean them again.

Call (954) 566-5428 today and make your appointment!

From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Happy Holidays – Top 10 Resolutions for 2015

Happy Holidays

Wishing you the Joy and Peace at the holidays and throughout the year.

We invite you to schedule any treatment as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of any remaining insurance benefits, and so we may take time off to enjoy with our families.

In case you need a head start on next year’s resolutions, consider the:

Top Ten Resolutions for 2015

10. Cut back on alcohol

While much has written about the health benefits of a small amount of alcohol, too much tippling is still the bigger problem. Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase risk of depression, memory loss, etc.

9. Stay in touch

Miss an old friend you haven’t seen in a while? It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t.

8. Quit Smoking

Fear that you’ve failed too many times to try again? Talk to any ex-smoker, and you’ll see that multiple attempts are often the path to success. Try different methods to find what works. And think of the cash you’ll save!

7. Save Money

Save money by making healthy lifestyle changes. Walk or ride your bike to work, or explore carpooling. Cut back on gym memberships by exercising at home.

6. Cut your stress

A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of obesity, depression, and more.

5. Volunteer

We tend to think our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others.

And guess what? Happiness is good for your health.

4. Go back to school

No matter how old you are, back to the classroom can help revamp your career, introduce you to new friends, and even boost your brain power.

3. Lose weight

One of the most popular new year’s resolutions that many have a hard time committing to. But you can succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. Keep a food journal to keep track of what you eat, plan for bumps in the road, and have a support system.

2. Get more sleep

You probably already know that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood – and appearance. But sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might realize. Lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.t more sleep

1. Travel

The joys and rewards of vacations can last long after the suitcase is put away. Travelling allows us to tap into life as an adventure, and we can make changes in our lives without having to do anything too bold or dramatic. It gets you out of your typical scenery, and the effects are revitalizing. Travelling is great for the body and soul.

Call us today to make your appointment!  (954) 566-5428

From Dr. Heider and The Whitening team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Cyber Monday 48 Hour Flash Sale



Does your smile beam with confidence?

Are your teeth shifting? Is it difficult to floss?

Never wore your retainer?

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If you have insurance remaining for any treatment and don’t use it, you will lose those benefits forever

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Ebola in Perspective


People are concerned about Ebola. In West Africa it has a 70% mortality rate. And because our world is so connected today, it took just a plane ride for the virus to reach America. Should you be worried? Probably not. Ebola is not transmitted thru the air. It’s usually caught by close contact with a sick patient’s body fluids. The virus can live for several hours on contaminated surfaces but the risk of catching it that way is low. It’s easily killed with disinfection.

Let’s put things in perspective. Your chances of getting sick or dying from the flu or pneumonia are much greater. Did you know that in middle-aged people getting a flu shot decreases the risk of having a heart attack by 50%?

Pneumonia is serious. In 2012, 52,294 Americans died from pneumonia. Those numbers are real. A lot of people don’t even know you can get a pneumonia shot.

Here’s what else you can do to increase your immunity and decrease your chances of getting sick:

  1. You’ve heard it before. Wash your hands with soap and water. For 60 seconds. Hands that are slightly wet are more likely to transfer viruses and bacteria. Be sure your hands are dry. Really dry.
  2. Eat nutritious food. A nutritional deficiency can negatively affect your immune function..
  3. Engage in moderate exercise. A study found that women who walked briskly for about a half hour five days a week had about half the sick days as their sedentary counterparts.
  4. Limit the amount of fat in your diet. Not only will this help control your calories, but a study at Tufts University found that those with a lower than average dietary fat intake had better T-cell function, a measure of immunity. A diet lower in simple sugars may also help.
  5. Get some sleep. People that get less than 7 hours of sleep at night are three times more likely to get sick from things like the common cold.
  6. In addition to your flu and pneumonia shots, stay current on other vaccines.

So, you can wring your hands and worry about Ebola or you can go wash your hands and decrease your chances of a much more real threat, the flu.

Call (954) 566-5428 today and make your appointment!

From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Floss Unraveled

There are probably more types of floss than there are teeth in your mouth. So, what to choose? Waxed floss may have an edge, according to one Swiss study. But if the waxed stuff is just too slippery for you to hang on to, you might do better with unwaxed. Go with what you won’t mind using. How thick or thin depends on your teeth and the size of the spaces in between. Try a few different kinds to see what type slips easily between your choppers. You might even decide to use thin floss for one area of your mouth and thicker, textured floss in another spot.

Whatever you choose, floss correctly and you can remove up to 80% of the plaque between your teeth.

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From Dr. Heider and The Whitening team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free… What’s the Deal?

You probably know that vegetarian means meat-free. But what about vegan? Or macrobiotic? Which ones ban beer, again? There are a lot of buzzwords out there, and keeping different diets straight can be confusing. We’ve got a cheat sheet.

Most people follow one of these diets for health or environmental reasons. Some people give up meat to help lower their cholesterol; others just want to reduce their carbon footprints (since meat production can be highly polluting). As for giving up flour—or all types of dairy!—here’s the scoop:

The bottom line of vegetarianism: no meat. Vegetarians focus on vegetables, fruits, and grains, plus beans and dairy for protein.

Vegans give up not just meat but all animal products. That means no eggs, no milk, no cheese, and usually no leather when it comes to clothes and shoes. Fortunately there are a lot of products on the market that replace regular dairy, like soy or almond milk, egg substitutes, and tofu.

Sound like a fake category? Pescatarian is a term that has come about to describe vegetarians who give up meat but eat fish.

The most complicated of these diets, macrobiotic is based on an Asian idea of balance. A macrobiotic diet can vary from person to person, but it focuses on whole grains, vegetables, seaweed, fruit, and beans. It’s important to keep foods as natural as possible when cooking; over-processed foods are out. Most people who follow a macrobiotic diet eliminate meat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugar.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, which means it’s in a lot of things you eat. Anything with flour—like bread, cake, cookies, crackers, and cereal, for starters. And beer, made with barley, is a no-no, too. People with celiac disease have an immune reaction to gluten that causes damage to the intestine, so a gluten-free diet is life-changing. Other people with wheat allergies may also follow a gluten-free diet and use alternative flours like coconut and rice flours.

Regardless of your nutrition questions, we’re here to help!  We can assist in helping you make sure your diet contributes to your ideal oral health.  Just ask.

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From Dr. Heider and The Whitening team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.