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Happy Thanksgiving from our Family to Yours!

Thanks for being a member of our dental family.

We’re thankful that you continue to choose us to support your health care needs.

Everyone here at Ultimate Smile wishes you a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season!

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From Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Trendy Diets May Negatively Impact Oral Health!

 

The Dallas Morning News (11/3) reports that “diets that many consider healthy — liquid cleanses, low-carb diets like Atkins or Paleo, vegan or raw diets — may not always be so healthy for the teeth and gums.” Connie Mobley, associate dean of research at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas said, “We tend to think about the impact of foods on cholesterol, blood sugar and our weight, but not on the mouth.” Dentists are becoming more attuned to the connection between nutrition and oral health,” but “patients need to understand the connection, too, and get dental professionals’ guidance on how to keep teeth healthy.”

The article provides information on the impact of juicing, low-carb, and vegan diets. If you are on one of these diets, see us so we can advise you on steps you can take to help counteract the side effects. The Dallas Morning News points out that “one study found that people who followed a vegetarian diet (which includes dairy products and eggs) had healthier gums; however, it’s not yet clear if there’s a cause-and-effect relationship, according to the American Dental Association.” The ADA provides more information on the link between nutrition and oral health at MouthHealthy.org.

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From Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Halloween Candy?

More households will be giving out candy on Halloween this year if current trends hold, according to a new analysis by the Delta Dental Plans Association. Delta Dental polled parents in 2013 and 2015 about their Halloween candy giving and then conducted a comparative analysis predicting what trick-or-treaters can expect to get this year. The survey showed that 73% of parents gave out candy in 2013, but 78% of parents say they’ll hand out candy this year.

 The analysis also found the following:

  •  59% of parents will give out chocolate, which is the most handed out Halloween candy.
  • 61% of parents will limit the amount of Halloween candy their child can eat at a time, down from 89% in 2013.
  • 66% of parents expect they’ll eat some of their child’s candy, down from 79% of parents in 2013.

Don”t forget, you can support our Treats for Troops through Operation Gratitude.  This is the 7th year we will collect your excess candy after Halloween to send to our troops overseas as well as supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Please keep us in mind as you purchase and give away your Halloween candy this year!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

How Can Invisalign Help Me?

Invisaline

Straight Teeth Provide More Than A Great Look

Aesthetics aside, having straight teeth is important for a number of reasons. Straight teeth are easier to clean and floss. They also guard against uneven wear, and painful TMD problems. Straighter teeth allow for more efficient chewing and enhance food digestion. Straight teeth can even cause better pronunciation and speech!

INVISALIGN ISN’T THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE,  if you’re a good candidate, there are LOTS of reasons for choosing Invisalign—and they’re not all simply about going metal-free!

Clear, removable Invisalign trays are a less invasive orthodontic treatment method. With Invisalign technology, your teeth can be straightened without causing inconveniences to your daily life.

Benefits You Probably Didn’t Expect

The most obvious difference between Invisalign treatment and braces is their appearance, but there’s more to it than that. For example…

  • Less office visits. We’ll see you only once every 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Invisalign trays can sometimes double as whitening trays or protective mouth gear for sports.
  • The removable trays allow you to brush and floss normally, which results in better oral health during treatment.
  • You can enjoy the foods you choose, without the dietary restrictions of braces.
  • The smooth plastic trays are more comfortable, so you won’t deal with the irritation metal brackets sometimes cause.

Our Invisalign patients report that they are extremely pleased with their results. The treatment time is usually twice as fast as traditional braces, and costs no more. Many times financing is available for $129 per month or less!  As an advanced provider, we are happy to offer free consultations or 2nd opinions. Just call 954-566-5428, or contact us through the adjacent link, info@UltimateSMILEftl.com.

Is Invisalign Is Right For You?
Schedule an appointment with us! We’d love to see what we can do to improve and preserve your beautiful smile.

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

 

 

 

Floss Much?

Interventions May Encourage You To Floss

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, a survey of Americans finds that more than 25 percent fib to their dentist about flossing, the ADA News (8/12) reported. Studies suggest, however, that “some interventions may work,” and helping you to create “your own, concrete strategy about their own flossing habits may improve the odds that you succeed in making flossing part of your regular routine.” For example, specify when and where you will floss. Soon, flossing will be a new habit leading to better health and appearance!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Dental Treatment With Local Anesthetics Is Safe For Pregnant Women

HealthNewsDigest (8/4) reports that a new study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association suggests that dental treatment with local anesthetics is not harmful for pregnant women. Study author Dr. Aharon Hagai said, “Our study identified no evidence to show that dental treatment with anesthetics is harmful during pregnancy, and yet so many pregnant women avoid going to the dentist.” Dr. Hagai added, “Dentists and physicians should encourage pregnant women to maintain their oral health by continuing to receive routine dental care and seeking treatment when problems arise.”

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Oral Piercings Can Lead To Gum Recession & Chipped Teeth. Smokers More Likely To Have Gum Disease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Edmonton (CAN) Journal (7/24, Zabjek) reports on the health risks associated with tongue and lip piercings, finding they lead to gum recession or chipped teeth in about 30 percent of patients. It’s recommended that people that have oral piercings, should visit a professional piercer, carefully clean the area daily, and receive regular dental checkups.

In addition, “According to the American Dental Association, people who use tobacco have more plaque and tartar buildup and are three times more likely to have gum disease than people who don’t smoke,” the educator says, recommending people “don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco,” to avoid gum disease.

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

 

30% of Kids Miss School Due to Dental Problems

More than 30% of parents said their children between the ages of 6 and 12 missed school due to dental problems during the past year, according to a new Delta Dental survey.

The survey findings include the following:

  • 18% of parents reported their children missed at least a half a day of school, 4% said their children missed one day, 4% reported children missing two days, and 6% said their children had to miss three or more days.
  • Schoolchildren in the Northeast reported the most absences because of dental problems, with 36% of parents reporting their 6- to 12-year-olds missed school, followed by the South (33%), the Midwest (28%), and the West (28%).
  • Parents ages 35 to 44 reported the most amount of school missed by their children (35%), followed by parents ages 18 to 34 (34%), while parents 45 and older reported the least amount of school missed (19%).

Delta Dental also offered the following tips to help avoid oral health problems and help parents improve their kids’ oral health during the summer before school starts.

  • Brush all surfaces of the teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush gently for about two minutes, paying special attention to the gum line.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Limit sugary snacks and also high-starch or refined carbohydrate foods, such as chips, pretzels, cookies, breads, and dried fruits, including raisins. The bacteria that cause caries thrives on simple sugars, especially those in sticky foods and treats.
  • Limit fruit juice or other sweet/sugary drinks to mealtimes. Between meals and especially at bedtime, give children water to help them stay hydrated. This can also help prevent caries if your community water is fluoridated, according to Delta Dental.
  • Go to the dentist before school starts to learn about current or looming issues that could pose problems. Call us today to schedule a back to school check up!

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Summer Savings!

Save a COOL $100.00 on previously diagnosed treatment over $500.00.*  Call or click today to hold time for treatment you know you need to do.

*Treatment must begin during the month of July

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305

Happy Independence Day!

 

Did you know?

  • The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • Malia Obama, George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic and Calvin Coolidge were all born on the Fourth of July.
  • These events occurred on the Fourth of July: Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond (1845); the U.S. air offensive against Nazi, Germany, began (1942); Beach Boys’ “I Get Around” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts (1964); Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (1966).
  • The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
  • Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
  • The musical “1776” premiered on Broadway in 1969 and ran for 1,217 performances. The production won three Tony Awards, including one for best musical.
  • The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
  • Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
  • Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
  • The percentage of American homes with an outdoor grill is 87 percent.
  • The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
  • In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. (Today there are 311 million.)
  •  There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.

In the spirit of faith and Equality,  Happy July 4th,

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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305