The New Year is here, and for many people that usually means one thing: It’s time to recommit to better health, wellness, and happiness! As we reflect on 2014, the editor’s of the Miami Dentist Blog would like to highlight a few of our most-read articles on oral health and total body wellness. From everyone at Assure A Smile, we wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year!

There are plenty of reasons to desire a straighter, whiter smile. Your smile is often the focal point of your appearance, and it is usually the first thing another friend, colleague, or classmate will notice. Moreover, several studies indicate that an eye-catching smile makes people of all ages appear happier, healthier, and more successful.

Cosmetic dentistry focuses on making positive changes to the teeth and oral tissues. Unfortunately, patients sometimes see cosmetic dental procedures as unnatural, artificial, or unnecessary. An overwhelming amount of research suggests otherwise, indicating that cosmetic procedures can actually spur far-reaching improvements in holistic health. It’s easy to see how cosmetic enhancements like bonds, dental implants, and orthodontics improve the structure, alignment, and physical health of the mouth. But studies also show cosmetic procedures help patients to live healthier and happier lives by providing less obvious improvements to mental and emotional well being.

The DNA Appliance- A Holistic Approach to Smile EnhancementA new orthodontic treatment has patients buzzing with excitement and positive reviews. It’s called the Daytime-Nightime Appliance®, or DNA appliance® for short, and medical professionals believe it will forever change the way patients think of smile enhancement.

the-truth-about-mercury-fillingsWhat’s more toxic than lead, cadmium and arsenic? I’ll give you a hint: it might just be in your mouth…

Comments by Dr. Ted Herrmann:

Mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium, and arsenic. What many people are unaware of, however, is just how close they come to it each day. In truth, if you have a traditional silver filling in any of your teeth, you have a little bit of mercury there too.

treating-gum-disease-with-perio-protectDo you have bleeding, puffy, or otherwise agitated gums? If so, you may be one of 85% of adults who have gum disease. Gum disease can lead to receding gums, loss of teeth, chronic bad breath, and has recently been linked with heart disease. Treating gum disease, however, can reverse the process and help both teeth and gums to become healthy again!

breakfast-3-things-you-did-not-knowIt seems there is never enough time. When time is short, we tend to choose the easiest option. The problem? The easiest option is not always the healthiest.

Break the cycle and prime yourself with success by eating a healthy breakfast every day!

Aside from providing your body with fuel, eating a daily breakfast rich in protein, fruit, and healthy fat builds a foundation for long term longevity.

miami-dentist-says-go-proWhen it comes to caring for your smile, are you proactive?

Did you know that bacteria need only 48 hours to begin to infect your gums? Proactively removing plaque from your teeth is hands down the best way to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the first place.

It is recommended children schedule a dental appointment every 6 months, while adults schedule every 4, to maintain a healthy smile.

Miami dentists are urged to identify and treat periodontitis cases as soon as possible to lessen the risk of heart disease. This holistic concern has risen in the wake of recent scientific inquiries into the long known correlation between gum disease and heart disease.


The heart and mouth share relatively little physical proximity in the human body. While both are instrumental in the breakdown and delivery of both oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, each has conventionally been thought of as exclusive and to have little affect on the other. Recent studies conducted at the University of Minnesota, however, have identified bacteria that link periodontitis, a common gum disease resulting from poor oral hygiene, to the blood clots that cause Coronary Heart Disease.

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