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  • Everything I have had done at Premier Smile Center has been top-notch. The treatment I received was thorough, precise and extremely professional. I never felt like just another patient because they took the time to listen to my concerns. They addressed my issues and we agreed on the treatment plan together.

    The staff is very friendly, warm and extremely knowledgeable. I felt relaxed and comfortable knowing I chose the right place to get the dental work I needed. Dr. Johnson is very humane and very knowledgeable, and she does amazing work. I like the friendliness and honesty of the whole practice. I was not confident with my smile, in fact I was very self conscious and rarely smiled. Premier Smile Center has changed all that. My smile is one of the things I like the most.

    Maria
  • I was terrified to receive a root canal, but I knew it had to be done. After meeting with Dr. Johnson and Dr. Bui, I felt better about the procedure. They educated me on the process. I was comfortable and had no pain—which was my biggest worry. I love coming to the office. Everyone is super friendly and knowledgeable. The doctors and staff educate you on what they are doing and why it is needed.

    The dentist was a place I visited only when I desperately needed to, and now I’m in the office every few months. I don’t live near the office anymore, but as long as they’re there, I will be driving over to Fort Lauderdale. Thanks to Premier Smile Center, I now have healthy, pearly white and almost perfectly straight teeth.

    Adriana
  • When I first came to the practice, my teeth were in terrible condition. From the beginning to the end of my treatment, Dr. Johnson and her entire practice were outstanding, professional and extremely understanding of my needs. Dr. Johnson is honest and very hands-on, and the practice feels like a family and not a factory. Thanks to Dr. Johnson, I now have a great smile.

    Arthur
  • Coming to Premier Smile Center was a life-changing experience for me. Although I was a registered nurse, I had the worst teeth ever—a missing tooth, discolored teeth and a crooked smile. Dr. Johnson explained to me in detail how she could give me a beautiful smile. She and her staff have been truly supportive and non-judgmental about my teeth. Dr. Johnson is compassionate, understanding and a joy to talk to, and the staff are friendly, efficient and caring. They encouraged me to go on when I was feeling down, and now I can smile confidently.

    The treatment I received has greatly increased my self-esteem. I can smile and laugh unashamedly and join into a group conversation, and not just be a passive listener. I also have better health and nutrition. It is the best investment I have ever made for myself.

    Gloria
  • Premier Smile Center has always treated me like family, and my experience as a patient of Dr. Johnson’s has been nothing but satisfactory. Dr. Johnson is brilliant, and the practice is clean, friendly and professional. Before I came to the office, the condition of my teeth was depressing. As a result of my treatment, I have more confidence and less anxiety associated with a messed-up mouth.

    Clayton
  • Before coming to Premier Smile Center, I had not been to a dentist in some time. I needed some periodontal work done, fillings and wisdom tooth extractions. What initially struck me was the warm welcome I received from the front office staff, and I had virtually no wait time before I was greeted by Dr. Johnson. She was incredibly professional and explained everything she was doing as she conducted the initial exam. She made her recommendations and scheduled a return visit to repair some fillings and pull two wisdom teeth.

    What was truly amazing was that within 24 hours Dr. Johnson herself called to check on me and asked how my experience was. My wisdom tooth extractions went flawlessly, and I experienced very little bleeding and no pain during or after the procedure. Again, Dr. Johnson called me afterward to check how I was doing. I like Dr. Johnson’s warm and sincere concern for her patients, and I also like her professional staff. I am always impressed by the warm, professional nature of everyone in the office.

    Daniel
  • From the moment I arrived at Premier Smile Center over a year ago, Dr. Johnson and her entire staff have been amazing. Needless to say, anytime you have a cosmetic procedure done there will be nerves and lots of questions. Within minutes into my initial consultation, these concerns subsided. Unlike other dental practices I have been to, Dr. Johnson took her time and explained what I should expect from beginning to end with Invisalign. I continue to receive compliments on my smile every day. I love it! I have already and would recommend her again to anyone I know. A huge thank you to Dr. Johnson and the Premier Smile Center staff for making my experience fabulous!

    Erica

Charmaine Johnson DDS Premiere Smile Center

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March 27, 2020
1 weekago

The coronavirus is all anyone can think about right now, but one way to take a break from all the heavy news is to think about the good things ahead. You can plan for the future and look forward to the many ways life will improve. If you’ve long been considering ways to improve your smile, now is the time to research cosmetic dentistry treatments so you’re prepared to discuss the details with your Fort Lauderdale dentist when the time comes.

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March 24, 2020
2 weeksago

Now that dental offices are only seeing emergency patients and not doing any elective procedures, I want to shed some light on what is considered an emergency procedure.

According to The American Dental Association, emergency procedures are: “potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection.”

Conditions include uncontrolled bleeding; soft tissue bacterial infections with swelling that potentially compromises the patient’s airway; or trauma involving facial bones that potentially compromises the patient’s airway.”

Examples of urgent dental care treatments, include:

  • Severe dental pain from a root canal infection
  • Wisdom teeth pain.
  • Pain after an extraction – possibly from a dry socket.
  • Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
  • Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma.
  • Dental trauma when a tooth gets knocked out.
  • Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gum irritation.

Other emergency dental care includes:

  • extensive decay or defective restorations causing pain; 
  • suture removal; 
  • denture adjustments on radiation/oncology patients; 
  • denture adjustments or repairs when it affects the function; 
  • replacing temporary filling on a root canal treatment in patients experiencing pain; 
  • snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa.

Non dental emergencies include:

  • Routine checkups and cleanings
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Extraction of teeth that have no symptoms
  • Routine fillings and crowns
  • Cosmetic procedures

Still not sure if you have a dental emergency? If you are experiencing: bleeding gums, a broken tooth, mouth injury, or severe pain, then give us a call at 954-566-7479. If you do need an appointment, we’ll do our best to get you in right away.

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March 24, 2020
2 weeksago

Some key positive things about coronavirus.

a) For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease are at a greater risk.

b) Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

c) There are simple things you can do to help yourself and others:

  • wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • stay home when you are sick
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash
  • use hand sanitizer

d) The coronavirus has a weak lipid or fatty lining that makes it easy to kill by disinfecting surfaces with a diluted bleach solution, an alcohol solution with 70% alcohol and any household disinfectants. Good old soap and water works just fine as well.

e) Most people who are infected with the coronavirus exhibit symptoms similar to the cold or flu. 

f) According to WHO statistics, people are recovering from the virus.

g) China has closed it’s last temporary hospital due to not enough new cases to support them.

h)  Apple reopens all 42 China stores.

i) A vaccine has been developed and is being fast tracked into human trials.

j) Italy has one of the oldest populations in the world. In Italy, 23% of the population is over age 65, compared to the US, where that population is 16%. We know that the mortality is higher in the elderly.

k) Children don’t seem to get that sick with Covid-19 because kids seem to have pristine lungs that have not been damaged by a lifetime of inflammation from pollutants, allergies and diseases.

So, it’s not all bad. There is a silver lining. In the meantime, I encourage you to all practice self love:

  • Take care of yourselves. Stay healthy by getting good sleep, eat healthy, exercise
  • Take care of your mental health by reading, listening to your favorite music, take a walk outside. Turn off the TV or watch something positive and uplifting.
  • Reach out to friends and family via Skype, facetime or Whatsapp.
  • Be patient and kind to others. This is a difficult time for everyone. 
  • Help your elderly neighbors or friends who are immunocompromised get groceries.

Premier Dental Center is currently only open to help patients with dental emergencies. We are following the current guidelines from local and national health authorities, keeping ourselves and our patients healthy and remaining ready to serve you. You can call us as we have extended our phone hours and staff will be able to answer your questions on your oral health.

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March 24, 2020
2 weeksago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as the top way to clean our hands. “But if soap and water are not available, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can help,” Not all hand sanitizers are the same . They have different percentages of alcohol. The only ones that are effective against viruses are those that have more than 60% alcohol, so look at the label when you buy your hand sanitizer.

The news media has created this sanitizer frenzy and our store shelves are empty with people fighting each other at the stores. However, good old fashioned soap and water is still shown to be the best way to get rid of bacteria and viruses on our hands. Many studies have shown that hand sanitizer does not get rid of all bacteria and viruses. In addition, it has to be used correctly in order for it to be effective. You have to apply a decent amount on your hands and you have to rub it in until it is dry. It takes about 30 seconds for it to dry. If your hands a dirty or greasy, it does not penetrate the dirt or grease and is ineffective.

So how does soap and water work and why is it better than hand sanitizer? 

Soap is made up of molecules that have 2 ends. The one end is attracted to fats and proteins and the other end is attracted to water. So, take some oil and pour it into water. The oil pools in a clump. Add detergent to it and it breaks up. This is because the fat loving end of the soap attaches to the oil and the water end stays in the water. The water end then pulls the oil apart.

Studies have shown by using a dye how much soap gets rid of germs vs hand sanitizer and hands down, there is more dye on the hands in this study after using hand sanitizer.

Coronavirus is an enveloped virus. This means it has a lipid or fat layer around it. When we use soap to wash our hands, the fat loving end of the soap attaches to the lipid wall of the virus. The water loving end stays in the water and pulls the wall of the virus apart. The now harmless broken up bits of virus now get washed down the drain.

So, make hand washing your number one choice. You also don’t need special antibacterial soap. All soap whether antibacterial or not has molecules that have a fat loving side and a water loving side. If you are not able to wash your hands then use a hand sanitizer but make sure it has at least 60% alcohol and that you are rubbing it all over your hands including between your fingers for at least 30 seconds until it dries.

We know that there is a lot of concern about the spread of Covid -19 and as an office we are being vigilant and attentive to what we need to do to prevent the spread of the virus. However, at the same time, we are healthcare practitioners and our job is to help patients become healthy or stay healthy. Dental offices treat dental emergencies like pain, swelling, broken teeth. Thus we plan to stay open to help you with your needs as long as the benefits outweigh the risks to our community.

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March 24, 2020
2 weeksago

There’s so much information out there about this virus, it’s often hard to discern what is real and what is a myth. Here are some myths according to the WHO.

  • The virus cannot be transmitted in hot, humid environments.
  • False – The virus is transmitted in all environments. 
  • Taking a hot bath prevents you from catching the virus
  • False – your body temperature remains around 36.5 – 37 degrees celcius even in a hot bath
  • Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • False – coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. 
  • Are hand dryers effective in killing the virus?
  • No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the coronavirus. To protect yourself against it, you should frequently clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Can an ultra-violet disinfection lamp kill the virus
  • No. UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
  • Can spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body, kill the virus?
  • No. Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. It is harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). However, alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.
  • Can regularly rinsing your nose with saline prevent infection from the virus?
  • No. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing your nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
  • Can eating garlic help prevent infection from the virus?
  • Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties but there is no evidence that eating garlic has protected people from the virus.
  • Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the virus?
  • No. Antibiotics work against bacteria and not viruses. Now if you are in the hospital and you develop a bacterial infection on top of having the virus, the antibiotics will help with the bacterial infection.
  • Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the virus?
  • No. The virus is new and there is no vaccine available yet. Vaccines are in human trials now.

Don’t neglect your oral health during this time. Premier Dental Center is open for emergency dental appointments only. If you are experiencing severe swelling, bleeding, or have suffered a dental injury, please call our office to be seen.

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March 24, 2020
2 weeksago

I have had a few questions from patients as to what mouthwashes will help protect against the coronavirus.

At this point, there is no evidence that mouthwashes protect you from Coronavirus. Some people are thinking that Listerine with alcohol will help. However, this is not true as the only 60% alcohol content will kill the virus. But please don’t rinse with alcohol or rubbing alcohol or any of those.

The other question from patients who have had gum disease is : does peridex, the prescription mouth rinse we use after a scaling work. There is no evidence that it works against viruses as it is designed to work against the gum disease bacteria.

However, it appears from a recent study, that 1% hydrogen peroxide will reduce the salivary load of the coronavirus. The American Dental Association is recommending dentists have patients rinse with 1% hydrogen peroxide before we start any dental procedure on them.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the COVID-19 is that it is an enveloped virus.  This means that it has a weak fatty envelope, which is easily broken down by most disinfectants.

Hydrogen peroxide easily attacks the envelope lining and destroys it by chemical action.

Thus at home we recommend you disinfect your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide; even soak your mouthguard and retainers in it for 5-10 minutes. If you use a waterpik, fill it with hydrogen peroxide and irrigate your mouth with it instead of just water. You can even rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide for 60 seconds.

However, the concentration most commonly sold in the pharmacies is 3% hydrogen peroxide. If you want to use it as a mouthwash, dilute it 1:2. This means 1 part of hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts of water.

I hope this helps, stay safe!

(A preoperational antimicrobial mouthrinse is generally believed to reduce the number of oral microbes. However, as instructed by the Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (the 5th edition) released by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, chlorhexidine, which is commonly used as mouthrinse in dental practice, may not be effective to kill 2019-nCoV. Since 2019-nCoV is vulnerable to oxidation, preprocedural mouthrinse containing oxidative agents such as 1% hydrogen peroxide or 0.2% povidone is recommended, for the purpose of reducing the salivary load of oral microbes, including potential 2019-nCoV carriage. A preprocedural mouthrinse would be most useful in cases when rubber dam cannot be used.)

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March 11, 2020
4 weeksago

Smile makeovers come in all shapes and sizes. Some upgrades take one visit to a dentist near Fort Lauderdale to complete, other makeovers take multiple visits over several months. There is no one right way to get a healthy, strong, pain-free, attractive smile. The only question is: What’s the right smile makeover for you?

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March 11, 2020
4 weeksago
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Is it possible to walk into a dental office with terrible teeth and walk out with a whole new set of beautiful teeth held in place by implants? Is that even safe? The answer is YES! However, many things have to line up correctly in order for this to be done safely and predictably.

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