hose who have had problems going to the dentist in the past will most likely walk away from Dr. Abraham Jaskiel with a brand new attitude and a different outlook.
Dr. Jaskiel is a man who loves his chosen field and wants his patients to feel the love, too. “Before entering dental school, I watched my sister, who is a dental hygienist, help patients with their oral health. I was also intrigued that my childhood dentist made it comfortable for me to come to my appointments. I wanted to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in dentistry,” he said.
But it was his experiences dealing with others in the health field that really encouraged him to embrace a relationship with his patients.
“Unfortunately, my family has had medical issues over the years. I’ve seen how medicine works and I’m a little disheartened,” Dr. Jaskiel explained citing instances of miscommunication and discord.
That’s bad for some, but good for Dr. Jaskiel’s patients.
“I’m always looking to be different, somebody who is looking to improve and somebody who is always looking out for my patients.”
Dr. Jaskiel begins by making sure his patients understand the importance of good hygiene, and emphasizes preventative care beyond all else.
“I don’t want to be the kind of guy that just treats a patient and sends them home until they have to come back for another issue. I want them to learn how to help themselves. I want them to deeply internalize the information so much that every time they pick up a toothbrush, they remember my voice,” he said with a laugh.
Seriously, though, don’t get lazy about your oral hygiene, because it can have serious consequences.
“You can always tell somebody ‘if you don’t eat well, you’re going to have a heart attack,’ and you don’t recognize the symptoms until it’s too late. They can tell you, ‘You have high blood pressure? Here, let me give you a pill,’ but [doctors] don’t spend the extra five minutes to give you needed information,” said Dr. Jaskiel.
Dr. Jaskiel is also a proponent of conservative dentistry by taking care of small problems instead of waiting until they become large problems.
“Some dentists will take a wait-and-see attitude,” he said. “Sometimes waiting means you’re waiting for a big problem to happen. To act early is sometimes a better answer.”
The holistic approach
Dr. Jaskiel firmly believes in taking a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating dental problems. “An important thing I want patients to know is how bacteria affect the body,” he explained.
And bacteria have many entry points. A patient can have a broken filling, decay under a crown, notches or recession around the gums, and/or sensitive teeth.
“In general, patients will go to the dentist and ask, ‘what do I have to do?’ What I try to do is show the patient that there is a relationship between all these.”
“I think there are two different kinds of people,” joked Dr. Jaskiel, “People who grind their teeth and people in denial.”
Everyone has some type of stress, he explained. People go through good stress on a regular basis – getting married, having a child, buying a house, getting a new job.
“These are great things in their lives, but they have to understand, it’s still stress, and it also takes its toll.”
And then there is bad stress. Your wife or husband is driving you crazy, your job is driving you crazy or your kids are driving you crazy. During the day, you have to be able to control it. In general the nighttime is when they do the most damage. And the relationship between teeth-grinding and bacteria is very detailed, explained Dr. Jaskiel.
“When somebody breaks a filling it could be because they are clenching and grinding, allowing bacteria to get in.”
One bacterium multiplies every minute and after 24 hours, it reaches into the billion, billions. “Most people think they have to brush twice a day,” explained Dr. Jaskiel. “Is that really enough? You have 17 hours in between. It’s not logical. I want people to think logically for themselves because it’s better for their overall health.”
Dr. Jaskiel takes extra time on educating his patients during the first comprehensive visit. He educates parents, too, on the effects of things like “baby bottle decay” before it becomes a problem.
“I have many young couples as patients and I watch their children grow up,” said Dr. Jaskiel. “We are not getting enough education in the school, so I can at least let my patients know so they can pass it on to their kids.
“I love to teach,” he said. “I like the reaction of ‘wow, I never heard that.’ There is so much information out there.”
Overcoming the fear factor
Many people have had terrible experiences at the dentist when they were younger. Jaskiel doesn’t want that to transfer to his adult patients.
“The first thing I ask my patients, what are your fears? Is it the needle? Is it the drill? Is it money? I want them to talk about it so we can overcome it.”
He learned a valuable lesson through an experience with his own daughter, now 15. When she was younger, she had to undergo a medical procedure.
“The doctor told her, this is not going to hurt, and they basically lied to her,” said Dr. Jaskiel. “It did hurt. You cannot lie to a kid; kids are not stupid. So that’s my rule. I never lie to a child. If you tell them it’s not going to hurt and it does, then you are creating a distrust that will carry through life.”
So for children, and some adults, the first visit is a fun experience.
“We do a cleaning, X-rays, exam, and I let them take the drills and instruments and explore,” said Dr. Jaskiel, “And we avoid terms like ‘hurt’ and ‘pain.’ They’ll feel comfortable because they’ll learn to trust me.”
State-of-the-art materials and techniques
Among the noteworthy materials Dr. Jaskiel uses are zirconia unbreakable crowns that require one-half the tooth reduction compared to standard porcelain crowns.
“Studies have shown that these are the best out there because they wear best against other teeth and fit like a glove,” said Dr. Jaskiel.
The practice is also known for its needleless injections and even earned a spot on CBS Evening News with Cynthia Demos to discuss this new technology in dentistry.
Dr. Jaskiel also uses Invisalign clear braces to correct smiles.
“Having crowding or misalignment is more than cosmetic,” he said. “It can also cause more issues because it is impossible to clean.”
Invisalign braces stay on an average five to eight months – a lot less time than the usual minimum of 18 months for metal braces.
Education and experience
Dr. Jaskiel is Brooklyn born and raised and went to Boston University. After graduating Boston University with a doctorate of medical dentistry degree, he relocated to south Florida and became the chief resident at Nova Southeastern University. He has enjoyed volunteering and teaching other dentists who volunteer, as well as residents at Community Smiles Dental Clinic where he served on the Board of Directors for more than ten years.
If you go
Expect your first appointment, and all other appointments to be yours and yours alone.
Dr. Jaskiel doesn’t see a large number of patients for good reason.
“I like to give everybody their set time, on time,” he said.
And the waiting room, equipped with massage chairs, is not a waiting room for patients, but rather a waiting room for the people waiting for the patient.
The office takes all major insurances, and his office manager, an expert in insurance, thoroughly checks every detail and puts it in writing so there are no surprises or communication problems.
Brickell Avenue Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry, located at 1865 Brickell Avenue, Suite 207, is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. The dental practice has been on Brickell since 2001 and at this location since 2007. There is free parking as well as free valet parking, an unusual perk in Brickell.
“We try to help people in every possible way,” said Dr.Jaskiel. “I’m there for my patients. I want them to know that and know they will be well cared for. And that’s very, very important to me.”
Call 305-653-2231 or send an email to email@example.com to schedule an appointment.