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Dr. Eli Friedman of Friedman Dental Group with its practices being one of the leading dental groups in South Florida, and are also part of a very small minority that perform life-changing reconstructive procedures to re-habilitate its patients from years of dental neglect joins eHealth Radio and the Dental Care and Health News Channels.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Eli Friedman discuss the following:

What is a prosthodontist and what do they do?
What was the path you took to become a prosth-odontist (education and career background)?
What are the signs that someone should reach out to a prosthodontist and what will the prosthodontist look for in a consultation?
What benefit does seeing a prosthodontist have for a complex dental treatment?

Dr. Eli Friedman Profile PictureDr. Eli Friedman is a recognized leader in reconstructive, esthetics and implant dentistry and is one of the few prosthodontists who places and restores dental implants. Dr. Friedman has placed and restored thousands of dental implants, including early and immediate loading. After graduating in 1998 from the prestigious Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, he returned to his hometown of Toronto, Canada where he joined two of the most-renowned prosthodontic practices, focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry.

After six years of successful hands-on experience, Dr. Friedman completed an additional three-year post-graduate specialty certificate in prosthodontics at Nova Southeastern University’s School of Dental Medicine in Florida. His training was focused on full-mouth rehabilitation and dental implant surgery.

Dr. Friedman finished his three-year residency having placed and restored hundreds of implants, and was appointed chief resident of post-graduate prosthodontics. The combination of his six years in private practice and his three-year residency in prosthodontics made him one-of-a-kind in his field. In 2006, he lectured and presented extensively on dental implants, case presentation and was appointed teaching assignments at the University.

Dr. Eli Friedman lectures nationwide and is a fellow of the American Academy of Osseointegration, affiliated with the American Dental Association, and the American College of Prosthodontists. Having over 20 years of experience, he is regularly invited to lecture at many local and national dental organizations. Dr. Eli Friedman is married to Dr. Katia Friedman, who practices general and pediatric dentistry.

They have two daughters, Chloe and Lauren. The Friedman’s have four dental practices in South Florida—in Coral Springs, Plantation, Tamarac, and Palm Beach.


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Friedman Dental Group Offers New, Revolutionary Technique to Correct Receding Gums

Friedman Dental Group, an industry-leading dental group with four state-of-the-art offices in South Florida, is proud to now offer pinhole gum rejuvenation, a revolutionary technique to correct gingival recession, also referred to as receding gums.

Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a minimally invasive treatment option that does not involve the use of scalpels, sutures or traditional grafts. This groundbreaking procedure results in amazing results for patients in a fraction of the typical recovery time.

Advantages to using the pinhole gum rejuvenation technique include the ability to perform the procedure on the entire mouth in one sitting, considerably less chair time than traditional procedures, less postoperative pain, better chance of patient acceptance, and decreased risk of postoperative trismus.

Patients can experience gingival recession as a result of any number of reasons, including aggressive teeth brushing, insufficient dental care, use of tobacco products and even teeth grinding. It’s important to attend regular check-ups with your dentist to check for signs that your gums are receding.

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About Friedman Dental Group
Friedman Dental Group is an industry-leading dental group with four state-of-the-art offices in South Florida, including Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation and Tamarac. Friedman Dental Group’s team of highly trained periodontists, skilled and caring team members provide world-class care and treatment specifically tailored to each patient’s individual needs. For more information on Friedman Dental Group and services offered or to schedule a consultation, please visit

When You Should Stop Spoon-Feeding Your Kid

Here’s When You Should Stop Spoon-Feeding Your Kid, According To Experts


You’ve been waiting to hit the solid foods milestone so you can finally feed your sweet babe teeny spoonfuls of something delicious, but the recommendations vary on when and how to start feeding your baby real food, and they pretty much vary on when you should stop, too. Because kids are so different, and their needs are all different, there’s no real solid guidelines on how mealtimes should go with your toddlers. But, there are general routines you can follow to help your kid learn to eat in a healthy way. Here’s when you should stop spoon-feeding your kid, so you can plan accordingly.

“Once a baby can hold his head properly and sit up comfortably, at around 8 to 12 months, a baby should start using his/her thumb or index fingers to feed themselves,” Dr. Katia Friedman tells Romper. By that time, your child should have developed hand-eye coordination and related skills (like the pincer grasp) to be able to feed themselves appropriately. Obviously, development varies from child to child, but stopping spoon-feeding and allowing a baby to try on their own will help to advance their skills. As they say, practice makes you better. If your baby is reaching for your veggies or his eyes are focused on your food, that’s a good sign that the baby is ready to start feeding themselves, notes Friedman.


But don’t feel like spoon-feeding is pointless. Spoon-feeding is important during a baby’s development when they aren’t physically developed enough to eat solid food, adds pediatric dentist Dr. Hyewon Lee, DMD, MPH. “But,” she tells Romper, “parents should avoid saliva-sharing behaviors such as sharing spoons and other utensils because bacteria that causes cavities is passed from parent to baby when this happens.” (Though studies have shown that saliva-sharing with infants can possibly reduce the likelihood of allergies later in life, the counterargument is that the likelihood of tooth decay also increases.) Though every baby is different, Lee mentions, by 10 to 12 months babies should be eating mostly table food and can handle their own spoons.

Self-feeding skills, like other natural developmental skills, need to be practiced. When your baby first starts feeding themselves, complete inaccuracy (and total mess) is to be expected. As they get more and more experienced using their hands and fingers, manipulating utensils, and drinking from a cup, they’ll become more confident and more efficient. Encouraging your little ones and allowing them lots of chances to explore food and self-feeding is not only a really fun process, but also excellent for their development.

Having your baby sit with your family during mealtimes gives them a great guide for how adults eat, too. From watching you, they learn the process of a meal, how utensils are used, and how to bring food to your mouth to chew. Many families love sharing some of the family meal with their babies to give them a chance to explore flavors and textures, and discover new sensations involved in eating.


As the website for Dr. Sears noted, once your baby starts a major independence streak (around 12 months), they’ll want to do everything on their own. While this may not be entirely effective, it is a good way for them to learn and practice the skills needed to feed themselves. A good way to start is to prepare a a bite ready for them in a spoon, and help guide that spoon to their mouths while they hold it. Practicing poking larger pieces of fruit or vegetables with a blunt fork is also a great learning activity. Taking advantage of their focus and determination at this age is a good idea, as you’ll be working with their will instead of against it.

Babies are often ready to do this way before we let them. But, watching your baby learn to eat and enjoy the foods you do is one of the best moments of parenthood, particularly if mealtimes are celebrated in your family.

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How Using A Bottle After 1 Affects Your Kid

How Using A Bottle After 1 Affects Your Kid Later In Life, According To Experts


When it comes to babies, we know that every child is different. No one method works for all kids, parents, or families, so it’s hard for us to decide what to do. If your little one is nearing her first birthday, you might be considering weaning options from breast milk/formula and from bottles. There are sure to be plenty of opinions on those subjects from your circle or friends and family, but does it really matter when you stop the bottle? Here’s how using a bottle after one affects your kid later in life, so you can make a prepared decision.

“The motion of the mouth and muscles while sucking on a bottle (or even a pacifier) can cause incoming and existing baby teeth to become mis-aligned,” notes Dr. Larry Williams, DDS. This mis-alignment can actually remain even after baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth, Williams tells Romper. When a child continues to use a bottle or pacifier past 12 months of age, they could develop an open bite where their front teeth remain open even when their mouth is closed. In addition, “drinking from a bottle can cause frequent and long-term exposure of the child’s teeth to liquids,” Williams continues. This could ultimately cause cavities.

Drinks like milk, juice, and even formula and breast milk (all of which are popular choices for bottles), all contain sugars that lead to tooth decay. If your child continues to drink from a bottle past their first year, the effects of bottle decay could be prolonged, he also notes.

This becomes particularly problematic if your little one is going to bed with a bottle. “Nighttime bottle feeding with drinks like juice or milk increase the risk of cavities because the sugars (natural or added) stick to a baby’s teeth and help create acid that attacks the teeth,” notes pediatric dentist Dr. Hyewon Lee,DMD, MPH. If your baby needs a bottle to go to sleep, it’s best to fill it with water, she tells Romper.

To add even more stress about cavities, dentist Dr. Katia Friedman tells Romper, “Rampant cavities can be very difficult to treat at such an early age and might require for the child to be put to sleep for dental treatment.” Trying to prevent cavities is likely a much easier situation to deal with.

Establishing an oral care routine with your kid is a great thing to begin early. Even before they have teeth, their gums can be wiped down with a soft washcloth. Once those little teeth poke through, brushing twice a day with a soft toothbrush will help to firm up your care routine and stick with it as they get older. Experts encourage holding off the fluoride toothpaste until after your kid’s second birthday, and even then, using a very small, pea-sized amount on their brush.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s possible that continued bottle use also could lead to increased weight or obesity, says Friedman. Once a child starts eating solid food consistently, adding a bottle to that can easily add extra calories to your baby’s diet, she notes. Since older babies are more likely to tote bottles around and suck on them aimlessly, most pediatricians recommend keeping drinks (besides water) at the table to prevent overconsumption.

If you’re concerned about the effects of bottle use in your older baby, be sure to talk to your pediatrician. They can offer you guided input specific to your family and baby. As with most child-related situations, there’s not a one-size-fits-all type solution. Often, going with what you and your healthcare provider think is best for your child and family and drowning out the rest of the noise is the best option.

Check out Romper’s new video series, Bearing The Motherload, where disagreeing parents from different sides of an issue sit down with a mediator and talk about how to support (and not judge) each other’s parenting perspectives. New episodes air Mondays on Facebook.  

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