What is Plaque and How to Fight it!

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What is plaque?

Plaque!?!?!….YUK.  But what is it?   For almost everyone, plaque has a negative connotation yet most really aren’t sure what it actually is or where it comes from.

Plaque is a sticky, soft, invisible mass build up on your teeth.  It is produced by the naturally occurring bacteria and germs in your mouth.  As you eat, the bacteria in your mouth eat and breakdown the food and sugars.  Plaque is the bacteria’s by-product and more and more is produced every day.

What problems can plaque cause?

Plaque maybe one of your mouth’s greatest enemies.  It relentlessly attacks your teeth and oral health every day. It can yellow your teeth and cause unwanted bad breath.   Not to mention that plaque eats away at your tooth’s enamel and causes cavities.

Overtime, it can lead to more severe issues, such as gum disease, that leaves the gums red, puffy and can cause them to bleed easily.  This can be the early stage of periodontal disease, often known as gingivitis.  If left untreated, it can eventually lead to periodontitis, a severe stage of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and even destroy the bones supporting the teeth.

How to fight back?

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Plaque is colorless and often hard to detect.  Since it is always being produced in your mouth, the best way to remove it and help prevent other oral health issues is to brush and floss daily.

The best ways to fight plaque and keep your teeth healthy include:

  • Be sure to brush your teeth twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss between your teeth and around your gums at least once per day.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals that may provide more sugar to fuel plaque production.
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a professional oral exam and cleaning.

When it comes to fighting plaque and many other oral issues, brushing your teeth and flossing daily is your best ammunition.  However, regularly seeing your dentist to clean your teeth, check for any issues and discuss your overall wellness and nutrition will give you the best outcome for long, healthy teeth and gums.

If in the Boynton Beach or Lake Worth Florida area and looking for a complete health dentist that also offers nutrition counseling, look no further than Aberdeen Dentistry.

Dr. Hillary L. Krawatsky, DDS and her wonderful staff combine their experience with the latest dental technology to offer the best patient experience.  Aberdeen Dentistry’s approach to complete health dentistry helps insure a lasting relationship with their patients and their overall wellness.

For more information or to schedule your next dental visit, call 561-364-7000 or visit http://www.myboyntondentist.com/contact/appointment-request

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Porcelain Bridges: Aberdeen Dentistry – Boynton Beach Florida

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Porcelain Bridges, Are They Right for You?

When a patient has missing teeth, not only can they be embarrassed by their smile, everyday occurrences such as chewing or speaking clearly can become very difficult.

In these situations, a fixed porcelain bridge can be the ideal solution.

A  fixed porcelain bridge is a dental prosthetic used to restore missing teeth. It is best for patients that still have some of their natural teeth, as the bridge anchors itself to surrounding teeth (called the abutment teeth).

The bridge is secured to the abutment teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth, and a false tooth (called a pontic) goes into space where the tooth is missing efficiently bridging the gap. Fixed bridges look like your natural smile and make it easier for patients to function in their daily lives.

At Aberdeen Dentistry in Boynton Beach Florida, we provide our patients with fixed bridges made out of porcelain for the most realistic and attractive results.

Am I an ideal candidate for porcelain fixed bridge?

A fixed bridge is an excellent treatment choice for almost any patient who is missing a tooth or many teeth, but still, has some natural teeth and is in decent oral health.

Are there various types of dental bridges?

There a few different options for dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bonded. The right kind of bridge for you will depend on which teeth are anchoring the bridge.

What are the benefits of a porcelain fixed bridge?

The difference between partial dentures and a fixed bridge is that a fixed bridge is permanent and dentures are removable.

  • Having a fixed bridge eliminates the need for messy denture adhesives and other nuisances such as slipping or discomfort that go along with removable appliances.
  • Bridges are easy to care for, requiring brushed just like natural teeth.
  • Also, a fixed bridge can improve the patient’s facial structure and increase his or her self-confidence.

How soon can a fixed porcelain bridge be placed?

If your overall oral health is acceptable, you may be able to begin the treatment process as soon as you decide you want to do something about your missing teeth. Making an appointment gives you the chance to learn about all your treatment options and decide whether a bridge is the best course of treatment for you.

How is a porcelain fixed bridge placed?

Getting a fixed bridge will take place over multiple dental appointments and will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Krawatsky.

The first appointment will involve prepping of the abutment teeth, meaning that some of the tooth surfaces from the teeth on either side of the gap will be removed to accommodate the crowns that will go over them.

Impressions are taken and sent off to the lab where the crafting of bridge takes place. During this process, the patient will be given a temporary bridge to wear.

At a later appointment, the patient’s temporary bridge will be removed and replaced with the new bridge. Additional arrangements may be necessary to adjust the bridge to the patient’s liking.

If you are interested in finding out if a fixed bridge is right for you, call us today to schedule your consultation appointment!

Why Aberdeen Dentistry?

When you arrive at our dental practice in Boynton Beach, your complete health is our number one priority.  We honestly feel that by selecting us, you have picked the friendliest and most professional dental office in Boynton Beach, Florida and nearby Lake Worth. Dr. Hillary Krawatsky and the entire team at Aberdeen Dentistry are committed to giving you personalized, considerate care that you and your family both want and deserve.  At Aberdeen Dentistry, we believe that a healthy body starts with a healthy smile.

For more information about Aberdeen Dentistry or to schedule your next dental appointment, call 561-364-7000 or visit http://www.myboyntondentist.com to request an appointment online.

Protect your Gums and Your Health

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Guarding Your Whole Health by Protecting Your Gums

Your gums are the basis for good health in your mouth. Without proper care, issues such as Gingivitis, a common mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) could arise causing irritation, redness, and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth.  Gingivitis left untreated can lead to a much more severe gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.

Not only is tooth loss a concern but gum disease can result in other significant health issues as well.

Health Issues Associated with Periodontal Disease

Atherosclerosis and heart disease — Gum disease increases the chance of obstructed arteries, heart disease, and is believed to worsen existing heart disease.

Stroke — Gum disease increases the chance of the kind of stroke that is created by blocked arteries.

Premature births — a woman with gum disease during pregnancy may be more likely to deliver her baby too early. The infant may have a higher chance for low birth weight.

Diabetes — Diabetic patients with periodontal disease may have more trouble controlling their blood sugar than diabetic patients with healthy gums.

Respiratory disease — Bacteria linked with gum disease can lead to lung infections or worsen existing lung conditions, which is particularly important for elderly adults in institutions such as nursing homes. In this group, bacteria from the mouth may reach the lungs and may cause severe pneumonia.

Signs You May be at Risk for Gum Disease

While Healthy gums are firm and pale pink fitting tightly around the teeth, signs of gingivitis might include the below:

  • Swollen or puffy gums
  • Dusky red or dark red gums
  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender gums

If you have any of these signs, you should contact Aberdeen Dentistry immediately and schedule an appointment with Dr. Krawatsky. The sooner your gums are examined, the better the chances are that we can reverse damage caused by gingivitis and prevent its progression to periodontitis.

Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease

It is important to treat periodontal disease as soon as possible. Dr. Krawatsky will go over the best treatment options and the best way to care for your gums after treatment.

Treatment options for periodontal disease can include:

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing) -Dr. Krawatsky and staff will work to eliminate the plaque using a deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing.  The scaling method entails scraping off the tartar from around the gum line. Root planing gets rid of rough places on the tooth root where the germs gather and help eliminate bacteria that contribute to the disease.

Medications along with treatment that include scaling and root planing may be prescribed, but will not always replace surgery.

Severe Cases of Periodontal Disease – In severe cases, surgery is necessary. These procedures could include:

Flap Surgery —if inflammation and deep pockets persist following treatment with deep cleaning and medications. A periodontist will perform flap surgery to remove tartar deposits in deep pockets or to decrease the periodontal pocket and allow easier access for the patient, dentist, and hygienist to keep the area clean. This general surgery involves lifting back the gums and removing the tartar. Then the gums are sutured back in place allowing the tissue to fit snugly around the tooth again.

Bone and Tissue Grafts —in addition to flap surgery, your periodontist may recommend bone or tissue grafts. Grafting is a method to replace or encourage new growth of bone or gum tissue destroyed by periodontitis. Guided tissue regeneration is a procedure used concurrently with bone grafting which a small piece of mesh-like fabric is embedded between the bone and gum tissue, keeping the gum tissue from expanding into space where the bone should be, letting the bone and connective tissue to regrow.

Recommended good oral health habits, such as brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and regular dental visits, can help limit and reverse gingivitis.

Visit Aberdeen Family Dentistry in Boynton Beach, FL

If you live in the Boynton Beach, FL or Lake Worth, FL areas, please visit us for a complete dental examination and periodontal cleaning. If it is determined you have periodontal disease, you will be offered a comprehensive periodontal maintenance program.

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Aberdeen Dentistry, Improving Your Smile

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Archeological evidence shows that humans have attempted to replace missing teeth with root form implants dating back to ancient China! Currently, there are millions of people that live with no natural teeth in one or both jaws, but you do not have to be one of them. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million people have dental implants with another 500,000 added per year.

While our ancient ancestors may have used bamboo pegs or other precious metals available at the time as root replacements, today’s implants consist of surgical grade material such as titanium. These artificial root devices stay in the bone beneath the gums where they become fused into the jaw. A crown is then mounted on top of the implant once placed for a natural-looking smile. Favored by both patients and Dr. Krawatsky for their form and function in replacing a single missing or damaged tooth to restoring a complete smile, they also prevent bone atrophy in the jaw.

Will Dental Implants Work for Me?

Candidates for dental implants are those that are missing, have broken or severely decayed teeth and are in general good health overall. You will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krawatsky to determine if you have enough bone support and the healthy gums needed to support the new tooth structure.

Once determined that you will be an ideal candidate for the dental implants the process typically takes about six to nine months to complete.

What is the Process?

Starting with a surgical procedure during which you will be sedated and anesthetized while a titanium rod is placed where the tooth root once was. This part of the process will take about one to two hours. After placement, the gums are sutured shut over the implant where it will stay for several months to healing and fusing with the surrounding bone. Once healed, you will return to be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.

After the implantation is complete, it is okay to experience some discomfort, including bruising and swelling of the area. Dr. Krawatsky may use over the counter medication, or a prescription to help pain management and inflammation. If you think your situation may be right for dental implants schedule a consultation at Aberdeen Dentistry today.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants have multiple advantages, including:

• Improved appearance. Designed to fuse with bone, they become fixed and feel like real teeth.
• Speech Improvement. Poor-fitting dentures cause the teeth to slip within the mouth forcing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you the freedom to speak without the worry that teeth might move.
• Improved comfort. Once a part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
• Easier eating. Sliding dentures make chewing difficult. Dental implants perform like your teeth, letting you eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
• Improved self-esteem. Dental implants return your smile and boost self-esteem.
• Improved oral health. With dental implants, there is no need to reduce other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Since nearby teeth are not changed to support the implant, more of your teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants allow easier access between teeth, enhancing oral hygiene.
• Sturdiness. Implants are very durable and will last many years. Proper care and maintenance will maintain implants for many years.
• Convenience. Dental implants are part of you. No need for the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures with, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Why Aberdeen Dentistry?

When you come to our dental practice in Boynton Beach, your complete health is our number one priority. We honestly feel that by selecting us, you have picked the friendliest and most professional dental office in Boynton Beach, Florida and nearby Lake Worth.

Dr. Hillary Krawatsky and the entire team at Aberdeen Dentistry are committed to giving you the personalized, gentle care that you and your family both want and deserve. At Aberdeen Dentistry, we believe that a healthy body starts with a healthy smile.

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Can Laser Dentistry Enhance Your Best Smile?

Do you live in Boynton Beach or nearby Lake Worth, Florida? Have you ever wondered about Laser Dentistry?
At Aberdeen Dentistry, Dr. Hillary Krawatsky uses our advance dental laser to create beautiful and healthy smiles!

A dental laser functions by generating heat energy in the form of light.
This allows Dr. Krawatsky to perform most laser treatments without injections or using the dental drill.
Lasers offer numerous benefits, especially when compared to the traditional dental drill.
Some advantages of Laser Dentistry include:
– less pain during dental treatment
– lessens and even eliminates the need for anesthesia
– reduces anxiety for those patients with a fear of the dental drill or “needle”
– minimizes bleeding and swelling during treatment

If you have gum disease or an area of concern in your mouth, please visit http://www.MyBoyntonDentist.com to schedule a complete exam and check-up and Dr. Krawatsky can determine if laser treatment is suitable for you.

Is Your Child Ready for their first visit to the Dentist?

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It is a wise decision to schedule your children as early as age one for a first visit to have their teeth assessed and catch any early concerns.  Don’t worry,  these visits are usually short – and involve little treatment.  However, as dentists, we do as much work as possible that can save you time and money of having to be referred to a pediatric specialist. In most cases, Dr. Krawatsky can patiently treat and explain what we are doing while working with each child in a fun, interactive way.

Ideal Age for Meeting the Dentist

By 2 1/2 most children have cut all of their baby teeth, so toddlerhood is a great time to teach good dental habits. Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth, and it is imperative to take great care of them. Decay in baby teeth increases the risk of decay in permanent teeth.

Preparing for the First Visit

At Aberdeen Dentistry, we follow the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for children to see us by their first birthday and twice-yearly after that. These visits combined with the right home care will keep those teeth pearly white all through childhood.

Remember for toddlers; their first visit can be an adventure. Weird instruments, lots of strange noises, and new people can fluster even the most laid-back 2-year-old. However, with careful preparation mixed in with fun prizes, a first trip to the dentist can be fun.

During the first exam, Dr. Krawatsky will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine their bite, and look for any other potential issues with the gums, jaw and oral tissues.  Our dental hygienist will also clean all teeth and assess the need for fluoride. Some topics we might discuss with you include:

  • Proper teeth brushing practices for your child’s teeth and gums
  • Cavity prevention
  • Fluoride needs
  • Oral habits such as thumb sucking, Tongue thrusting and lip sucking
  • Developmental milestones
  • Teething
  • Proper Nutrition
  • Visiting Our Office

We will also discuss with you the scheduling and importance of dental check-ups. It is most beneficial if we see children every six months to build up their comfort and confidence level in visiting with us.

Whether your child is sporting a gummy grin studded with just a couple of freshly-sprouted teeth or already has a mouthful of pearly whites, getting regular dental care with a dentist, they are comfortable with can help ensure that she maintains a healthy smile as he or she grows. 

As with your child’s pediatrician, you will want to choose a competent, patient pro who is adept at working with the kids to care for your little one. We at Aberdeen Dentistry pride ourselves on treating our little ones with the utmost care.

Healthy Practices at Home

  • Try these tips to keep your child on the path to a bright, healthy smile.
  • Stop sucking habits early. They lead to misaligned teeth and possible overbite.
  • Choose a soft, kid-size brush. Use a new brush every three months.
  • Only use a pea-size amount of toothpaste on your child’s brush. This amount is adequate fluoride and protection from fluorosis, a damaging oral condition caused by over-ingestion of fluoride.
  • Be sure to help your toddler brush after breakfast and before bed. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children younger than eight brush with guidance from parents.
  • Stay away from starchy and sugary snacks. They notoriously stick to teeth and increase the risk of decay.
  • If your child is unable to brush, rinse her mouth with water to wash away food particles and sugar.
  • Call your community’s water department to find out whether your water is fluoridated, and talk to your dentist about the best fluoride treatment.

To learn more about children’s dentistry at Aberdeen Dentistry in Boynton Beach, call 561-364-7000 or visit www.myboyntondentist.com

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Healthy Drinks for Healthy Teeth

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When you reach for a beverage, do you ever think about your oral health?  Most don’t.

The multitude of beverage choices seem to grow every day. From water, sodas, sports drinks, coffees, juices, craft beverages and so many more, it’s hard to keep up.

When it comes to health and calories, many will consider the impact a beverage may have on them.  However, when it comes to complete wellness including teeth and gums, many don’t factor the impact it could have on their oral health.

For overall wellness and health, it’s always wise to try and avoid drinks high in sugars and/or acidity.  This also stands true for your teeth and gums.

Beverages that are high in sugar and acid can lead to tooth damage and decay.  Even diet drinks or low-sugar energy drinks that have non-sugar sweeteners contain acids that can erode tooth enamel and case damage to the gums.

Other side effects from beverages such as coffees, teas, wines, sodas and even energy drinks include staining of the teeth.  If you don’t avoid these drinks, it’s advised to try drinking them through a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.  Or try rinsing or brushing after drinking them to help avoid unsightly tooth stains.

Good oral care is a vital part of overall wellness.  Regular teeth brushing, flossing and visits to your local dentist can also keep your teeth bright and oral health in check. The American Dental Association, ADA, recommends individuals to brush at least twice per day and a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily.  The ADA also recommends eating and drinking nutritious, balanced meals and to visit a dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings.

For more information about Aberdeen Dentistry and Dr. Krawatsky’s approach to complete health dentistry, call 561-364-7000 or visit www.myboyntondentist.com

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What is Complete Health Dentistry?

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When your smile is healthy, you just feel happy!  At Aberdeen Dentistry in Boynton Beach, Florida, we focus on complete healthy dentistry for the entire family and believe that your oral health is a gateway to your total well-being.

Often time we see or hear “complete health” associated with something, but what exactly does it mean or how is it associated?

When it comes to oral health, complete health dentistry takes dentistry a step further by focuses on caring for a patient’s overall health, no matter the age.  There is a connection between oral health and total body wellness.  As a complete health dentist, clues from a patient’s mouth can act as signals to other ailments they may be at risk for or already be developing.

As a complete health dentist, we strive to form a lasting relationship with our patients while forming a partnership between dental and medical professionals.  The overall, common goal is to improve the health and wellness of the individual.

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A Common Question Demystified: How Can Braces or Invisalign Help My Smile?

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We recommend orthodontics when it is the best way to create a healthy and beautiful smile.  Moving teeth into proper alignment through orthodontics not only sets up a foundation for a beautiful smile but also aligns your teeth for longterm health.

Proper orthodontics can correct tooth alignment and treat tooth grinding and jaw clenching.  Your teeth and jaw joints can work more effectively when your teeth come together in harmony to bite, grind, and chew. As a result, there will be minimal wear and tear on your teeth, jawbones and joints. This also means minimal impact on your dental fillings and crowns.  Tooth alignment also reduces stress on jaw muscles, tendons, tooth ligaments, and more. If you suffer from TMJ problems, tooth alignment is a healthy step to treat your pain and create a harmoniously working mouth for the rest of your life.

Sometimes, orthodontics is important when tooth crowding is contributing to tooth decay and gingivitis. Straight teeth will improve your ability to brush and floss all surfaces more easily and thoroughly, reducing harmful bacteria that cause decay and gum disease.

If you will benefit from alignment of your teeth, Dr. Krawatsky will refer you to a top orthodontist in Boynton Beach.  Dr. Krawatsky and the orthodontist will review your smile options, and they will discuss with you the orthodontic treatment that is appropriate for you.

Many times the creation of a lasting beautiful smile cannot be achieved without orthodontics. Today, there are many options, including Invisalign clear aligner technology, clear brackets and wires, and accelerated (faster) orthodontics.  Many adult patients and teens are starting braces and enjoying the lasting benefits of improved health, comfort, and confidence in their appearance.


Making Dental Health a Priority

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More often than not, Americans ignore their dental health. It’s surprising how often patients avoid dental issues as long as possible, even if they suspect something is wrong.

Waiting to have a dental issue checked until you have unbearable pain can lead to greater damage to your tooth and possibly to the surrounding teeth. Additionally, it can result in the need for a more serious or invasive procedure to correct the problem.

If you notice that something is not right in your mouth, whether that be tooth sensitivity, discoloration, swollen or irritated gums, chipping or cracking of a tooth, or other concerns, it’s important to set up an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible.

Determining Frequency of Dental Exams

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental exams at a frequency determined by a dentist. For many, this means you should be paying your dentist a visit every six months to help ensure that your teeth stay in good shape and most problems or risk factors can be identified before they become major issues.

However, depending on your dental history and current risk factors, your dentist may advise a different check-up schedule for your individual situation.

Referencing a study published in the Journal of Dental Research in 2013, the ADA advises consumers that the key to good dental health is a personalized approach to oral care. This underscores the need to find a dentist who understands that everyone’s mouth is unique and each person must be treated as an individual when evaluating a plan for both treatment and preventative care.

To get a plan that fits you, building a relationship with a reputable dentist is even more important. Aberdeen Dentistry provides local, personalized dental services in Palm Beach County, Florida. Their professional and caring staff take the time to understand your needs and provide the best service for your smile.

Connection to Your Overall Health

Your dental health says a lot about your general well-being. You may be surprised to learn that your dental health could be an indicator of your likelihood to develop other conditions. Recent research has shown a relationship between periodontal (gum) diseases and cardio-vascular issues.

In the wake of such reports, it becomes imperative that you make your dental health exams a priority. A knowledgeable dentist will always make it easy for you and your family to deal with all dentistry-related issues.

Your dental demands can range from anything as simple as a teeth cleaning and x-rays to more complex processes like Dental Implants.  With the experienced team of professionals at Aberdeen Dentistry, you can rest assured that your needs will be treated with care.

Why Prioritize Dental Care

If you haven’t kept up with regular dental exams or don’t know what treatment you may need, it’s time that you prioritize your dental health and pay serious attention to it. The habit can actually help you avoid a majority of dental issues or allow your dentist to detect problems early, ensuring the best possible treatment plan and possibly saving your tooth or teeth in the long run.

Having access to a good dentist is a must. A professional in the field with a good reputation is always a good start. At Aberdeen Dentistry, Dr. Hillary Krawatsky and her team of experts are constantly at work, treating an array of dental issues for the whole family.

If you are a resident of Boynton Beach or Lake Worth, FL, then Aberdeen Dentistry is your one-stop solution to your family’s dental needs.

Your smile should greet everyone you meet, but it takes proper care to maintain that smile.  With great dental health practices and help from regular visits to Aberdeen Dentistry, you and your family can be confident in your smiles!