Jacaranda Smiles is Celebrating Movember!

Jacaranda Smiles is celebrating “Movember” this month to help spread awareness of mens health. We encourage men to stay up to date on their checks ups for a happier, healthier, and longer life!

We have been posting pictures on our Facebook page of the doctor’s “No Shave November”. The doctors have committed to not shaving all month as long as the posts are liked and shared! Make sure to like or share the posts to see how long the docs can go without shaving!

Pediatric Dentist | How Often Should My Child Visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children with a frequency of every 6 months. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene.  A number of factors might make it a good idea to see a dentist three or more times a year. People whose diet is rich in sugary foods or drinks should consider more frequent checkups within 6 months.  The majority of people will produce enough tartar in 6 months that it will need to be scraped off by a dental professional.

Mother’s Day Giveaway

The Jacaranda Smiles team is offering a special for mothers in honor of Mother’s Day coming up! We want to give all moms a chance to win a prize just for them so that they have a day of relaxation.

Interested in winning a FREE Spa Package compliments of Drs. Khakhria and Landa? It is easy to enter, but we need your help!

Here is how you enter:

  1. Ask us for some of our “Refer a Friend” cards.
  2. Write your name on the back on the “Referred by” line & give the cards to your friends.
  3. When your friend brings the card in, we will put it into the drawing!

A winner will be drawn once a month from now until June!

Your referral is the biggest compliment that you could ever give us. We would like to reward all mothers and fathers for passing along our name!

Dentist vs. Pediatric Dentist?

What is the difference between a dentist and pediatric dentist?

Overall, a pediatric dentist is a dentist that specializes in treating children’s teeth and oral care. A dentist can treat all ages and has patients of all ages, but does not have the particular training that a pediatric dentist does.

A pediatric dentist has specialized training which requires an additional program of study beyond dental school. This specialized program of study and patient care experience prepares the pediatric dentist to meet the unique needs of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs.

Children have special needs that make them different from adults. Treating teeth is only one facet of what dentists do, taking into consideration the individual is what sets them apart. Children may be more afraid of the experience and require a different approach to allow treatment. Pediatric dentists excel in making children as comfortable as possible in dental environments. This can be accomplished by providing an age appropriate setting, in how they communicate to children or use of sedative medications.

Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Rene Landa, received his specialty training in pediatrics at Boston University. There, he completed extensive training in oral and maxillofacial surgery, complex pediatric dental cases, and sedation dentistry. He enjoys interacting with his young patients and believes that a lifetime of great oral health starts with great care from a young age. As a pediatric dentist, he is dedicated to providing exceptional care and service to our young patients. Together with his staff he strives to deliver optimal oral care in a safe and nurturing environment.

Buy One Cleaning, Get One FREE!

Jacaranda Smiles is offering a special for new pediatric dentist patients with Dr. Rene in honor of National Dental Health Month. If you sign up for one dental cleaning, you get a second FREE of charge by mentioning the code “BOGO”. The Jacaranda Smiles team understands the importance of good oral health in our children and wants to help kids see Dr. Rene every 6 months.

This offer is valid at our Plantation, West Pembroke Pines, and East Pembroke Pines offices. Please note that this offer is valid for new patients only and cannot be used for siblings. The free appointment must be used for the same patient.

Contact us today to schedule your child’s dental appointment with Dr. Rene or fill out our online appointment request form by clicking HERE. Make sure to mention the code “BOGO”.

The Importance of Oral Health in Kids

How important is oral health in children and what is our role as parents?


The foundation for healthy permanent teeth throughout our life is laid during the first years of life. Poor diet and inadequate toothbrushing habits during the first 2 years of life have been shown in several studies to be related to tooth decay in children. The development of cavities in primary teeth further increases the risk of developing caries in permanent teeth.


Therefore, it is paramount to establish a regiment of proper oral health care at home including regular dental visits to  ensure the development of strong and healthy teeth.  Parents have an important role in implementing this regiment and making sure we are consistent  with  following  oral health care at home. Toothbrushing should be presented as a habit and an integral part of the daily hygiene routine. Children will emulate their parents therefore making them prime role models and centerpieces to oral health.


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and it reminds us of the importance of teaching kids how to care for their teeth. Call us today to set up an appointment with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Rene Landa!

What Are Some Alternatives to Braces?

A tooth does not know what is pushing on it. Therefore, anything that can apply a constant pressure to the tooth would be considered an alternative to braces. The most well known alternative to braces today is probably Invisalign®.

Invisalign uses a series of plastic trays to apply pressure to the teeth. There are many companies that manufacture a product similar to Invisalign. Other alternatives include removable retainers and lingual braces. Both of these use wires to push the teeth.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth or know someone that is, share this article with them! Jacaranda Smiles offers FREE consultations for orthodontic treatment and we offer both traditional braces and alternatives to braces like Invisalign. Dr. Milan Khakhria would love to share your treatment options with you!

Want more information on how Invisalign works?

Jacaranda Smiles also offers pediatric dentistry services for kids!

How Do You Brush a Baby’s Teeth?

Baby teeth may be small, but they’re important. They act as placeholders for adult teeth, provide what we need to adequately chew our food, and aid in pronunciation. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. That’s why caring for baby teeth and keeping them cavity-free is so important. Oral health care should start before any teeth are even erupted.

1. Get a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze.

2. Gently wipe down your baby’s gums at least twice a day.

3. Especially wipe your baby’s gums after feedings and before bedtime.

Once teeth erupt, or show through the gums, now its time to graduate to a small tooth brush with small head. As soon as teeth erupt, you can start using a small amount of fluoride about the size of a grain of rice. You can increase this to a peas sized amount of fluoride toothpaste when your child is 3 years old.

Brush gently all around your child’s baby teeth — front and back. You should brush your baby’s teeth until he or she is old enough to hold the brush.

Call Jacaranda Smiles today with any questions or to set up your child’s appointment with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Rene. It is recommended that your child see a dentist by age one or when they have their first tooth.

Download Our FREE App!

Jacaranda Smiles is proud to now offer our very own app for both Apple and Android devices! The app is FREE and can help you with the following:

  • Keep track and request appointments!
  • Check account status and make payments!
  • Be the first to know about office events!
  • Refer friends and family directly from the app!
  • Get to know your Jacaranda Smiles team!

Download the Jacaranda Smiles app today!
Android Users – Click HERE to download
iPhone Users – Click HERE to download

Community Event: Paws for a Cause

Starting November 1st, we need you to join us in Paws for a Cause! The holidays are a special time to share smiles with others and we would love to help our four legged friends at the Broward Humane Society. The animals there are in need of donations like pet food (limit of 5 pound bag), treats, beds, toys, and blankets. Please drop off your donation at any of our office locations between November 1st and December 18th.
In addition, on December 18th, Dr. Rene has volunteered to have himself taped to the wall. However, the question is how much tape will it take to make him stick???
You can purchase 1 foot of tape to try to help Dr. Rene stick to the wall and all cash donations will go directly to the Humane Society of Broward County.
Children- $1 per foot of tape
Adults- $3 per foot of tape
Please purchase the tape in advance at any of our locations and thank you for helping us share smiles all over Plantation and Pembroke Pines. We are thankful for our “paw”some patients and amazing community!

Plantation: 954-452-9988

West Pembroke Pines: 954-436-0502

East Pembroke: 954-251-2717