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TOOTH DECAY

April 9th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Recently, we’ve seen efforts to limit the size of soft drinks that can be sold in fast food restaurants and convenience stores in New York City. We’ve also seen efforts to add health warning labels to some of these products. Read More »

LOCAL ANESTHETICS

March 26th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

We’ve certainly come a long way since the early days of Novocaine. That was the first widely used drug for numbing a local area for dental procedures. Novocaine had some drawbacks, not the least of which was some severe allergic reactions in some patients. Read More »

Denture Replacement

March 12th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

It’s unfortunate in this day and age that there are still some people who have such overwhelming dental problems that full dentures are the only viable option to restore a healthy oral environment. How well you might function with dentures is a very individual trait. Suffice it to say that at least half the success is a good mental attitude that you will learn to use these new tools. Read More »

FIRST DENTAL EXAM

February 26th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

We are often asked, “When should I bring my child in for the first visit?” The answer may vary according to the circumstances. In general, your child should be seen by the age of 2. If there is some suspected problem due to trauma or development problems, this may be by age 1 or even earlier.

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SMOKELESS DOESN’T MEAN HARMLESS

February 12th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

If you don’t know that cigarettes kill, then you’ve been out of touch with the news for the last 30 years. But what you may not know can kill you also, that is that chewing tobacco (also called spit tobacco or snuff) is just as deadly. Read More »

Inman Aligners

February 9th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Do you have crowding in your lower front teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, teeth are constantly moving towards the front of the mouth and trying to crowd to the middle which leads to more crowding as we get older. Some find the appearance objectionable while others have discomfort due to the crowding, or even have the upper teeth begin to shift because of the force of the lowers. Read More »

Fear of Dental Treatment

February 9th, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Most estimates show that only about half of all Americans visit the dentist on a regular basis. Despite the best efforts of organized dentistry, we can’t seem to overcome this statistic. Many studies have come up with reasons for the gap in care; Lack of geographic access to a dental office, fear of pain, fear of cost, fear of the unknown, or a combination of more than one of these are offered as problems associated with failure to get proper care.

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Soft Drink Product Warning

January 1st, 2015

From the desk of Dr. Fass

We are used to seeing the warning labels on all types of products cautioning that they may cause harm. Unfortunately, all products that are harmful do not have labels. A glaring example is soft drinks. Loaded with sugar (usually 6 or more teaspoons per 8 oz. serving) and often containing caffeine which supports their habitual use and acid levels that produce the demineralization and eventual softening of tooth structure, these drinks can cause real damage to teeth. Read More »

Dentistry in the Last 35 Years

December 18th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

My, how things have changed. In the last 35 years the dental office has become quite a different place that provides many new procedures and products in a very different environment.
Let’s start with the changes in staff attire. Can you believe we were practicing without gloves! Read More »

Plaque Facts

December 4th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Plaque, that sticky layer of bacteria that coats our teeth, is the source of most dental disease; Tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. But there’s more to dental plaque than meets the eye. Read More »

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