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May 15th, 2020

Some of you might remember this famous line spoken by Sir Lawrence Olivier to Dustin Hoffman in the 1976 movie “Marathon Man”. The plot revolves around a sadistic dentist and a the brother of a spy being questioned and tortured. The phrase “Is it safe?” is supposed to have a counter phrase, but Hoffman’s character doesn’t know it. At the time it became sort of a joke in many dental offices.
Well, when we do get back to work after the pandemic, I suppose that we might hear this question in earnest from many of our patients. Read More »


May 1st, 2020

From the desk of Dr. Fass

We’re still seeing our everyday lives turned upside down and trying to fall into new, protective routines for our collective health.  Many of the common activities have become transformed like grocery shopping with masks, gloves, and social distancing.   Your dental visits will be similarly somewhat different. Read More »


April 17th, 2020

From the desk of Stuart F. Fass, D.D.S.

We’re all still stuck in the same loop. Social distancing and staying home as much as possible are the new norm, at least for a while. But some interesting human behaviors seem to kick in during these trying times, some good and some not so much.
We’re spending more time with our kids at home and maybe taking a more active role in their education. Read More »


April 3rd, 2020

From the Desk of Stuart F. Fass, D.D.S.

With the government and Dental Society recommending that dental offices suspend regular appointments somewhat indefinitely, the concern remains over dental emergency procedures.  Patients with dental problems showing up at the emergency room has been an ongoing problem.  It is a very poor use of resources for the hospital, and generally there is no dentist available to resolve the problem. Read More »


April 3rd, 2020

From the desk of Stuart F. Fass, D.D.S.

Well we’ve all been blitzed with information and the guidelines seem to change hourly on social distancing and hand washing.  We’re still not sure how long the virus remains active on surfaces or even if those who have been sick with the virus and recovered have any future immunity or for how long immunity might last. So it is important to keep up to date with new information and to take all these guidelines quite seriously. Read More »

Many Different Sugars

November 1st, 2010

It is common knowledge that dietary sugars adversely affect dental health.  However, it is a misconception that  refined sugars (white or brown “sprinkling sugar”) are the only culprits to cause tooth decay.  Indeed, all types of sugars can be harmful to the teeth, including sucrose (common table sugar), fructose (fruit sugar), glucose (sugar by-products of carbohydrates), lactose (milk and dairy sugar), and maltose (grain and alcohol sugar).  For example, many infants who are allowed to hold a milk filled baby bottle in their mouth while falling asleep are often found to have extensive decay in their front teeth.  This situation, often called “baby bottle syndrome,” is caused by the adverse effects of lactose on the infant’s tooth enamel. Read More »

Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco

October 23rd, 2010

Happily, with the increased awareness of smoking related diseases, more and more people have successfully given up smoking.  Unfortunately, however, some of these former smokers have become tobacco chewers, a habit which can be just as harmful to the oral tissues as smoking is to the heart and lungs.  According to recent research, prolonged or excessive use of smokeless tobacco can cause severe damage to the gum tissue and bone which support your teeth. If  the habit continues, and the situation is left untreated, tooth loosening and eventual tooth loss can occur.  Tobacco chewing can also lead to bad breath, an inability to properly taste your food, and unpleasant  tooth staining or discoloration. Read More »

Organized Dentistry

October 20th, 2010

The profession of dentistry within the State of New York has a well structured system of organization which offers many benefits to both dentists and patients across the state.  Read More »

The Diabetic Dental Patient

October 15th, 2010

Diabetes, a systemic condition in which the natural ability to regulate blood sugar levels is impaired, can cause far reaching effects throughout the body.  In some cases, the nervous system, kidneys, eyes, and circulatory system can be adversely affected.  Read More »

Dental Ethics

October 10th, 2010

The term “ethics” can be generally thought of as a system of moral principles, including the rules of conduct   of “right versus wrong.”  Almost everyone wants to live an ethical life, but knowing what that means is not as simple as it sounds.  We are constantly faced with ethical dilemmas, and we make decisions based on what we feel is the best ethical course of action in each particular situation.  Read More »

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