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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 »

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 »

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 »

Floss Substitutes

November 6th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

OK, we know that everyone isn’t the most compliant when it comes to flossing every day but the simple truth is that the only way to prevent dental disease is to remove the bacterial plaque from all the surfaces of the teeth all the way down to the gum line. Tooth brushes work fine for the outside and inside, but can’t reach between the teeth. Read More »

Halloween Time Again

October 28th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Did you follow my advice last year and stock up on inexpensive little gifts and toys to hand out instead of candy? OK, you’re probably not alone and the kids don’t mind the candy. Just remember to keep it in check and limit the frequency of sweets while encouraging proper home care. And no opening the candy wrappers with teeth. They really aren’t built to be used as tools or scissors.

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August 14th, 2014

The good news is that we’re all living longer. But with this longer life come some challenges to keep our bodies healthy to enjoy these additional years. Among these challenges is the drive to keep our natural teeth. Read More »

Dangerous Diets

February 26th, 2014

Many people resolve to lose weight as the Winter progresses and Spring clothing begins to appear in the stores.  According to a recent study, weight loss was the number 1 new year’s resolution for Americans in 2012 and 2013 with nearly $61 billion spent on weight loss products in 2011.  Products such as juice cleanses, diet drinks, smoothies, and shakes promise an easy way to cut overall calories in a flavorful way and without much effort. Read More »


February 10th, 2014

Many medical diagnostic and preventive regimens involve first assessing the patient’s risk of getting a disease.  The risk factors can be identified and then tests and treatments adjusted appropriately.  This is the case with heart disease risk related to family history, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and chronic periodontal infection.  A new dental program strives to do the same thing for dental caries (decay). Read More »

Your Toothbrush

November 12th, 2013

Of all the things we can do to maintain our health, tooth brushing is perhaps the easiest to perform.   The new public education campaign of 2minutes twice a day stresses the importance of proper brushing.  (For more information about the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign go to  But which brush to pick and how to take care of it and when to replace it? Read More »


May 23rd, 2013

A recent discussion with a young patient proved to be somewhat disconcerting.  The middle school child told us that he was no longer drinking soda and that the vending machines in his school no longer had carbonated drinks, but had a variety of “sports drinks” and other sugar containing beverages.  He somehow felt that the removal of the bubbles made the products less threatening. Read More »

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