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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 »


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 »


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 »


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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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 »

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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