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IS IT SAFE?

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 »

  DENTISTRY AFTER THE PANDEMIC

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 »

DENTAL CONSIDERATIONS WHILE HOME SHELTERING

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 »

WHAT IS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

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 »

COVID-19

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 »

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 »

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 »

THE HISTORY OF ROOT CANAL

November 20th, 2014

From the desk of Dr. Fass

Half the readers of this column probably stopped at the topic and continued on to read the library notes or the dockets columns. That’s how powerful the image of root canal treatment has become over the years. By today’s standards, it’s surprising that a common, relatively easy and predictable procedure would have such a bad rep. But you need to understand some of the history to appreciate that reputation. 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 »

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