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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 »

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 »

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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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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SENIOR DIETS AND ROOT DECAY

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 »

PROTECTING MOLAR SURFACES

July 31st, 2014

The chewing surfaces of the molar teeth are made more effective by an irregular pattern of grooves and protuberances (called pits, fissures, and cusps) which allow you to properly grind your food. However, these pits and fissures can often become a very susceptible place for the entrapment of food debris. Read More »

CUSTOM TOOTHBRUSH

May 13th, 2014

A recent media campaign showcased a new product in the dental marketplace.  Produced by a British company in London, this product showcases the latest technologies to provide a unique approach for brushing 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 »

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