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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 »

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 »

ABFRACTIONS

March 26th, 2014

Don’t get nervous, this isn’t a mathematics article.  Abfractions are a common finding in middle aged to older adults.  We often notice grooves at the necks of the teeth near the gum line, especially if there is some gum recession.  These are usually not symptomatic, although some patients notice some cold sensitivity. 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 »

WORN TEETH

October 10th, 2013

The teeth can become worn over time, leading to changes in the bite, the enamel covering the teeth and even the shape of the face.  Decades of chewing wears down the biting surfaces of the teeth.  Sometimes the enamel is completely worn away.  This process, known as attrition, is hastened by the destructive habit of grinding the teeth or an abrasive diet, or even a poor bite leading to a shearing action. Read More »

TOOTH DECAY

March 14th, 2013

It is estimated that in New York State approximately 50% of children experience tooth decay by the third grade and 45% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost one or more teeth to tooth decay or periodontal disease.  How can this be?  We know the causes of dental disease and the procedures to prevent it. Read More »

Acid Attack

December 20th, 2012

To understand the process of tooth decay, you might have to remember some high school chemistry and learn how it affects the decay process.
When we eat carbohydrate, the bacterial plaque produces acid which starts to weaken the tooth enamel. Read More »

DE-MINERALIZATION AND RE-MINERALIZATION OF ENAMEL

March 15th, 2012

One key to good preventive dental practice is the trend towards Minimally Invasive Dentistry.  That is, the employment of the least invasive treatment options available to minimize tissue loss and maximize patient comfort.  The first basic treatment step in treatment of early tooth decay is the re-mineralization of enamel. Read More »

Chemical Erosion of Teeth

April 27th, 2011

Chemical Erosion of Teeth
While most of our preventive energies are spent in the areas of tooth decay and gum disease, there remains an area of prevention that is often overlooked.  When tooth structure is exposed to acids, the enamel and dentin begin to have the minerals leached out.  This demineralization exposes the microscopic framework, which will eventually break apart resulting in loss of tooth structure. Read More »

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