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What Is Xylitol & Why Is It Toxic to Dogs?


Yes, Xylitol Is Bad For Dogs

Most dog owners know there are certain foods that we as humans love, but are quite dangerous to our dogs.

Chocolate comes to mind immediately, but did you know that xylitol is bad for dogs?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Xylitol is present in many products and foods for human use, but can have devastating effects on your pet.

From newspaper to pillows, shoes, & slippers, it seems there’s nothing a dog won’t eat.

So how do you protect your pooch from getting a hold of xylitol? …Whatever that is exactly.

What Is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that may be found in many household products & foods.

According to, Xylitol is a type of sweetener called a sugar alcohol and is found in some plants.

It looks and tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer calories. Good for humans, but xylitol is bad for dogsRead the rest of this entry »

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3 Low-Sugar Snack Alternatives for Kids

Wayne NJ dentist shares smile-friendly healthy snacks

Sugary Snacks Affect Oral & Overall Health…& Grades

Are you packing the right type of snacks in your children’s lunchbox? How about that afternoon snack after they get home from school?

If kids don’t know any better they could find themselves reaching for sugary snacks instead of healthier options.

Maybe your child has a serious sweet tooth – what kid doesn’t?

But it’s important to remember that the items you choose for them to chew on throughout the day can start to have a negative affect on their smiles – and their overall health.

Did you know that there are foods that actually promote good oral health?

According to the American Academy of General Dentistry, more that 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses, that is one reason why back to school dental appointments are so important.

More than 30% of parents report their children between the ages 6 & 12 missed school due to an oral health problem.

So, if you care about your kids getting an A+ in dental health this year, be sure you are providing healthy snacks that can actually help to prevent dental problems, instead of ones that could sabotage the smiles of the ones who matter to you most. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Dental Health Affect Brain Health?

Wayne NJ dentist shares brain health and dental health info

Taking care of our teeth is essential to staying healthy. But what are the consequences if we don’t?

Unhealthy teeth turn yellow and become painful, which ultimately leads to more visits to the dentist, which many of us find so scary.

Most of us underestimate the importance of dental health.

Do you want to be happy and successful?

The appearance of our teeth is interconnected with our mood. Good teeth can have a huge impact on your mood because they inspire confidence and a willingness to smile more.

In addition to this, the latest studies reveal fascinating interconnections between our brain, memory and dental health. Read the rest of this entry »

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Your Teeth Are Not A Tool

Wayne NJ dentist says do this not that with your teeth

Dos & Don’ts For Healthy Teeth

When it comes to taking care of your teeth and gums, can you read the signs?

Our teeth are pretty incredible when we stop to think about it, our teeth are pretty tough – given what we put them through and how they serve our quality of life on the regular.

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, your teeth are no match for misuse or abuse.

DO Brush for #2mins2x a Day

And for two minutes each round – ideally after every meal.

“Make sure you wait 30 to 60 minutes after each meal, which gives the acidity time to neutralize and the teeth time to remineralize,”

says Debra Gray King, DDS, FAACD, of the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Great Smile Boosts Self-Confidence

Wayne NJ dentist shares why a great smile boosts self confidence

A Dazzling Smile Looks Healthy

Donning a dazzling white smile doesn’t just show the world how healthy your teeth and gums are, your dental health also plays a significant role in how confident you feel.

Have you ever had yellowing teeth or maybe a discolored tooth or two?

If so, you were probably pretty self-conscious about it. And if you’re self conscious about your smile then you’re not going to feel so great about your appearance when interacting with others.

With this smile self-esteem question in mind, we’d like to expand on this article from to hear psychologist Ann Demarais, Ph.D., and dental hygienist Kristy Menage Bernie give the scoop on why having a great smile matters – and how to get your pearly whites looking their brightest. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Reasons You Should Floss At Work

Wayne NJ shares why you should floss at work

Why Should You Floss At Work?

Regardless of what the FDA thinks, you still need to clean between your teeth. Brushing only cleans 60% of teeth surfaces. Flossing covers the rest.

You don’t have to floss at-home. Stash your string at the office!

Here are 3 reasons to do the deed at work:

1. Take a brain break.

Brain breaks boost productivity. Approximately every 90 minutes, your brain cycles from its highest attention to its lowest attention. And one of the best ways to reset your mind is to do an activity that’s out of the ordinary. Use your time out for good—floss those pearly whites! Read the rest of this entry »

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The Top 5 Causes Of Yellow Teeth

Wayne NJ Dentist shares why teeth yellow

What Causes Yellow Teeth?

In the age of digital photography, social media and other picture sharing websites, people are under more pressure than ever to look their best.

Having a beaming smile with radiant white teeth is now as important as having the latest trendy hairstyle or clothing.

Tooth discoloration, however, is not something that can be quickly fixed before a photograph is taken.

Also known as yellowing teeth, tooth discoloration is the process whereby teeth lose their white sheen and turn dark yellow in color.

It occurs naturally when the outer shell of dental enamel begins to weaken and turns translucent, showing the darker or more yellow colored dentin underneath.

Enamel is the coating that protects our teeth, and it weakens itself naturally over time.

For some people, this coating weakens quicker than others and their teeth begin to lose their white glow.

How can this be?

Here, we list the five most common reasons why teeth begin to prematurely turn yellow. Read the rest of this entry »

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Too Much Teeth Whitening Leads To Bleachorexia

Wayne NJ dentist says too much teeth whitening leads to bleachorexia

Bleachorexia Is Really A Thing?

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend over a billion dollars a year just on over the counter teeth whitening products.

That is a pretty staggering figure, in any economic climate.

But what is it about over the counter teeth whitening products that have us clearing the shelves at the local apothecary?

According to an AACD® national survey:

• Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset.
• 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the
opposite sex.
• Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.
• And when respondents were asked, “What would you most like to improve about your smile?”

The most common response was: Read the rest of this entry »

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When To Remove A Child’s Loose Tooth?

Wayne NJ Kids Dentist Talks Loose Tooth Removal

When Is It Time To Remove A Child’s Loose Tooth?

When the tooth in question is loose enough to come out with minimal fuss…from the tooth, not the child.

Any parent knows the panic that might set in when their child realizes they have a loose tooth.

Although there are some loose tooth troopers out there, we all know there could be some fussin’ & a fightin’ when it’s time for some parental DIY dentistry loose tooth extraction.

Maybe next time you can try one of these loose tooth removal methods… Read the rest of this entry »

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DIY Dentistry…Just Don’t Do It!

Wayne NJ dentist says just say no to DIY dentistry

Is Dentistry A DIY Thing in Your House?

There are just some things in this world that we’re better off paying a professional to do rather than going the do-it-yourself route.

Tooth extraction has to be high up there on the list. But evidently not high enough for this couple…

In this not so recent episode of Extreme Cheapskates – a TV show on the cable network TLC – this couple opts for some DIY dentistry from the comfort of their own living room.

Don’t be DIY dentistry dummy!

Wayne NJ Dentist Shares DIY Tooth-Pulling Essentials

No tooth extraction dummy can incorrectly perform their job without first having and knowing how to use the correct tools.

Without being able to deftly wield a hundred year old pair of pliers, any foray into DIY dentistry performed will most certainly go awry. Read the rest of this entry »

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