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Should Your Next Dental Appointment Include A Diabetes Screening?

Wayne NJ NJ dentist shares how dentists can screen for diabetes

Dentists Can Screen for Diabetes?

In case you missed the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Dental Research, check out this post on how dentists can help diagnose diabetes.

According to a recent study out of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, our dentists can now accurately test for diabetes and prediabetes. (Journal of Dental Research, July 2011, Vol. 90 No.7, pp. 855-860). Read the rest of this entry »

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How Are Diabetes & Dental Health Connected?

Are Diabetes & Dental Health Connected?

“Both gum disease and diabetes are chronic diseases, and they both make each other worse.”

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is a chronic disease which affects our body’s ability to process sugar. The resulting high blood sugar can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of our bodies.

In addition, diabetes can lower our resistance to infection and slow the healing process.

According to the American Diabetes Association, here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes: Read the rest of this entry »

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Dentists Can Help Diagnose Diabetes

Wayne NJ dentist shares how dentists can help diagnose diabetes

Dentists Can Diagnose Diabetes?

Dentists diagnose & treat a myriad of oral health maladies, but bet you didn’t think your dentist could diagnose diabetes – or at least help to do so.

As if we need another reason to keep up our normal thrice yearly dental visits, here comes recent news out of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York.

Problem: As with periodontal disease or gum disease, many people walk around without even knowing they are affected by diabetes.

About 7.2 million according to the National Diabetes Statistic Report go undiagnosed for diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Halloween Tricks To Treat Your Teeth

Halloween Tricks for Healthy Teeth

What do most children want on Halloween, tricks or treats?

We believe 4 out of 5 children agree…and would choose a treat over a trick any day.

And all too often the overindulgence in those sweet toothy treats can lead to issues with tooth decay and gum disease.

But Halloween is a great time to teach children about good dental health habits, while still allowing them to enjoy those Halloween treats.

3 Tricks to Maintaining Healthy Teeth on Halloween

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The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth…

Wayne NJ dentist shares the 8 worst halloween candies for teeth by

What’s The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth?

Is there a best Halloween candy for teeth?

Basically the worst types of Halloween candy for your teeth are those which are hard, sticky, sweet & sour.

That narrows it down doesn’t it?

Some of us love the chocolate, others prefer the gummies, but is there a consensus as to what Halloween candies are worst for our teeth?

Among dentists there is, especially for those of us with braces. But first let’s take a hard look at these tooth-toiling practitioners.

Do Dentists Really Want Us To Know The Worst Halloween Candy for Our Teeth?

Are they really warning us about the sticky tricky treats, or are they encouraging consumption of the worst Halloween candies known to our smiles?

Dentists just love Halloween, and why wouldn’t they – it’s a national holiday that promotes eating candy! Read the rest of this entry »

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How Does Invisalign Work? Get Answers To Your Most FAQs

Wayne NJ invisalign dentist answers FAQs

Straighten Your Smile With Invisalign

For patients in Wayne NJ & the surrounding Passaic county area looking to straighten their teeth without having to endure the unsightly wires and brackets of traditional orthodontics, Invisalign is the answer.

Thanks to Invisalign®, you can now straighten your teeth without braces!

Many of our patients come to us with questions about straightening crooked teeth, and they think that a long cosmetic dentistry treatment plan is in their future.

That doesn’t have to be the case with Invisalign® clear aligners, but let’s get to answering some of the most often asked questions surrounding Invisalign® that we receive from our totally awesome patients looking to straighten out their smiles. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Is Activated Charcoal & Why Is It Used for Teeth Whitening?

Wayne NJ dentist shares whether activated charcoal teeth whitening is safe

Charcoal Teeth Whitening?

So let’s get this straight, people use charcoal for teeth whitening purposes?

Even to a dentist this seems like an oxymoron, but it’s becoming pretty popular.

Why is charcoal – or to be completely accurate, activated charcoal – used for teeth whitening purposes?

With endless aisles of toothpaste, floss & mouthwash at our trusty neighborhood grocer – along with rows of teeth whitening gels, strips & trays – some of us think charcoal teeth whitening is the pathway to a whiter smile?

What Is Activated Charcoal & Why Is It Used for Teeth Whitening?

Now for some answers, Read the rest of this entry »

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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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