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A Dental Hygienist’s Humorous Holiday Playlist

At this time of year, I love singing Christmas songs.  I cannot help myself sometimes when I am at work and play with some of the lyrics.

(Sung to Oh Christmas Tree)

Oh Listerine, Oh Listerine
How brightly are your colors?
Purple, Orange and Blue and Green,
You’re nothing like my Mother’s

You started out with only Gold
So long ago, am I that old?

Oh Listerine, Oh Listerine
How brightly are your colors?

Oh Listerine, Oh Listerine
What are essential oils?
They kill the germs, and you stand firm
Your gums will look like Royals

So hard to choose, what do I use?
What is Zero? I need some clues!

Oh Listerine, Oh Listerine
How brightly are your colors?

Flossing and Brushing
(Sung to Frosty the Snowman)

Flossing and Brushing,
We should do it every day,
Good habits here
Take away the fear
And less money you will pay!

Flossing and brushing
Will keep the trouble at bay
For as the saying goes “Ignore your teeth,
And they will go away!”

There must have been some magic in those bristles…

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

The dental climate on whitening has been like a storm of the century. For over 20 years, young and old alike have become increasingly aware of the appearance of their teeth. Bleaching has allowed a more affordable and less invasive option to whiter teeth and brighter smiles. As we prepare for holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family, this is the perfect time of year to have a more youthful smile and add a little sparkle to our holiday greetings.

Forecasting Tooth Color

Yellow, gray and brown are generally the three main color hues associated with natural tooth color. Yellow tones in the enamel are most common and are partially a result of the underlying tooth layer, called dentin, reflecting through the enamel surface, giving the tooth a less than white appearance. Some have a yellower dentinal layer causing more intense shading, while others have much lighter color, resulting in a mild tinting. Genetics and enamel thickness play a large role in tooth color. Newly erupt…

Giving Thanks to Modern Dentistry

Thanks to modern dentistry
In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

     But how many travelers do you think were suffering from tooth pain during that time? A lot I would imagine. Fortunately dentistry has had many advances in the treatment of toothaches, tooth loss and loose teeth, however it is astonishing to realize the treatments that took place hundreds and thousands of years ago and how far we have come and truly lucky we are to have these advances. Though much of the philosophy and treatment “approaches” were surprisingly progressive for their time and similar to today’s treatments, we need to count our blessings to be a part of the era of “modern dentistry”.

     Can anyone recall the scene in Castaway, with Tom Hanks, knocking his tooth out with the ice skate? The scene is hair-raising to watch and resonates with me as a dental professional. I can only imagine primitive dentistry was similar, using rocks and stones to gain relief of nagging tooth pain and barbaric…

Bountiful Benefits

As we gear up for the holidays, November and December are also a time to start closing out the current year. It’s satisfying to tie up life’s loose ends while preparing for traditions, celebrations and family. In addition, November hosts one of the most active shopping days of the year, Black Friday.

Many of us are willing to cut our Thanksgiving short, so we can take advantage of some of the best consumer deals money can buy. I propose that we take that one step further and use the savings we earned with these shopping deals to do something responsible for ourselves. Why not treat yourself to the necessary dental work that has been hanging around your neck like the purple and red scarf Aunt Ruthie knitted for you last year? The time is now to take advantage of the premiums that have been paid for and the deductibles that have been reached to avert a dental emergency that could be more painful than the airport crowds this Thanksgiving.

Unlike traditional Thanksgiving dinners, the “De…

The Dental Insurance Game: How do you know how to choose a dental plan?

Insurance can be tricky. How do you choose a plan that works for you?  Luckily, we have valuable information to help you understand the best dental insurance options for you.


For some, it is time consider which dental plan to choose for 2016. Take it from one who works with a plethora of insurance companies on a day-to-day basis: insurance can be difficult to decipher.

Here are some tips that can help you select the right plan, keeping in mind that all insurance plans have a multitude of options. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the plans available to you and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are always happy to help.


When selecting a dental plan, it is important to understand the difference between PPO and DMO plans. PPO plans give you the freedom to see any doctor (in or out of their network). In many instances, the coverage is typically not dramatically different to go in our out of network. A PPO plan gives you more control of y…

Orange is The New Black, Lock Up Tooth Decay Halloween Edition

Halloween cavitiesHalloween is my favorite time of the year. Something about the leaves turning and the gorgeous vibrant colors of yellow, maroon, purple and of course Orange! I love pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and I especially love jack-o-lanterns with the glow of a candle inside. With the leaves rustling in the wind, it’s exciting and chilling as there’s an anticipation of what might be lurking around every corner. My enthusiasm, however, would often become shackled by responsibility by Halloween afternoon. Not only was it the bewitching hour in my home when preparations for the evening’s hauntings would begin, but also the interrogation began on how long we would stay out trick-or-treating. How far could we go and how much candy could we eat? Inevitably the kids would also have homework, if the festivities fell on a school night, leading to further negotiations and bargains being made. I often felt like Monty Hall surrounded by costumed clad individuals on Let’s Make A Deal!…

Clenching: Suffern (NY) – Succotash!!!

Fortunately the Guerra family has realized several milestones in the last six months. My eldest child graduated from college, my youngest graduated from high school, and both my middle and youngest are attending college this fall. In addition, my daughter has the great privilege of playing a sport for her school in Boston and, therefore, I have the dubious honor of traveling over four hours north two times a week to cheer on my favorite athlete. Now these travels are same day round trip, mind you, which allows me to log over nine hours on the road in one afternoon!  Three and a half hours into the drive home, about the time I see the signs for Suffern, NY, my facial muscles, jaw, molars and neck are as tight as a drum. As I maneuver from one lane to the next, in an effort to expedite my arrival home, I begin steering with one hand while attempting to massage my cheeks and neck to relieve the tightness that has developed during these last hours on the road.

Am I Clenching?!! Sufferin-…

Chew on This! Eating Smart for Back-to-School

Medical professionals as well as nutritionists all agree that combining healthy food choices with activity and exercise results in a higher performance from school age children.  Maintaining low sugar, fat and salt content in school lunches and snacks not only promotes a healthier body but also a healthier mind that is better prepared to understand and retain the information that is learned in the classroom.  By the same token, these “smarter” food choices can also help promote a stable oral environment that is low on disease and high on health!

Sugar, Fats and Salt…Oh my!

Tasty and often  very comforting , foods and beverages high in sugar make us feel happy and rewarded for a job well done.  The initial impact of donuts, cookies, candy, soda, and even fruit snacks can be described as euphoric and envelop children in a “sugar high”.  Consumption of these types of foods raises the blood glucose levels, providing a quick onset of energy.  Children have been observed becoming awakened …

Choosing the Right Invisalign Provider

Invisalign offers many benefits for those who desire the benefits of braces.  With so many dentists now doing Invisalign, how do you know who to choose?

Like a general dentist, an orthodontic specialist must first receive their doctorate in general dentistry. After this, they must complete an additional two to three years of graduate training in orthodontics.  As a specialist, the orthodontist limits their time exclusively to orthodontic treatments.  When you choose to go to a dentist for Invisalign, you are able to get the treatment itself, but you don’t get the additional education and experience that comes with choosing an orthodontist.   The patient benefits from the additional training the orthodontist has acquired.

Invisalign consists of clear aligners that cover teeth like molds. The aligners resemble at-home teeth whitening trays. Your orthodontist customizes the treatment plan specifically to you before the aligners are made.  Each set is worn for about two weeks. Aligners a…