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February, 2014

Congratulations to Drs. Vincent and Arrien Mendola, who recently became the parents of Evalngeline Ada! We know you join us in wishing them all wonderful days filled with cherished moments of joy! 

Bronco fans may be sad, but our annual SuperBowl pool was a hit, filling out faster than ever this year. Congrats to patients Randy Karpmann and Marsha Lipsitz. Shocked final winner was Dr. Ozer's college-age daughter, who has new-found appreciation for the value of the 2 point conversion! 

New equipment maximizes speed and helps us inform you: We've just purchased a new, state of the art server for our office computer network. The new server allowed us to also purchase the latest premium dental software to maximize the speed at which we process insurance claims, xrays, and implant measurements. 

We've also just bought four new computers for our operatories. The new patient software we acquired allows us to show you how your procedures will be done on your xrays and photos. 

From our February, 2014 newsletter: 


Dental emergencies may be the result of accidents or injuries that result in physical trauma to the face, mouth or teeth. Permanent teeth may be knocked out, and dental devices like bridges or crowns can be damaged. If serious swelling around the mouth occurs, you may need emergency dental treatment. If you have recently undergone dental treatment such as a tooth extraction and an accident causes bleeding that you are unable to control, you should contact us as soon as possible. 

Our office has a 24 hour answering service, and they will reach out to us in an emergency when you call. In the rare instance when we cannot be reached and you are concerned, go to Staten Island University Hospital. 

First Aid Until You Obtain Dental Treatment

---Clean the area around the affected tooth and rinse your mouth with salty water so that any trapped debris or food will be dislodged. Use only lukewarm water, as hot or cold salty water might inflame the gums.

---If you have a swollen cheek or face, apply a cold compress to the area to help to reduce the swelling.

--If a tooth has come out completely, rinse it in water or milk to clean it if it is dirty and try to push it back into its socket if it goes right back in immediately If you are unable to do this, it should be kept moist by putting it in milk or saliva until you reach us or the emergency department of a hospital.

--Do not try to replace baby teeth. 

Although traumatic injury to the mouth can be upsetting, appropriate treatment in a dental emergency will usually relieve the pain quickly and efficiently. 

Ways you can avoid some dental emergencies:

You can't prevent dental emergencies caused by trauma, but you can help stop other unexpected dental problems: 

---Don't chew ice. Your teeth will eventually lose that battle. 

---If you have a cavity you're aware of, take care of it now. It will only get bigger.

---If you know, suspect, or have been told you clench or grind your teeth, consider a night guard. All that action in your mouth will chip or break your teeth as well as weaken existing fillings and crowns (to say nothing of causing jaw pain and headaches). 


Your toothbrush will work better if you follow these simple rules:
  • Keep it rinsed. Wash off your toothbrush thoroughly with tap water every time you use it.
  • Keep it dry. Plaque, the stuff you are removing from your teeth, is made up of bacteria which love a moist environment. Make sure your brush has a chance to dry thoroughly between brushings. Avoid using toothbrush covers, which can create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  • Keep it upright. Store your toothbrush upright in a holder, rather than lying it down.
  • Keep it to yourself. No matter how close you are to your children, siblings, spouse, or roommate, don't ever use their toothbrush. Don't even store your toothbrush side-by-side in the same cup with other people's brushes. Whenever toothbrushes touch, they can swap germs!

When to ditch your brush:

The best way to limit the bacteria on your toothbrush is to replace it on a regular basis.

The American Dental Association recommends throwing out your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles become frayed, you're sick, or you have a weak immune system, throw it out even more often. If you use an electric toothbrush, throw out the head as often as you'd discard a disposable toothbrush.

We offer you a new toothbrush when you come in for your regular cleaning every six months. For optimal dental health, replace that brush once in between your cleanings.



Good oral health has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Scientists are investigating the relationship between periodontal disease and the causative factors of Alzheimer's. So brushing well (removing plaque and bacteria)  may help you have a better memory.

Now, two studies suggest that gut microbes known as fusobacteria, which are found in the mouth, stimulate bad immune responses and turn on cancer growth genes to generate colorectal tumors. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. 


Don't flush or toss them! Unused prescription medicines as well as expired medication shouldn't be left in the medicine cabinet, flushed down a toilet or tossed down a drain. Dispose of these items properly to avoid risk to children and pets, to eliminate the possibility of prescription drug abuse, and to prevent contamination of our water supply. Senator Schumer has urged the DEA to allow local pharmacies and community organizations to host drug take-back events in response to the skyrocketing overdose rates. Staten Island's prescription drug overdose death rate is three times higher than other boroughs! Be sure your meds don't get into the wrong hands!

January, 2014


We wish you a 2014 filled with laughter and love, surrounded by family and friends both old and new. May this year be the one in which all your wishes come true!


Jill Fusillo became a member of our staff sixteen years ago this month. From that time, she has progressed from handling normal administrative duties and insurance to becoming our office manager, in charge of dealing with many companies and patients. Her tech savvy nature allows our patient management systems to operate seamlessly. Our office couldn't run without her! You’re the best, Jill.



December, 2013

Our annual office holiday party was a huge success. We loved celebrating this year at Patrizias ( Fabulous family style prix-fixed menu included an amazing burrata all’amalfitana and a wonderful seafood course of lobster, octopus and clams!



And while we’re talking food, we regularly order lunch from Villa Monte,, who deal with the ups and downs of the diets and dietary requirements of our staff each year with grace and patience! 


November,  2013

We give thanks: 

We are truly thankful for the dedication and loyalty of our terrific staff. Their commitment to our practice directly impacts the quality of the care you receive.

Our office is a unique team. Nine staff members have been together over 12 years. Because of this longevity, we are a well functioning team that collaborates and communicates very efficiently.

So thanks to our staff, our office family: 


**** Our assistants -  

Jennifer Patton (part of our team since 1990)

Deborah Keenan (1995)

Melissa Mauro (1999)

Lisa Clemente (2001)


**** Our hygienists -  

Maria D'Anna Tacetta (1992)

Jennifer Morelli (2006)

Aimee  Tum-Suden  (2013)


**** Our administrative staff -  

Jill Fusillo, Office Manager (1998)

Diane Patton (1981)

Lissette Ramos (2006)


**** Our anesthesiologist - 

Dr. Mendola (2000)


**** Our oral surgeon/implantologist -

Dr. Lee (2001)


Improved Parking: 

We've taken steps to make your acces to our premises easier when the weather is not so wonderful. The parking lot next door to our premises (where our patients are encouraged to pak) has been newly paved, potholes have been repaired, lines have been redrawn, and a drain has been placed in the middle to discourage puddles and pooling of water!


Credit news:

We've just agreed to an arrangement with CitiBank Credit to allow our patients an additional financing option. 0% interest or low-interest loans will now be available for dental procedures. 


From our November, 2013 newsletter: 

Focus on Xylitol:  An Anti-Cavity Natural Sweetener

You may soon see more gum, mints, mouthwash and toothpastes containing xylitol. This safe,  natural sweetener has anti-cavity properties. Though fairly new in the US market, it has been recommended for products by the dental associations of seven European countries! 

Xylitol is not an artificial chemical. It can be found in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. A small amount of xylitol is actually found in our body as a part of our natural metabolism! It's oral benefits include both it's anti-cavity properties and the fact that it increases saliva production, which affords protection to your teeth.

So, if you want to chew gum, mints or sugary candy, think Xylitol! 


October,  2013

If you're starting to buy Halloween candy, here's a few tips from the dental perspective. Chocolate bars may be a good choice - chocolate dissolves quickly and doesn't stick to teeth. Hard and chewy candy are the worst - the sugar remains on teeth for longer, letting bacteria feed on it and produce cavity-causing acid. 


August,  2013

Online payments now accepted:

In our effort to make bill paying easier for you, we now accept online payments. 

No need to worry about stamps and envelopes, or finding a mailbox. No cost to you! Make payments any hour of the day or night, at your convenience. No calls needed to the office. And earn points from your credit card company for all payments made. 

Payments can be made using your VISA, Master Card, American Express or Discover Card account.  

Our office manager Jill Fusillo provides these easy directions:

1. Go to our website. Log onto your Patient Account Access*.

2. Click the "Pay Now" tab on the right side of the screen. 

3. Fill in the requested information, and then click on "Submit".

4. You will see a payment receipt that you can print out if you so choose. You will also receive an automatic email from our office confirming that we have received your online payment. The payment will show as processed in your account within 1 - 2 business days. 


*If you haven't already created a Patient Account Access,  it's only a few clicks away. With Patient Account Access, you have online access to account information, appointments, electronic payments and much more. Just click on the Patient Login on the left menu on our websitehomepage, and follow the simple directions. 


Questions? Call Jillian Fusillo at 718-761-1800.


Our New Hygienist:


We're delighted to welcome Aimee Tum-Suden to our staff. Aimee will be available for hygiene services in our office on Tuesday evenings and specified Saturdays. A Staten Island resident, Aimee has been a registered dental hygienist since 1995, graduating from the New York City College of Technology, a constituent college of CUNY. She also has her BS in Health Administration from St. Joseph's college. 


Our terrific long time hygienists Maria Taccetta (18 years) and Jennifer Morelli (15 years) are always here Monday, Wednesday and Saturday to make your teeth bright and feel sparkling clean. 

Hygienist Jacyln Newman is getting married shortly and moving out of state. She will fill in on selected Saturdays. 


From our August, 2013 newsletter:


Stay Sharp: Brush your teeth! 

Brushing regularly may help you maintain a sharp memory, according to a recent study

Looking at a group of people over age 55, researchers found a relationship between how many natural teeth a person had and their performance on memory tests. Natural teeth send signals to the brain via a nerve that is responsible for sensation in the face, and for motor functions, such as biting and chewing. Researchers believe it is therefore possible that losing natural teeth reduces sensory signals that teeth send to the brain, affecting brain functions, including memory.  


Foods -and Drinks - for Healthy Teeth

What you eat can have a positive - or negative -  effect on your oral health.The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) provides a free e-booklet, "Recipes for a Healthier Smile, that features delicious new recipes using key ingredients to help keep your smile at its best.  These healthy, smile-friendly ideas include smoothies, chopped salads, salsas and even sorbet!


Ingredients to keep your smile in top shape include basil (a natural antibiotic that reduces bacteria in the mouth), kiwi (which contains more Vitamin C than any other fruit), and shitake mushrooms (which prevents mouth bacteria from growing). Go to the e-booklet link to find out why other foods are good for your smile as well. 


Cocktails can help your oral health!

Improve your immunity and offer a tasty tonic for teeth by infusing your cocktails or beverages with wholesome ingredients. 


The AACD notes that a  2010 University of Texas study showed that consuming one to two alcoholic drinks a day could increase longevity. Infusing them with curative ingredients could improve immunity and may alleviate many ailments, like stress and high blood pressure. So, the AACD states, seek beverages (with or without alcohol) that use fruits, vegetables, grains and other super-food ingredients. 


Celebrate the rest of summer by adding these ingredients to your beverages to benefit your oral health: green tea; strawberries; pineapple; banana; celery; carrot, lemon or lime juice; coconut water; ginger; wasabi; cilantro; mint; basil; kale; and lemongrass. 


Maximize your summer tan!

Everyone knows that your teeth look whiter against that summer tan! Don't put off coming in for a cleaning before the start of the school year and of (shudder) colder weather.

Besides the obvious benefits of a dental checkup of preventing cavities and heading off problems before they occur, your smile will look whiter and brighter while you still have your summer tan. And if you really want to make that smile "pop", a little red lipstick can't hurt! 


July, 2013

Yellow teeth may make your smile look dingy and dull, and might make you look older than you are. To prevent yellowing and teeth stains, rinse after eating food and drinks that may stain (including berries, coffee and tea). Not smoking is key. And think about the impact of in-office whitening, which will make your teeth whiter and brighter. 

And do the shape of your teeth (which celebrities often alter with cosmetic procedures) give off subliminal messages about you? An interesting read:


June, 2013


Wedding bells rang on June 7 for Dr. Vincent Medola and Dr. Arrien Murphy. We wish the happy couple many yers of joy together. 



We know flossing is necessary for healthy teeth. Did you know it can be a “keystone habit” which can "unlock all other patterns in your life," encouraging you to improve across the board.


May, 2013

Great reasons to smile in our office:

***He asked, and she said yes!  Hygienist Jaclyn Newman became engaged to Jaren Maiman during a recent vacation. Wedding plans are underway. 

***Our long-time assistant Deborah Keenan became a grandmother recently to beautiful Kayleigh Grace. The proud parents are Shaun and Erin Keenan. 


From our May, 2013 newsletter


The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will have been diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012. On average, the Oral Cancer Foundation says, an American dies every hour of the disease--and another 4 are diagnosed. Actor Michael Douglas fought and won a very public battle with oral cancer recently, and has made a public service announcement supporting screenings for oral cancer.

During your dental visit, we routinely check your mouth for abnormalities that might be an early stage of cancer or the beginning of cellular change that could lead to mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily. If oral cancer is detected early, the prognosis for patients is excellent, with a five year survival rate of more than 90%.

The American Dental Association lists the symptoms of mouth or throat cancer as including:

  • sores that bleed easily or do not heal
  • a thick or hard spot or lump
  • a roughened or crusted area
  • numbness, pain or tenderness
  • a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down.

They also says you should make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.


How can you prevent oral cancer?


  • Reduce or eliminate tobacco use (tobacco is the most common risk factor for oral cancer, with 75% of oral cancer patients being current or former smokers).
  • Consume alcohol in moderation, particularly if you are also smoking, as people who use both alcohol and tobacco are at an especially high risk of contracting the disease. 
  • Use a sunscreen on your lips, as age and prolonged exposure to radiation and sunlight are risk factors as well.
  • Safe sex practices can also help prevent oral cancer, as HPV (Human Pappilloma Virus), an oral sexually transmitted disease, is the fastest growing risk factor for oral cancer.  HPV is now found in up to 50% of the oral cancers diagnosed each year! The good news is that oropharyngeal cancer when caused by HPV has a higher survival rate than cancer caused by tobacco and alcohol use. 


Foods for Healthy Teeth

The food we eat each day is as much a component of good oral health as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. Good nutrition is important for all parts of our body, including your teeth and gums. Food choices can feed not only ourselves but the plaque causing bacteria that can hurt our teeth! Sugars and starches are turned by these plaque bacteria into acids that can attack your teeth. The acids break down the surface of your tooth enamel and lead to decay, and produce toxins that attack the gums and bones supporting your teeth. 

So in addition to avoiding foods that combine acid, sugar and stickiness (think sour chewy candies) and brushing away any bad foods, think about enjoying some healthy food choices recently recommended by the Huffington Post:

Cheese: This low sugar, and high in calcium food, contains caesin, a milk protein that is useful for fortifying the tooth surfaces.

Sugarless gum and mints: The sugar replacement Xylitol, found in many sugar-free gums and mints, prevents harmful bacteria in plaque from metabolizing sugar, thus no harmful acids that degrade tooth enamel are produced. Chewing gum can also actually remove harmful plaque and bacteria from your teeth. 

Fluoridated Tap Water which remineralizes teeth, reversing damage caused by acids.

Pears and fresh fruit because their fibrous nature helps saliva production. Pears in particular have been found to have a greater neutralizing effect on tooth enamel than many other fruits. 

Yogurt contains casein, as well as calcium and phosphates that remineralize the teeth

Sesame oil thought to reduce plaque and help remineralize tooth enamel. 

Celery and fresh veggies because their fibrous nature requires chewing, which causes an abundance of saliva, and even, in the case of celery, creates "strings" that naturally clean teeth!


Foods for Fresh Breath

Tea: Tea drinkers may have better breath than those who don't drink tea, according to researchers at the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois. Either black or green is ok, but no sugar in that tea since it can cause bacteria to grow.

Yogurt: Sugar-free yogurt has been shown to fight bad breath after six weeks of regular consumption, probably through the action of live cultures which can drive bad bacteria out of your mouth (so make sure your yogurt contains live and active cultures). Plus, yogurt contains vitamin D, which also helps in the fight against bacteria.

Fresh Herbs: like parsley, fennel and mint, help deoderize your mouth. 

Apples: and crunchy foods that help scrape odor-causing plaque off of your teeth. They also increase saliva production, washing bacteria off your teeth.

Chewing Gum: with xylitol. Chewing gum makes you salivate if your mouth is dry and causing bad breath. Saliva is what washes away the bacteria in your mouth.


Why do things taste worse after your brush your teeth? 

According to Mental Floss magazine, wetting agents in toothpaste that allow it to spread more easily and create foam mess with the receptors on our taste buds. So, anything eaten or drunk after brushing will taste less sweet and more bitter than usual!


Why don't we brush with hot water? 

According to a recent Science report in the New York Times, it probably doesn't really matter what temperature water you use when you brush, though you may be more comfortable with cool water. It's possible that water that is too warm may soften some toothbrush bristles, making them less effective.  


After brushing, however,  use hot water to rinse the brush, and let it dry thoroughly between uses. Change the brush every three or four months as the bristles fray. And most importantly, remember to floss! 


Is there a best time to brush your teeth?

We all know that we should brush our teeth twice a day, with one of those times being before we go to bed. Does the other time matter? 

You may want to brush before breakfast instead of after, depending on what you eat. Acidic material (in things like orange juice) and sugar in foods (like certain cereals and breakfast pastries, or even your morning coffee) can cause bacteria in your mouth to release acids that are harmful to your tooth enamel. It's generally recommended to wait 30 minutes after consuming acidic beverages before brushing your teeth.  As these acids weaken tooth enamel, brushing too soon can cause damage to the enamel.

If you snack and drink throughout the day, it may be helpful to brush your teeth more often. And the ADA says don't forget to use an an antimicrobial mouth rinse and floss daily between your teeth to get rid of food particles and minimize plaque and bacteria!


February, 2013

We love to celebrate February by dispensing a little "Chocolate Love" in our office during Valentine's Week!


We all know chocolate tastes good, but did you know it has health benefits as well? Flavonoids found in cocoa may help protect against cardiovascular disease, according to studies presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meetings. The antioxidants in chocolate are believed to improve blood vessel function, lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar regulation, prevent blood clots, and reduce inflammation. Apart from it's heart benefits, chocolate stimulates endorphin production, giving pleasure, and contains serotonin, which acts as an antidepressant!  

from our February, 2013 newsletter:




Did you know that  our office placed or restored over 80 implants during 2012? If you are missing one or more teeth, an implant could be the ideal restoration for you. Missing teeth cause bone loss, which can shrink the contours of the jawbone, causing wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin.  

In our office, dental implants can be performed under IV sedation for maximum patient comfort and efficient use of patient time. We've been placing implants in our patients since 1988. 

Are you not really sure about what an implant is?Very simply, a dental implant is a metallic man-made root that an oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Dr. H. Lee, a dentist and MD who completed both an internship at the Department of General Surgery and a residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, surgically places all our implants in our office.

Once the implant is in place, and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the metallic root. Implants may be a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support. 



Please call our office at 718-761-1800 if you'd like to schedule a consultation to discuss whether  an implant might be the right dental solution for you


Our Latest Technology

We're thrilled to be using a new dental handpiece, the KaVo ElectroTorque. You've probably noticed it's much quieter when in use. There's less vibration of the tooth as we drill, so there's less post operative trauma to the area. 


We've been using computerized dental anesthesia in our office for over ten years. We just purchased a brand new computer anesthesia machine that allows us to numb just the tooth on which we are working, so no more feeling that your whole mouth is numb! Computer generated anesthesia means we use the smallest needle possible, so there's less trauma to the area we're working on. Patients and staff love that the machine "talks to them" in it's own computer voice as it is used!


January, 2013


We hope your new year has been filled with  the blessings of love, joy, warmth, and laughter.   


Our annual Super Bowl pool is always a highlight of winter for our patients, staff, and suppliers. Congratulations to all of this year's winners: our thrilled receptionist Lissette Ramos, our lab technician Mike, big winner Alexandra Cosolito (daughter of a patient), and 3rd quarter winner, patient Michael Porta! 


December,  2012


Our office ended 2012 in celebratory fashion, with a trip to the Paper Mill Playhouse to see a revival of "The Sound of Music" and a fabulous dinner at Short Hills, NJ's Cara Mia Restaurant. Our "favorite things" included the eggplant rollatini and shrimp gorgonzola! 



November, 2012


Especially after these last few difficult weeks, as Thanksgiving approaches we are very grateful for all the blessings in our lives, for the generosity of so many, and especially for our family, friends and patients. We hope you can find reasons to be thankful, too. 


We know so many in our community were stressed these past few weeks after Hurricane Sandy impacted this area. The Red Cross at Miller Field staging area was thrilled to accept our donation of a large quantity of toothbrushes and toothpaste for SI residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.

We would like to help you feel better as the Holidays approach:  


If you or your family have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermaths, or if you or your family have been displaced from your home, please call our office before Dec. 31 and schedule a complimentary dental cleaning.  

It's our way of helping you smile again!      


October 31, 2012


We  are thinking of you all during this difficult time. We hope you and your families are all safe. Please know that we are here for you, if we can be of any assistance.


Our office is open, as we have power (and consequently light and heat). The news (or maybe your favorite soap) is on in our waiting room.


Stop in for a cup of pumpkin spice coffee!        

We have fresh toothbrushes and toothpaste for you!

Or just relax watching our fish tank!


We are here for you!

Dr. Robert H. Ozer, Dr. Vincent Mendola and Staff


October, 2012

We're delighted that Dr. Ozer is back in the office after a successful hip replacement in early September. Thanks for all your positive thoughts, which we know helped speed his recovery. 


See the newsletter article below on the healing power of positive thinking. 


Many of you have had an opportunity over the past year to get to know Dr. Vincent Mendola,  

who spent extra time in our office in September while Dr. Ozer healed from surgery to ensure that our patients continued to receive the high standard of care we strive to always provide. 


Dr. Mendola has been in our office on Fridays for over 10 years. Dr. Mendola is a 1995 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (the same Dental School Dr. Ozer attended) who subsequently completed a two year residency in General Practice Dentistry. Like Dr. Ozer, he is completely up to date on the latest dental technologies and innovatons, and works hard to create the perfect custom solution for your dental needs.


Dr. Mendola is Botox-certified, and routinely performs Botox procedures on both male and female patients. Dr. Mendola's professional training, dental and surgical experience, certification, and hands-on practical experience ensures optimal Botox results for our patients' anatomy and aesthetic interests.


from our October, 2012 newsletter:


The Power of Positive Thinking for the Best Dental Outcomes!

Dr. Ozer's recent personal surgical experience has convinced him, a prior non-believer, that positive emotions and the human spirit do in fact speed healing. Within 2 hours after his recent hip replacement, his wife saw him in the recovery room; he was alert, looking great and reporting no pain! As soon as he was transported to his hospital room, he was on the phone ordering tv to be able to watch the Giants season opener! 


Dr. Ozer's preparation for his hip replacement surgery included using the mind-body techniques of researcher and  psychotherapist Dr. Peggy Huddleston. Scientific studies have shown that patients who mentally prepare for surgery with calming techniques have less blood loss, use less pain medication, have fewer complications and have a shorter length of stay than those who did not. 


We believe our patients can play an active role in the positive outcome of their upcoming dental procedures in the same way through a few easy techniques: 


---Visualization of positive outcomes of your upcoming dental procedures will help you calm any preoperative jitters.


---Listening to relaxation tapes or calming music before procedures can help you calm anxiety. We suggest you spend quiet time for at least 20 minutes, twice per day, for 2 days before your procedure, focusing on comforting positive emotions, imagery rehearsals of enhanced outcomes, and recovery of normal activities. 


---For the extremely anxious, asking friends and family to wrap you in their positive thoughts can steady your nerves. 


These simple techniques can lead to biochemical changes, such as an increase in blood flow to vital organs. This increased flow leads to an increase in "t" cells, creating a more effective immune response. 

By being an active participant in your positive dental experience, you will  feel empowered and  more in control of a terrific outcome.


Teeth staining agents: Coffee and tea 

***Coffee, coffee, buzz, buzz

Those of us who "require" our morning jolt of coffee, tea or soda know it makes us feel energized. The caffeine contained in these beverages is one of the few legal drugs proven to increase athletic performance, by freeing up energy for muscles to work and drawing calcium into muscles. 

Caffeine does stain teeth, however. One way to deter the stain is to cut down on the amount of caffeine consumed. Drinking caffeinated beverages out of a straw will reduce their direct contact with the teeth. Our hygienists can remove much of the stain these beverages leave on your teeth! 

     How much caffeine is in different beverages? Take a look at the chart below (in milligrams, for 6 ozs., unless stated otherwise)

     Drip coffee = 100 

     Decaf coffee = 4

     Red Bull - 8.3 oz can = 80

     Espresso - 1 oz. = 40

     Green tea = 30

     Soda = 20   (but when was the last time you only had 6 ozs?)

And if the staining power of the caffeine isn't enough to concern you, you should also know that soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and juices pack a double dose of acid and sugar that may destroy teeth. Acid softens enamel and chemically dissolves teeth's outer layer ("dental erosion"). The sugar in these drinks feeds the bacteria which cause tooth decay. 

The best solution? drink water.


***Tea for two

Drinking black tea several times a day between meals has been found to inhibit or suppress the growth of bacteria that promotes cavities. Drinking the tea also seems to affect the ability of the bacteria to attach to tooth surfaces. 


The study, done by a professor of periodontics at the University of Illinois, built on earlier research done in Japan that had shown the cavity-fighting benefits of the green tea more widely consumed there. The more people sipped the tea (basically equivalent to rinsing their teeth in tea), the more their plaque and bacteria levels fell! 

To help prevent cavities the tea must truly be "black," without sugar, milk, honey or other additives.In fact, recent studies in The European Heart Journal found the addition of milk completely eliminated the heart-healthy benefits of tea found when it was taken "straight"! 

We're glad those researchers also stressed that drinking black tea should not replace traditional oral hygiene:) So, if you're a tea drinker, don't forget to brush! And since drinking strong tea may stain your teeth, remember to see your hygienist regularly. 


Dental Does - and Don'ts!! 

***Brush only twice per day. Most adults responding to a recent ADA survey thought brushing was required after every meal, but it isn't needed. 

***But do floss on a daily basis, as tooth brushing doesn't clean between the teeth. If you don't floss germs can grow there, causing tooth decay and gum disease.  

***Don't brush your teeth too hard. Brushing too hard can damage the enamel of your teeth. Use a soft bristle brush (with a compact brush head (to get to more surface area and get to the hard to reach back side of each tooth). Don't grip too hard, just use gentle pressure as you brush for 2 minutes (30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth).

***Don't use a tooth paste that tastes too gritty, as it be too abrasive and can damage the tooth enamel. Just use a little toothpaste, and be sure it has fluoride in it. 

***Be sure to brush your teeth or sip water (to rinse your teeth) when you eat acidic foods, including marinara sauce and soda, or foods than can stain your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum can help as well, as it increases saliva production in your mouth.

***Don't use your teeth as tools-you can break or crack teeth by using them to open packages or bottle! Don't chew on ice cubes or hard candy either. 

***See your dentist twice a year - for healthy teeth, so that small problems don't become bigger issues, and to get a heads up on potential health problems including oral cancer and diabetes! 


September, 2012

Tooth fairy news: Kids found an average $3 per tooth under their pillows this year, up 15% from last year; psychologists say giving a kid too much for losing a tooth may distort their perception of money; and there's a new App to help parents calculate the going rate for teeth based on the parent's gender, education, location, age and income!


August, 2012

Another good reason to brush your teeth and keep your gums healthy: a study has found you (particularly women) are then less likely to develop dementia! The lead author speculates that gum disease bacteria (left when you fail to brush) might get into the brain, causing inflammation and brain damage.

This August is the 25th Anniversary of Shark Week! Don’t forget to floss. 




July, 2012

Great dental research news this month. Seaweed may be the next great source for helpful toothpaste? And Molecule 32 may make your teeth cavityproof.


June, 2012


Smiling at people gives them a greater sense of connectiveness, something we humans crave. If your smile isn’t something you want to share, ask us what we can do to help! 


May, 2012


While we always encourage tooth brushing, research shows that brushing too soon after meals and drinks, especially those that are acidic, can do more harm than good. So wait 30 minutes before brushing after an acidic meal (like those with tomato sauce) or drink (like soda).

Do you and your kids drink energy and sports drinks? A new study finds consumption of these drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, particularly to tooth enamel, as the drinks are bathing this glossy outer level of the tooth in acid. Without the protection of enamel, teeth become overly sensitive, prone to cavities, and more likely to decay. SO: minimize the intake of these drinks, chew sugar-free gum or drink water after consuming them, and wait an hour before brushing after drinking them so as not to spread the acid!


March, 2012


An increase in preschoolers with cavities, noted by the CDC five years ago, is being reported in all income levels by dentists nationwide. To ensure your child or grandchild doesn't have this problem, be careful about endless snacking and juice or sweet drinks (especially sweets drinks available at bedtime) and ensure they get flouride through drinking water or toothpaste. Brushing their teeth - preferably twice a day - is critical. And see a pediatric dentist by age 1 to have them assessed for future cavity risk, even though they may have only a few teeth.


February, 2012


Don’t forget to stop into our office during Valentine’s week for our annual distribution of Valentine's Day treats. Those mostly-chocolate goodies are our way of saying thanks to our terrific patients. Just promise us to brush after indulging. 


January, 2012

Happy New Year! May all your dreams come true in 2012.


December, 2011

If you're traveling this Holiday season, you'll want to avoid "traveler's breath" and "tooth squeeze". Carry (and use) a small toothbrush and paste with you when you travel to reduce the bad breath caused by altered travel eating routines. Bad breath can be the result of travel hunger and fasting, as well as increased consumption of soda and fast foods. Contact us for an exam if you experience "tooth squeeze" in flight - dental pain or toothache caused by changes in barometric pressure. While this condition almost always resolves on returning to the ground, it is generally a sign of an existing dental problem.



November, 2011

We're delighted to welcome Jaclyn Newman to our dental team!  

Jackie is a registered dental hygienist who will be in our office on Tuesdays. She joins our long-time hygienist Maria Tacetta, who is in our office Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.  


Jackie and Marie help provide preventive dental care, including cleanings, taking of prescribed radiographs, administering fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care. 



Enjoy Life More: Care for your Teeth as You Get Older!

Cosmetic dentistry can be key to enjoying later life. Improving the condition of your mouth leads not only to better overall health, but to a greater positive outlook as you want to smile more.

Serious dental issues can occur as we get older, including:

Tooth loss - older Americans sometimes tell a dentist to just extract teeth, rather than choose a seemingly more costly dental solution. But a missing tooth can mean more stress and lack of support for other teeth, causing a "domino effect" of further tooth loss, misalignment and gum disease.


Gum Disease - the increased vulnerability of our older bodies to disease in general, the effect of certain conditions like diabetes and dry mouth, and shrinking older gums can boost the risk of gum disease as we age. Gum disease has been linked to heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular disease.


Wear and Tear - As our teeth get older, the surfaces may get pitted, trapping food and making teeth harder to clean. Teeth can then become weak, and more prone to breaking.


Dry mouth - As we age, our salivary glands produce less spit. A dry mouth is a problem for dental health, as saliva washes away bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.    


So don't think that just because you are "older", dental care shouldn't be a priority. A fabulous older smile makes people feel physically better, and improves your overall mental outlook as well. 


An interesting dental fact: 

      As people age, the size of their jawbones shrink, with less and less room for teeth in the jaw! Some people's jaws shrink more than others, which could affect your bite. So if your bite feels "off" as you age, see your dentist!  


Eat This: for glamorous gums! 

Brushing and flossing are the key to great gum health. But research shows that eating these five foods can also help keep your gums in great shape:

Salmon: the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon (and tuna and halibut as well) reduces inflammation all over the body, including your gums. People who eat omega-3 have been found to cut their risk of gingivitis by 20%.

Strawberries: the vitamin C in strawberries builds collagen, an important part of healthy gum tissue.

Whole grains: the iron and B vitamins in whole grains - including whole grain breads, barley, oatmeal and brown rice - are essential to gum health. 

Green tea: Drink up! Hot or cold, green tea has anti-oxidants that kill bacteria that can cause gingivitis. 

Pistachios: are rich in an antioxidant that fights gum inflammation.  



Why do my teeth sometimes chatter? 



When it's cold outside and your body temperature starts to drop, a part of your brain called the hypothalamus sends a message to your body that it needs to warm up.  


One way it does that is through your muscles, which generate heat by shivering. Teeth chattering is just a form of shivering, as the brain tries to get your body temperature back up to 98.6 degrees.  


It is important to distinguish chattering from teeth grinding or bruxism. Bruxism is thought to be a habit aggravated by stress. The exact cause is not known.  


There are also anecdotal reports of teeth chattering as symptoms at other times, such as noted from people with panic attacks.  Animals - including dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs - are said to chatter their teeth when they are very excited or stressed!




December, 2011

This year we celebrated our annual Christmas Party at DaNoi's Restaurant.



December, 2011

If you're traveling this Holiday season, you'll want to avoid "traveler's breath" and "tooth squeeze". Carry (and use) a small toothbrush and paste with you when you travel to reduce the bad breath caused by altered travel eating routines. Bad breath can be the result of travel hunger and fasting, as well as increased consumption of soda and fast foods. Contact us for an exam if you experience "tooth squeeze" in flight - dental pain or toothache caused by changes in barometric pressure. While this condition almost always resolves on returning to the ground, it is generally a sign of an existing dental problem.



November, 2011

We're delighted to welcome Jaclyn Newman to our dental team!  

Jackie is a registered dental hygienist who will be in our office on Tuesdays. She joins our long-time hygienist Maria Tacetta, who is in our office Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.  


Jackie and Marie help provide preventive dental care, including cleanings, taking of prescribed radiographs, administering fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene and care. 


 from our November, 2011 newsletter:


These are your Teeth on Drugs  

Do you take prescription drugs like Coumadin or high blood pressure medication? Estimates suggest that about 40 per cent of people take at least one type of medicine that could cause tooth damage.

The drugs you take can cause changes including tooth discoloration, physical damage to tooth structure, and alteration in tooth sensitivity.


How we keep up to date:

Dr. Ozer, assistant Jennifer Patton, and hygienist Maria Tacetta recently attended a terrific full day seminar on "Current Pharmacological Drugs and their Interaction in Dentistry". This program was given by a dentist/Ph.D. who also lectures on drugs to the FBI and police departments across the country!


Our office has Lexicom Pharmacological Software which automatically updates to include all current drugs, highlights side effects, and notes interactions both between drugs and between drugs and any dental materials we might use. The program also tells us if there are any potential post-operative pharmacological complications from any dental procedures. 


What can you do about drug interactions on your teeth and gums?  

  • Pay careful attention to your tooth brushing and flossing habits. Clean your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day.
  • Visit us regularly.
  • Ask your doctor, dentist and pharmacist about the medicines you take and if they may affect your dental health. 

 Here are a few examples of the effects specific types of drugs can have on teeth and gums:

---Antibiotics can cause tooth discoloration. The antibiotic tetracycline, once commonly prescribed to children as their teeth were developing, is now known to tint permanent teeth a yellowish or brownish colour. 

---Medicines containing sugar - like medicated syrups - can cause cavities.  

--Tooth erosion can be caused by aspirin (one reason why you should swallow aspirin whole with water instead of chewing it), powdered medicine used by asthmatics, and any drug that has the potential to cause gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).      


Drugs causing dry mouth  

Any drug that leads to decreased salivary secretion - commonly known as dry mouth - can result in damage to teeth as they become more susceptibility to diseases such as dental caries. Saliva is important to good dental health, as it:  

  • Reduces the population of bacteria in the mouth;
  • Reduces decay-causing mouth acids; and
  • Contains substances crucial to the ongoing natural repair of tooth enamel - the hard surface layer that protects the tooth - that has been damaged by acids.

Tooth sensitivity can result from tooth bleaching. The in-office whitening method we use controls the amount of applied materials to minimize sensitivity.  By contrast, sensitivity is often the result of the application of over-the-counter whitening products that contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to help lighten the color deep in the tooth.    

Gum problems can be caused by:    

  • Oral contraceptives;
  • Antihypertensives - high blood pressure medication;     
  • chemotherapy drugs; and   
  • Immunosuppressive drugs.  
  • Some drugs can cause the gum tissue to thicken and grow over teeth. Drugs linked to an increased risk of this condition (called "gingival hyperplasia") include some epilepsy medications, some blood pressure medications and calcium channel blockers. 


Now you know some of the reasons we always need to know of any drugs you are taking, since they can impact the condition of your teeth and mouth!



September, 2011   

from our Fall, 2011 newsletter


Whitening Your Smile

When Kate Middleton's dazzling smile charmed the watching world this past year, it was reported that she had undergone teeth whitening. Does your smile light up your face as well? We can help ensure that your "pearly whites" are dazzling.  


Our in-office tooth whitening is an effective way to make your teeth appear both whiter and brighter. 

Unlike over-the-counter methods, professional teeth whitening delivers optimum whitening results in a short amount of time. The entire procedure takes place in our office in about an hour, and you can enjoy listening to music or relaxing by watching tv or dvds while your smile takes shape.  


Is everyone a candidate for in-office whitening? In-office whitening (sometimes called "bleaching") can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull and dingy smile. Patients with decayed teeth, white spots on their teeth, and multiple tooth colored fillings or crowns (caps) on the front teeth may not be good candidates for tooth whitening. In those cases, we will work to put your mouth in the most optimal condition possible or explore other cosmetic dental options such as porcelain or resin veneers or tooth colored fillings to attain your cosmetic dental goals.


How is the procedure done?

As we begin the whitening process, a protective gel is applied to your gums to protect the soft tissue.  A special whitening gel is then applied to your teeth every ten to fifteen minutes to maximize its effectiveness. We use the product rated as "most effective" by an impartial magazine called "the Consumer Reports of Dentistry".   


How dramatic are the results?

Results vary for each individual. The in-office procedures we use can achieve several shades of whitening after only one treatment. And the results can last 2 - 3 years in non-smokers! 


Is there anything else I should know about the procedure?

You will be instructed to avoid foods and beverages that have a high level of pigment, such as coffee, tomato sauce or juice, yellow mustard, or red wine, as well as avoid tobacco use, for 24 hours after the procedure to allow the enamel pores to close to prevent re-staining.


Don't toothpastes already contain whiteners?

 All toothpastes help remove surface stains because they contain mild abrasives. Some whitening toothpastes contain gentle polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Whitening toothpastes can help remove surface stains only.With continuous use, whitening toothpastes can ultimately lighten your tooth's color by about one shade gradually over a long period of time.


Can't I use over-the-counter products to achieve the same results?

Over-the-counter and professional whitening products contain carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that helps lighten the color deep in the tooth. Over-the-counter products generally require multiple applications: gels are usually applied twice a day for 14 days, strips are applied twice daily for 30 minutes for 14 days. Results will take longer, last for less time and be more limited than what we an achieve in-office. 


What about Whitening Rinses? 

Like most mouthwashes, these rinses freshen breath and help reduce dental plaque and gum disease, and also include ingredients, such as hydrogen peroxide, which technically whiten teeth but really do very little whitening.   Even the manufacturers say it may take 12 weeks to see any whitening results!  



Adult and Children’s Sealants 


What is a dental sealant?

sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, the premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth.   


What do sealants do?  

Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. They help save tooth enamel from plaque and acids.  


Why are sealants needed? Isn't brushing enough?  

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.  

How are sealants on adults done?    

When adults have stained grooves in their molars, we can help prevent future cavities by cleaning out stained grooves. We then'paint' the sealant onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This requires no novocaine and no needles. It's quick - a matter of minutes.


How long do sealants last? 

Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and usually last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, we will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when needed.  


But aren't sealants really just for kids?  

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious sealant candidates. But adults can benefit from sealants as well.     



Why do I sometimes get canker sores? 

What can I do about them?     

Canker sores are a form of mouth ulcer. They are small, non-contagious lesions inside the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. THEY ARE NOT CANCEROUS. Women get more canker sores than men! Susceptibility to canker sores sometimes runs in families. Although anyone can get a canker sore, they are most common in people from age 10 - 40.  

Canker sores are not "fever blisters" 

Canker sores usually appear on the inner surface of the cheeks and lips, tongue, soft palate, and the base of the gums. They are not on the external surface of the lips, and are not the same as the very contagious cold sores ("fever blisters" or "herpes simplex type 1").   


What causes canker sores? 

No one knows for sure why we get canker sores, although it's believed to be from bacteria and perhaps certain viruses. Canker sores may form as a result of mouth injuries (including biting the inside of your cheek, or from a contact sport), from burns to the mouth from very hot food, or from irritation of the mouth from spicy food. Canker sores can also form from the use of chewing tobacco, the rubbing of a denture or orthodontic band, or sharp broken teeth or dental restorations. It's believed that canker sores can form as a result of stress, hormone changes, and certain vitamin deficiencies.


Treatment of canker sores:

Canker sores generally go away on their own. But you should see your dentist if they do not heal within 2 weeks, or if they seem very large and are accompanied by fever.    

For at-home treatment of canker sores, try rinsing with salt water (which can help the mouth heal quickly by gently reducing the alkalinity and bacteria in the mouth) or with an antiseptic mouth rinse. Over the counter gels and pastes may also relieve your discomfort. You may want to avoid hot or spicy foods.   

New one-time treatment now available in our office: We can treat canker sores IN OUR OFFICE with debacterol, a one-time, 5 second application that stops canker sore pain and annoyance and heals the sores within 24 - 48 hours. Debacterol is a very new treatment and can only be applied by dental professionals.     


from our Winter, 2011 newsletter


Laser Dentistry:

          the Dental Tool of the Future is Here Now! 


Laser technology has been used in various types of medical procedures for 35 years. You may already be familiar with the portable DiagnoDent Laser we have been using for cavity detection. With the addition of the AMD Picasso Laser to our office, we can now perform a wide range of soft tissue, periodontal and endodontic procedures with increased patient comfort. Dr. Ozer has been certified to use this diode laser by the International Center for Laser Education.  


You know we always strive to bring you the most technologically advanced dental care possible. We are one of the only estimated 6% of dental offices who own dental lasers!

Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. Dental lasers are wonderful tools for a variety of reasons:


*The use of a laser can help minimize bleeding, as the high-energy light beam used aids in the clotting of exposed blood vessels.


*Soft tissue lasers penetrate tissues while sealing nerve endings. This is one of the primary reasons why patients experience virtually no post-operative discomfort following the use of a laser.  

*Patient comfort is enhanced as damage to the surrounding tissue is minimized.


*Wounds may heal faster.


*The high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on, therefore minimizing bacteria.


*Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stiches).


*Certain laser procedures can be done without the use of anesthesia.         

Examples of the types of procedures for which we might use a soft tissue dental laser include crown lengthening (the reshaping of gum tissue to provide a stronger foundation before the placement of restorations), improving the appearance of a "gummy smile" by reshaping gum tissue to exposure healthy tooth structure, or (pick one: removing a small piece of tissue for a biopsy, reducing tmj pain, minimizing the healing time of cold sores). 


You should be relaxed and comfortable when we are using our soft tissue laser. Lasers don't make "whining sounds" or other annoying noises. Since air suction is used to keep the work area cool and clean, you may hear the sound of a rush of air.  


 Your dental insurance may help cover the cost of laser procedures. To schedule a consultation to discuss whether laser dentistry may be right for you, call us at 718-761-1800 or email us  




You know you should floss, but do you know why? Toothbrushing alone can't effectively clean the tight spaces between your teeth. Flossing  removes any food trapped between the teeth. It also the rids the mouth of the film of bacteria that forms there before it has a chance to harden into dental plaque.


Plaque (and its even harder cousin, tartar) is what causes tooth decay, inflamed gums (gingivitis), periodontal disease, and, eventually, tooth loss. Flossing is the most common and effective way to remove plaque.

Flossing also can keep your arteries young. It's believed that the bacteria that left in your mouth lead to periodontal disease also cause inflammation, an immune response that can cause arteries to swell and lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. 


And, as if those  weren't reasons enough to floss, you want to rid your mouth of that bacterial film because it is one of the causes of embarrassing bad breath!


So, even if you don't believe you have food stuck between your teeth, it's critically important to floss. The American Dental Association recommends you floss once each day.



Now you know why you should floss. The next step is knowing how!   You can see a video on how to floss right from our website.  Click here:   How to Floss   


Our hygienists would be happy to review proper flossing technique with you. 


February is National Heart Month - and Healthy Teeth Help Keep Your Heart Healthy! 


Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US? And, despite what many believe, cardiovascular disease (which includes heart disease, hypertension and stroke) is the number one killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. It kills half a million American women each year! That figure exceeds the next seven causes of death combined!!

How can you get a healthier heart? According to a new study of 7,000 people from 

UC, Berkeley researchers, women who get dental care reduce their risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems by at least one-third!


In addition to seeing your dentist, here are some heart healthy goals for this year: reduce your sodium (salt) intake, become more physically active, and (we hate to say it as much as you hate to hear it) take steps to lose those extra pounds. 


           If a soft bristle brush is best for my teeth, why do they still make the medium and hard kind?


Great question! Bristles on soft brushes have finer, more flexible filaments that are gentler on your teeth and gums, yet still clean efficiently. A recent study found that almost 40% more "hard" brush users suffered from receding gums than soft brush users! But, since many people erroneously believe a hard brush will clean better, they ask for them. To meet the demand, companies label brushes that way!   

In fact, there are no universal regulations that set brushing standards for when a toothbrush can be labelled "soft" "medium" or "hard". So what should you do to ensure that your new toothbrush is the correct bristle type? Be sure that you buy a soft bristle brush, and that it has the ADA seal.   



February,  2011


New Technology: You may have noticed a new machine we've been using at your last  recall. The state of the art piezoelectric ultrasonic scaler we've used for the last year cleans around the gums with greater patient comfort. This system safely uses oscillating sound waves to remove tartar. The gentle vibrations are an effective tool for deep cleaning and gum therapy. We employ an antimicrobial cleanser in the closed container system to flush your gums as the scaler cleans your teeth. 


You know we always appreciate our patients. But, if you are in our office during Valentine's week, you'll receive a little extra something from us that we hope will help make the winter go down a little easier, make your week a little more delicious, and remind you that you are special to us. Just promise that you will brush after you indulge!   

Defying the odds, Thomas Griffin managed to win the office Superbowl Pool for the second consecutive year.


January, 2011

Secondhand Smoke Tied to High Blood Pressure in Kids
The dangers of smoking and of second hand smoke are well known. Researchers now report that children whose parents are smokers face childhood high blood pressure from smoke exposure. This may also put them at greater risk for heart attacks later in life.

The Claim: Drinking Extra Fluids Helps Beat a Cold
We hope you are staying healthy this winter. If you do get a cold, time honored tradition says you should get rest and drink plenty of fluids. In fact, there's little medical evidence or research to support hydration (though scientists do suspect it might be helpful).

Phys Ed: Do Energy Drinks Improve Athletic Performance?
If you are on a health kick this January, you should know that, despite the fact that they often share aisle pace in the market, energy and sports drinks are not interchangeable. The large amounts of sugar in energy drinks can contribute to gastrointestinal distress, and the caffeine can lead to dehydration. Moreover, the safety of th...eir long term use has not been determined.

Happy 2011! May your year be happy and healthy, filled with joyous times and wonderful smiles!!!


This year we took a trip to New Jersey for our yearly Christmas Party.  We had dinner at Basilico Restaurant in Short Hills, New Jersey.  Then walked over to the Papermill Playhouse and saw Les Miserables.


Study Finds Echinacea Does Not Reduce Duration and Severity of the Common Cold [NCCAM Research Resul
Herbal supplements aren't the answer for helping the common cold. Researchers at the U. of Wisconsin have found that echinacea did not significantly decrease the duration and severity of the common cold, compared with placebo, in a large study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Mercury in Tuna Prompts New Call to Limit Intake
You may want to rethink that daily tuna sandwich. Consumers Union found mercury in every sample of tuna from pouches and cans tested in NY. Since mercury accumulates in the body over time, and can affect fetal development, women of childbearing age and children were cautioned on the amount of tuna they should consume weekly (especiall...y white tuna).

Popcorn's Dark Secret
Are you looking forward to settling down with a tub of popcorn at the movies this holiday season? Unfortunately, while the air-popped corn you make at home is a good snack choice, theater popcorn is not. Even the smallest size contains 6 cups of popcorn, usually is popped in coconut oil (90% saturated fat) and loaded with salt. So if you indulge, skip the butter, and maybe share with a friend.

Multivitamins and Sleep - Really? Column
Are your multivitamins keeping you awake? Studies have shown that taking vitamin B6 before bed can lead to vivid dreaming, and vitamin B12 can affect melatonin levels and thus wakefulness. Another study found slightly higher rate of poor sleep in those taking multivitamins. Taking them in the morning or at least several hours before bed is suggested.
Aspirin Helps Reduce Cancer Deaths, Study Finds
A fascinating new study suggests that low dose aspirin may reduce the risk of solid tumor cancers, including cancers of the lung, stomach and esophagus. Since few women were included in the trials, it is dfficult to generalize the risks to women. Caution: do not start such a regimen without consultation with a doctor due to risks, including bleeding and strokes.
If you give kids under 12 liquid over-the-counter medicines, you want to be aware of a study released in yesterday's Journal of the AMA. Measuring cups and droppers included with these products were found to regularly be flawed, with hard-to-read markings tthat didn’t match the ...recommended dosing. So be extra careful d...ispenIng liquid medicine. Ask your pharmacist or pediatrician if you have questions.


Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving weekend is the start of the annual Greater New York Dental Convention. Every year Dr. Ozer and staff takes advantage of this opportunity to take courses from some of the most highly regarded educators in the field of Dentistry, and to touch, use and compare the newest materials and technology in Dentistry today from over 500 exhibitors. We love testing new products, and bringing the best back to you.

Our Gums, Ourselves – Tufts Journal

Women are more at risk for periodontal disease because of hormone fluctuations throughout their lifetime. Periodontal care is now a routine part of prenatal care as researchers have discovered that pregnant women with periodontal disease are at increased risk for having premature and/or low birthweight babies. But the hormones estroge...n and progesterone put women at increased risk for gingivitis, even if they are not pregnant. Throughout a woman’s life, good oral hygiene, regular check-ups and treatment when necessary will keep gingivitis at bay and prevent the
onset of periodontal disease.
American Diabetes Month
Did you know that regular visits to the dentist’s office can help potential diabetics - including the 5.7 million American adults and children who do not know that they have it - get an early warning that they should be on the alert? People with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease, which is easier to manage and, in some cases, reverse, if caught early.

November is American Diabetes Month, a disease that affects 23.6 million Americans according to the American Diabetes Association. An estimated 57 million people – have a condition called prediabetes, and a significant proportion of these people will develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. A visit to the dentist can help alert you to these possibilities and contribute to your overall wellness.

CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? This is a great time to ensure you've adequate protection, both before the flu really starts circulating and before the Holiday and end of the year madness begins! This season, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated, even if they got a seasonal or 2009 H1N1 vaccine last se...ason. The 2010-2011 flu vaccine has been updated to protect against the three flu viruses that CDC expects will cause the most illness in the United States this season. More information is available here:


Hope everyone had a great Halloween. Don't forget to brush extra well tonight!!
Charlie Brown: I got a rock


A great smile is a wonderful attribute. A fabulous smile can project confidence in business and your everyday life. It's often cited as the number one feature that makes people attractive (just think "Julia Roberts"). A smile is a welcome mat that makes folks approachable. People with a smiles radiate a warmth that draws others to them instantly.

Many of us worry that our smile isn't so great, or we are self-conscious about our teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can give you a gorgeous smile. Procedures we do everyday can help your smile become a confident, dazzling part of your personality.

* Crowns combine good looks and great strength for teeth that are misaligned or weak. They entirely cover the tooth and provide structural support.

* With tooth whitening, we can brighten teeth discolored from food, nicotine or aging.

* Veneers (ultra-thin, custom-sculpted pieces of tooth colored porcelain that cover the front of your teeth) can improve the look of severely stained or chipped teeth.

* We can repair worn down, chipped, cracked or widely spaced teeth through bonding. We apply a tooth colored plastic to your teeth, then cure it with a light. The natural-looking and natural-feeling result is terrific!

Your dental insurance may help cover the cost of these procedures. To schedule a consultation to discuss whether any of these cosmetic options may be right for you, call us at 718-761-1800 or email us at
                                                            From Our Fall, 2010 Newsletter
"My friend swears that chewing gum can make you smarter. I think it can only give you cavities. Who's right?"

Your friend is pretty smart. A series of studies over the years has offered some support for the theory that chewing gum can make you smarter. A British study in 2002 suggested chewing gum improves memory. The...y noticed improved performance among gum chewers and hypothesized that gum enhances brain functioning either by increasing cerebral blood flow or by promoting the release of insulin, which could indirectly affect memory. The flavor of gum made no difference; repetitive chewing motion was the key. Other studies speculate that by delivering glucose to the bloodstream, chewing gum can improve functions such as working memory and processing speed. Small studies suggest chewing gum during tests may help reduce stress, thus improving student performance.

While chewing regular or bubble gum is not a great idea, even The American Dental Association says chewing sugarless gum can have protective benefits, such as preventing tooth decay and reducing plaque! Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. The increased flow of saliva from chewing can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. So if you can't brush after meals, chewing sugarless gum will help.

There's one more thing to consider before you chew: some doctors believe that people who compulsively chew gum have more chances of developing wrinkles around their mouth! They guess that the repeated muscle activity leads to loss of skin elasticity.

We're afraid no recent research has been found to answer the age old question: does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on the bedpost overnight?

                                                   From Our Fall, 2010 Newsletter

Bad Breath:
Bad breath, also know as halitosis, is embarrassing and sometimes anxiety producing. Knowing what causes it and what you can do may help reduce your popping those drugstore mints.

Food - the pungent oils from certain foods (including onions, garlic and some spices) may show up in your breath ...till they are eliminated from your body.

Dental problems - failure to brush and floss adequately and regularly can leave food trapped in your mouth, collecting bacteria. Plaque on your teeth can turn into periodontitis (plaque filled pockets between your teeth and gums), worsening your breath. Poorly cleaned dentures can contribute to this problem, as can bacteria on the surface of your tongue.

Dry Mouth - saliva helps cleanse your mouth, so dry mouth (from certain conditions or medications, and from sleeping with your mouth open) can cause bad breath (including what we call "morning breath").

Illnesses - ten percent of all bad breath is a result of other medical conditions, including stomach troubles. Medication taken for illnesses can cause bad breath. Mouth, nose and throat conditions, including stuffed noses, can also contribute to bad breath.

Tobacco - because it dries out your mouth and because more smokers have periodontal disease, smoking is a contributing factor.

As a general rule, you can help reduce bad breath by brushing twice each day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day (to effectively remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth which touch), and using an antimicrobial mouthrinse (like Listerine) for 30 seconds morning and night to reduce bacterial activity in your whole mouth. We also recommend brushing your tongue with a tongue scraper, changing your toothbrush every three months, and drinking plenty of water (not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol, which can lead to a drier mouth) to keep your mouth moist.

Eating certain foods can sweeten your breath. Yogurt promotes good breath by replenishing the healthy bacteria in your stomach. Chewing celery may help, as well as eating parsley (which is reported to have antibacterial and antifungal properties).

If you feel your breath is more unsavory than usual, see your dentist! We'll check for mouth conditions (including periodontitis) that may contribute to bad breath. We may recommend a particular mouth rinse or toothpaste that kills bacteria that can cause bad breath.
                                                 From Our Fall, 2010 Newsletter

ASK THE DENTIST:"My grandson fell and lost a tooth. Will he need an implant when he gets older?"
Baby teeth serve important functions, acting as spacers creating enough room in the jaw so that permanent teeth can come in, aiding in proper speech development, and serving to help build self-esteem in the newly independent child. Usuall...y, children lose their baby teeth naturally, starting somewhere around 6- 7 years of age. Those 20 baby teeth are generally replaced by secondary or permanent teeth, which soon begin erupting as your child loses baby teeth. This process isn't complete until children gets their wisdom teeth (third molars) at age seventeen to twenty two years of age.

When a baby tooth is lost because of an accidental impact, the permanent toot h will often come in right on schedule. But occasionally, the severity of the blow could cause damage to the gums, and damage to the tissue can led to infection. There may also be damage to the underlying permanent tooth. So, as your grandchild grows, his dentist should monitor to see that the new, permanent teeth are coming in properly aligned.

Some accidental tooth loss is not preventable. But there are important things you can do help prevent the loss of baby teeth. Make sure your kids wear helmets when skating or riding bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. Children should wear mouth guards when playing contact sports like football, hockey, and soccer. And teach them to never try to open bottle caps with their teeth.
                                                From Our Late Summer, 2010 Newsletter

A Great Option to Replace Lost Teeth:We all hope to never lose a tooth. But, when teeth are lost, what can be done? A bridge, the one-time solution to this problem, was generally not a permanent fix. And, most people find it hard to keep their gums and underlying bone healthy when they have a bridge. ... Dental implants are an ideal option for patients with good oral health who have lost a tooth.

We have been placing implants in this office since 1987, when root-based implants were first approved by the ADA for use in the US. Half a million implants are now placed each year in the US! Implants are very successful - over 95%!

Because implants generally last a lifetime, in the long run they are more economical than bridges, which have an average lifespan of only ten years. In fact, that first implant we did in 1987 is still functioning for our patient.

Here at Drs. Mailman, Flug & Ozer, we chose our implant cases carefully to ensure that they have optimal success. It is important that there is enough bone in the jaw to support the implant, and that you have healthy gum tissue, free of periodontal disease. If a patient smokes, they are statistically two and a half times more likely to have an implant fail than a non-smoker.

In our office, dental implants can be performed under IV sedation for maximum patient comfort and efficient use of patient time.

A dental implant can be used to replace as few as one missing tooth or a series of teeth in a row. When a patient has lost most of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor a full or partial denture. Dental implants never slip or make embarrassing noises that advertise the fact that you have "false teeth." They also never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges.

Now that you know why implants are so great, you probably want to know how we create an implant. The basic technique involves surgically inserting a titanium screw (the root or implant) into the supporting bone. Once the implant is in place, and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the metallic root. The resulting tooth you see looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Your dental insurance may help cover the cost of implants. To schedule a consultation to discuss whether dental implants may be right for you, call us at 718-761-1800 or email us at
                                               From Our Late Summer, 2010 Newsletter

Recent scientific research suggests there may be a link between periodontitis (advanced gum disease) and some health problems. Bacteria causing periodontitis can enter the blood stream and have an effect on other systemic conditions, contributing to problems including clots that could lead to a heart attac...k or stroke. Many cardiologists now send patients to our office for cleanings and a periodontal check-ups before bypass or other heart surgery.

You can help prevent periodontitis by brushing twice each day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day (to effectively remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth which touch) and using an antimicrobial mouthrinse (like Listerine) for 30 seconds morning and night toreduce bacterial activity in your whole mouth. Most importantly, visit a dentist regularly.
                                                 From Our Late Summer, 2010 Newsletter
Someone dies from oral cancer every hour of every day in the United States alone! Over 35,000 people in the U.S. received a diagnosis of oral cancer in 2008.

To help ensure our patient's health, we routinely check your mouth for abnormalities that might be an early stage of cancer, or the begin...ning of cellular changes that could lead to cancer. Oral cancer (which pertains to the mouth, lips or throat) is often highly curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. If oral cancer is detected early, the prognosis for patients is excellent, with a five-year survival rate of more than 90 percent.

How can you help prevent oral cancer? Reduce or eliminate tobacco use, and consume alcohol in moderation. Tobacco use is the most common risk factor for oral cancer. 75% of oral cancer patients are former or current tobacco users. Excessive alcohol use is the second highest risk factor. Age and prolonged exposure to radiation or sunlight are contributing factors to oral cancer as well, so using sunscreen on your lips is advised. A less commonly known risk factor for oral cancer is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), an orally sexually transmitted disease. Safe sex practices can help prevent the risk of HPV and thus oral cancer.

And finally, seeing your dentist regularly helps prevent oral cancer, as a study published in 2007 in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that poor condition of the mouth and missing teeth were among the causes of head and neck cancer! The study, the largest ever to examine the link between poor oral care, oral cancer, and other head and neck cancers, found that frequent dental care lowered the risk of oral cancer.

From Our Late Summer, 2010 Newsletter

We all know that sugar and cavities are connected. But did you know that how you consume that sugar has more of an impact on your dental health than the total amount you consume?

Tooth decay happens when bacteria feed on sugar, creating acid in your mouth that destroys the tooth enamel. If you are continually sippin...g soda or coffee with sugar, or even routinely suck ing on sour candy, you give the bacteria repeated time to make more acid to affect your teeth. So a soft drink slurped all at once is less harmful to your teeth than a sip of that sugared soda taken every 30 minutes! We're not suggesting eating sugar is a good idea. But from a dental standpoint, watch out for that constant sipping or nibbling!

From Our Late Summer, 2010 Newsletter

2010 Guidelines for CPR
The American Heart Association has updated and simplified their CPR guidelines so that even people not trained in CPR can help in an emergency. First, call or have someone else call 911, and then begin chest compressions immediately to restore the heart's pumping action. Watch this AHA youtube video for more information to help you save a life.

This video explains the changes in the new 2010 Guidelines for CPR released on October 18. We're making CPR even easier so more people will perform it and more lives will be saved. For more information visit


In Worries About Sweeteners, Think of All Sugars
We all know that sugar isn't good for your teeth, and can cause other health concerns as well. Most of us worry about "high fructose corn syrup" in our diets (it's listed right behind mad cow disease and mercury in seafood among "food safety" worries). But with 16% of all calories...Americans consume coming from sugar, nutrition scientists say we should worry about all sugar sources, from table sugar (made from beet and cane sugars) to corn syrup (including that in sweetened beverages).


Orabursh Turns to Youtube to Pitch a Bad Breath Treatment
Bad breath is the subject of a featured article in our next newsletter (coming out soon - email us at if you did not receive the last newsletter and want to be sure you're on our list!). A fascinating newspaper story this week on advertising tells how a tongue brush to cure bad breath... created major buzz through youtube videos!


Michael Douglas' State 4 Throat Cancer
The recent shocking news about Michael Douglas' stage 4 throat cancer reinforces the importance of oral cancer screenings. Our Late Summer newsletter contained a now prophetically-timely article on oral cancer. To reduce your risk, reduce or eliminate tobacco use, consume alcohol in moderation, and have a routine screening by your dentist.


Bottled Tea: Antioxidants Barely There
If you're drinking bottled tea for the antioxidant benefits, you may not be getting your bang for the buck. Recent research reveals that the healthy antioxidants responsible for protecting our cells from damage are barely present in bottled teas, particularly those teas that have added sugar to combat the bitter taste ...of those healthy antioxidants. Brewing your own tea will boost the benefits at a lower cost. And remember our newsletter advice if you add sugar - slurp, don't sip.


We've sent out our first newsletter via email, which contains important dental and health care information for you and your family.  If you haven't recieved one yet, please call the office and provide Lissette with your email address so that you may be added to our mailing list.  We promise not to clutter your inbox.


July 18, 2010 - Today is National Ice Cream Day
It's actually National Ice Cream Month. Given this week's heat wave, it's clearly time to celebrate with a scoop, cone, sandwich, pop, float or sundae! Just be sure to brush well after!


Our New Sign to go along with Our New Landscaping!


We have redone our entire front and side landscaping!  Check out the before and after pictures.




Spring Cleaning
The outside of our office will have a different look soon.  We are completely redoing our front landscaping, replacing trees and bushes that were not doing well after the harsh winter and torrential rains.  We can't wait for our new look!


                                      CONGRATULATIONS LISA CLEMENTE!
Thanks to Duke becoming National Champions! Our assistant was the winner of our "MARCH MADNESS" basketball pool.  Lisa receives an extra vacation day!



Dr. Ozer would like to thank Jennifer for her 20 years of hard work!




During Valentines Week, we appreciate our patients by giving them a Valentines Day gift bag.


January 2010

We are thrilled that our new DIGITAL X-RAY system is now fully installed.  Digital radiography allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.


With this technology, we use a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer.  The digital imaging software allows us to see a number of different views of your teeth.  The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth which allows us to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for your case.


Another fabulous new advanced technology is our new INTRAORAL CAMERA.  This pen-sized camera helps us clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums.  We can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision.


The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology.  Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.  This digital image can be utilized to provide information to insurances and other doctors if necessary.


Christmas Party 12/15/2009

The office Christmas Party was held at DaNoi Restaurant, Tuesday, December 15th.



Saturday Staff

November 2009

If the Thanksgiving Turkey has been gobbled, then it's time for our office to attend the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting, one of the largest congresses of dental health professionals in the world.  The meeting gives us a chance to participate in an unparalleled educational program featuring some of the most highly regarded educators in the field of dentistry as well as an opportunity to touch, use and compare the newest materials and technology in Dentistry today from over 500 exhibitors.

Dr Ozer attended two half day seminars the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  New Treatment Options for Endodontically Treated Teeth, and World Class Crown and Bridge.  On Monday, Dr. Ozer and three members of our dental team attended a half day seminar on new advances in implant dentistry.  Jill Fusillo, our office manager, attended a seminar presented by the President of the American Association of Dental Office Managers.

We all met up to spend the rest of the day interfacing  with a multitude of exhibitors who demonstrated and taught us about new products and technology from around the world.

We are excited to tell you about a few of the many new technologies, products and materials we evaluated and purchased at the meeting.

Digital X-Rays
Our new digital radiography allows us to take x-rays using up to 80% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.  This x-ray technology provides instant, highly detailed visualization on the computer screen, enabling Dr. Ozer to better diagnose dental cavities, infections and unusual pathology.  More efficient insurance reimbursement is another terrific result!

Intraoral Camera
Intraoral cameras are an excellent means of allowing you to view potential dental conditions in your own mouth.  This advanced technology allows us to zoom in with a camera on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal filling with extreme precision.  The full color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology.  Because images are displayed on our screens, you will also be able to see areas being worked on and gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.  This digital image can also be utilized to provide information to inusrances and other doctors if necessary, allowing for more efficient reimbursement and treatment.

Oral B Cross-Action Pro-Health Toothbrush
When you see our hygienist,  you will receive the new Oral B Cross-Action Pro-Health Toothbrush.  The cross-cut bristles of this brush attack plaque from the perfect angle, an optimal 16o, cleaning better than straight ones.  Used properly, the Cross-Action Pro-Health will remove 99% of plaque in hard-to-reach areas, help improve gum health by reducing gingivitis, provide better cleaning along the gum line, remove surface stains and polish teeth, and remove odor-causing germs from the tongue.

This brush looks different from your usual tooth brush because of a series of unique features:
Positioned in opposing directions, its criss-cross bristles are designed to flex and then straighten, actively penetrating between the teeth - where plaque builds up easily - and along the gum line to lift it out and sweep it away.  The brush also has two rows of soft gum stimulators to gently massage the gums, a textured tongue cleaner, and extra long tip bristles to help clean between the teeth in hard to reach places.  The oblong shape of the tufts are designed to help clean the surface area of the tooth.