"I don’t want any x-rays or to see the doctor today, my insurance isn’t going to cover that, so I am not going to do it. Unfortunately this is a statement I hear a few times a week. It makes me sad to realize that we have not done a good enough job educating our patients about their dental treatments. It is difficult trying to explain to people that their dental insurance companies cannot see what we see in order to determine what is needed to properly treat and diagnose a person. I like to tell people about the time Continue Reading
How are you sleeping? Or maybe more importantly how is your spouse sleeping? A good night’s sleep helps restore the mind and body. However, it is estimated that 25 million people in America do not get a good night’s rest due to the fact that they have a sleep related breathing disorder. The most commonly discussed of these is obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more repeatedly during the night. Dentists are often the first ones to diagnose sleep apnea because we typically see our patients more frequently than Continue Reading
In 1988, Dr. Jess Kane, Dr. David Tesini and I formed a dental outreach program to provide preventive dental care to children in need. Project Stretch, Dentistry Reaching Out to Children has been fortunate to be involved in bringing dental healthcare to children in Massachusetts, other areas in the United States and other countries over these past 29 years. The mission of Project Stretch is to not only treat the acute needs of the children we see, but to provide dental health education, fluoride rinse programs and the tools communities need to sustain these goals. We strive to get local Continue Reading
March 21st was the first day of spring. Judging by what we see outside here in New England, spring still seems far away. For millions of people who observe the solar calendar in countries such as Iran, Afghanistan and parts of India, the first day of spring also means the first day of the New Year. This is called Nourooz (Nou=new, rooz=Day) and the current year is 1396. I have many childhood memories about growing up in Iran and celebrating Nourooz. A few weeks before the holiday, a tradition called “Khanetekani” which literally means ‘shaking down the house’ begins. This Continue Reading
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