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Harvesting Good Oral Hygiene

Planting and growing my own fruits and vegetables have always been a passion of mine ever since I was a small child. To this day I always look forward to the spring season when the ground begins to swell, birds chirp, sun is high in the sky and your lawn never looks better. It also means that it’s time to churn the garden soil! You may be wondering why I’m writing a blog about growing fruits and vegetables on a dental website. What you may not know is that there are several fruits and vegetables that can be both healthy Continue Reading

Why is my child receiving a Fluoride treatment at the Pediatrician?

Healthy gums and teeth are important to your child's overall health. This is why your child's pediatrician will likely talk with you about good dental habits even before your child's first tooth appears. Part of that discussion will often involve the use or need for fluoride. Fluoride prevents tooth decay and strengthens the enamel of the teeth. It has long been established that children who have the advantages of fluoride and good oral hygiene habits stay free of dental disease. Good oral hygiene habits include proper diet, thorough brushing/flossing, and regular dental visits. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Continue Reading

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

In 2005, when I landed a job at Dental Associates of Walpole, these guys were not my dentist. Actually, for the first couple of years of employment I would travel 40 minutes out of my way to go to the dentist I had always gone to because he knew me, my kids, my husband. You get it, right? And let’s face it, opening your mouth and letting a stranger, even if he or she is a dentist, look around is a very personal experience. Couple that with the fact that my favorite place on earth happens not to be in Continue Reading

There is no “I” in “Team”

Janet and I have worked together for nine years and are teammates in the best sense of the word. Teamwork is an essential tool for a busy work environment and collaboration between co-workers increases productivity, ensures that the department runs efficiently, and makes for a less stressful work environment. We support each other not only on day-to-day tasks in the office, but non work-related events as well. We feel very fortunate to have a great working relationship. Both of us have grown kids who are in the process of getting ready to, or have already, “left the nest”. Janet’s son, Continue Reading

Celebrating Heritage

People often ask me, where are you from? I suspect the reason I get asked is because, while I am proud of my command of the English language, I do have a subtle accent. I suppose that combined with my somewhat ethnic look and ethnic sounding name has people curious about where I am from. I am comfortable with my identity and proud of my background, so I really enjoy answering the question. I was born and raised in Brazil. In my years living in the US, 18 years in total, it has occurred to me that many Americans don’t Continue Reading

Project Stretch Update

In my last blog post I told the story of the origins of Project Stretch, Dentistry Reaching Out to Children. Since then Project Stretch celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a friendraising/fundraising Gala at the Framingham Country Club. Well over a hundred and fifty past volunteers, students, friends and family gathered to celebrate and fund our continued success. Our goal is to have Project Stretch continue to provide local and international outreach dental programs wherever needed. We are currently in Teacapan, Mexico, a small fishing village with no access to dental care. Our team consists of two pediatric dentists from other Continue Reading


Sitting in my sunroom looking outside, I notice the leafless trees, snowy ground, squirrels eating seeds from my birdfeeder, and the presence of neighbors’ homes. I long for spring flowers, warm weather and longer days. But I must patiently wait another three months for those things. This is winter life in New England. However, you can make a few modifications to your surroundings if you enjoy having and appreciating flowers during winter months. Below are some suggestions to help you get through the winter: Bring your flower pots inside and place them near south facing windows. Plants such as geraniums, Continue Reading

2018, what a year!

As we begin the new year and start looking forward to all the excitement that lies ahead, I can’t help but stop and think about what an amazing year 2018 has been. Aside from starting here at Dental Associates of Walpole, the highlight of my year came on September 1st when my now husband and I got married! That whole Labor Day weekend is honestly kind of a blur, but I really could not have imagined a more incredible and amazing day. Now that it has passed and the craziness has calmed, it could be very easy to forget about Continue Reading

Old Mémère’s Mittens

I find it kind of funny that nowadays upcycling is thought to be such a cool and trendy thing. During the Great Depression it was just plain necessity. The best example of this happens to tie in with one of my fondest Christmas memories. One of my earliest memories was how each Christmas my siblings and I would receive a new pair of hand knit mittens from my great grandmother, Old Mémère. The mittens were made from old woolen sweaters that had seen better days. She would carefully take them apart and roll them into balls of yarn. She would Continue Reading

Act Two

Born and raised in New York, I graduated from Clark University and then received my D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Following graduation, my wife Doris (who I met at Clark when we were both eighteen) and I returned to New York where I had been accepted into an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program.  Upon my completion of my residency and now with two children, we decided to stay in New York and raise our family. I maintained my Tufts connection from afar. In 2005 I received a call from the Dean of the Tufts University School Continue Reading

In My Marrow

My older sister, Kelley, graduated high school and moved to Los Angeles for college in August, 2006. By September she knew something was wrong. She was covered in bruises, her gums were swollen and bleeding, and she was so unbelievably tired. She saw her school physician and was immediately sent to the UCLA Medical Center, where she was quickly diagnosed with biphenotypic leukemia. This means she had simultaneously developed two distinct types of blood cancer: acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Her prognosis was poor, but Kelley had no quit in her. She needed chemotherapy, total body Continue Reading

Better late than never

It is September 22, 2018, a full 6 months late of the self-imposed deadline that I had set to have my project completed and delivered to my granddaughter Charlotte. Better late than never, but I hate to be late. It was a cold misty Saturday in November (2017) when I decided to start construction of a dollhouse kit that I had purchased a few years earlier. All along I had planned to build the dollhouse and give it to my oldest grandchild Charlotte on her sixth birthday (March 2018), when I thought it would be age appropriate. I had completed Continue Reading

Charlie Goes Back to School

I never imagined my work day would begin heading off to a school with an oversized dog puppet (Charlie) in my car, to present good dental health habits to children. For over 25 years, Dental Associates of Walpole has offered an educational and fun, free program to the community known as the Smart Smiles School Program. I joined as the Community Program Presenter about 6 years ago and have enjoyed seeing all the smiles since! Last year I visited over 8,200 kids from twelve towns in the surrounding Walpole area. Smart Smiles Program travels to preschools, day care centers, elementary Continue Reading

Please Brush Our Teeth!

Did you know that by the age of 3, virtually all dogs and cats have some degree of dental disease? As a pediatric hygienist, I spend much of my time teaching parents the importance and how-tos of brushing their children’s teeth for them. Daily oral hygiene is essential in keeping their gums healthy and their teeth cavity free. Believe it or not, the same is true for your pets. You’re probably thinking, “Is she serious? How am I ever going to find time in my busy life to brush Fido’s teeth? You want me to stick my fingers in his Continue Reading

Dentistry on my Mind and in my Blood

My journey to becoming a dentist actually starts as a love story commencing toward the end of World War II. Louis Fisher and Leah Singer met in a Nazi Germany Concentration Camp. Louis Fisher was a dentist in what is now modern day Slovakia while Leah Singer resided in Poland. Meeting in a concentration camp is obviously not ideal but if you can find love there it must be powerful. As a dentist, Louis had a set of skills the Nazi’s found very useful. Without going into much detail, he was able to procure gold for the Nazis making himself Continue Reading

The Best Profession in The World

People often ask me “Why did you become a dentist?” There are of course many reasons but, the main reason is that the profession allows you to touch thousands of lives in a positive way. How many other jobs are there that allow you this wonderful opportunity? Answer: not many! Not only can you relieve suffering and create beautiful smiles but, you can also improve their wellbeing and self-esteem. How cool is that! But, it doesn’t stop there! Because of the quality of life that dentistry affords me, there are many other ways that you can improve the lives of Continue Reading

Girl Power

Did you know that including our dog Copper, 83% of the Palys family are female? Did you also know that 82% of the people who work at Dental Associates of Walpole are female? So, growing up in a very male dominated household never prepared me for my current home life, work life and for the purposes of this blog, the love of girls fast pitch softball. So here's some of what I've learned over the last few years about fast pitch softball: there is town softball which eventually overlaps with middle school softball. When players age out of town softball Continue Reading

Professions Rooted in Compassion

The pyramids of snow from the succession of Nor’easters this winter are finally yielding to longer, warmer rays of spring. As the days lengthen, we rededicate ourselves to our core values that guide our care as trustees of oral care. At Dental Associates of Walpole our commitment is always to provide the best oral health care for patients. This promise of excellent, compassionate care shared by all of us who provide oral care, may be traced back to the roots of the profession of dentistry and its branches of oral care. In the cradle of civilization ten millennia ago, there Continue Reading

Hey, can you lend a paw?

“We all need someone to lean on…” goes a classic hit by the Rolling Stones. Most people can say they have had this happen from time to time; for people with special needs this is true on a daily basis. Who better to help than man’s favorite four-legged friend, a dog! There is an organization in Walpole called GOFI (Golden Opportunity for Independence) that raises quality golden retrievers for the sole purpose of becoming therapy and service dogs. Each puppy is carefully matched with a recipient based on the puppy’s temperament and the recipient’s needs. Training begins very early on Continue Reading

Gingivitis, the souvenir you don’t want to bring home!

Floss, what’s that? Oh, mouthwash! I thought you said Pina Colada. I’m going to Costa Rica! I can’t wait to get there and floss! - said no one, ever. The fact is for many of us, daily oral hygiene practices take a hit while on vacation. And why not? Are you really going pass on taking that day long boat trip because you won’t be able to brush after lunch? Ah…no. Tricks to help keep your mouth happy while on the road 1) Travel size mouth wash/ floss/ throw away toothbrush! If you can travel with your electric tooth brush Continue Reading