Dental Associates of Walpole Blog

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


Vaping and Your Oral Health

What is vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used in lieu of "smoking," because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that actually consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, as well as respiratory and heart disease.  Vaping has grown in popularity with the rise of e-cigarettes, which were introduced to the mass market in the U.S. Continue Reading


Life Changing Bar-B-Que

Sorry for the dramatic title but I thought it was a nice catchy way to get you to read this. I love to bar-b-que, love to talk about BBQ and most of all love to eat BBQ. Because we live in the north east the best chance we have of eating some really good BBQ is to make it. To clarify true BBQ is food that is cooked in the presence of smoke. If you are used to grilling (open flame cooking without smoke) then this will be a small step towards deliciousness. BBQ is also done at a lower Continue Reading


Nacho Ordinary Billing

It all started with a plate of nachos. I bit down. Crunch! Immediately I knew I had broken a tooth. I made an appointment with my dentist and found out I had broken off half of a molar. He temporarily fixed the tooth by bonding a large filling to the existing tooth. I was told I would need to return and have that tooth fitted for a crown. When I asked about the cost for the service I got worried. I had little to no room in my budget to pay for it. So what did I do? I put Continue Reading


You Can Can

As the summer months come to a close, it’s time to start thinking of preserving those fruits and vegetables you enjoyed throughout those warm months. When one thinks of canning or preserving you may envision a grandmother on a farm cooking up leftover crops. The process of making jams, jellies, syrups and pickles may seem complicated but, with a few basic tools and some fresh fruit, it is really quite easy and rewarding! I love to cook and loved receiving homemade jam from a friend at the holidays. So, I investigated what it took to can at home and realized Continue Reading


Why Bother With Surveys?

“I received a survey from your office the other day and I didn’t fill it out because nobody reads them and nothing ever comes of them.” I wonder…has this ever been your thought? At Dental Associates of Walpole, patient satisfaction is a core pillar of how we operate. We are constantly working to improve your experience, ensuring you are comfortable and at ease when visiting us. Hearing from the people who come in everyday, forming fresh, new opinions about the office atmosphere and about their time spent here, is an extremely valuable way for us to measure where we excel and identify Continue Reading


WHY DENTAL INSURANCE SHOULD NEVER DICTATE YOUR TREATMENT

"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?

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


Giving Back Through Project Stretch

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


Ode To Spring

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