The Changing Landscape of Healthcare

With Cold and Flu season upon us, many have resorted to getting care at places other than the traditional Doctor’s office.  Convenience and cost are 2 compelling reasons that these “Doc In The Box” clinics have become ubiquitous.  There’s one in every strip mall in suburbia and on many corners in the City. Seems harmless;  Go into CVS and get …

A Ban on Words

I want to thank everyone who sent kind messages of condolence to Laurie and me on my mother in-law’s passing. I want to thank the many of you who also made donations in her memory. Thank you so much. I’ve tried to stay apolitical in these blogs, but I’m frustrated, concerned, and dare I say, frightened at what’s happening. I …

The Health-Insurance-Finance ENIGMA

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” -Buddha As Health is indeed “The Greatest Gift,” regaining or maintaining it should be a matter of serious focus and attention. Using “taking my insurance” or finances as the sole criteria of choosing a dentist, physician or other health professional comes with risks and responsibilities. The attitude …

It’s not the quantity, but the quality!

I’m talking about sleep. After finishing a mini-residency in Dental Sleep Medicine at Tufts nearly 5 years ago, I have continued to monitor the latest developments in the field. I have a new appreciation of how important sleep is to overall health and wellbeing. Contrary to what seems to be common wisdom, people who sleep 6.5-7.5 hours night live longer …

Dental Residents at Columbia Presbyterian

When I started teaching Dental Residents at Columbia Presbyterian, “burnout” was a major topic of concern in the profession. It still is. Most dentists (and physicians) are unhappy at work. In order to help my residents, I would tell them that to be happy in their careers and lives, they would need to find their motivations and feed them while …

Do It Yourself Healthcare

There is now yet another entry into the market.  You can now order a kit to take a mold of your mouth, send it to a company who will give you clear aligners to straighten your teeth. This “club” promises straight teeth.  Sounds great!  Everyone wants straight teeth and a beautiful smile.  Right? Do it yourself (DIY) healthcare is a trend, …

What Bugs You?

It seems that you can’t turn a page, a dial or click on an arrow and not hear or see something related to gut health.  Studies on the microbiome are everywhere. What is one to make of it all? Last week alone there were studies released from Oregon State University (Nature Microbiology), Germany (Frontiers in Psychiatry), Harvard and MIT (American Chemical Society meeting).  Everyone …

It’s the pits!

The first job I had during the summers in high school was working for a fruit and vegetable store, Farmer Joel’s Market in Oceanside.  I learned a bit about produce and I know that August is when local cherries, peaches and corn are in season.  As a dentist, I also know that summertime is when I see more cracked teeth, …

The Ticking Time Bomb

Could you have one in your mouth? When I recommend that a silver/mercury filling be replaced, I’m often asked, “Can it wait?” After all, why do something when nothing is hurting or bothering you? I get it. The reason that silver/mercury fillings might be little ticking time bombs ready to cause discomfort and ruin your chewing ability has to do with the material …