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 …

Happy Anniversary

This week, actually TODAY, June 27th,  I celebrate 40 years in private practice. I can hardly believe how quickly it’s gone by. And a special shout out to Janet, who was a patient on my first day of practice and still sees me regularly.  How’s that for a long-term relationship? I’ve learned quite a bit through “practice.”  I guess when I get …

This month, I celebrate 40 years in private practice.

I’m frustrated. This month, I celebrate 40 years in private practice. And, for most of that time, I’ve professed to and educated people about the ways to prevent dental problems. Now we know that problems in the mouth don’t stay in the mouth; they spread everywhere. The message isn’t spreading fast enough. Every week, I see people who come to me for the first …

If you’re like me, you just want to see results.

If you’re like me, you just want to see results. That’s the American spirit — work hard and get the ball across the finish line, into the basket, or into the hole. Even in the quintessential American pastime, baseball, we celebrate the home run hitter above all. Americans are obsessed with scoring and winning. One of the greatest revelations, one …

Building Bridges to Peace Through Oral Health

This past Friday, I went to Philadelphia to participate in a symposium on “Building Bridges to Peace Through Oral Health.”  It was a fundraising event for the DVI clinic at Temple University’s Dental School. Jerusalem’s DVI clinic is recognized as a model for delivering high quality care to at-risk populations.  This symposium was geared to examining such models in an …

The Day of the Jackals

We met Mira and Yossi Eliav quite by accident.  While touring the ancient Cardo (a rehabilitated ancient Roman era shopping mall) in 1984, we spotted a neighbor of our’s in their shop.  We walked in, spoke and quickly befriended the couple.  Mira was from Minnesota and Yossi from Iran.  They met in Israel, married and decided after Jerusalem’s liberation in 1967 to …

How Do You Recharge?

I spent two days last week getting my batteries re-charged. Between the election process, seeing the tumult in the world and other life stressors, I needed an infusion of positivity other than my wonderful family. I really didn’t know this particular conference would relieve my funk, but it did. I’ve been a member of a group called The Alliance for Oral Health …

Toys For Tots

Don’t you just love seeing the smile that comes to a child’s face when he or she receives a toy? In the spirit of the holiday season, Manhattan Dental Health has launched a campaign to raise money for Toys For Tots. For every 5-star review placed on either Google or Yelp, during December, we will make a donation to this …