Meet Marisa Handelman DMD

Marisa Handelman, DMD Dr. Handelman graduated in the top of her class and earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- New Jersey Dental School. She completed her General Practice Residency training at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, NY and had the unique opportunity to work at the Rose F. Kennedy Center with special needs patients. Prior to graduation, she participated in externships with The Indian Health Service in Red Mesa, Arizona and at Cornell Medical College, Division of Dentistry. Dr. Handelman is currently on the faculty at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine as a Clinical Instructor and is working towards her Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Handelman has received the Dr. Anthony R. Volpe Colgate-Palmolive Award for Excellence in Periodontics and the New York Academy of Dentistry Ethics Award. She is committed to patient care and ensuring that every patient feels trust and comfortable while receiving comprehensive dental treatment. In her free time, Dr. Handelman enjoys traveling, reading, fitness classes, and spending time with her family and friends. email: Associations: American Dental Association New York County Dental Society New York State Dental Society

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Cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of men and women in the United States, is a major public health issue contributing to 2,400 deaths each day. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory disease that destroys bone and gum tissues that support the teeth affects nearly 75 percentof Americans and is the major cause of adult tooth loss. And while the prevalence rates of these disease states seems grim, research suggests that managing one disease may reduce the risk for the other. A consensus paper on the relationship between heart disease and gum disease was published concurrently in the online versions of two leading publications, the American Journal of Cardiology (AJC), a publication circulated to 30,000 cardiologists, and the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), the official publication of the American Academy or Periodontology (AAP). Developed in concert by cardiologists, the physicians specialized in treating diseases of the heart, and periodontists, the dentists with advanced training in the treatment and prevention of periodontal disease, the paper contains clinical recommendations for both medical and dental professionals to use in managing patients living with, or who are at risk for, either disease. As a result of the paper, cardiologists may now examine a patient’s mouth, and periodontists may begin asking questions about heart health and family history of heart disease. The clinical recommendations were developed at a meeting held earlier this year of top opinion-leaders in both cardiology and periodontology. In addition to the clinical recommendations, the consensus paper summarizes the scientific evidence that links periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease and explains the underlying biologic and inflammatory mechanisms that may […]


Oral Health Care Can’t Wait

These days, people are cutting back on a lot. Make sure your dental appointments aren’t one of them. Regular appointments with your dentist are essential to help prevent or diagnose problems early on when treatment is simpler and more affordable. It never pays to wait. Problems will only get worse over time. Making regular dental appointments – and keeping them – is key to good oral health. Going about your daily routine without paying attention to increasingly bothersome dental problems can have detrimental effects. Mounting evidence continues to show a possible correlation between oral health neglect and adverse overall body health, including: Cardiovascular disease Stroke Delivery of a pre-term and/or low birth weight baby

Bleaching anyone?



Question of the day….

Question: Can I replace my silver fillings with white ones? Answer:  The short answer is YES, the longer answer is… well it depends on the situation. “Silver Fillings” are what we in the dental world call Amalgams, which have gotten a lot of bad press in the media lately due to its’ mercury content. In addition to mercury, an amalgam is made up of mixture of different metals including silver, tin, copper, and zinc. Many people now want to remove these silver fillings as a result of mass media hysteria linking them to multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. The truth is the literature does not support these claims and your putting yourself at higher risk of mercury toxicity by just eating one can of tuna a day! Not to mention, the type of mercury found in tuna stays in the body for longer than the kind found in silver fillings.  Watch the video below and I think you’ll be shocked by the results: Mercury Toxicity: Silver Fillings vs Tuna “Silver fillings” were the gold standard in dentistry for many years due to their durability. I’ve seen many patients in their 40s or 50s with amalgams in their mouth since childhood. You just don’t see that happening with the white fillings, which often need more frequent replacements. Replacement of a large silver filling can often lead to nerve irritation and puts the tooth at risk of needing a root canal… Yikes! Often times we may be able to remove the portion of the […]