Oral Health Care Can’t Wait

January 11, 2014 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

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
Delivery of a pre-term and/or low birth weight baby

Bleaching anyone?

March 24, 2013 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian



Question of the day….

January 15, 2013 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

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 alzeimers. 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 silver that that shows when you smile and keep the deepest portion of the silver filling intact to reduce nerve damage. If the tooth has a cavity or if the silver filling broke, then now is a great time to replace it with a white filling. White fillings aka composites (sorry to bore you with the dental jargon) blend in nicely with the tooth structure and actually bond to the tooth structure, unlike silver fillings, causing you less sensitivity. Over time, they tend to stain and wear creating little micro-gaps between the filling and natural tooth structure where debris and bacteria can get lodged which leads to cavities underneath your current fillings.

Fillings don’t last forever, but thats the beauty of 6 month checkups and periodic radiographs.

The long answer: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Heres what our friends at the American Dental Association have to say about this: ADA comment on safety of dental amalgams



Sasha Baston, D.D.S.


Toilet Humor

December 9, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Pediatric Dentures Fit for a Princess

November 28, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

In addition to loads of makeup, spray tan, and caffeine overload did you know “Toddlers and Tiara” stars often wear fake teeth? These removable prosthetic teeth aka flippers cover the childs’ real teeth and are used to conceal missing teeth, and mask the appearance of small teeth or spaces typical of baby teeth. With the “flipper” now they really look like a pageant princess.  The cost can range from $150 to 300. Gone too far? Weigh in and share your comments….

Karmen’s Flipper

Cosmetic Dentistry of New York Receives 2012 Best of Manhattan Award

November 23, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Manhattan Award Program Honors the Achievement

MANHATTAN November 16, 2012 — Sasha Baston – Cosmetic Dentistry of New York has been selected for the 2012 Best of Manhattan Award in the Dentists category by the Manhattan Award Program.

Each year, the Manhattan Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Manhattan area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Manhattan Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Manhattan Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Manhattan Award Program

The Manhattan Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Manhattan area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Manhattan Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Manhattan Award Program

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Cosmetic Dentistry of New York Award received Best of New York Dentist Award

Like mother like daughter….

August 22, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

You know you have your mother’s nose or red hair or sense of humor, but did you know you could get your mother’s cavities? Strange as it may seem, its true! Cavities are an infectious disease caused by bacteria which can be transferred from care giver to child by the transfer of saliva. As the baby teeth are forming they are especially susceptible as the enamel (or the outside layer of the tooth) has not completely hardened.

What can you do to prevent the spread of disease?/

  • Prenatal check up and cleanings (2nd trimester is safest) to keep the infectious load at bay
  • Avoid sharing eating utensils or cups or food
  • Blowing on food prior to feeding your infant
  • Avoid kissing your infant on the lips
  • Practice good oral hygiene

More children miss school due to childhood caries than asthma or the common cold combined. Prevention is key!

For more information:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35989527/ns/health-oral_health/t/moms-kiss-can-spread-cavities-baby/#.UDQ8-o7wwng

Social networking sites and our lives

April 7, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project decided to examine SNS in a survey that explored people’s overall social networks and how use of these technologies is related to trust, tolerance, social support, and community and political engagement.

The findings presented here paint a rich and complex picture of the role that digital technology plays in people’s social worlds. Wherever possible, we seek to disentangle whether people’s varying social behaviors and attitudes are related to the different ways they use social networking sites, or to other relevant demographic characteristics, such as age, gender and social class.

The number of those using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008 and the population of SNS users has gotten older.
In this Pew Internet sample, 79% of American adults said they used the internet and nearly half of adults (47%), or 59% of internet users, say they use at least one of SNS. This is close to double the 26% of adults (34% of internet users) who used a SNS in 2008. Among other things, this means the average age of adult-SNS users has shifted from 33 in 2008 to 38 in 2010. Over half of all adult SNS users are now over the age of 35. Some 56% of SNS users now are female.

Facebook dominates the SNS space in this survey: 92% of SNS users are on Facebook; 29% use MySpace, 18% used LinkedIn and 13% use Twitter.

There is considerable variance in the way people use various social networking sites: 52% of Facebook users and 33% of Twitter users engage with the platform daily, while only 7% of MySpace and 6% of LinkedIn users do the same.

On Facebook on an average day:

15% of Facebook users update their own status.
22% comment on another’s post or status.
20% comment on another user’s photos.
26% “Like” another user’s content.
10% send another user a private message
Facebook users are more trusting than others.

We asked people if they felt “that most people can be trusted.” When we used regression analysis to control for demographic factors, we found that the typical internet user is more than twice as likely as others to feel that people can be trusted. Further, we found that Facebook users are even more likely to be trusting. We used regression analysis to control for other factors and found that a Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day is 43% more likely than other internet users and more than three times as likely as non-internet users to feel that most people can be trusted.

Facebook users have more close relationships.
The average American has just over two discussion confidants (2.16) – that is, people with whom they discuss important matters. This is a modest, but significantly larger number than the average of 1.93 core ties reported when we asked this same question in 2008. Controlling for other factors we found that someone who uses Facebook several times per day averages 9% more close, core ties in their overall social network compared with other internet users.

Facebook users get more social support than other people.
We looked at how much total support, emotional support, companionship, and instrumental aid adults receive. On a scale of 100, the average American scored 75/100 on a scale of total support, 75/100 on emotional support (such as receiving advice), 76/100 in companionship (such as having people to spend time with), and 75/100 in instrumental aid (such as having someone to help if they are sick in bed).

Internet users in general score 3 points higher in total support, 6 points higher in companionship, and 4 points higher in instrumental support. A Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day tends to score an additional 5 points higher in total support, 5 points higher in emotional support, and 5 points higher in companionship, than internet users of similar demographic characteristics. For Facebook users, the additional boost is equivalent to about half the total support that the average American receives as a result of being married or cohabitating with a partner.

Facebook users are much more politically engaged than most people.
Our survey was conducted over the November 2010 elections. At that time, 10% of Americans reported that they had attended a political rally, 23% reported that they had tried to convince someone to vote for a specific candidate, and 66% reported that they had or intended to vote. Internet users in general were over twice as likely to attend a political meeting, 78% more likely to try and influence someone’s vote, and 53% more likely to have voted or intended to vote. Compared with other internet users, and users of other SNS platforms, a Facebook user who uses the site multiple times per day was an additional two and half times more likely to attend a political rally or meeting, 57% more likely to persuade someone on their vote, and an additional 43% more likely to have said they would vote.

Facebook revives “dormant” relationships.
In our sample, the average Facebook user has 229 Facebook friends. They reported that their friends list contains:

22% people from high school
12% extended family
10% coworkers
9% college friends
8% immediate family
7% people from voluntary groups
2% neighbors
Over 31% of Facebook friends cannot be classified into these categories. However, only 7% of Facebook friends are people users have never met in person, and only 3% are people who have met only one time. The remainder is friends-of-friends and social ties that are not currently active relationships, but “dormant” ties that may, at some point in time, become an important source of information.

Social networking sites are increasingly used to keep up with close social ties.
Looking only at those people that SNS users report as their core discussion confidants, 40% of users have friended all of their closest confidants. This is a substantial increase from the 29% of users who reported in our 2008 survey that they had friended all of their core confidants.

MySpace users are more likely to be open to opposing points of view.
We measured “perspective taking,” or the ability of people to consider multiple points of view. There is no evidence that SNS users, including those who use Facebook, are any more likely than others to cocoon themselves in social networks of like-minded and similar people, as some have feared.

Moreover, regression analysis found that those who use MySpace have significantly higher levels of perspective taking. The average adult scored 64/100 on a scale of perspective taking, using regression analysis to control for demographic factors, a MySpace user who uses the site a half dozen times per month tends to score about 8 points higher on the scale.

Cosmetic Dentistry in the medieval period.

February 4, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

One might wince at the fact that in the medieval periods most dental treatments were done at a barber’s shop as a side business.

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These primitive dental practices involved basic tools and alcohol for pain management. Moreover, barbers were preferred as they had the necessary instrument in order to carry out the various dental procedures. It was a general belief in the olden days that any health complication is related to the oral health of an individual. Many health complications were treated by the extraction of tooth/teeth of the person.

Dentistry in the 17th century
The onset of 17th century witnessed an extensive advancement in the field of cosmetic dentistry. These dental keys were used to loosen the root of the teeth that aided the extraction of the teeth. The 17th century also saw the rise of the father of cosmetic dentistry Pierre Faucard, who was a French doctor.

He discovered the causes of dental decays along with artificial teeth as well as dental fillings.

Dentistry in the 21st century
With many futuristic developments, Dentistry has come in to the forefront in the twenty first century with various advanced procedures. A cosmetic dentist New York surgeon uses sophisticated equipment such as digital radiography, lasers and 3-D imaging for various procedures. Cosmetic dentistry is the name on everyone’s lips for its prompt, painless and effective procedures. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures offer results in a few treatments. Procedures such as tooth whitening are done in a matter of minutes where as those of tooth straightening using invisalign aligners require a few months. Cosmetic dentistry helps to provide aesthetic results along with preventive and curative care.

Cosmetic Dentistry of New York

January 22, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

General dentistry has various fields. There are dentists who only clean teeth, and you’ll find cosmetic dentists. In New york, you’ll find orthodontists who can work on extreme dental problems. They work with orthodontics associates to boost the high quality and strategies of standard dentistry. Whichever your situation is, you will discover seasoned dentists who use the most recent instruments and modern dental procedures to boost the physical appearance of your respective teeth and overall dental well being.
Background of general dentistry
Within the commencing, individuals use diverse products for crooked and lacking teeth. Folks only use little items of wood to exchange lacking teeth. General dentistry started to evolve and released the use of amalgam and gold as teeth filling. Folks use these products for the long time frame.
General dentistry has undergone huge growth because the arrival of cosmetic dentistry and its specialists. Orthodontists these days use porcelain and various dental implants as teeth alternative. They appear better and even more natural in contrast to other standard false teeth.
Professional dentists in New York at your service
New York Cosmetic Dentists are not only proficient in doing diverse dental procedures. Their main aim is always to boost your overall dental well being and standard well-being. These competent dentists may possibly perform an oral examination to evaluate your oral well being in the course of your first appointment. Right after gathering the final results, they’ll talk about the very best dental therapy to boost the high quality of your respective teeth. Most dentists desire dental implants. In New york, many people pay a visit to their closest dental clinic to understand much more about their situation and to discover out the very best dental therapy for their teeth.
New York Cosmetic Dentists will help you achieve that winning brilliant smile that you are looking for. Additionally they use up to date dental devices and modern orthodontic procedures to get better outcomes. That is why citizens confidence the high quality of solutions they provide.
How you can discover competent dentists in New york?
You can question your friends or family members when they know can refer an excellent dentist which they can refer to you. Word of mouth is one of the ideal sources. Search online and verify their profile testimonials. You can also read feedback about them on online message boards. In addition there are online directories. Examine their prices of for every dental therapy and doctor’s payment. Premiums will most likely let you know in case the dentists are great or not.
Common dental therapies supplied by New York Cosmetic Dentists:
Teeth whitening and bleaching
Overall mouth cleaning
Porcelain veneers
Fresh breath treatment (This treatment is for special conditions like “halitosis”)
Porcelain veneers
Metal teeth fillings
Teeth Bridges
What about insurance?
Some insurance plans cover dental therapies and procedures. may possibly grant your insurance. This will likely rely on the coverage of your respective insurance plans. There are organizations that only cover a little portion in the total price. , Although even though some organizations offer you total coverage in the total price. To learn much more about your situation, seek advice from your insurance agent and review your plan before acquiring any dental treatment. Your insurance supplier must give you preliminary quotation in the total price.

Household eradication of S. aureus reduces infections

January 17, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Household eradication of S. aureus reduces infections
When a child has recurrent Staphylococcus aureus skin or soft Household eradication of S. aureus reduces infections

Patients With Breast Cancer Lack Knowledge of the Disease

January 16, 2012 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Overall treatment concordance with goals high, but lower for women preferring mastectomy
Many early-stage breast cancer survivors lack knowledge about their disease and report not being involved in treatment decisions, although most receive treatment consistent with their goals, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. And ADA

Frequency of eating

November 23, 2011 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

The best way to prevent tooth decay is to limit the frequency of eating. It is not possible to clean the teeth fast enough, frequently enough, and thoroughly enough to overcome every acid attack we experience after every bite of food.
Furthermore, not only can sweets cause decay; but all carbohydrates can promote decay! Especially any that stick to teeth such as pretzels or crackers.

Hope everyone has a safe, cavity free holiday and remembers these tips while feasting!

Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone enjoys being with their families, eating turkey, and flossing :)

Bisphenol A, the endocrine-disrupting chemical used in containers, appeared to inhibit and disrupt meiosis in human eggs in vitro.

November 12, 2011 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Bisphenol A, the endocrine-disrupting chemical used in the manufacture of many kinds of food containers, appeared to inhibit and disrupt meiosis in human eggs in vitro.
BPA has been found in human follicular fluid, and its meiosis-disrupting effect on eggs is supported by animal studies, according to research presented October 17 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Linda Giudice, a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco who was not involved in the study, told Reuters Health that the type of disruption seen in the study could lead to chromosomal abnormalities.
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Mouth Wash Recalled

November 5, 2011 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

Colgate-Palmolive has recalled its Periogard 0.2% chlorhexidine mouthwash as a precaution, owing to possible bacterial contamination. The bacteria concerned, Burkholderia, are unlikely to cause harm to healthy people but may cause infection in those with a compromised immune system or with a chronic lung condition such as cystic fibrosis.

Fluoride debate….is it beneficial in our water?

November 2, 2011 Posted by Dr. Paul Ganjian

ADA’s Fluoridation Facts Short Answer
Fluoride, at the concentrations found optimally fluoridated water, is not toxic according to generally accepted scientific knowledge.

ADA’s Fluoridation Facts Long Answer
Like many common substances essential to life and good health — salt, iron, vitamins A and D, chlorine, oxygen and even water itself — fluoride can be toxic in excessive quantities. Fluoride in the much lower concentrations (0.7 to 1.2 ppm) used in water fluoridation is not harmful or toxic.

Acute fluoride toxicity occurring from the ingestion of optimally fluoridated water is impossible.104 The amount of fluoride necessary to cause death for a human adult (155 pound man) has been estimated to be 5-10 grams of sodium fluoride, ingested at one time.140 This is more than 10,000-20,000 times as much fluoride as is consumed at one time in a single 8-ounce glass of optimally fluoridated water.

Chronic fluoride toxicity may develop after 10 or more years of exposure to very high levels of fluoride, levels not associated with fluoride intake in drinking optimally fluoridated water. The primary functional adverse effect associated with long term excess fluoride intake is skeletal fluorosis. The development of skeletal fluorosis and its severity is directly related to the level and duration of fluoride exposure. For example, the ingestion of water naturally fluoridated at approximately 5 ppm for 10 years or more is needed to produce clinical signs of osteosclerosis, a mild form of skeletal fluorosis, in the general population. In areas naturally fluoridated at 5 ppm, daily fluoride intake of 10 mg/day would not be uncommon.74 A survey of X-rays from 170,000 people in Texas and Oklahoma whose drinking water had naturally occurring fluoride levels of 4 to 8 ppm revealed only 23 cases of osteosclerosis and no cases of skeletal fluorosis.141 Evidence of advanced skeletal fluorosis, or crippling skeletal fluorosis, “was not seen in communities in the United States where water supplies contained up to 20 ppm (natural levels of fluoride).”74, 121 In these communities, daily fluoride intake of 20mg/day would not be uncommon.74 Crippling skeletal fluorosis is extremely rare in the United States and is not associated with optimally fluoridated water; only 5 cases have been confirmed during the last 35 years.74

Additional discussion on this topic may be found in Question 16 and Question 32.

The possibility of adverse health effects from continuous low level consumption of fluoride over long periods has been extensively studied. As with other nutrients, fluoride is safe and effective when used and consumed properly. No charge against the benefits and safety of fluoridation has ever been substantiated by generally accepted scientific knowledge. After 50 years of research and practical experience, the preponderance of scientific evidence indicates that fluoridation of community water supplies is both safe and effective.98

At one time, high concentrations of fluoride compounds were used in insecticides and rodenticides.27 Today fluoride compounds are rarely used in pesticides because more effective compounds have been developed.104 While large doses of fluoride may be toxic, it is important to recognize the difference in the effect of a massive dose of an extremely high level of fluoride versus the recommended amount of fluoride found in optimally fluoridated water. The implication that fluorides in large doses and in trace amounts have the same effect is completely unfounded. Many substances in widespread use are very beneficial in small amounts, but may be harmful in large doses – such as salt, chlorine and even water itself.

Repeat of Question 21.
Is fluoride, as provided by community water fluoridation, a toxic substance?

Opposition’s Response

Yes. “It is now clear that fluoride is a potentially harmful substance when present in the water supply in any amount. Those who want their children to have fluoride can give it individually, in measured doses, and more safely, reliably and cheaply than when put in the water. We can see no justifiable reason why everyone in the city should be needlessly subjected to any degree of life-long risk such as is created when a known poison is added to the water. We can accept no compromise with the established principle that the city’s water supply must be kept as safe as possible for everyone.” (Dr. Simon Beisler, Chief of Urology, Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, Dr. Fred Squier Dunn, Head of Oral Surgery Department, Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC, Dr. John Garlock, Consulting Surgeon, Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC, Dr. Edgar A. Lawrence, Director of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC. and Dr. Girard F. Oberrender, Director of Otalaryngology at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC.)

“It is well documented in the scientific literature that the substance sodium fluoride (used in fluoridation) has an effect on the metabolic cycle, from which we get the energy to maintain the life process and repairs to the body. The amount of the dosage has very little to do with the question because it is a ‘cumulative material’ — that is, it collects in the body — its effect would vary from person to person.” (Professor J. Earle Galloway, Drake University, Bio-Chemist and Chairman, Dept. of Pharmacology, Des Moines, IA.)

Dr. L. O. Maynard, Cornell University, authority on the role of minerals in nutrition, states: “There is no proof that fluoride is a dietary essential.”

“Fluorine has never been proved to be an indispensable chemical element for the maintenance of healthy body and healthy teeth. There is no disagreement about the fact that fluorine is a protoplasmic and enzymatic poison.” (Dr. V. O. Hurme, former director of Clinical Research, Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children, Boston, MA.)

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