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Snow
Let It Snow
01/16/2019
Having snow in the forecast makes me really excited for one of my favorite activities with my family... skiing!
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Happy 2019
Happy New Year 2019
01/08/2019
This picture is a dental joke sent to me by Dr. Donnell. It’s a picture of someone’s lower left second premolar and first molar.
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What Does a Palatal Expander Do?
12/31/2018
Happy New Year everyone! This week I am writing about palatal expanders, a tool we frequently use in orthodontic treatment. Most children and teens who need braces will get them during the middle school years. However, some children also need a short course of orthodontic treatment earlier, during elementary school, to treat an emerging bite problem such as a crossbite or crowding.
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Charcoal Toothpaste - Good or Bad?
12/26/2018
Multiple patients have asked me about using charcoal toothpaste to whiten their teeth, and also, as a daily toothpaste. I personally have not tried charcoal toothpaste, but I have looked into its benefits and cons.
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Oral B Brush
Last Minute Gift Ideas
12/18/2018
‘Tis the holiday season. It’s a time to be with family and friends. It’s a time for giving and receiving gifts! A perfect gift idea for moms, dads, siblings, spouses, or if you are making your list for Santa, is an electric toothbrush!
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Sleep Apnea
12/11/2018
In 2017, I obtained board certification in a small but growing field within dentistry: dental sleep medicine. No, it does not mean doing fillings and crowns on patients while they are asleep – that is more appropriately referred to as “sedation dentistry.” Dental sleep medicine is the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with dental appliances that resemble a mouthguard or nightguard.
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ZOOM!
ZOOM! In-Office Whitening
12/04/2018
These days everyone seems to be looking for the fountain of youth, a way to look and feel young. Whitening your teeth can be one of the easiest and quickest ways to look more refreshed and youthful.
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Dental emergency
Dental Emergency Phone Calls
11/26/2018
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! We had a wonderful time with family and with our of town friends visiting us. On top of celebrating the holiday I also took calls for our 3 offices. While this seems to some like it could be a challenging part of our job it is really an opportunity to help, guide and sometimes change people's lives.
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Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving
11/19/2018
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! As we all look forward to a fun filled week of family time and good food, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on what I am most thankful for.
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Mystic Aquarium
11/13/2018
Recently I visited the Mystic Aquarium. It’s amazing to be able to come so close and personal with marine life in action from sharks and belugas to jelly fish and sea horses.
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Daylight Savings With a Toddler
11/07/2018
We have once again reached that time of year where we apparently gain an extra hour of sleep. The glorious “falling back” of daylight savings. For those of you with small children, of course this means absolutely nothing of the sort for you.
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Fenway Park
A New Yorker's Perspective
11/01/2018
Being a New Yorker hasn't been the easiest living here in the Boston area. We had to move to Massachusetts in 2004 and I was witness to the breaking of the curse.
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Reading Nutrition Labels
10/25/2018
I am not a health freak. I love steak, chicken wings and desserts.
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DSM and family
Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer
10/16/2018
Yesterday, while searching and searching for my family’s membership card to Boston’s Museum of Science, I got distracted and ended up cleaning out the junk drawer.
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Running For A Cause
10/01/2018
On November 3rd I will be running The Savannah Rock and Roll Half Marathon. This my first half marathon (13.1 miles). My previous running experience includes two 5Ks and lots of races against my 8 year old son Ben.
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Before and after braces
Thinking About Braces? A Post-Op Review
09/04/2018
Last December, I wrote about beginning Orthodontic treatment as an adult. My traditional metal braces were put on last October
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Over Retained Teeth
08/30/2018
As summer winds to a close I reflect on the highlights. I spent a good portion of the summer with my family in Orleans on Cape Cod. For better or for worse, one common theme this summer was sharks.
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Doctors Awarded
Congratulations to Our Doctors
08/08/2018
Chestnut Dental is thrilled to announce that 14 of our doctors are on the 2018 Top Dentists List in the August issue of Boston Magazine. We are honored and humbled that our doctors were selected to be included on this list through a survey of 4,000 dentists in the Greater Boston area.
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Zoom
Teeth Whitening
07/31/2018
Patients often ask about teeth whitening: Is it safe? Will it work on me? Chestnut Dental recently added the ZOOM! line of products to our whitening offerings and I’ll review the basics here.
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Pacifier
Non-Nutritive Sucking Habits
07/16/2018
On a daily basis, I get asked by parents when is the best time to stop a pacifier or thumb-sucking habit. As we all know, it is normal for most babies to use a pacifier or thumb as a self-soothing mechanism from an early age, even in utero!
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Botox
Botox
07/13/2018
What do you think of when you see that word? The Real Housewives of New York? Hollywood? Many people have attributed the practice of Botox to plastic, expressionless faces. However, I would love for you to know that, when administered accurately and conservatively, Botox can really make a dramatic difference to your face in a graceful manner.
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Outer Space
How Do Astronauts Brush Their Teeth In Space?
06/26/2018
I have always been fascinated with outer space. As a kid I dreamed of being an astronaut, and even looked into getting a job at NASA while in college (not easy and didn't happen).
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Orthodontic Correction
Orthodontic Treatment for Thumb Sucking Habit
06/20/2018
As an orthodontist the most common treatment I provide is braces or Invisalign to straighten teeth and correct the bite. However, I see patients with a wide range of needs that require treatment beyond the typical scope.
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Dr Jack Hertzberg DMD
Dr. Jack Hertzberg, DMD
05/16/2018
Dear Patients, Parents, Colleagues and Friends, As of August 24, 2018, I will be restricting my responsibilities and patient care time at Chestnut Dental Associates and entering retirement. I will have been practicing orthodontics and pediatric dentistry for over 41 years at CDA and Boston Children's Hospital.
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Cracked Teeth
05/07/2018
Cracked teeth. Inevitably, our teeth will develop cracks with time. For most, it is simply the accumulation of a lifetime of normal wear and tear.
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Happy 2nd Birthday to Our Bedford Office
05/01/2018
It’s been an exciting few years, first planning for our newest location in Bedford and then opening the office. Over the years, many of our Needham and Franklin patients have said that they wished we had an office closer to them.
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Orthodontic Treatment forMissing Teeth
03/26/2018
As an orthodontist I use braces and Invisalign to align teeth for a nice looking smile and make the upper and lower teeth fit together correctly when you bite. However, sometimes patients have extra teeth or are actually missing teeth.
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Fluoride Toothpaste and Babies: Do They Mix?
03/19/2018
Fluoridation of water in the United States was named by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) as one of the ten greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. Obviously, given my profession, I one hundred percent support the fluoridation of water and to go one step further, I endorse the use of fluoride toothpaste.
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Charcoal Teeth Whitening
02/21/2018
Charcoal has recently become a common ingredient in many skin and beauty products as well as teeth whitening products.
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E-cigarettes: A Threat to Health
E-cigarettes: A Threat to Health
11/27/2017
On this chilly Friday morning in late November, I casually mentioned to my husband that I needed him to watch the kids for a few minutes while I sat down to write my blog post on Juuling. His response? "What's Juuling?" This, my friends, is exactly why I am taking the time to write this post.
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