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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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A Visit to Charleston, SC
10/09/2018
Last fall I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Charleston, South Carolina. As a colonial port city, like Boston, I enjoyed exploring it on foot to take in the historic buildings and streets. Here are a few highlights from my trip...
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Dr. Regen Race
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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Dusky shark
It's A Shark
09/25/2018
I’ve always enjoyed fishing. Not only is it relaxing to watch the waves and the skyline, but it is also thrilling to feel the line move and get to see what comes out at the end of that line.
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DJS family reunion
Labor Day Weekend Family Reunion
09/10/2018
Labor Day weekend is a bittersweet time of year. Each year it marks the end of summer which is very sad, but it offers one of those rare times of the year where my extended family can be together which brings on a smile.
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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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College
Off to College
08/21/2018
Like a lot of other families during this time of year, we will be sending our oldest child off to college this week.
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Watermelon smile
Don't Worry...Be Happy!
08/15/2018
Did you ever notice how some people seem to get angry and frustrated at the strangest things? I am a happy person almost all the time. It is how I was raised. My mom always told me “if you think it’s going to be ok, then it probably is.”
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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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Cape Cod Sign
Signs of Summer
07/23/2018
As we are in the middle of summer, I started thinking about what images signify summer to me! I was fortunate enough to grow up going to Cape Cod during the summer.
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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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I Love The World Cup!!!
07/02/2018
So, I understand the US is not playing; and most of you may not watch a single minute; but I personally love the World Cup!
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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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Flamingo
The Animal Game Tooth Facts
06/11/2018
My pediatric patients know I love animals and if they have ever had a tooth fixed, they know I like to play the “animal game” during the filling visit. I thought I would write my blog this week on whether or not some of my most frequent animal game animals have teeth.
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The Three S’s: Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen
05/29/2018
With summer FINALLY arriving in the Northeast, many of us can’t wait to spend some quality time outside. Summer means relaxation, ice cream and outdoor fun! However, it also means that it is time to stock up on sunscreen and protective SPF wear.
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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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Chestnut Dental Team
Chestnut Dental and The Bedford Rotary Club Rise Against Hunger Event
04/24/2018
Rise Against Hunger is a large organization that sends food to people in need across the world. Since 2013 the Bedford Rotary club has organized a Rise Against Hunger food packaging event, often funding and preparing 60,000+ meals for shipment.
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
Dinner Recipe for a Busy Week
04/09/2018
Most families have busy schedules year-round, and planning family dinners is usually a chore. One of the busiest times of the year in our house is just beginning with the season of spring sports.
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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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The Importance of the HPV Vaccine
02/26/2018
The HPV vaccine is for protection from most of the cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a very common virus that spreads between people when they have sexual contact with another person. About 14 million people, including teens become infected with HPV each year. HPV infection can cause cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in women and penile cancers in men. HPV can also cause anal cancer, throat ( oropharyngeal ) cancer , and genital warts in both men and women.
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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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Chronic Canker Sores and Your Toothpaste
01/17/2018
Aphthous ulcers, commonly known as canker sores, are a very common oral ailment. Many people will suffer from an occasional canker sore at some point in their lives. The cause is not fully understood, although some causes can be trauma, stress, hormones, and citrus or spicy foods.
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Adult Braces
Thinking about Adult Braces?
12/12/2017
As a teenager, my teeth were malpositioned. I had braces for a couple of years. For most of my adult life, my teeth have been nearly straight; however, within the past couple of years, I have noticed my teeth starting to shift and crowd as a result of not wearing my retainer as instructed; especially my upper four front incisors.
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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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