Amsterdam Dental Group joins the American Dental Hygienist’s Association

American Dental Hygienist’s AssociationAmsterdam Dental Group joins the American Dental Hygienist’s Association (ADHA) and others in promoting the benefits of oral health maintenance during National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM). Throughout the month, we will share tips and resources to further awareness of this important part of overall health for people of all ages.

NDHM focuses on the four components of optimal oral health maintenance:

  • Brushing teeth twice daily
  • Rinsing with mouthwash
  • Flossing every day
  • Chewing sugar-free gum

Known as the “Daily 4” by many, these tips represent the foundation for healthy smiles. According to the ADHA, brushing for two minutes two times a day helps reduce biofilm and prevent caries, gingivitis and other diseases. Proper flossing or use of other interdental cleaning methods removes food particles and plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach.

They go on to add that rinsing targets other areas of the mouth and an antimicrobial mouth rinse helps further eliminate biofilm and bacteria. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks protects teeth by stimulating salivary glands to help clean out food particles and neutralize acids on the teeth.

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Back to school – the busiest time at Amsterdam Kids

~ Dr. Caleb Cross

miss-carol-kidThe Pennsylvania Department of Health mandates students entering the 3rd and 7th grades or those transferring schools must have a comprehensive dental evaluation completed.

You are probably familiar with the form here. It was sent from your school nurse. It is one most of the Main Line educational institutions have made an annual requirement. My daughter was nearly held hostage from playing 6th grade pre-season volleyball until the form was completed! If you’ve forgotten to do so this summer, you are clearly not alone!

Now that the rush is upon us, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight our Amsterdam Kid’s Health Learning Program run by Drs. Moskowitz & Musso and Miss Carole Butener in our Paoli office. 

Miss carol“Look Mom, No Cavities” is a phrase Dr. Moskowitz has been hearing since the program’s inception more than 46 years ago.  Founded on the principle that with quarterly routine visits, which consists of supervised brushing and instruction, topical fluoride application and dietary analysis, tooth decay can be virtually eliminated. Carole insists that by training parents in their role as “Co-Therapists” in their children’s care, we can ensure teeth are being cleaned effectively on a twice-daily basis and those missed school days because of a toothache or emergency dental visits become a relic of the past.  

Frequent visits in combination with appropriate dental x-rays allow for early detection of any gum disease or decay. It also allows us to monitor skeletal and facial growth as children transition to a permanent dentition, identifying situations when preventative and interceptive orthodontics can be beneficial. 

So at this time of year … Congratulations to Carole, our team and all of our parents for identifying a great number of cavity free kids this month and the on-going commitment to keeping them that way.  Prevention is truly the best medicine!

New Paoli Office

New Paoli Office - Amsterdam Dental Group
The doors are open
It’s official – the Amsterdam Dental Group office expansion in Paoli is complete with a new look, new amenities and new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care. Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident from the moment you enter.

With virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories, Amsterdam Dental Group is able to accommodate patients’ busy schedules with ease. We’ve also extended hours of operation for added convenience. If you arrive early or are simply a patient’s guest, don’t worry. A more spacious reception area welcomes you with endless amenities – wi-fi, fully-stocked refrigerator and more.


In keeping with our decades-long tradition of expertise and innovation, our larger Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Avenue is more than just a pretty space. It is a carefully crafted blend of science and art in which we embrace the newest advances, including the latest in digital dentistry and minimally invasive dental implants – MIDI.

No matter if you visit our office in Philadelphia or Paoli, one thing is certain ~ we make sure patients are comfortable and relaxed.

Visit our new Paoli office:
Metric Building
1800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Suite G
Paoli, PA 19301
610-651-5611
Hours:
Monday: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Spreading the Word about Dental Technology and Minimally Invasive Dental Implants

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~ Dr. Howard Fraiman

With cutting-edge office technology and a team of dual-trained dental specialists, Amsterdam Dental Group is leading the charge in Minimally Invasive Dental Implants – or what we cordially refer to as MIDI.

I’ve been drawn to technology for as long as I can remember. Before dental school, I received a Bio-Dental degree from Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, an engineering school, so the advent of computer technology in dentistry has been a return to “my roots” – so the speak. To patients, it’s revolutionary.

Today, computers and technology in dentistry allow us to make digital impressions of the mouth instead of using the traditional method of using a tray filled sticky soft material in the mouth. These digital impressions not only don’t taste funny, they provide for greater accuracy and superior patient comfort. Computer technology also enables us to use CAD/CAM design, creating incredibly strong, esthetic crowns and restorations.  

One of the biggest advances has been the use of technology in relation to minimally invasive dental implant surgery. MIDI maximizes patient comfort and results in the most accurate dental implants possible. Over the past several months, Amsterdam Dental Group has continued to improve and add to our existing technology to ensure unparalleled dentistry to our patients.

Beyond the dental chair, I’ve taken this commitment to MIDI and have been sharing information on the current technology to several dental study groups throughout the Delaware Valley, ultimately reaching other dentists and subsequently their patients. It is my belief … If a person needs a dental implant, with today’s technology and MIDI, that’s the way to go.

Dr. Cross Takes a Closer Look at Smile Design in the Mobile Cloud Era

Today, new technology provides the control to design a perfect smile from the comfort of home or at our dental office.

Plato might have said it best when he noted, “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.” The problem is that what I see, what you see and what the dental ceramicist sees, may be entirely different. At Amsterdam Dental Group, we are committed to designing and fabricating restorations that meet or exceed our patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. You are the “beholder.”

For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise how much I love photographing teeth.Why? Part of the reason is it allows me to see things closer and in more detail. It also helps communicate colors and shapes to the lab technician who is fabricating the restorations. With the recent release of the iPad Pro and a host of touch screen drawing applications (i.e. Paper 53, Skitch and Adobe Draw), we are now able to take these photographs to a whole new level in real time.These technological tools improve our ability to communicate with you as well as our master ceramicists whether they are within our on-site dental lab in Philadelphia, across the country or around the world. It is truly revolutionary.

The results of the six veneers below are indeed nothing short of amazing, yet are only a simple reflection of what was designed.

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Here’s a screen shot of design planning in action from a recent aesthetic consultation appointment. With a couple good photographs and an iPad, we are able to instantly discuss patients’ concerns about teeth that are too long, short or wide. We can address color, shape, missing gum tissue and even repositioning with orthodontics.

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If you’re planning on making any changes to your smile, today’s smile design is simply a matter of making the correct plan for you. – Dr. C

Inside The Paoli Office – A Sneak Peek At What Lies Ahead

Paoli OfficeThis spring more than flowers are blooming at Amsterdam Dental Group; our office in Paoli is in full growth mode. Sparked by the merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. earlier this year, we are expanding our Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Pike in Paoli, to do more than accommodate an increase in staff and patients. It will bring new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care.

Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident in each element of the expansion process. Anticipated to open in June of 2016, here are just a few hints at what is to come…

  • Virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories
  • A more spacious reception area with endless amenities, including wi-fi and fully-stocked refrigerator
  • The latest in advanced technology with Cone Beam CT scanner and Panorex x-ray for improved diagnostics

Take a look …

But we don’t want to giveaway all the secrets. Just know this… whether you visit our Center City or suburban facility, your dental experience will begin the moment you step inside our office doors and well before sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Some Truths About Sports-Related Dental Injuries

With March Madness in full swing and baseball season fast approaching, understanding sports-related dental injuries, the potential impacts and various protection alternatives are top of mind. And, it all begins with awareness.

Did you know…

According to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), approximately 13-39% of all dental injuries are sports-related.

JADA studies have shown basketball has had the highest number of injuries due close player contact, frequent collisions and game speed.

Males are traumatized twice as often as females.

Within high schools nationwide, only four (4) sports require mouth guards: football, ice hockey, lacrosse and field hockey.

Some of the most common sports-related dental injuries include bone, crown and root fractures as well as traumatic tooth intrusion or extrusion. It isn’t just fractures or tooth displacement, significant force can result in permanent TMJ injuries ~ ranging most minor to severe. Even abrasions, contusions and lacerations can be serious and can hide other significant underlying injuries. As mentioned in a previous post, mouth guards are proven protectorates against teeth fracture and lip lacerations. Moreover, this small powerful apparatus can help prevent concussions.

But dental injuries are not saved for children; they can happen to men and women of any age participating in any activity. Further the activities are not limited to organized team sports. A pick up game of flag football, racquetball at the local gym or bike ride in the neighborhood can be risky. As dental professionals, we recognize the importance of patient education and greater public awareness regarding sports-related dental injuries.

For more information, consult with any member of our Amsterdam Dental Group team.

Dr. Cross – A DENTIST’S PREVIEW OF SUPERBOWL 50


What will my fellow dentists and dental specialists be looking for in the upcoming clash between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers? No, not the number of sacks or end zone celebrations; not the half time show or the best commercials. It is mouth guards of course.

For decades, the mouth guard has proven its ability to protect against tooth fracture and lip lacerations on the field. Recent research now indicates this long-proven dental appliance can help prevent concussions and may even provide performance enhancing respiratory and VO2 max benefits. That’s one powerful little apparatus. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to use an athletic mouth guard. Children and adults alike gain from such protection.

Today’s mouth guards come in all shapes and sizes – from generic boil and bite vampire guards to the highly customized options from Under Armour, Shock Doctor or Gladiator, which are made from high quality impressions taken at home or with professional help from the dental office. Most traditional mouth guards are effective in safeguarding your teeth, however custom appliances are less bulky and fit better, offering a greater level of protection. Consider the investment you may have made in your smile or your children’s orthodontic care. Add in the fact that dental trauma is 60x more likely to occur in absence of a mouth guard, custom appliances start to make a lot of sense.

So as I enjoy this weekend’s big game, I encourage all of the athletes to take steps against injury with some extra protection on the gridiron.

For more information on ADA-approved mouth guards, visit: http://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/mouthguards or consult with any member of our Amsterdam Dental Group team for custom fit appliance options.

DR. CROSS – CHECKING IN FROM THE GNYAP 2015 FALL MEETING, NEW YORK CITY

It’s that time of year again… I’m here in the Big Apple with the Amsterdam Dental team for the annual Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics meeting. Held the week after Thanksgiving, the GNYAP is an annual affair for us and this year, New York did not disappoint. We met new residents, current colleagues and former classmates plus explored all the city has to offer.

For those not familiar with GNYAP, the organization promotes: the art, science and practice of prosthodontics; the highest ethical standards and professional membership; a better understanding among the specialties of dentistry and related professions; basic and clinical research in prosthodontics.

The annual two-day meeting provides nationally and internationally renowned speakers the opportunity to present evidence based research and expert opinion on the latest techniques, materials and technology. They also demonstrate the highest levels of interdisciplinary care. Additionally, the scientific poster session reports on current clinical research and basic science projects of the top graduate programs in the nation. Amsterdam Dental’s Dr. Baumgarten and Dr. Fraiman are both select members of GNYAP and former presenters at this meeting.

This year, digital technology and its use in dentistry were all the rage. One expert after the next illustrated how the greater accuracy and effectiveness afforded by digital technology results in improved dental outcomes for patients. This is especially true for those needing dental implants, crowns and bridges. While such technology may not sound new, fewer than 10% of the dental offices in the U.S. use it. At Amsterdam Dental, we have implemented digital dental technology at our practice for a variety of procedures, including implants and restorations, in order to provide better care and maximum comfort.

But New York City has far too much going on for only work. Visits to Central Park with the family, the Broadway show – Finding Neverland, a tour of the Secret Service and the 911 Ground Zero memorial provided opportunity to reflect on the tremendous capacity we have to provide joy, protection, service and inspiration to those around us.

For more information on the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, visit www.gnyap.org.

Dr. Cross – Checking in from the SCAD 2015 annual conference, Chicago

What is SCAD you may ask? It is the Society of Color and Appearance in Dentistry – an organization created to foster communications and research among dental disciplines, industrial researchers, institutional scientific investigators and others with an interest in color and appearance in dentistry.

Why attend this meeting? It’s a great opportunity to meet world-class clinicians and dental laboratory technicians and together, share ideas on designing and fabricating the most life-like restorations for patients. To achieve the best possible results, one must understand and have a true appreciation for color, translucency, fluorescence and behavior of material properties that go into making dental restorations.

What lies ahead? SCAD continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts, who go on to create and implement educational programs, such as Free Color Training, for dental professionals. Look for Dr. Cross to be presenting his work and research at this meeting in the near future. For more information visit: www.scadent.org

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