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A 'Dental Practice Hero' in the Fight Against Periodontal Disease (Click here to view original article)

 

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Michael Teitelbaum attended first a general practice residency, then the Prosthodontic specialty program at New York University where he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Prosthodontics for 8 years. He now has a private practice in New York focused on prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry and is very active in organized dentistry. 

He is a  published author, lectures on cosmetic dentistry and occlusion, and has received many awards throughout his career. Dr. Teitelbaum believes that a strong foundation is important for any restorative, prosthodontic, or cosmetic dental procedure, and a strong foundation begins with preventive dentistry. Here, he shares his philosophy on preventing and treating periodontal disease.


Q: Why do you believe it is important to proactively diagnose periodontal disease?

In my practice, every new patient is examined for periodontal disease, and I educate each patient on the importance of a healthy mouth. Periodontal disease is a progressive infection and if you can catch it in the beginning stages (when gums are just irritated and bleeding), you may be able to prevent progression by regular twice-a-year dental cleanings. If you catch it a little later when the perio pockets are just starting, you may be able to manage the disease with scaling and root planing and 90-day recall visits. Once you start seeing a lot of bone loss, that’s when it becomes so much more work to manage the disease.


Q: What do you believe is the appropriate protocol for diagnosing or treating periodontal disease?

We follow a protocol that works for most people. After a new patient thorough exam, which involves restorative charting, a full series of x-rays and perio probing, we normally recommend a hygiene visit for either gross debridement or a general hygiene appointment. If pocket depths are greater than 3mm, we generally do a scaling and root planing, and the hygienist educates the patient on how to brush and floss and gives the patient a water flosser. After a thorough exam, I bring each patient back for a separate consultation and explain the results. Although I’ll tell patients that surgery is an option, my philosophy is to be conservative. Research shows that people who are susceptible to periodontal disease should have their teeth cleaned every 90 days, so this is our first option. About 14-21 days after the scaling and root planing, we will recall the patient and re-probe their entire mouth. If nothing has changed, that’s when I’ll refer the patient to a periodontist. Luckily, in most cases there is usually some improvement (pocket depths are mostly less than 3mm). We may recommend treatment with minocycline for the few remaining deep pockets, and we can also prescribe minocycline in capsule form to be used with a water flosser if necessary. 


Q: What treatment hurdles do you encounter? 

The two biggest hurdles to successful periodontal treatment are patient acceptance and financing. It’s imperative that we get the patient to understand and appreciate that treatment is necessary to improve their overall health. That’s why a thorough exam and explanation is so important. When I first examine for periodontal disease, I show the patient a diagram and thoroughly explain pocket depth, attachment loss, and that normal healthy gums should not bleed. If a patient can truly see and understand there’s a problem, they are much more likely to follow through on the recommended treatment protocol. 
Financing is also an obstacle that stands in the way of treatment, and it’s important that dental practices offer flexible financial arrangements for patients so that they can overcome that hurdle. 


Q: For patients you treat with perio disease, how would you describe your patient mix? 

In my practice, I’ve found that the age of adults with periodontitis really varies. It can be a patient in her 30’s or one in his 70’s. It’s generally more common for me to diagnose perio disease in new patients who haven’t received regular dental care or who haven’t received good quality cleanings in the past. Just yesterday I saw a new patient in her 40’s who has horrible periodontal disease, some of the worst I’ve seen in a very long time. She had crooked teeth, loss of attachment, several pockets greater than 10mm (which is the length of my perio probe), and lots of bleeding. We still need to review her x-rays and come up with a treatment plan, but if we can save 2 or 3 teeth in each arch, we’ll probably recommend root canals and then an attachment overdenture or all-on-4 implants.


Small gifts for vets make a large impact for everyone (Click here to view original article)
By Alli Filan and Christopher Dawson, CNN
November 11, 2010 11:50 a.m. EST

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(CNN) How does a dentist thank the troops? By sending them lots and lots of comforting candy.

Dentist Michael Teitelbaum was looking for a way to help his young patients avoid cavities, when he came up with a campaign that would also benefit our soldiers' sweet tooth.

After every Halloween he offers a candy buyback, where candy-sharing children receive a dollar coin for every pound of candy they bring in for overseas troops.

This November, he has already received about 200 pounds of candy. In eight years of Teitelbaum's candy buyback program, he has collected over 2,000 pounds.

Teitelbaum chuckled when considering the children's surprising generosity.

"The kids that are quick to give up their candy have the Halloween bags that have been clearly picked clean of their favorite treats," Teitelbaum said.

He helps those children struggling to give up their Halloween haul with a certificate of patriotism, a picture, and of course, the dollar coins.

The soldiers, Teitelbaum said, give away much of the candy to the children in Iraq and Afghanistan, who have never tasted American sweets. But he has also received letters that the troops devour a lot of it themselves, and want more.

"Over there they really don't get to celebrate Halloween or other holidays," Teitelbaum said, "so it gives them a little taste of home."

See the candy donations pile up, on CNN iReport.

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Patriotism on Pleasantville Road - click here to view original article

Posted by: Barbara Nackman - Posted in Briarcliff Manor on Jul 02, 2010
You often see flags waving on the Fourth of July and lots of red, white and blue.
But here in Briarcliff Manor, a local dentist has gone a step further.
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum got an idea last night to put a sign on the lawn of his office saying "Honk for Liberty."

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"It suddenly occurred to me. I wanted to do something a little different," he explained.
Teitelbaum's office is called The Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry and it's at 1312 Pleasantville Road. He said he usually hangs up a large flag, but this year he couldn't find it so he set out to come up with an alternative. By 11 a.m. he said he planted the signs and the horns began honking.

An observant passerby noticed the sign and sent up the above photo to share.Teitelbaum is seeing patients today and as a special treat in honor of the holiday he is handing out small American flags. And in case that is not enough patriotism, he is wearing all-American colors -- a white shirt, dark blue slacks and a flag tie, he says.

Happy Fourth of July!

"It's the Fourth of July and we are celebrating liberty, now that's patriotic," he said.


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Patriotism on Pleasantville Road
Posted by: Barbara Nackman - Posted in Briarcliff Manor on Jul 02, 2010
You often see flags waving on the Fourth of July and lots of red, white and blue.
But here in Briarcliff Manor, a local dentist has gone a step further.
Dr. Michael Teitelbaum got an idea last night to put a sign on the lawn of his office saying "Honk for Liberty."

"It suddenly occurred to me. I wanted to do something a little different," he explained.
Teitelbaum's office is called The Briarcliff Center for Esthetic Dentistry and it's at 1312 Pleasantville Road.
He said he usually hangs up a large flag, but this year he couldn't find it so he set out to come up with an alternative. By 11 a.m. he said he planted the signs and the horns began honking.
An observant passerby noticed the sign and sent up the above photo to share.
Teitelbaum is seeing patients today and as a special treat in honor of the holiday he is handing out small American flags. And in case that is not enough patriotism, he is wearing all-American colors -- a white shirt, dark blue slacks and a flag tie, he says.
Happy Fourth of July!
"It's the Fourth of July and we are celebrating liberty, now that's patriotic," he said.
Photo Caption: IMG01061
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LOCAL DENTIST CELEBRATES 41st MOON ANNIVERSARY
BRIARCLIFF MANOR (July 20, 2010) - July 20, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's immortal first step on the moon, and to commemorate the event local dentist Dr. Michael Teitelbaum will continue his tradition of giving out popcorn ball "moons" to everyone who comes in to his Briarcliff Manor DentistSpa office.
"Ever since my daughter learned to make Rice Krispy Treats, we've used the recipe to make 'moons' out of popcorn balls to give to my patients to celebrate one of mankind's greatest accomplishments," said the Briarcliff cosmetic dentist.
For "Moon Day" this year, the 41st anniversary of the fulfillment of JFK's lunar dream, Dr. Teitelbaum decided to open the fun to everyone and give out popcorn moon balls to anyone who comes in to his Briarcliff Manor office.
For further information call the office at 914-941-2000, or go to www.DentistSpa.com. The office will be open from 8:30am until 6:00pm on July 20th.

Among other charitable endeavors, Dr. Teitelbaum also volunteers his services restoring smiles of battered women through the "Give Back a Smile" program, donates teeth bleaching treatments for local charity fundraisers, collects Halloween candy to send overseas to our troops, and annually gives money from smile whitening to Garth Brooks' childrens' charity through the "Give Back A Smile" Program.
Dr. Teitelbaum graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1989, received his Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2001, and has been practicing dentistry in Briarcliff Manor, NY since 1990. Dr. Teitelbaum is a director of the Westchester Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Founding Vice-President of the Empire State Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and a member of the American Dental Association and the NY State Dental Association. He is the Director of the Briarcliff's DentistSpa Center for Esthetic Dentistry.

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