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May 9th, 2018

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Teeth Whitening at Nathanson Dental

February 28th, 2018


Nathanson Dental offers several different whitening options! Click here to learn more about it! Or give us a call at 443-275-9641 to schedule today.

Restoring A Smile With Porcelain Crowns

February 20th, 2018


At Nathanson Dental, porcelain crowns are part of our every day routine. Check out this patient's testimonial and her experience in our office with crowns.

If you need dental restorations, and are near Hunt Valley, MD, give our office a call at 443-275-9641.

Give Your Child Every Chance for Success with Healthy Start

February 14th, 2018


Does your child act out in school, or display signs of a behavioral disorder? Do they snore or mouth breathe? If so, your child may be suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing. Call us today and ask about Healthy Start. 443-275-9641

It's never too early to think about giving your child the best possible advantage in life.

Invisalign: A Patient Testimonial

February 7th, 2018


Check out this patients review of Nathanson Dental, and her experience with Invisalign. Call Nathanson Dental to schedule your Invisalign Evaluation today! 443-275-9641

Mouthwash: Is It Really Worth the Rinse?

January 23rd, 2018

When it comes to getting your teeth super clean, ADA-approved toothpaste and floss do a great job, but they don’t always get rid of all the plaque in your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash removes any leftover bacteria and leaves your mouth with a fresh sensation.

In today’s world of dental care, you can choose between two different types of mouthwash:

Therapeutic mouthwash: This rinse can help improve your oral health. It reduces the plaque growth on your smile, which can ultimately prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Therapeutic mouthwash can also freshen your breath, remove food particles from your teeth, and strengthen your teeth with extra fluoride.

Cosmetic mouthwash: This rinse can beautify your smile and give you fresh results. Some washes successfully whiten your teeth throughout time, while others freshen your breath and give you a pleasant taste in your mouth.

Both types of mouthwash will help you achieve a healthier, brighter smile. Swish them around in your mouth for thirty seconds at least once a day and you’ll begin to see results.

If you’re shopping for mouthwash in Hunt Valley, Maryland, feel free to contact Nathanson Dental at (443) 275-9641 for a professional recommendation. Dr. Joel Nathanson is more than happy to discuss which brand and type of mouthwash is best suited to your specific needs.

Sleep Apnea Q+A with Dr. Nathanson

November 26th, 2017

What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is one form of what is a series of disorders of people’s breathing while they sleep. The overarching term is Sleep Disordered Breathing; we use Sleep Apnea because that’s the term people are most familiar with. Sleep apnea is just one type of sleep disordered breathing. Basically, it's a limitation, or sometimes a complete stopping, of breathing while a person sleeps. As you might imagine, if you’re not breathing you’re not getting oxygen, and that’s really dangerous.

What are the risks of sleep disordered breathing?
Sleep apnea has been linked to all different kinds of disorders, most notably high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Risk factors even encompass things like migraine headaches, erectile dysfunction, and diabetes, which have been linked to sleep apnea. Any disorder where the body is not getting enough oxygen is going to react in different ways. Usually we see that in the cardiovascular system with heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular disorders. The body is a very complex mechanism, we need oxygen to do just about anything. Sleep apnea is linked to just about any disorder where having a lower level of oxygen in the blood can be a danger.

What kinds of sleep apnea are there?
There are two different kinds of sleep apnea. The most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), that ranges from mild to moderate to severe. As the name implies, OSA is a result of obstruction of the breathing apparatus. OSA can be caused by many things, but usually it’s because the structures at the back of the throat fall against the back of the airway. Most often it’s the base of the tongue causing the blockage, but it can also be the soft pallet, if a person still has their tonsils it could be their tonsils, anything that could cause an obstruction has the potential to cause sleep apnea. There’s another type of sleep apnea called Central Sleep Apnea, which is less common, and it’s more neurological disorder. Our brain tells our body what things it needs to do to keep us alive, in central sleep apnea the brain is not telling the body to breath properly when we sleep. With obstructive sleep apnea a person can’t breathe, and with central sleep apnea a person won’t breathe.

What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
The single most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Snoring is caused by the rattling of the tissues in the back of the throat. The reason the tissues rattle is because the air can’t get through all the way. Usually there’s a partial obstruction causing the rattling in the throat. So if a person’s snoring, particularly loud snoring, it's very indicative of sleep apnea.

It’s been estimated that about 70% of loud snorers have sleep apnea. Many of the patients that we treat come in for treatment for snoring. When they talk about their snoring it’s loud, it’s keeping the spouse out of the room, it can be heard in adjacent rooms even with the door closed, and that’s a big sign that a person might have sleep apnea. Another very common symptom is being tired all the time (excessive daytime sleepiness). One of the screening forms we use is called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, which has the patient gauge how sleepy they are at various times of day, while driving, or if they’ve had lunch and need to nap or relax a little bit. The degree of tiredness can be a big indicator that there’s something going on with obstructive sleep apnea.

Also having some of the conditions that are caused by sleep apnea can be a sign; if a person is diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes, they don’t necessarily say they have OSA, but if they have those conditions, especially together, there’s a very high probability they have some degree of sleep apnea.

Another very important factor is neck size. The degree to which a person will develop sleep apnea depends on how flexible the airway is. Even someone in great shape, with well developed muscles on either side of their neck and a flexible airway will have a very high risk of sleep apnea. OSA is very common among professional football players and basketball players for example. Most people associate sleep apnea with the overweight man with a large neck. And while that’s common among sleep apnea patients, it could also be someone with very developed musculature in their neck or even a petite woman. Someone who is very slender often has a flexible airway and if their head goes down even just a little bit their risk for sleep apnea goes up. There’s some generalizations that can be made, but we really can’t say there’s a “typical” sleep apnea patient. So if you have any of the symptoms we’ve discussed (the sleepiness, the snoring, high blood pressure, diabetes), if you’re an older male or a post-menopausal female, you could be at risk for developing sleep apnea.

How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
After a person is screened, and we can predict the likelihood of a person having sleep apnea, the only way to get a diagnosis is to get a sleep test. Whether it’s in a lab or at home, a sleep test can be performed one, two, or three nights, and should be performed by a certified sleep physician. Once complete, the sleep doctor will review the results of the sleep test and give a diagnosis.

How is sleep apnea treated?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). It blows air, very gently in most cases, dependent on degree of severity of sleep apnea. The machine generates the air pressure, the patient wears a mask or nasal device, and blows air into the airway and keeps the airway open so the person can breathe.

Another option, although it’s not normally recommended, is surgery. If a person has a very long soft pallet for example, or if the tonsils are very large, sometimes a surgical approach would be appropriate.

The treatment we do here in our office is oral appliances. These devices bring the lower jaw forward thus bringing the tongue forward and keeping the airway open. When we are awake we can hold our airway open consciously, but when we sleep those muscles relax. Using the oral sleep appliance can develop the muscles to help keep the airway open.

There are of course pros and cons to each approach. The cpap is 100% effective when it’s worn consistently. The problem is that a lot people can’t use them. They find the masks uncomfortable, sometimes they just don’t like the feeling of the air blowing in the throat, some don’t like the sound of the machine, or the bed partner doesn’t like the sound of the machine. Even though the CPAP is a very effective treatment, depending on the study, it’s estimated that 40%-50% of CPAP users find they can’t use it, or won’t use it.

The next step to consider would be the oral appliance. Oral sleep appliances are somewhere between 70%-80% effective at treating OSA, however the compliance rate is much higher when using the oral sleep appliance vs the CPAP at an estimated 80%-90% compliance rate. At Nathanson Dental and Healthier Sleep Solutions, we use the TAP appliance, that consists of two parts: a top arch and a bottom arch. The top arch has an adjustable hook that most patients adjust at home a half turn a couple times per week to move the hook forward. The hook then fits into the slot on the lower portion moving the lower jaw forward and the tongue will be raised away from the back of the throat and the patient will be able to breathe better.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, snores, or has trouble breathing, give our office a call at 410-527-9237.

Reviewing Your Basic Oral Hygiene

October 8th, 2017

Developing the habit of properly caring for your teeth is one of the most important things people should practice for their oral health. Whether you’re an adult who needs to be reminded of the fundamentals of brushing and flossing, or a child who’s just beginning to learn, it’s good to brush up on your knowledge of oral health.

The daily habit of brushing and flossing will help you prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a bacteria that feeds off of food and sugar left over in your mouth after eating. If plaque is left untreated, it can form an acid which eats away at the enamel of your teeth. The acid can cause black pits, called cavities, to develop in your teeth.

After a period of time, the plaque will turn into a hard substance called tartar that can feel like it’s actually the surface of the tooth. A tartar build-up can lead to detrimental effects like gingival disease and even bone loss. Brushing your teeth will not remove tartar once it is in place.

This is why it is important to develop daily habits of brushing and flossing to avoid plaque and tartar build-up before they happen. You should also see Dr. Nathanson and Dr. Romay every six months for a cleaning and checkup.
Please call Nathanson Dental in Hunt Valley, Maryland to set up an appointment with our dentists today in order to brighten your smile!

Preventing Tooth Decay Is Possible with a Fluoride Treatment

September 29th, 2017

Tooth decay is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits enabling the bacteria in your mouth to exploit otherwise healthy tooth enamel.In many cases, this is the result of demineralization in the tooth enamel.

Increased fluoride exposure from multiple sources helps remineralize the surfaces of your teeth. If municipal water and fluoride toothpaste aren’t sufficient for maintaining the mineral density of your tooth enamel, Dr. Nathanson and Dr. Romay might recommend a fluoride treatment.

Our dentists will administer the treatment by pouring a small amount of concentrated fluoride gel into a tray that is held in your mouth for a few minutes. Afterward, you should avoid eating or drinking for up to an hour to allow the fluoride to deeply penetrate the microscopic areas of your tooth enamel.

You might want to also consider cutting back on acidic foods and drinks in the future. It’s also worth the effort to brush your teeth with a toothpaste that includes fluoride additives. Maintaining or improving your oral hygiene practices will also go a long way toward maintaining strong tooth enamel.

If you’re concerned about cavity prevention and you’re interested in fluoride in Hunt Valley, Maryland, you should call (443) 275-9641 to schedule a checkup and fluoride treatment at Nathanson Dental.

Dental Insurance: The "Tooth" of the Matter

August 27th, 2017

There’s a lot of misinformation about dental insurance/dental benefit plans. Dental insurance is not really true insurance. It’s a benefit that’s offered usually as an add on to medical insurance. The craziest thing to realize about it is that the dental benefit maximum has not increased in 50 years. Do you know of anything else that hasn’t changed in 50 years? There are a few plans that offer a little bit more, but when Delta Dental started in 1954 the annual maximum was $1000. Most dental insurance plans still have that same yearly maximum of $1000.

At Nathanson Dental, we always want to make sure that patients get the full benefit of their dental insurance, however we make our treatment plans based on what the patient needs, not what the dental benefit allows. And often times we don't even know what the benefit allows, as the insurance company won't disclose that information. The insurance part is always a question, and our staff is highly skilled in being able to help you maximize your benefits. Rather than thinking of your dental plan the same way you think about your medical insurance, it's helpful to think of the plan as a rebate, a coupon, or a reduction in the fee. Although the plan does help, we always want to do what’s best for our patient’s long term health and insurance companies don’t always share in that goal.

We never want money to stand in the way of the patients getting the treatment they need or want so we offer several affordability options to help. We have interest free in-office financial plans and utilize third parties like Care Credit and Lending Club that we actually pay the interest for on these services. Many patients have benefited from these options. We lay out the treatment plan that addresses the patient’s needs and then have the discussion of how to make sure it fits into their budget. We want patients to get the care that they need to stay healthy long term. This has always been our bottom line and what we want for everyone in our practice.

For many, learning how little their benefit covers may be shocking. Our skilled staff is trained to help you ask the right questions, and get the most from your benefit. As a courtesy, we offer complimentary benefits checks and will process all insurance on your behalf as an out of network provider.

Don't let your dental benefits get in the way of the dental care you need. Call one of our trained staff today. 410-891-8547

Advanced Dental Technology

August 21st, 2017

Dr. Nathanson has always wanted to provide patients with the best dental experience possible. That’s the reason he became a dentist. One of the exciting things about having Dr. Romay on our doctor team is that she is going to be doing a lot more of the restorative and general dentist procedures so the practice can start expand more of our work in orthodontics, such as Six Month Smiles and Invisalign, and dental sleep medicine, treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. This is where Dr. Nathanson will be spending more time with patients. "I will of course still be doing the general dentist side of things, because I love that as well," he says, "but having the opportunity to devote more of my time to these two areas is something I find very exciting." They’re both very challenging fields; dental sleep medicine is really expanding and more people are really learning about oral appliances as an alternative to CPAP. There are many sleep apnea patients who use the cpap because they think it’s the only option. There are alternatives and we are happy to be able to provide one for them which has changed the lives of many of the patients we’ve worked with.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has what they call a Qualified Dentist Designation. Any dentist can join the academy, but there’s certain criteria that needs to be met to named a Qualified Dentist in dental sleep medicine and we am happy to say that Dr. Nathanson just got the letter making this my first step to achieving Diplomate status! For patients who really need this service, this designation gives them a credential to look for when they’re on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine website. "It’s a way for me to set some higher standards for myself," according to Dr. Nathanson. "I need to do more continuing education to become a diplomate, documenting more cases. It’s a very exciting process and I really feel like I’m going to learn a lot and become a much better practitioner."

Dr. Nathanson is committed to providing the best for his patients, and part of that is use of our dental technology. Aside from expanding the practice in orthodontics and dental sleep medicine, use of the dental laser and the CEREC one day restoration system that we have here at the office really adds to the patient's experience. With the Waterlase dental laser, there are many procedures we can do without anesthetic. The things that make a tooth hurt during treatment, such as using a conventional dental hand piece that causes friction, vibration, and what are called micro-cracking, don't happen with use of the laser. In many cases we can do procedures for fillings and certain surgical procedures without anesthetic and it’s also a much more conservative way to treat teeth and gums where the healing is a lot faster. We use the Waterlase here on a daily basis. The other device that comes to mind is the CEREC – one day crowns and one day porcelain fillings. For anyone who’s out there that’s ever had a crown, they know there's a lot of time involved. First is the preparation - getting a temporary plastic crown that stays a couple of weeks; sometimes it stays on and sometimes it doesn’t, and then come back in for the delivery of the actual permanent crown. The nice thing about CEREC is that we can do the whole treatment in one day. One of the exciting things about having Dr. Romay here is that she’s really going to be taking on a lot of that work and really utilizing our technology to the fullest, making it available to more patients.

Sharing Some Big News!

August 17th, 2017

We are so happy to introduce Dr. Leah Romay to our practice! Dr. Romay is originally from Pennsylvania, near Reading, and grew up near the country side. Ever since high school she was really into science and really into art and decided to combine those two passions together and pursue dentistry. All throughout her school career she has been working towards that goal to use her abilities to help people. "It’s really been a great journey and I’ve really been enjoying all of it," says Dr. Romay.

Dr. Romay completed her undergraduate degree at University of Pittsburgh, majoring in biology, and minoring in studio arts and chemistry. She went on to dental school at University of MD (the first dental school in the world); they have a great curriculum integrating digital aspects of dentistry. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Romay completed a one year residency program in prosthodontic techniques gaining a lot of information about dental implant placement.

Prosthodontics is a branch of dentistry that involves placing crowns, bridges, and any type of prosthetic tooth. All dentists are trained in prosthodontics, but, with her residency, Dr. Romay was able to get a little extra time practicing these techniques. Prosthodontics also involves implant work ranging from placing implants and putting a crown on the implant, to more complex situations where someone might need a smile makeover for function or aesthetics. It can also involve removable prosthetics like dentures and partial dentures and incorporates them with implants to make it more functional and at times a better option for patients.

In addition to prosthodontics, Dr. Romay is excited to use all of the technologies already in use at Nathanson Dental. "These technologies are one of the great reasons that someone would want to be a patient here," according to Dr. Romay. We can offer the same day crowns - a great service to be able to come in and have the crown done in one visit. "I’ve had a lot of training on the CEREC system," says Dr. Romay, "and in addition I’ll be offering implants for patients here in the office adding a lot of treatment options for our patients."

To help patients understand their treatment options, we’ll use models and photos to help things make sense for patients. It’s always like a foreign language and Dr. Romay is here to explain everything, even if it has to be explained a few different ways. There are several uses for implants: the implants are the part in the bone and then we can put things on top like a tooth or a snap attachment for a denture, or a tooth for a bridge.

One of our goals here at Nathanson Dental is being able to have patients get all of their dental care in one place. Although Dr. Nathanson did place some implants, as a general rule we would refer them to a prosthodontist, oral surgeon, or other specialist to perform the surgery. Being able to offer these services to our patients is very exciting for the practice.

Next time you're in the office be sure to say hi to Dr. Romay! And don't forget about us if you're in need of dental implants. 410-891-8547.

The Nathanson Times August/September 2017

August 2nd, 2017


One Voice Among Many

About 10 years ago, when I was singing with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, I was given the incredible opportunity to perform alongside the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Anybody who has even a passing interest in jazz knows ... CONTINUE READING


Responsibilities That Come With Age

Chores have often been a regular aspect of a family household. However, many parents today are questioning the importance of assigning housework over extracurricular activities like learning a second language, practicing ... CONTINUE READING


Dentistry From The Heart

According to the National Association for Dental Plans, over 114 million Americans lacked any kind of dental insurance in 2016. Without coverage, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to afford adequate dental care, dramatically raising the risk of numerous health ... CONTINUE READING

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Stained Teeth Hiding Your Smile?

July 13th, 2017

Who is teeth whitening for?

There are several types of patients that are candidates for whitening. If you have a lot of staining habits such as drinking coffee, tea, wine, smoking (it’s great for someone who’s just quit smoking and would like to treat themselves), or someone who has tetracycline staining (which comes from certain medications) you could be considered a candidate for whitening. If teeth are stained yellow, brown, or blue-gray (from tetracycline) then teeth whitening could definitely be for you.

We do two different types of whitening at Nathanson Dental: both take home trays and in office whitening with Zoom! by Phillips. Take home trays are created here in our office and then whitening gel is given to the patient for strictly at home use. We also offer in-office whitening, which takes about an hour and twenty minutes to an hour and half, and is used in conjunction with the take home trays.

We recommend doing both the take home and the in-office whitening for maximum results. In office Zoom! Whitening offers immediate gratification for anyone who would like a bright smile for an event or special occasion while the at home whitening maintains the brightness that was achieved, and sometimes even improves the whitening that is done in our office.

What about the stuff I buy in the store?

Any over the counter whitening product is not endorsed by the ADA (the American Dental Association). The dangers, in general, can range from tooth sensitivity to gum irritation and/or burns from the gel to use of potential exposure to cancer causing ingredients. Charcoal, for example, is well known to be carcinogenic despite the recent trend of using it in toothpaste for tooth whitening effects. Our staff at Nathanson Dental would not recommend using a charcoal based product for tooth whitening.

So how does it work?

When you come in we evaluate them by taking the initial tooth shade so we can see the before and after results, we talk about your whitening goals (how white you want teeth to be afterwards), evaluate your smile to make sure you're a good candidate for whitening – restorations in the front of the mouth, such as crowns, don’t whiten so those patients would not be good candidates for whitening. If it’s determined you are a good candidate we’d then get their custom tray impressions, whether you are doing in-office or take home whitening. Afterward, the we will send you home with a high fluoride toothpaste to use one to two weeks prior to your in-office whitening appointment. The toothpaste helps to cut down on the sensitivity that some patients experience after having their teeth whitening. Once the custom trays are made and the you have been using the fluoride toothpaste, we will have you come back in the office for your service. We begin the service by placing barriers over the soft tissue to protect from discoloration or irritation. Then we’ll place gel on the teeth and shine the Zoom lamp on the gel for fifteen minutes and we’ll do that for three sessions. After the three sessions the we will do a fluoride treatment for thirty minutes to help with any sensitivity you may be experiencing. The hygienist will show you how to use the take home trays with the at home whitening gel and that’s it!

Why Nathanson Dental?

We take precautionary measures when it comes to teeth whitening including toothpaste to reduce sensitivity and barriers to protect fragile gum and lip tissue from burns or irritation. We follow a specific whitening protocol and we do so with our patients’ comfort in mind. Also, we offer a very special program for our whitening patients called Forever White. Every patient that gets in-office whitening is automatically enrolled in the program that gives them at home whitening gels at every hygiene visit for no additional cost.

Ready to schedule?

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CEREC: Same Day Crowns. It's Possible!

July 10th, 2017

CEREC® is an in-office crown making process. It’s done with a computer, a milling chamber, and an oven. It's a different type of restoration that we can do in our office, rather than sending it out to a lab, through a series of pictures. The photos are uploaded into the computer first, from the computer it’s then digitally transferred to the milling chamber, and then it makes the crown out of a little block of porcelain. The porcelain block is a light purple shade at first which is then glazed to match your tooth color.

Why CEREC® over a traditional crown? While they are both equally important options to have in our dental repertoire, some benefits include:

  • All the work is completed in the office so you don’t have to come back for another visit,
  • the durability is roughly the same, dependent on where the restoration is being put into the mouth; in the back part of the mouth there is a lot of force so sometimes a traditional crown is still preferable,
  • although the same day appointment may take a little longer, we have different amenities that we like to offer to all of our patients: Netflix, massage pads on the chairs, and we also give patients a series of breaks during their CEREC® procedure. We let them get up, use the restroom, get something to drink if needed. Depending on where the restoration is in the mouth it could take up to 2.5 hours.
  • Perhaps the best benefit of all is that you can eat right away after your CEREC® restoration!

Regardless of if you have a CEREC® or a traditional crown, routine cleanings and daily brushing and flossing is recommended to maintain your overall oral health. With flossing just be sure to pull down and pull through with your floss, rather than pull down and pull up, as the force may cause the crown to become loose.

Concerned about new technology? Never fear! Here at Nathanson Dental we are continually learning and growing with our technology. We have a lot of representatives that come to our office and show us what's new, and any updates we need to do to the CEREC® computer, since it is all digital and connected to the milling chamber. There are also a multitude of out of office continuing education classes that Dr. Nathanson attends to stay up to date on all of our advanced dental technology.

If you need a crown, give our office a call to get your appointment scheduled.

Helping Children Breathe Easier

July 7th, 2017

For some parents, life with their child is nothing but stress. What if my child acts out in public? What if my child acts out in school? What if, what if, what if?

What if I told you that we may be able to help? I know what you're thinking: You're a dentist office, how can you possibly help me with my child's crazy behavior? I have two words for you: Healthy Start.

While Healthy Start is not a new program, it is new to the Baltimore area. It utilizes removable mouth pieces that children can start wearing as young as two years old. There are two incredible benefits to using Healthy Start. First, it guides the growth of the jaw. Research on this particular system has shown that in 80-90% of the cases the child’s jaw grows properly and he or she ends up not needing braces.

It can also work with helping to treat children’s sleep apnea. There are studies that show that up to 90% of children have some degree of difficulty breathing when they sleep. A lot of that is because the airway of the child is so flexible that if their head tilts to the side it can actually restrict the airway and the child can have trouble breathing. If the child breathes through their mouth when they sleep, parents should definitely consider getting their child screened. A child should be breathing through his or her nose when they sleep and if they can’t then that’s something we can help them with. And it’s something we want to treat at a young age because the longer a child has difficulty when they sleep, it can affect growth and interfere with their ability to have a social interaction with other people. If children aren’t sleeping properly and they’re tired all the time they may act out. Wouldn't you if you never got a good night sleep? Some children have actually been misdiagnosed with ADD when in reality they were just tired and not sleeping properly. We are very excited to be the first practice in Maryland to be offering Healthy Start.

You don't even have to just take our word for it. This powerful video is the testimonial from a mom who was at the end of the rope with her son. He was acting out and she just new that something was going on with him. This is the reason we provide this service to our patients and their children. We work closely with you to ensure Healthy Start is the right fit for your child, whether it's to guide jaw growth, or to help breathe easier. Click here to request your complimentary consultation.

*Edit to add: Join us for a FREE educational event on October 25, 2017. Click Here to reserve your seat.

Nathanson Dental: What Makes Us the Best

July 3rd, 2017

In a sea of dental offices, we know it can be difficult to choose the one that's right for you. Let us help you make that decision!

For starters, we have the best team; we know a lot of dentists will probably say that, but with us it really is true. We go through a lot of training, not just for dental care, but also to find out how we can really connect with people. The term customer service is kind of a “buzz word” that’s bandied about a lot but we really take that very, very seriously. We’re not just working with teeth, we are working with people. We want to make sure that everyone feels comfortable, that they are getting the best care, and we want people to know they’re surrounded by people that really, really care about them and who want to make sure we serve them the way that they need to and want to be served. We have quarterly training, for one we actually attended training from the Ritz Carlton trainers, we take our education very seriously. With us it’s about the experience that the patient is going to have that they just can’t get anywhere else. Who else in this area do you know that bakes chocolate chip cookies in the reception area? As soon as you get your teeth done you can have a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie (as long as you brush afterwards, of course)!

For baby boomers who grew up in a time where fluoride was just starting to be introduced into the community and water systems, and therefore may have had a lot of cavities resulting in a lot of big fillings, what we do now is replacing those fillings. Sometimes those teeth need to be capped or crowned if there isn’t enough tooth structure left. In some cases, simply a replacement of the old fillings that are breaking down. We do a fair amount of cosmetic dentistry as well for people who don’t like the appearance of their teeth. We lighten teeth through teeth whitening, we do ceramic veneers if people want to change the shape, size, and color of their teeth. If people feel that their teeth are too crooked we do orthodontics; we offer Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Invisalign is “invisible braces,” or aligners, that fit over the teeth and help move the teeth gradually over time. Six Month Smiles is more like conventional braces however the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth colored so it’s very difficult to tell from a distance that a person actually has braces on. That works a little faster than Invisalign, but both are great options to straighten crooked teeth. We really area a full service dental office, whether it's restorations or cosmetic, we can help you achieve the smile you've always wanted.

Something that many don't realize about dentistry is our involvement with dental sleep medicine, making oral appliances for people who have problems breathing when they sleep and can’t get used to a CPAP machine. We do emergency care as well; we really want to help people get out of pain, whether it’s a root canal or an extraction we can take care of you. If for any reason we can't treat you in our office we can refer you to a doctor in our great network of specialists. We choose our specialists carefully so we can make sure everyone who comes here gets the best care possible.

As far as what to expect on your first visit, we like to keep some of that as a surprise because when patients come and we do something that they didn’t expect it's really a lot of fun. After meeting our concierge and our administrative team, you'll get a tour of the office. We always want our patients to see where things are, something as simple as knowing where they can get a bottle of water or a cup of coffee in our reception area and knowing where the bathrooms are, help our patients to feel at home right away. Then you'll meet the clinical team, the assistants and hygienists. Our staff always strives to make sure that patients understand how much we care about their health and how grateful we are that they chose our office out of all the offices they can choose. And it works! The team that we have takes great care of our patients, both new and existing. The doctor is usually the last one to sit down with the new patient at their first visit. By the time they get their x-rays taken, get their teeth cleaned, etc. if they aren’t absolutely raving about how this is the best dental office they’ve ever been to then we’ve done something wrong.

At Nathanson Dental you aren't just a patient, you're our family. We hope to see you soon!

So You Think You Know About Dentistry

June 29th, 2017

What on earth is dentistry?

The simple answer is: the branch of medicine that helps people to take care of the mouth, teeth, and gums. The more thorough answer, according to Dr. Nathanson, is that it is the branch of medicine that helps people stay healthy over all by keeping their mouths healthy and by looking for signs and symptoms of conditions that might be going on elsewhere in the body. There are many illnesses, conditions and diseases that show up first in the mouth as far as symptoms are concerned. A dentist is a vital part of keeping a person healthy and making sure that not only he or she can eat well and speak well and smile, but guarding their overall health as well. The mouth is the gateway to the body.

What to look for when choosing a dentist

The most important thing is to find someone who will actually listen to you. You don’t get that a lot in healthcare these days. Patients should feel comfortable asking their doctors questions and getting the answers they need, not only to feel comfortable and understand what’s going on with their health, but to really feel that their dentist has their best interest at heart, to make sure they are getting the answers they need to get healthy and stay healthy. We do a lot of talking around Nathanson Dental. Dr. Nathanson won’t even look into a patients mouth until he's found out a little bit about them. "I don’t work on teeth, I work with people," he says.

Why visit the dentist?

Eating, speaking, and smiling are the three things we most do with our teeth. First of all, everybody has to eat, and to keep your teeth and gums healthy and help you eat the foods you love, you have to visit the dental office. Dentistry and dental hygiene also improves appearance, makes sure you can speak properly. Dental care is part of overall healthcare. Dentistry has actually expanded beyond just taking care of the mouth. We are doing a lot with what’s called dental sleep medicine for people who have varying degrees of sleep apnea, other difficulties breathing while they are asleep, or if they can’t get used to a CPAP, and about half of people who need a CPAP are intolerant. For all of these issues there are solutions that are geared toward dental sleep medicine. At Nathanson Dental we make mouth appliances that help people breath at night and these appliances are often very successful. We screen all of our patients for this issue, so that’s one of many things that people can get by coming to the dentist on a regular basis.

There are many diseases that show up in the mouth before showing up anywhere else and getting regular dental check ups is not only important for the mouth but it’s important for the over all health of the entire body.

What can you do to maintain your health between visits?

The old standbys of brushing and flossing for decades has been the gold standard and still is. Making sure that at least twice a day, once in the morning before breakfast and once in the evening before going to bed, that you’re brushing for two minutes, and flossing once a day. You should also consider using an electric toothbrush such as SoniCare or Oral-B. The research has shown that these particular toothbrushes really remove plaque more effectively than traditional manual brushes. A word of advice: don’t use a $5 knock off brand from any old drug store, etc.; it's worth it to spend the money on a name brand like the SoniCare or the Oral-B.

Another consideration to your dental health is watching what you eat, making sure that the foods that you eat don’t have a lot of refined carbohydrates and a lot of sugars. Years ago Dr. Nathanson did talks at children’s groups and schools and talk about the ABC’s of dental health: the A: Avoid sugar as much as possible, B: Brush your teeth, and C: “C” your dentist at least twice a year. It may sound silly, but these are still the basic things that help people keep their teeth healthy.

Regardless of your dental needs, Nathanson Dental will take care of you! Click here to request an appointment.

Half of All Americans Unhappy With Their Smile

June 13th, 2017

Did you know that 52% of people don't like their smile? We at Nathanson Dental have found the solution! Read on to learn about all of our cosmetic dentistry options.

Nathanson Dental offers a full range of cosmetic dental services, everything from teeth whitening to veneers, cosmetic crowns to cosmetic orthodontics. The solution really depends on what kind of cosmetic issue a patient has and what the don’t like about their smile. Once we know what the problem is we can help them fix whatever it is that they don’t like.

The two most common issues that people complain about when it comes to their smile are that their teeth aren't white enough, or that their teeth aren't straight enough. Teeth whitening treatments can make teeth considerably whiter in a lot of cases. If there’s difficulty actually whitening the natural tooth structure, for example if the teeth have a lot of old filling, sometimes we may recommend doing porcelain veneers or crowns on the teeth. However, if color is the issue then whitening is usually the answer. When the issue is the fact that the teeth are either crooked, too crowded, or too far apart usually we’ll look at some kind of orthodontic treatment - either Invisalign or Six Month Smiles. We've gotten some really great results with our patients with crowded, spaced, or crooked teeth. For some patients with crooked teeth it can take just a few months.

At our dental office we do a lot of teeth whitening, we do some cosmetic crowns, but Invisalign is very, very popular among our patients; especially patients that had orthodontics when they were younger, didn’t wear their retainer (which is most of us, so you’re part of a very big club if that describes your situation), and then their teeth relapsed. Even as adults we can help get your smile back. Invisalign is a great option because it doesn’t use braces at all; there are no brackets or wires. It’s a set of clear aligners that can be taken off to eat, as well as to brush and floss their teeth. It’s very easy to maintain. Patients can see what their teeth are going to look like in advance when we do what’s called a Clin-Check. The Invisalign company has a computer simulation of where the teeth are going to move with the Invisalign treatment and can also give an approximation of how long the treatment is going to take.

The other treatment system we offer is Six Month Smiles and although they are brackets and wires, they are clear brackets with tooth colored wires, so it’s very difficult to see them from a distance. The advantage of Six Month Smiles over Invisalign is that it works a little bit faster and also there’s some situations that we can treat better with Six Month Smiles than we can with Invisalign.

To maintain your cosmetic procedures, make sure to have your regular dental visits here at the office, either 3 months or 6 months, that’s the main thing. Of course brushing and flossing at home, which we’ve been talking about for decades, is still the go to maintenance treatment for any dental situation, including cosmetic dentistry. If the teeth were just whitened then you are going to want to do a whitening touch up at least once a month. At our office we offer a system that includes both in-office whitening and take home trays that you can use either for a few hours or overnight once a month. We also offer a program that's quite unique for our whitening patients called Forever White. With this program, as long as you maintain your regular hygiene visits, you'll get two tubes of whitening gel for free! Be sure to ask us about it at your next visit!

At Nathanson Dental we always put the patient first. We want to make this the best dental experience you’ve ever had in your life. We’ve got a lot of perks: we have massage pads on the chairs, we have TVs in the ceiling where you can watch Netflix movies and listen through earbuds, we’ve got freshly baked chocolate chip cookies every day. If you come in the morning you’ll smell chocolate chip cookies instead of a dental office. But the thing that really makes us unique and different are the people. Everyone here really goes out of their way to make this the best dental experience that a patient has ever had and that’s our focus. That’s one of our core values; it’s our most important core value. I realize people have a lot of choices when they choose a dental office for their care and for their family’s care and we want to make this a special place where they feel they can come here and get the best dental experience from people that really care about them.

We love seeing a person smile when they haven’t been able to smile for years. Whenever we do a cosmetic case, that’s the reaction that we most often get. The patient will look in the mirror, a lot of times they’ll start crying, and we’ll start crying, too, because they’re seeing themselves with a smile they really like for the first time possibly ever in their lives. We’ve had people where it’s completely changed their lives. People have been able to get new and better jobs because their not hindered by their appearance; they can smile, they can show their teeth. Dr. Nathanson once did a set of veneers for a young woman who was getting married and her mother was looking at the pictures and she said to her, “you really look different in these pictures.” And she said, “You can see my teeth, mom. I’m smiling showing my teeth for the first time.”

Click here to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services.

Get to know our Dental Hygienists.

June 9th, 2017

June 9, 2017

In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients. He or she cleans patients' teeth and examines their mouths for signs of disease and damage. Hygienists teach patients how to maintain good oral health. Recently our hygienists sat down with marketing director Cerissa to answer some fun questions about themselves (questions then answers in bold).

First up is Kim, who is our Hygiene Team Leader. She recently celebrated her 10 year work anniversary with Nathanson Dental!

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? I was looking for a job in Maryland and did a job search online.
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Nancy. Why her? I love to talk to patients and think it would be fun. And I also like to do “housekeeping” type work.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Classy. Patient-oriented. That’s two words! I know! I’m thinking. Up to date technology; wait that’s too many words! Technology.
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? My relationship with my patients.
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I was scared of the dentist when I was little. My mom thought no one would ever be able to clean my teeth.
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? That we will be able to continue to provide personal service in a world that is going “corporate.” There are a lot of large businesses that don’t focus on patients. I hope there’s always value on the patient in the chair.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? I sometimes have to be a counselor. People tell me everything, much like they do their hair stylist.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant!!

Teresa is currently our part time hygienist, and although newer to our practice than Kim, she still has quite a bit of experience!

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? About a year and a half
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Dental Days of Our Lives or something like that.
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? The Teamwork.
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? Hopefully having a set group of loyal patients who have been coming to us for years and have a good relationship with the doctor.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? Dental Hygienist
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? I actually just read a great one today! “You can get fired from a job but you can’t get fired from your gift, so find your gift and you’ll always have work.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Yes! I asked somebody if they were pregnant. She said, “Oh I’m not pregnant I’m just fat.”
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Interacting with patients.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? Life is too short so just let the small things go.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Robot housekeepers for sure!

To learn more about our hygienists and the rest of the staff click here.

Get to Know Our Dental Assistants!

June 5th, 2017

June 5, 2017

Our dental assistants work hard helping to keep our dentists on track for the day. From "traffic control" to taking impressions, these ladies do it all! To help you get to know everyone, each of our staff have gone through an interview with Cerissa, our marketing coordinator. They were given two sets of questions to choose between. Below are the transcripts from those interviews (questions then answers in bold). Click here to learn more about our team.

Lyndsey is our Clinical Assistant Team Leader. She is our main "traffic controller," ensuring that you get through your appointment on time.

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? Craigslist, I think.
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Dr. Nathanson. Why? Because it was always a dream of mine to be a dentist.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Accommodating. Comfortable. High-tech.
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? The co-workers.
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I used to play Rugby and I have three children.
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? Tooth regeneration!! Maybe we could grow our own teeth! I hope there will be more scientific study and advances for tooth regeneration.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? I hire dental assistants.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant. People get scared of gigantic things.

Sabrina is our Ortho Team Leader. She helps coordinate all of our Invisalign and Healthy Start cases.

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? Somebody I used to work with who worked here.
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Hygiene. Why’s that? Because I’ve always wanted to be one. It was the reason I got into being a dental assistant.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? These questions are hard!!! Oh my gosh. I need a thesaurus! [laughing] Patient Centric Environment.
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? The patients, and being able to interact with them every day.
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I love unicorns!! Just kidding. I love all kinds of music and going to concerts.
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? Wouldn’t be so insurance driven and insurance will know the importance of what needs to be done. Maybe more will get covered?
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? People tell me things, like a counselor.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant!

Katie is our newest certified expanded functions dental assistant and was voted May's Team Player of the Month for her willingness to lend a helping hand whenever necessary!

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? Since December 2016
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? I don’t know…[laughing]…um…A day in the Dental Environment. Highlighting all the crazy stuff we have to do!
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? Good working environment, team, and patient oriented.
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? To be able to advance in opportunities for what my license allows. Like what? Become a CDA, maybe even a hygienist.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? DA & EFDA. What does that mean? Dental Assisting and Expanded Functions Dental Assisting.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? “Live each day to the fullest.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Not here.
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? The interaction with patients.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? I’m very outgoing, so I love getting to know who somebody really is.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Flying Cars – I hate traffic and people driving!

Get to Know our Administrative Staff!

May 22nd, 2017

May 22, 2017

Our administrative staff are the first faces you see when you walk in and the last ones you see on your way home. They help support the clinical staff scheduling appointments, submitting your to you insurance, and helping ensure you have the best visit possible while you're here. To help you get to know everyone, each of our staff have gone through an interview with Cerissa, our marketing coordinator. They were given two sets of questions to choose between. Below are the transcripts from those interviews (questions then answers in bold). Click here to learn more about our team.

Vicki is our admin team leader. She heads up all the scheduling and payment processing.

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? When the job opportunity arose
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Now don’t hold me to this, but ortho with Sabrina because I love orthodontics. I love what it provides for patients making them have improved self esteem with their smile and appearance.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Unique, positive, and authentic.
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? The opportunity to be customer centric. I love to help people.
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I can drive a tractor!
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? [For our company] that we continue to grow and expand, we exceed our revenue goals, and always provide personalized treatment.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? I help the doctor interview.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? A giant hamster. It just seems like fun! It’d be funny!

Cerissa is our marketing team leader. Her job ranges from advertising outside of the office (on TV, radio, and at events to name a few) to coordinating your experience while you're visiting us.

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? Since February 2017
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Light hearted and fun office that goes above and beyond for their patients. Full of patient stories!
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? Working with a team that’s all on the same page.
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? Being able to expand and offer all dental specialties.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? I am the Marketing Coordinator.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? “Reach for the moon because even if you miss you will land among the stars.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Not yet! I haven’t been here long enough, give it time!
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Getting to be creative and organized, and being able to really see the results of the efforts I put in.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? Be honest, be fair, and be respectful to yourself, to others, and to the things around you.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Robot housekeepers! I have a dog, two cats, and a toddler – my house is always a mess! Maybe it could clean my car, too!!!

Our insurance and treatment coordinator is Stephanie. She actually enjoys dealing with insurance claims and "going to bat" for you to get the best coverage possible!

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? Through a help wanted ad
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Nobody’s! Why? Because everyone is good at their own thing. I wouldn’t want to do anybody else’s job.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Fun, rewarding, happy. It’s a happy place!
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? The staff
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. [Thinking…] I have no idea; I’m such an open book! What about when you were a kid? I used to play basketball.
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? That patients become more educated and take their dental health more seriously.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? That’s a tough one, too! I fight for their insurance benefits. I follow up with the insurance companies and do everything I can to get their procedures covered.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant!!! Who would want to be a giant hamster? That’s just weird!

Nancy is our concierge and sleep coordinator. Beyond chatting up the patients while they're waiting for their service, she helps Dr. Nathanson coordinate care for patients needing sleep apnea solutions.

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? A year and a half
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Fairytales. Why fairytales? Because of the Tooth Fairy!
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? Warm atmosphere and how employees get along [with each other].
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? Continued growth and success for everyone.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? Sleep Coordinator and concierge.
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? “Life is what it is.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? No…let’s come back to this one. I don’t embarrass easily!
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Meeting new people.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? Make the most of every day like it’s our last.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Moon cities!

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May 8th, 2017

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