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May 9th, 2018

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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!

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!

Toothpaste Guide

May 9th, 2017

May 9, 2017

There are so many brands and types of toothpaste on the market today. With various flavors and claims to do different things, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the choices in the toothpaste aisle. We put together a few key items to consider the next time you’re staring at a wall of toothpaste boxes.

Toothpaste comes in gel, paste, and powdered forms. When it comes to the type of toothpaste, the choice is more a matter of preference.

Basic Ingredients

  • Abrasive Agents – Abrasive agents are the scratchy substances added to toothpastes to help in the removal of food particles, bacteria, and minor stains. Calcium carbonate is one of many abrasive materials, and arguably the most common.
  • Flavor – When toothpastes are flavored, they almost always have artificial sweeteners to enhance the flavor of the toothpaste and increase the likelihood that you’ll use it. Flavors run the gamut from traditional mint to cinnamon that may appeal to adults, and bubble gum or lemon lime – flavors to target children.
  • Humectants – Humectants are moisturizing agents that keep paste and gel toothpastes from drying out. Glycerol is commonly used as a humectant.
  • Thickeners – Thickeners are used to give toothpaste its distinctive consistency, and to make it maintain a uniform consistency and come out of the tube easily.
  • Detergents – Sodium lauryl sulfate is the most common detergent used in products that foam up, like toothpaste does in your mouth.

What to Look For in Toothpaste


Fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, is the most important ingredient to look for in a toothpaste. Although there are people who argue against using fluoride toothpaste, dental professionals like Dr. Joel Nathanson emphasize that the incidence of tooth decay has decreased so significantly in the past 50 years is because of fluoridated toothpaste.

The suggestion that fluoridated water gives you enough fluoride to protect your teeth is wrong. Fluoride toothpaste is the best cavity protection there is. In addition to strengthening tooth enamel and protecting teeth from acid erosion (from acidic foods and drinks,) it remineralizes the surfaces of teeth that are suffering from early acid damage and may prevent developing tooth decay from worsening.

Tartar Control

Tartar is the result of hardened plaque buildup on the teeth. Good oral hygiene and regular cleanings from a dental hygienist are the best defense against plaque buildup. Plaque turns to tartar when people neglect their oral hygiene. Over time, tartar can build up on teeth and under the gums, increasing the risk of gum disease.

Your best bet is to use a toothpaste that has a combination of anti-plaque agents. Products containing more than one plaque reducer may be more effective than products that only one. Common ingredients to look for are zinc citrate or pyrophosphates. Triclosan is an antibiotic that is believed to kill bacteria in the mouth, and it can be found in some anti-plaque toothpaste.

Look for toothpaste that bears the seal of the American Dental Association. That seal is an endorsement of the ADA – and it means that many dentists agree that that particular toothpaste does what toothpaste is designed to do. We can also recommend toothpaste to meet your specific oral health concerns at your next visit to our Hunt Valley, MD office.

Welcome to Our Blog

May 8th, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for Dr. Joel Nathanson and our staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

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