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Dr. Burg’s First Blog

My paternal grandfather, Milton Burg, aka: Mickey was a prominent dentist in Perth Amboy, NJ from the 1930's through the 1970's. He was a character -- a great magic trickster, imitator, funny- face-maker, and very quippy. He'd say to me in his booming voice, "Eddie, it's raining cats and dogs. Don't step on the poodles". [...]

What is An Abscess

An abscess is a collection of pus that has formed in a pocket to prevent the spread of infection. Many people at one point in their lives will experience a dental abscess, which is when the gums have an infection either in the gum itself or in the tooth. There are some symptoms that occur [...]

Sensitivity

One of the most common dental problems faced is sensitivity. Most people suffering from this common issue never consult their dental care provider, because they believe it is something that they have to live with, but that is not the case. Dental sensitivity, to hot, cold, sweet, or sour liquids and foods can be caused [...]

The Importance of Flouride

Every six months as part of your child’s regular visit to the dentist, the hygienist will most likely recommend that your child receives a professional fluoride treatment. Most people believe that their children receive enough fluoride in their drinking water, and toothpaste. That is not always the case, especially because some children are not as [...]

Dental Implants

What are dental implants and are they worth it? Dental implants are titanium screws, comparable to the roots of a tooth, used to secure and dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. Dental implants are the most successful procedures done to date. The five year success rate for a lower jaw implant is approximately [...]

The Dangers Of Smokeless Tobacco

Early in the 1920’s chewing tobacco was made popular by Major League Baseball, but wavered when the “spitball” was banned. The trend has picked up steam in the last thirty years, when anti-smoking became very common; some people believe that smokeless tobacco is not as harmful. In fact, it holds many of the same risks, [...]

Another Reason To Drink Red Wine

The idea of red wine being good for your health is not a new idea but you may have not heard about the positive effects 3-4 ounces of red wine does for not just your cardiovascular health, but also your oral health. The reason being red wine contains two key ingredients, one an antioxidant known [...]

The Dangers Of Oral Piercing

Many young men and women have begun getting a piercing in or around the mouth, and the dangers of an oral piercing are not limited to tongue rings, this includes: cheek, lip (upper and lower ; known as snake bites or a Monroe or Medusa), lower franum (webbing), Superior franum (smiley), the tongue and labret.  [...]

Mouth Guards

              What is a sports mouth guard and what is the importance?  A mouth guard is a piece of plastic placed in your mouth to protect your teeth from injury during athletic activity.  There are three different types of mouth guards; stock, boil and bite, and one that is made by your dentist.                          [...]

Medical Reasons For Braces

Medical Reasons For Braces             A common misconception for braces is that they are purely cosmetic.  This very untrue, in fact there are many different health reasons for orthodontics.  The primary function of braces is to move teeth to the best possible alignment, or in dental terms, occlusion.  An off bite, can lead to many [...]