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Have you ever wondered how you can trust your dentist and their staff? Or perhaps you’ve considered a change of careers and pondered the dental field — or you’ve got a teenager to encourage who wants to become a dentist. Often overlooked and undervalued, those in the dental field have as much — and sometimes more — education behind their profession as those in the general health fields. Whether you’re curious what kind of training your dental hygienist has received or what it takes to become an oral surgeon, look no further. 

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants often act as an extra set of hands around the office. You might encounter a dental assistant cleaning and sterilizing tools, taking X-rays, explaining post-treatment instructions or performing  other duties that help dentists and hygienists more smoothly transition from patient to patient. 

 

The education and licensing requirements for dental assistants vary by state. In New Jersey, dental assistants without any formal education are limited in their duties — they may not be allowed to perform more advanced tasks and might only be doing behind-the-scenes prep work around the office.

 

Registered dental assistants in New Jersey have at least a high school diploma and are accredited through a state-issued exam. Registered dental assistants also must have completed either an apprenticeship or a certified training program. Assistants who take X-rays must have completed a course and passed an additional exam. Continuing education is required every two years.

Oral Hygienist

Oral hygienists can perform all the duties of an assistant, but they are also trusted to work one-on-one with patients. Oral or dental hygienists may perform cleanings, do routine exams, prep and administer anesthesia before a treatment and even apply decay-preventing treatments. 

 

Licensure and education requirements are left up to each individual state. In New Jersey, dental hygienists have at least an associate’s degree, though some hold bachelor’s degrees in the field. All oral hygienists in New Jersey must complete both a written and a practical exam. If administering anesthesia, they must have additional education and take another written exam. Dental hygienists are required by the state to complete at least 20 continuing education credits every two years to maintain their license, with an additional four hours in anesthesiology education to maintain that certification.

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Brushing | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | General Dentistry | Oral Health



Toothbrushes seem to be simple objects at first glance: bristles on a stick. Modern advances in technology that make brushing your teeth easier and more effective elaborate on the idea, adding mechanical and electronic components to aid in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. As ubiquitous as toothbrushes are, though, they didn’t always look the way they do now. Throughout history, oral care implements have taken different forms — some of which seem downright outrageous by today’s standards. 

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Dental History | Teeth | Wellness



For as long as humans have existed, we’ve been putting things in our mouths in pursuit of food, medicine or enjoyment. While the first commercially sold chewing gum is credited to John Curtis in 1840, it’s likely that chewing gum has existed in some form or another for as long as people have roamed the earth. Nearly every ancient civilization has a version of gum made from tree resin or tar. 

 

And while chewed-up gum is often thought to be of little value to anyone, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have used someone’s old chewed-up, dried-out “gum” to unlock clues about our ancestors. 

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Dental Benefits | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | Oral Health | Teeth | Wellness



There’s an obscure, fun holiday for nearly every occasion, and celebrating your favorite dental professionals is no exception. Two holidays that give you an excuse to say “thank you” to the people behind your stellar smile exist in the month of March: National Dentist’s Day and Dental Assistants Recognition Week.

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Dental Forensics | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | General Dentistry | Oral Health



It’s hard to imagine that human teeth have changed throughout history, but they have. Some of our earliest human ancestors — the people who were people before the Homo sapiens existed — dating back seven million years had remarkably different dentition than we do today. While some early hominids, such as Australopithecus afarensis, had the same number of teeth as we do, they were spaced differently due to differences in the size and shape of the jawbone.

Despite these differences in structure, it was thought that early humans didn’t consume nearly as much hard, woody plant matter (like seeds, nuts and shells) as they could have. But new research points to quite the opposite — that tougher plant matter made up a large portion of early human diets without causing painful or undue wear and tear on the earliest hominids’ teeth. 

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High school students everywhere know that teeth can tell them things about the diet of the creatures that used them. Pointy teeth like canines might be for tearing meat, where flat, crushing teeth like molars are useful for grinding up fibrous plant materials. As it turns out, there’s even more that fossilized teeth can tell us about our distant past and our path to today’s mouth. (more…)


Dental Fear | Dental History | Dental Hygiene | Oral Health | Teeth | Wellness



It’s a well-known thing that bacteria cause plaque on teeth, but what you might not realize is that something as common as teeth can also sometimes harbor microorganisms that have caused some of the worst plagues humanity has faced. Bubonic plague (not the same as plaque!) for example, has popped up many times even within the somewhat limited span of written history, generally with devastating ends.
They didn’t call it the Black Plague because it was a good time and made you look fabulous. Oh no, bubonic plague was disfiguring and, worse, highly contagious. Humans haven’t seen a massive outbreak like those of the Dark Ages recently, but that doesn’t mean plague is a thing of the past. It actually continues to persist globally!
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Dental History | Dental Hygiene | Dental Implants | Oral Appliances | Teeth



It seems like every day there’s a new celebrity sporting a diamond in their teeth or a decorative gold grill. While it might seem like a new fad amongst the high-fashion elite or those searching for Instagram stardom, cosmetic dental adornments are anything but. In fact, enhancing teeth with precious gems, metals and more has a long history — and one we’d be wise to learn from when it comes to the risks and downsides of having a blinged-out smile. (more…)


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How you look as you age is determined by a number of factors largely out of your control — genetics, environmental exposure to hazards and toxins and underlying health issues, to name a few. Along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there are a few things you can do to ensure you age like a fine wine, rather than an organic banana relegated to the bottom drawer of the fridge. One of those things is making sure your teeth and gums are well taken care of. 
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in ancient Egypt? This oft-romanticized time had some not-so-beautiful features, including its dental work. Still, the fact that ancient Egyptians were making great strides in learning to take care of teeth is nothing short of astounding. It was a time with no pain-free dentistry– never mind cosmetic procedures that give you a beautiful smile like Invisalign or teeth whitening. Practitioners had a rudimentary understanding of anatomy and used some downright painful practices. One thing was the same, however. Then, as now, you’d have to be proactive about your dental health — except now it’s much easier to schedule a regular dental appointment! 
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Bruno Bissetta
Bruno Bissetta
17:37 18 Feb 20
Work was performed very well and in a timely fasahion.
Margaret Palus
Margaret Palus
16:54 24 Jan 20
No words to truly describe Dr. Krieger He is a very knowledgeable and caring dentist who listens to his patients and treats them with respect. He is a true professional and an Excellent dentist. I have been going to him for years and have never had a complaint. His staff are all friendly and patient oriented Do your teeth and yourself a favor and book an appointment with him!!read more
Sherwin Maali
Sherwin Maali
22:17 15 Jan 20
I had a root canal done TODAY, and I can’t tell you how happy I came here. Everything was explained to me from start to finish with very little pain.
Mark Sinclair
Mark Sinclair
17:36 11 Dec 19
I was in the office yesterday for a root canal and wisdom tooth extraction. Dr Krieger explained the entire process from beginning to end and had me finished in 2 hours. He along with Kathy, made sure I was not feeling pain or discomfort throughout the visit. I cannot say enough good things about Dr Krieger and his talented staff. They are awesome!read more
Tina Hines
Tina Hines
22:34 16 Oct 19
EVERYONE IN THE OFFICE IS FABULOUS!!!! LOVE THEM!!
Carlos Salcedo
Carlos Salcedo
03:28 26 Sep 19
Great service. Very friendly staff. Clean office. Highly recommended.
Josianne Hunter
Josianne Hunter
13:18 29 Aug 19
We are new patients this year of Matthew Krieger's office and it's the best experience we have ever had. The staff is so nice and welcoming and great with kids. My son has chipped his tooth twice this year and they were able to fix it both times. You can't even tell the difference. Wonderful experience!read more
Marilyn
Marilyn
21:20 15 Aug 19
What a great experience.... coming from me, who has a fear of dentists! Dr. Kreiger was fabulous. He is kind, gentle and understanding. He made me completly relaxed and explained everything he was going to do and as he was doing it. His staff is just as friendly and helpful! I wish i found him 2 years ago. I would highly recommend anyone go see him for any problem!!!read more
Barbara Dardia
Barbara Dardia
13:21 18 Jun 19
After my dental insurance changed, it took me 4 years and 4 dentists to find Dr. Krieger's office. I have found my dental home! Jen, the hygienist, is excellent, knowing how to manipulate her instruments thoroughly and efficiently without inflicting any pain. The office is modern and all staff are pleasant and efficient. I saw Dr. Hur on my first visit and she alerted me to potential problems, but did not push and just recommended monitoring. Five stars!read more
Cindy Shinn
Cindy Shinn
22:57 19 Feb 19
I needed a crown to replace a broken silver filling. I went to Dr Krieger's office for this service and I have never been to a better dental office. First thing I would like to say is that they are honest. Before I came to Dr Krieger, I went to another dental office who told me I needed 2 crowns, one for the broken filling and one for the silver filling on the other tooth right next to it. When Dr Krieger took my xray he said I absolutely needed a crown on the broken filling but just a new filling on the tooth next to it. The other place tried to rip me off big time but this place did not at all and that I am very pleased with. Dr Krieger is a pleasant guy to deal with and does excellent work. Secondly, this place has all the modern, top of the line equipment, they made my crown right then and there, it was so convenient! And last but def not least, his office staff is amazing! The girls there are so welcoming and nice, plus you can tell they know their stuff and they are very knowledgeable and great at what they do! I personally dealt with Sharon, Cathy, and Jen- awesome girls .. thank you all so much for taking such excellent care of me :) happy to be a patient here!read more
Christopher Sakowski
Christopher Sakowski
23:25 23 Jan 19
Friendly staff and a beautiful office!
danielle linteris
danielle linteris
12:14 18 Sep 18
Wonderful experience. The staff is welcoming professional and friendly. Dr Krierger was descriptive and efficient during the procedures with little pain compared to other dental visits. Great dentist and they are not trying to overcharge you for anything other than you need. I get honesty and integrity from this office!read more
Deborah Lawyer
Deborah Lawyer
18:47 19 Jul 18
Dr. Krieger's office staff is very professional, pleasant to deal with and always trying to accommodate when scheduling appointments. I've never had any issues after cleanings or with any other work done. I would recommend Dr. Krieger to anyone looking for a trusty worthy, reliable and excellent dentist!read more
Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson
12:12 13 Jul 18
I have been going to Dr. Krieger's practice since 2008, when I first saw him for a root canal treatment. Not only was the treatment pain-free, but he was also able to do it through a crown, saving me the expense of replacing it! Since then, I have been going there for all my routine cleanings, as well as any procedures that have been necessary. All of the hygienists and assistants are great! Very professional and personable too. After 10 years, I finally needed a root canal treatment on another tooth. This time it was performed by Dr. Hur. As with Dr. Krieger, I felt like I was in the hands (literally) of not just a top-notch dentist, but an artist as well. I did need to have the crown replaced this time, but the new one was formed and fitted on the spot using their CAD and 3-D printing technology. It fits perfectly! I can't say enough good things about Dr. Krieger, Dr. Hur and all their wonderful staff!read more
Don O'Hagan
Don O'Hagan
13:36 19 Jun 18
John Wooden once told me: You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. That's the way I felt about my root canal (multiple) work yesterday featuring the talents of Dr K!
Gina Amesbury
Gina Amesbury
03:41 22 Feb 18
Love it here! Everyone is so friendly and down to earth .
Gary Goodmark
Gary Goodmark
14:44 16 Feb 18
The office staff are the real stats of the office. They run the show in a professional, caring, and highly efficient manner. They are warm and make you feel at home. It was also great meeting the newest member, Daniel. Dr. Goodmark, D.C.
Eileen Heuer
Eileen Heuer
20:28 31 Jan 18
The staff is friendly and professional. Everyone is knowledgeable and put me at ease. All my questions were answered without issue. Scheduling was easy! Highly recommend Drs. Krieger and Hur!
colt jodoin
colt jodoin
19:35 04 Jan 18
The staff at MKDMD is the best of the best. I cracked my tooth the day after Christmas and they were able to squeeze me in as an emergency to make me comfortable temporarily as I was leaving for a trip. This morning they completed the treatment in spite of the snow storm. My tooth is all put back together and I look forward to going back for a cleaning.read more
Joan Sattler
Joan Sattler
01:27 18 Oct 17
Dr Krieger and his staff are always very informative regarding dental procedures. This emergency visit really showed how gentle, caring and talented he and his amazing staff are. Their facility is state of the art.
Joseph Frodella
Joseph Frodella
19:45 06 Jul 17
A great Experience at Dr Krieger along with his great staff.
Kathryn DiPeri
Kathryn DiPeri
00:23 01 Jul 17
I had broke my front tooth haneously years ago and Dr Krieger fixed it to perfection back then. This past weekend I bit down on Saturday re-fracturing off a piece of the prosthetic tooth. I was devestated. There was no pain bc the nerve was gone from prior root canal so that was good at least. I work 12 hour shifts and was on all weekend. I left a message at the office Saturday night explaining what had happened and stating "I'd appreciate if they could squeeze me in just for consultation Monday as it was my only day off." I got a text response from one of the office staff on SUNDAY asking if I could come in Monday at 11am!!! PERFECT. It wasn't only a consult. In less than an hour, Dr. Krieger and Lauren assisted in replacing the broken tooth for a shiny new one at a HUGE discount and i even opted to get some whitening done in the mean time while the mold of new tooth (which was kept on record) was formed with their state of the art technology! I couldn't have been happier with the service or outcome of my beautiful smile. I always get compliments on my smile and teeth and no one believes the front one is fake!!! This Office is accommodating and asthetically the best. Thank you so much Doc, Lauren and the rest of the team!read more
Kruno Kunkera
Kruno Kunkera
13:57 27 Jun 17
good as always. Very reliable and courteous. My teeth are in good hands.
Kate R
Kate R
15:29 22 Jun 16
My experience with Dr. Krieger and his whole team was GREAT. No pain even though all my teeth had to be pulled.And my replacement looks SWEET! Not afraid to smile anymore . They are all very professional and do everything they can to make you feel comfortable. And if you have any questions they are happy to answer them.I LOVE THEM ALLread more
Mary P
Mary P
02:09 24 May 16
They are friendly , professional, and always do a great job. They make accommodations for me and my family whenever they can. I've NEVER had a bad experience and I can't imagine going anywhere else!
Jason S
Jason S
15:55 19 Feb 16
What a great experience! The office was clean and organized and everyone was extremely friendly. I had a broken tooth and was taken care of by Dr. Hur. She was very caring and she and Lenia worked together like a well oiled machine. One of the best parts (besides the dental chair that had heat and massage built in!) is that I went in with a broken tooth and left with a finished crown! It's unbelievable to have had it completed in one visit. At other practices I've been to, it would have been at least 2 visits. Super awesome technology!read more
Julie D
Julie D
00:10 03 Dec 15
I have been to some pretty horrible dentists in my life. Dr. Hur has been helping me to get back on track with a lot of the dental work I need. She is as gentle as can be and makes you feel relaxed and at ease even if she is performing a root canal. The other staff members also make you feel right at home and really value your time. I would recommend this practice to anyone, but especially for people who have special dentistry needs as the technology and great attitude offered by this group makes your experience much more pleasant. read more
Samantha R
Samantha R
15:48 13 Oct 15
I have just completed my cosmetic case at the Franklin Lakes location. The staff there go above and beyond to make sure that you are set for your appointments, comfortable while waiting and check if you need anything while you there. I was traveling abroad for work and they made sure to i was set and comfortable with my case before i hopped on the plane for a week! I was so grateful for them since I was nervous about starting the case early but with Dr. Krieger and his staff everything was smooth sailing. Thanks to Dr. Krieger and his wonderful team!!read more
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