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Dental History



I’m almost positive that you’re going to learn something today. I was flipping through The Atlantic’s website when I came across this article from March 2017. It’s an interview with Mary Otto, the author of “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health In America” and she has a lot of really good information to share.

For example, do you know why dentists aren’t doctors? I do. And so does Mary. She also makes some really good points, like why is it that dentists aren’t treated as medical specialists? I mean, you’d not go to some guy in an unaffiliated office where your records couldn’t or wouldn’t be shared if your liver was going sideways. You’d go to a hepatologist. Your mouth influences the rest of your body as much as your liver does. I’m pretty sure we’ve blogged about that before.

Something that most people won’t tell you is that the first dental college in the US was started by two self-taught dentists, back in an age when you could teach yourself dentistry and no one would call the police. They initially wanted to open a department at the University of Maryland in Baltimore back in the 1840s. When the physicians ran them out on a rail, they threw their hands up and said, “Fine, then. We’ll start our own dental school!”
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Dental Fear | General Dentistry



Have you ever walked into a place and immediately knew you should get. out. now? Although it’s not common, there are still some dentists out there that are best to be sidestepped whenever possible. It’s not just about the drilling and the filling, it’s the general attitude and atmosphere. After all, you deserve a good dental experience, not one that’s going to leave you wondering if the receptionist hates your guts or if the hygienist was really all that hygienic.

I found this article that includes a lot of good tips to help you figure out if that nagging feeling is just dental anxiety or if there’s really something to your concern about a new dentist. Sometimes it’s not just you, it’s the facility. Just like in any profession, there are going to be a few dentists you’re best to avoid. I have more on this on the blog today.

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Sleep Apnea | Wellness



Do you snore, toss and turn all night or wake up several times a night? An estimated 18 to 20 million American adults had the same problems before they were diagnosed with sleep apnea by a sleep specialist. The primary treatment for this condition is continuous positive air pressure therapy (you know, getting a CPAP machine), but this therapy can be hard to get just right.

A lot of people don’t know it, but I can help with your sleep apnea, too! A lot of CPAP patients with mild to moderate apnea find that they can’t really tolerate the machine, so they come to visit their friendly neighborhood dentist for help. We don’t do CPAP, but we have something just as good that can reduce or eliminate your need for sleeping in a space mask every night…
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Brushing | Flossing | Oral Health



I’m often asked about the different high tech tools that are out there. “Hey, Doc, what’s up with the water flosser? Can I do that and stop brushing?” or “Can I avoid cleanings if I get an electric toothbrush?” Everybody wants to simplify their lives, you know. The fewer tools, the fewer steps to good dental hygiene, the better. It’s natural and it makes perfect sense, so don’t take this as me putting anyone down.

When I was out cruising the ‘net the other day, I came across this piece on Bellatory, by a fellow oral hygiene fanatic. He did a great job of breaking down the basics of these tools and how they work, as well as which tools they can displace from your bathroom shelf.

You may be surprised at what you learn.

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Cosmetic Dentistry



You probably know that part of what we do in my office is considered “cosmetic dentistry.” This means that we basically work really hard to make sure you have the best smile anywhere, but there’s a lot going on behind the scenes that we don’t always show off. That’s why when I saw this great description of cosmetic dentistry, I thought you’d get some mileage out of it.

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Children | Oral Health



Just like starting Kindergarten, sprouting body hair and learning to drive, growing new teeth represents major milestones for your kids! We take care of a lot of children of various ages in the office and parents often ask if we think their teeth are growing in at a normal rate. When I came across this really informative page put together by the American Dental Association, I was thrilled. Now all of you worried parents can be assured that your child is developing normally.
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Brushing | Toothpaste



Unless you’ve been camping under a rock somewhere, you’ll recognize the word “fluoride,” and probably have some kind of opinion on the subject of fluorination. As a dentist, I am, of course, in huge favor of fluorination for public water supplies. That’s my bias right there. Even though I’m inclined to support fluorination for all, I also think it’s important to continue to study the effects of this mineral over the long run. New evidence, maybe a new opinion?

Anyway, I was thinking about fluoride the other day, so I went looking for some information I could share with you all on the subject. There’s a lot to learn about the magical stuff that we dentists love for its ability to prevent tooth decay.

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Dental History



Like all sorts of licensed professionals, being a dentist comes with a set (or series!) of letters tailing the doctor’s name. Every dentist has them, but have you ever wondered what they actually mean? And is there a difference between a DDS and a DMD? Should you be changing dentists to get a better experience?

So many questions! That’s why we’re addressing dental initials today on the blog.

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Brushing | Oral Health | Toothpaste



You know, as a dentist, I spend a lot of time trying to convince people that they need to brush more often and do a better job when they do. Inevitably, I hear all sorts of excuses, from lack of time to sensitive teeth and — not surprisingly — that patients don’t like the flavor of toothpaste.

I admit that basic mint toothpaste can taste pretty awful, depending on the brand, but with online shopping, you have options. So many options. For example, you could start brushing with cupcake flavored toothpaste or even chocolate. You might as well brush with cake frosting!

THIS IS GAME CHANGING STUFF, PEOPLE!

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Brushing | Oral Health | Toothpaste



We talk about a lot of heavy stuff on Facebook and the blog, so today I thought I’d find something a little more down to earth and maybe even useful for you guys. As it turns out, toothpaste is kind of a miracle cure for everything from scrubbing the face of diamonds to sticking posters on the wall (I did not know that was possible!).

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What our patients are saying...


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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