Oral Hygiene – Maintaining Dental Health
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
The mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases — those that affect the entire body such as diabetes, AIDS and Sjogren’s syndrome – may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
I started my practice in Manhattan, on Central Park South, in 1981. My colleagues and I had friends; they said, "Come out to Staten Island, we need a new high-tech periodontist." Back then there were old time periodontists that would clean and scrape teeth and that didn't do surgical therapy. just cleaning and scraping away gum tissue over and over again. We started doing bone grafts and gum grafts to restore teeth to the way they were. We use grafts from the palate of the patient and synthetic and cadaver gum grafts. We also use freeze-dried bones from human cadavers.