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Reprinted from New Jersey Top Dentists Magazine

Local Periodontist To Display Drawings and Paintings at Morristown Medical Center

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Dr. David Goteiner, a Chester-based periodontist and artist, will display selected drawings and paintings at a solo art exhibit from Aug. 4 through Sept. 14 at Morristown Medical Center. The exhibit is the latest in a series sponsored by the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Goteiner has selected 34 pieces that will be displayed in the main corridor of the Medical Center (Madison 1). Part of the proceeds of the art show will go to the Woman’s Association of Morristown Medical Center.

Two of the pieces are Rendevous and Venezia. Rendevous is a painting of a Norwegian three-masted training schooner plying the North Sea on its way to a meeting with mythical creatures. Venezia is a study in light and shadows on Ria de la Vesta, Canal of the Tailors. It portrays a typical scene from Venice that disappears just as it captures your heart.

Born in Mannheim, Germany, Goteiner came to this country as a baby and developed a love for the arts at an early age. In 1982, he met highly regarded painter Anatoly Ivanov, then a recent immigrant from Russia. From then on, he has pursued his passion to paint and has continued to study with Ivanov.

Not all of Goteiner’s art is on a canvas. He is a practicing periodontist who sees patients in Chester. He received his dental and specialty training at Columbia and Harvard universities. His work restoring teeth and gums is, itself, a form of artistry. He also teaches at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark. He lives in Sunset Lake with his wife, Carrie.

More information about Goteiner’s periodontal practice and samples of his artwork can be found at www.artofperio.com or by calling (908) 879-7709.

Maintaining and Protecting Your Oral Hygiene Equipment

Never Ending Story

Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.

Do you know what car oil and toothbrushes have in common? Both are designed to clean away dirt and contaminants, should be replaced every three months or sooner, and both become ineffective when deterioration sets in. You know when it's time to change your car oil, but do you know when it's time to replace your toothbrush?

Look at the toothbrush. Are the bristles bent or frayed? When was it last replaced? The American Dental Association (ADA) says that toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or sooner. When bristles become worn-out, they lose their effectiveness.

In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Dentistry, people were given new and artificially used toothbrushes (these brushes were worn down by a machine to simulate three months of use). The new toothbrushes removed significantly more plaque and gingivitis - the earliest stage of gum disease, than the worn brushes.

In addition to the wear and tear your toothbrush goes through everyday; overtime it also can become contaminated with bacteria, blood, saliva and toothpaste. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unaware of any adverse health effects directly related to toothbrush use, a recommendation is to rinse the toothbrush thoroughly with water following brushing and to tap off excess water. You may also want to consider the following to protect your toothbrush from bacteria.


  • Wash your hands before and after brushing.

  • Allow the brush to air-dry after each use. The bacteria most harmful will die when exposed to oxygen.

  • Store the toothbrush in an upright position, so water drains from it and it dries faster.

  • Replace it every 3-4 months or sooner if the bristles appear worn or you've had a cold or flu to prevent possible reinfection.

  • Clean the cover or container often to kill potentially harmful bacteria that could cause periodontal diseases, a serious bacterial infection that destroys the attachment fibers and supporting bone that holds teeth in the mouth.

Do not:

  • Share your toothbrush. According to the CDC, the exchange of body fluids from sharing toothbrushes could increase the risk for infections.

  • Re-use or share the same disinfecting solutions or mouthwashes to disinfect your toothbrushes. This may lead to cross-contamination.

  • Routinely cover toothbrushes or store in closed containers. This creates a humid environment that is more susceptible to bacterial growth.

  • Use a community toothbrush holder. If you must, clean it often, and make sure the bristles do not touch one another.

  • Touch the toothpaste tube to your toothbrush.

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