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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.

Brushing and Flossing "Excuse Busters" to the Rescue

Sarah Bernhardt

Reprinted from the American Academy of Periodontology website.

The American Academy of Periodontology challenges the public to quit making excuses for not brushing and flossing by offering the following "excuse busters." A good athome oral hygiene routine will help ensure a beautiful smile, prevent periodontal disease - a major cause of tooth loss in adults, and guarantee a lifetime of smiles.

1. My hands are too big and I have no dexterity. If dexterity problems are the excuse, a power floss holder or automatic tooth brush may solve this problem.

2. Floss pushes food further into the pocket. Not only does floss loosen food in between teeth, but its primary function is to remove the invisible film of bacteria that constantly forms between teeth. Floss cleans about 30 percent of the tooth's surfaces in places that the toothbrush cannot always reach.

3. When I floss, my gums bleed. Floss does not cause your gums to bleed, but not flossing daily could. That's because flossing may help prevent gingivitis, the mildest form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis causes the gums to redden, swell and bleed easily. Gingivitis is often caused by inadequate oral hygiene and can be reversible with professional treatment and good oral home care.

4. My teeth are cleaned professionally twice a year, so I don't have to brush and floss. It's important to get your teeth cleaned and examined twice a year, but a daily at-home oral hygiene routine is equally as important. When plaque is not removed daily, it can turn into a hard substance called calculus/tartar in less than two days. Daily cleaning helps minimize calculus formation.

5. It takes too long. Thorough brushing and flossing takes less time than shaving or applying make-up.

6. Brushing and flossing gets in the way of family time. Actually not brushing and flossing can take away from family time. Research suggests that periodontal diseases can pass through saliva, common contact of saliva through family time such as kissing may put your loved ones at an increased risk for contracting periodontal diseases, and more trips to the dentist.

7. Losing teeth is part of aging anyway, so brushing and flossing won't help. The image of grandparents' teeth in a glass is an image of yesteryear. More people are keeping their natural teeth longer with brushing and flossing.

8. My teeth are too tight for the floss. If you have tight spaces between your teeth, polymer floss that's ADA approved may slide in between your teeth easily.

9. I damage my gums when I floss. If the correct technique is being used, gums will not be damaged. Read below for the correct way to brush and floss. Or, if you prefer, ask your dental care provider for a refresher in oral hygiene technique.

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