It’s Time For Back-To-School Dental Check-Ups!

back to schoolDID YOU KNOW THAT TOOTH DECAY is the most common chronic disease in children? An estimated 42 percent of children between ages two and 11 get tooth decay in their baby teeth, and it doesn’t stop there, with 59 percent of kids between 12 and 19 getting at least one cavity.


As alarming as these statistics are, childhood tooth decay can be prevented with good oral health habits and regular dental appointments.


Why Schedule A Back-To-School Dental Appointment?

When it comes to the health of your children’s teeth, an ounce of prevention is absolutely worth a pound of cure. If you wait until there’s an obvious problem, it’ll take more extensive (and expensive) treatment to fix. Teeth won’t start to hurt until decay has reached the dental pulp, so bring your children in for an appointment before it can get that far.


What To Expect At Our Office

Children have unique dental concerns. Putnam Dental Associates offers many treatments to address these concerns. A vital part of a comprehensive preventative plan, sealants protect the teeth from the bacteria that cause decay and help to prevent the need for expensive future treatments such as fillings and crowns.


Our team consists of the most knowledgeable and highly trained professionals in the dental field. In addition, the team caters to the needs of your child to ensure that he/she is comfortable, feels safe, and leaves with an experience that they will remember for a long while. Kids love coming here because they have fun, and they know that when they come through our doors, they are surrounded by people that really care about them.


What You Can Do For Your Child’s Teeth At Home

We believe in providing parents with the tools and education they need to teach their children about good oral health. Although routine dental exams and regular brushing and flossing are extremely important, good preventative measures also include eating a well-balanced healthy diet. Because your child’s teeth are extremely sensitive, they are more susceptible to developing enamel erosion and tooth decay if their diet is high in sugar.


If your child sucks his or her thumb or uses a pacifier, our dentists can also make recommendations for the best pacifiers on the market. We can also provide strategies and dental appliances for thumb sucking cessation to keep your child’s oral hygiene on track in between appointments.


The following video will show you a few tips to keep your child’s oral hygiene on track in between appointments:

We’ll See You Soon!


Make sure your kids start off their school year right: with healthy teeth and the confidence to share their smile with new friends and teachers. Call now to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental examination!

Wishing your kids a mouth-healthy year at school!



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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Looking Back On Our Summer Jobs

Summer jobs

WHETHER IT WAS DURING high school or college, whether the goal was to have spending money or to pay rent, most of us know the struggles and the joys of working a summer job. Because we are feeling nostalgic as summer draws to a close, we’ve collected summer job stories from members of our team!


Worst Summer Job Ever

Sometimes we find ourselves in summer jobs where the only good thing about them is that they only lasted a summer. Do any of our team’s stories sound familiar?


Dr. Ern

We bet you didn’t know that Dr. Ern was once a Good Humor Man!! However, business was fairly slow because Dr. Ern did not have a dedicated route, so to make ends meet he also filled in for others when they were out sick or on vacation. One day, he finally scored one of the most coveted routes – and it was a prime day – SATURDAY! Unfortunately for Dr. Ern, the route was in an Orthodox Jewish section of New York and because of the strict observances, the handling of money is prohibited on Saturdays. While he had many children who desperately wanted ice cream, they couldn’t purchase any!


Marie (Hygiene)

When Marie was 14, she was a camp counselor. While all of her friends were given older kids, Marie’s responsibility was to manage a large group of 5 year old girls. According to Marie, “the girls cried all day, had accidents in their pants and pulled at their bathing suits all the time”. While Marie’s friends were able to hang out together at the adult pool, and ride the adult rides on trips to the amusement park, Marie was stuck in the kiddie pool and when at the amusement park, was forced to ride all the kiddie rides.



I worked in a front desk job one summer, and in my third week all our computers were stolen.



I worked at a drive-in shake place, and I made shake after shake after shake until I was a splattered mess of Oreo, raspberry, chocolate, and banana from head to toe every day by close. This job cured me of any cravings for ice cream for a while. In the three weeks I worked there, it was enough for me to decide the fast food industry was not for me.


Check out this video from Jimmy Fallon to hear about some more bad summer jobs!

The Good Times

Just as there are bad summer jobs, there are also good ones. Maybe nothing particularly dramatic happened, but they still hold a fond place in our memories.


Sandy (Marketing Director)

I worked as a Mother’s Helper for many years. Not only did it enable me to have fun performing my job, I got to travel and save money for college. I worked for one particular family for most of this time and when I finally left for college, the mother wrote me the most beautiful letter telling me how blessed she felt that her children were able to be impacted by someone who was able to teach them valuable lessons and emulate how a person should act by setting such a good example. She thanked me from the bottom of her heart for being a part of their family. I still have that letter.



I worked at a music store. One of my best friends worked with me and I remember us sitting on the counters, having deep life discussions, and not getting much work done.



I worked at a booth that sold Dave’s Killer Bread at various Costco locations, and even though it was just a couple of weekends that summer and we didn’t have much time to get to know each other, everyone on that team worked so well together. We were the supervisor’s only team to get the booth completely sold out, which was pretty cool.


Wacky Hijinks

Whether the summer job itself is good or bad, it’s the funny stories and the crazy moments that stand out the most.


Dr. Cafarelli

At one point, Dr. Cafarelli worked in the restaurant business as a waiter, busboy and bartender. When he worked on City Island, customers were able to dine al fresco to enjoy the fresh air. One evening when Dr. Cafarelli was working a giant raccoon jumped on one of the tables and started eating the food and stuck his snout directly into the customer’s glass of wine and drank the entire glass!



I graded AP exams two summers in a row, and the first year, a crazy drunk guy chased me and two of my friends outside the convention center. The second year was better because we got to see an outdoor Twelfth Night production.



I spent a summer as a cook at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory when I was 16. Standing over a boiling cauldron of fudge and caramel all day wasn’t the best way to escape the summer heat, but at least I got free chocolate!


Now, It’s YOUR Turn!

What was YOUR most memorable summer job? Share your own experiences in the comments section below or send us a message on our Facebook page!

Thanks for being a part of our practice’s story!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

4 Ways Smiling Improves Our Health!

Smiling GirlWE ALL SMILE when we’re happy, but did you know that smiling is actually healthy?


WE’VE ALL HEARD the old cliché that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so you should smile to conserve energy! That’s actually false. It takes a minimum of ten muscles to smile but only a minimum of six to frown, so the expression should really be “smile to burn calories!” But smiling will do much more for your health than just giving your face a workout.

We are sure you know how important it is for us to ensure that our patients smile when they are in our office. Smiling is the universal symbol of happiness. We strive to make our patients happy, and their overall health and well-being is very important to us.


Here’s four ways smiling benefits our health.


#1: Reduces Pain

Smiling releases endorphins, which are our bodies’ feel-good hormones. They serve as natural painkillers with no side-effects. What’s particularly interesting about this is that it’s the smile itself that releases the endorphins, not the attitude behind it.

Our brains are so hard-wired to associate smiling with joy that even a fake smile will get you the chemical benefits. So whenever you get injured, it really is a good idea to grin and bear it!

Check out this video:

#2: Relieves Stress

Another thing the endorphins released by smiling do for you is help relieve stress. A study in 2012 tested how quickly subjects’ heart rates could go back to normal after performing a stressful task. One group was instructed to hold a pencil between their teeth (which forces a smile) and the other was instructed to hold the pencil between their lips (which forces a neutral expression). The subjects with the biggest smiles recovered the fastest.

This goes back to the way our brains react to smiles. We don’t just smile when we’re happy; smiling can actually make us happy, which means you really can “fake it till you make it” when it comes to smiling!

#3: Boosts Our Immune System

Relieving tension and stress by smiling can have a profound cumulative impact on your health. It can make you more resilient against illness and it can even reduce your chances of getting cancer by lowering the number of stress-induced mutations your cells go through.

#4: Increases Longevity

Smiling doesn’t just make you look younger and more attractive; it can also add years to your lifespan. Taking advantage of every opportunity to smile (and then some) could make you live up to seven years longer!

Let Those Smiles Shine!

As adults, we average a paltry 20 smiles per day, while children will light up with a smile 400 times in that same day! Imagine the health benefits we could rack up if we could start smiling like we did when we were kids? Some people keep their smiles to themselves because they aren’t happy with the way their teeth look, but we can help you get and keep a smile you’ll be proud to show off.


Our biggest reason to smile? Our patients!

What makes us happiest, and when our patients are happy! When you’re smiling, the whole world smiles at you!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

MANY OF US, even though we know that going to the dentist is a safe, normal, and important part of life, don’t find it particularly fun to lie flat on our backs while someone pokes around our teeth and gums. For some, though, the very thought of visiting the dentist fills them with anxiety, and it could even be a full-blown phobia. That’s why Putnam Dental prides itself on helping our patients overcome their dental anxieties and fears.

Dental Anxiety Stats

Fear of going to the dentist is fairly common, with an estimated nine to 15 percent of Americans completely avoiding visiting the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That means up to 40 million Americans are taking a serious gamble with their dental health. Putting off a basic twice-a-year cleaning out of fear leaves patients much more susceptible to tooth decay and painful infection. It’s always better to view dental care as preventative, not just reactive.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist

If you’re worried about going to the dentist, that might be because history and pop culture have given you the wrong idea. Before WWII made anesthetics the norm, dental procedures were uncomfortable, to say the least, but the field has come a long way since then. Modern dental offices maintain a high standard of comfort and care for patients.

Advice For Overcoming Dental Anxiety

We are one of the very few dental practices that provides our patients with the best options available in sedation dentistry. Your dentist can review your medical history and help you decide which sedation option is best for you. We want your dental experience at Putnam Dental to be as calm and comfortable as possible. If you find yourself in pain and avoiding the dentist due to anxiety, sedation dentistry can provide you with a safe, stress-free dental experience.


We Will Work With You!

Your care and comfort are our top priorities. If you or someone in your family struggles with dental anxiety and it’s interfering with getting needed dental care, we’d love to schedule a time for you to come to our practice so that you can get used to the facility and get to know our team. We can answer any questions you may have.


Please feel free to check out our page designed to provide you with valuable information on sedation options we provide and to learn more about sedation dentistry by CLICKING HERE.


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.