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Posts for: April, 2015

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
April 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
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Eaten in a fast food restaurant lately? If so, maybe you’ve noticed some changes in the big, colorful signs behind the counters. Many have begun promoting a few “healthier” selections (like salads and grilled items) and giving a more extensive listing of nutritional information. But there’s one thing you might not have noticed on those displays: a listing for soda among the beverage choices in the kiddie meal packages. That’s because they are no longer there.

Recently, Burger King quietly removed sugary fountain drinks from the in-store and online menu boards that show what you get with kids’ meals. They were following the lead of McDonalds and Wendy’s, both of which made similar moves in prior months. You can still get a soda with your kiddie burger if you specifically ask for one, but we’re hoping you won’t; here’s why.

For one thing, youth obesity has nearly tripled in the past three decades. As the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted, it’s now an epidemic affecting more than one in six children and adolescents. Many of the extra calories kids get are blamed on sugary drinks: According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, children’s daily calorie intake from these beverages rose by 60 percent in recent years. Obesity makes kids more likely to get many diseases, and can lead to problems in psychological and social adjustment.

But that’s not all. As dentists, we’re concerned about the potential for soda to cause tooth decay, which is still the number one chronic disease in children around the world. The association between sugary drinks and cavities is clear. So is the fact that tooth decay causes pain, countless hours of missed school and work, and expense that’s largely unnecessary, because it’s a disease that is almost 100 percent preventable.

While the new signage at fast food restaurants won’t make soda disappear, it does tend to make it less of an automatic choice. Anything that discourages children from routinely consuming soda is bound to help — and let’s point out that the same thing goes for other sweet and acidic beverages including so-called “sports” and “energy” drinks. It’s best to try and eliminate these from your child’s diet; but if you do allow them, at least limit them to mealtimes, and give your mouth a break from sweets between meals. That gives the saliva enough time to do its work as a natural buffer and acid-neutralizer.

What else can you do to help keep your child’s oral hygiene in tip-top shape? Be sure they brush their teeth twice and floss once every day, and bring them in for regular checkups and cleanings. But if you do suspect tooth decay, don’t delay treatment: Left alone, decay bacteria can infect the inner pulp of the tooth, resulting in severe pain, inflammation, and possibly the need for root canal treatment.

If you would like more information about children’s oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children.”


By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
April 14, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Think Hollywood celebrities are the only ones getting cosmetic dentistry? Think again! Many Pittsburgh, PA residents also enjoy the many benefits cosmetic dentists such as John Sartorio, DMD have to offer. Celebrities aren't the only ones who deserve to love their smiles--you do too, and a visit to Dr. Sartorio in Pittsburgh, PA for cosmetic dentistry is the perfect way to achieve that.Teeth Whitening

One very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure many Pittsburgh, PA residents are opting for is teeth whitening. White teeth are beautiful teeth and in-office teeth whitening is the best way to get them. In-office teeth whitening offers several benefits.

1. Incredible Whitening

While you could simply buy some over-the-counter teeth whitening paste, nothing is going to get your teeth whiter than a trip to Dr. Sartorio. Some over-the-counter teeth whitening products are barely effective and could even damage your teeth. Teeth whitening from Dr. Sartorio, on the other hand, is safe and very effective. You could see whitening of up to several shades!

2. Immediate Results

Another advantage of professional teeth whitening is that your results are practically immediate. Don't wait days, weeks or even months to see real results. Professional teeth whitening is usually completed in less than an hour and you'll be able to see real results right away!

3. Improved Self-Confidence

If your self-confidence is suffering due to a discolored smile, you won't believe how amazing you'll feel once you see yourself with a bright, white smile. Not only will you see yourself differently, but others may even start seeing you differently as well. You deserve to find out what your life could be like with a beautiful, white smile.

Cosmetic dentistry isn't just for celebrities, and you don't have to be rich and famous to look your best. Join the many other Pittsburgh, PA residents improving their smiles and their lives by calling Dr. Sartorio to schedule an appointment today!


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Cat Cora is a world-class chef, restaurateur, best-selling author, and philanthropist — on top of being the first female chef on the hit television show Iron Chef America. She is also the mother of four active young sons. And while all these important roles require her daily attention, she makes oral health a top priority for herself and her family through diet, brushing, flossing and routine visits to the dentist.

During a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Cat revealed that she had her wisdom teeth removed when she was in her thirties and another tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant. When asked to compare the two experiences, Cat said that the implant was “much easier for me.” She went on to say, “It feels very natural” and “now, I don't even think about it.”

Some may be surprised by Cat's response; however, we find it to be a quite common one.

There is no question that over the last two decades, dental implants have revolutionized tooth replacement and the field of dentistry. A dental implant, used to replace missing teeth, is placed in the jawbone with a minor surgical procedure. What's amazing is that over time these dental implants actually fuse with or integrate into the bone, thus making them an ideal permanent solution for replacing a missing tooth. They are typically made of commercially pure titanium, a substance that has been used for medical and dental implants for years. The crown, the part above the gum tissues, is attached to the implant via a retaining screw and a connecting piece called an abutment. The crown itself is artistically crafted using porcelain to mimic the look and feel of a natural tooth — just as Cat Cora describes.

To learn more about dental implants, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants, Your Third Set of Teeth.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and discuss what treatment options will be best for you. And to read the entire interview with Cat Cora, please see the article “Cat Cora.”