Advanced Dental Arts, P.A.

Should Your Dentist Screen for Diabetes?

Somerset NJ dentist shares how dentists can screen for diabetes

Dentists Can Screen for Diabetes?

In case you missed the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Dental Research, check out this post on how dentists can help diagnose diabetes.

OK, you’re right – it’s not such a popular forum, but this news is…

According to a recent study out of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, our dentists can now accurately test for diabetes and prediabetes. (Journal of Dental Research, July 2011, Vol. 90 No.7, pp. 855-860). Read the rest of this entry »

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Eat Turkey For A Healthy Smile

Eat Turkey for Healthy Teeth

Is Turkey Healthy for Our Teeth?

Thanksgiving Thursday will surely have us all going back for seconds…and sometimes more.

Besides from the expanding effect of our collective waistlines, the foods we eat on Thanksgiving can have a significant impact on the health of our teeth and gums too.

Foods like fresh cranberry sauce, fibrous vegetables like broccoli or carrots, and of course turkey, are all popular Thanksgiving Day foods that also happen to be beneficial for dental health – and overall health.

Who’d a thunk it…gobbling down gigantic portions of turkey can actually help build strong teeth and healthy gums!?!

With all of this overeating and extended sitting, unending noshing and prolonged pigging out, we can take comfort in the fact that most of us are probably eating some really good foods for the health of our teeth and gums. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thank You for Donating Over 40 Pounds of Candy to Our Troops!

Our Halloween Candy Buyback Event for Operation Gratitude Was A Success

Somerset Dentist Dr Joseph Haddad Candy Buyback Event for Our Troops

Betsy Cabarcas, Jennifer Murphy, Amy Petrillo, Janice Alcoriza, Dr. Joseph Haddad and Kathy Stevens, of Advanced Dental Arts, show some of the candy that will make its way to troops serving overseas.

“We’re happy to do this and support the troops every year and just let them know that we care and we really appreciate what they do for us,” he said. “It’s an ongoing thing for us.”

You helped us collect over 40 pounds of leftover Halloween candy that will soon be on its way to United States’ servicemembers currently serving overseas! Read the rest of this entry »

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Did You Know Dentists Can Help Diagnose Diabetes?

Somerset NJ dentist shares how dentists can help diagnose diabetes

Dentists Can Diagnose Diabetes?

Dentists diagnose & treat a myriad of oral health maladies, but bet you didn’t think your dentist could diagnose diabetes – or at least help to do so.

As if we need another reason to keep up our normal thrice yearly dental visits, here comes recent news out of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in New York.

Problem: As with periodontal disease or gum disease, many people walk around without even knowing they are affected by diabetes.

About 7.2 million according to the National Diabetes Statistic Report go undiagnosed for diabetes. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Halloween Treats To Trick the Cavity Creeps

Halloween Treats to Trick the Cavity Creeps

Halloween is a few short days away, kids all over Franklin Township NJ & Somerset County are scrambling to decide what costume they’re going with while parents are busy perfecting their decorations & arranging their best of the block candy selection.

Although this is usually a day of sugary sweet candy overload, there are some ways parents & kids can help stop the cavity creeps in their tracks while still enjoying the occasion.

Deliciously decadent chocolate and candy treats dominate the day, but we don’t necessarily need to do permanent damage our teeth.

Halloween is also a good opportunity to tell (or remind) our kids that candy and other sweets can cause cavities…and what kid wants to go to the dentist?

Dental fear factor negative reinforcement tactics aside, let’s look at how we can all treat our teeth better this Halloween. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth Is…

Somerset NJ dentist shares 8 worst Halloween candies for teeth

What’s The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth?

Is there a best Halloween candy for teeth?

Basically the worst types of Halloween candy for your teeth are those which are hard, sticky, sweet & sour.

That narrows it down doesn’t it?

Some of us love the chocolate, others prefer the gummies, but is there a consensus as to what Halloween candies are worst for our teeth?

Among dentists there is, especially for those of us with braces. But first let’s take a hard look at these tooth-toiling practitioners.

Do Dentists Really Want Us To Know The Worst Halloween Candy for Our Teeth?

Are they really warning us about the sticky tricky treats, or are they encouraging consumption of the worst Halloween candies known to our smiles?

Dentists just love Halloween, and why wouldn’t they – it’s a national holiday that promotes eating candy! Read the rest of this entry »

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Advanced Dental Arts Announces Cash for Candy Program

Somerset NJ Dentist Announces Halloween Candy Buyback

Advanced Dental Arts Pays for Candy & Donates the Sweets to Troops Overseas

Dr. Joseph Haddad & the staff of Advanced Dental Arts are doing something special this Halloween.

They’ll be hosting a candy buyback program & charity event to support our troops overseas.

It’s a well-known fact that too much candy can lead to uncomfortable dental problems & this year, Advanced Dental Arts is doing something about it.

On November 6th & 7th 2017 from 3pm–6pm, Advanced Dental Arts will be hosting the event in their office.

During that time, children will receive $2 per pound of excess Halloween candy that they bring in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is There A Connection Between Gum Disease & Overall Health?

Somerset NJ dentist shares why oral health IS overall health

The Connection Between Gum Disease & Overall Health

Gum disease is much more common than you might think, and whats of so much concern is the connection between gum disease and overall health.

Recent research has indicated a correlation between gum disease and overall health problems like diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease.

This is how we treat gum disease, but the issue with this post isn’t on treatment – it’s on the correlation between gum disease and overall health.

It has been reported that 3 out of every 4 Americans have signs of mild periodontal disease or gingivitis.

And despite some conflicting reports of late that if you’re not following you probably don’t care enough to track down links anyway, we now have several reasons to believe that the health of our teeth and gums may have a significant effect on the overall health of our bodies.

Gum Disease & Overall Health

Is gum disease really a contributing factor to those overall health maladies? Read the rest of this entry »

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What Is Xylitol & Is It Toxic to Dogs?

Somerset NJ dentist shares how Xylitol is bad for dogs

Yes, Xylitol Is Bad For Dogs

Most dog owners know there are certain foods that we as humans love, but are quite dangerous to our dogs.

Chocolate comes to mind immediately, but did you know that xylitol is bad for dogs?

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Xylitol is present in many products and foods for human use, but can have devastating effects on your pet.

From newspaper to pillows, shoes, & slippers, it seems there’s nothing a dog won’t eat.

So how do you protect your pooch from getting a hold of xylitol? …Whatever that is exactly.

What Is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that may be found in many household products & foods.

According to, Xylitol is a type of sweetener called a sugar alcohol and is found in some plants.

It looks and tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer calories. Good for humans, but xylitol is bad for dogsRead the rest of this entry »

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Is DIY Teeth Whitening With Activated Charcoal Safe & Effective?

Is DIY Teeth Whitening With Activated Charcoal Safe & Effective?

Charcoal Teeth Whitening?

So let’s get this straight, people use charcoal for teeth whitening purposes?

Even to a dentist this seems like an oxymoron, but it’s becoming pretty popular.

Why is charcoal – or to be completely accurate, activated charcoal – used for teeth whitening purposes?

With endless aisles of toothpaste, floss & mouthwash at our trusty neighborhood grocer – along with rows of teeth whitening gels, strips & trays – some of us think charcoal teeth whitening is the pathway to a whiter smile?

What Is Activated Charcoal & Why Is It Used for Teeth Whitening?

Now for some answers, Read the rest of this entry »

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