April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

DID YOU KNOW??? According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, over 100 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in the United States every day. One person will die every hour of every day from the disease! Smoking is a major risk factor, however, alcohol, sun exposure, diet, and human papilloma virus (HPV) type 16 are … read more

Chemotherapy and Oral Health

If you are going to be starting chemotherapy, you should visit your dentist before your treatment begins. Ideally, 1 month before so that you can get any problems taken care of. If time does not permit, at least have a cleaning and exam. Inform the dentist that you are beginning treatment. Chemotherapy drugs kill cancer … read more

Dr. David Dersh Cutting Edge Dentist in Westfield NJ

Recent advancements in medical technology have pushed the practice of dentistry far into the 21st century. There are new surgical methods, technological advancements and resources for added comfort—all of which have helped to improve the experience of getting dental work done. However, not every dentist stays up to date with the latest and greatest, and … read more


We have all heard that saying ” our eyes are the window to our soul”, but how many of us have ever realized that our mouth is the window into our body? Well it’s true. For quite some time we have known that there is a link between oral health and overall general health. According … read more

Blood pressure medication and your oral health

If you are taking blood pressure medication you are not alone.  A significant number of our patients do.  Like many medications, it can have certain side effects, one of which is dry mouth.  Saliva is a natural cleanser, so a decrease can actually cause cavities. There are things you can do to deal with this.  It is very … read more

The removal of wisdom teeth is not a simple process

Ask about anyone 30 years old or more if they still have their wisdom teeth, and the near universal response will be they were gone by the time they reached mid-20s in age. For decades, Americans have routinely had their wisdom teeth extracted during late high school or college years. It’s just been considered “the … read more

We Sincerely hope that all of our Patients are Safe

We sincerely hope that all of our patients are safe and did not experience much damage from Hurricane Sandy. We are keeping all of the victims and their families in our thoughts as recovery efforts continue. We are open and have power. Hopefully everyone has had power restored but we know some are still waiting. All are welcome to … read more

Dental Rinses

There are many dental rinses on the market. Choosiing the one that is right for you can be very confusing.  We will try and simplify it for you. Flouride/Anticavity Rinses- These are beneficial for those who are prone to cavities, have recession or who are not dilgent flossers.  These are available in different flavors.  We recommend … read more

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dental Care

The tragedy of Alzheimer’s Disease doesn’t mean Alzheimer’s patients (and, other patients with other forms of dementia, such as Parkinson’s Disease dementia) can’t maintain good dental care. As with other issues with those suffering from dementia, reminders to take care of chores often includes reminders to brush their teeth. Care givers know so many routine … read more