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This week we want you to get to know our doctors on a new level! Find out what kind of beans Dr. Alperin prefers- jelly beans or green beans? And does Dr. Althouse’s dream lunchtime truly consist of “talking dentistry with his partners?” Now that’s dedication! And what about Dr. Carroll? Which does he enjoy more–fine dining or backyard cookouts?

Check it out!

The spotlight is on the Doctors (:

1.   What is your favorite thing about being a Dentist?

Dr. Althouse: “The ability to make a profound positive impact on a patient. For example: improve their smile, help them get out of pain”

Dr. Alperin: “I love really listening to patient’s wants and needs, calming patients down in situations that are stressful for them, improving their oral health and establishing a trusting, caring relationship with them!”

Dr. Carroll: “Forming relationships with patients and their families, while serving them through Dentistry.”

2.   What dentistry related technology would you like to see developed next?

Dr. Althouse: “A way to naturally repair tooth structure” (Dr. Althouse says that this is in the works! Cool!)

Dr. Alperin: “I would like to see scanning technology become more affordable and easier to use so that patients no longer have to have impressions taken” (I like that idea Dr. Alperin! I’ve never loved impressions)

Dr. Carroll: “Silent handpieces (the loud tools used during fillings and most dental procedures): patients would really appreciate that!” 

3.   What has made you laugh the hardest while being in the office?

Dr. Althouse: “A couple of Dr. Carroll’s Halloween costumes”

Dr. Alperin: “Humorous patients who find humor in everyday life. My terrific assistant Judy keeps me laughing on a daily basis also!”

Dr. Carroll: “I enjoy listening to patients (and team members) tell stories of their lives;–and some of them make me laugh!”

4.   What makes up your dream lunch?

Dr. Althouse: “A quiet restaurant, good food and talking Dentistry with my partners.” #dedication

Dr. Alperin: “Really good spaghetti with meat sauce, crispy garlic bread, green beans, chocolate mousse pie with real whipped cream!” (Is there a gourmet kitchen in the back office Dr. Alperin?:)

Dr. Carroll: “Discussing patients’ dental needs and how we can help them take care of those needs. Also, any lunch that includes peanut butter!” 

5.   What activity do you always enjoy?

Dr. Althouse: “Baseball”

Dr. Alperin: “Planting flowers and a garden and watching it grow each day!”

Dr. Carroll: “Hanging out with my family”

6.   What did you want to be when you were a child?

Dr. Althouse: “Meteorologist” (Dr. Althouse always keeps the office updated on potential weather alerts)

Dr. Alperin: “I always loved science as a child and always wanted to do something in the health care professions.”

Dr. Carroll: “Since 8th grade I’ve always wanted to be a dentist.”

7.   What is your favorite thing about yourself?

Dr. Althouse: “My optimism.”

Dr. Alperin: “My ability to laugh at myself and not take myself so seriously.” 

Dr. Carroll: “That I’ve been given a heart to truly love people.”

8.   If you could take one year off to travel, where would you go, why?

Dr. Althouse: “1. Several long cruises to see the most new places possible. 2. Australia, New Zealand to spend time there. 3. Europe to spend time there. 4. South America to spend time there.”

Dr. Alperin: “Hawaii-again, Greek Islands, Italy, Monaco, Bali, The Netherlands, Grand Canyon, Maine, Washington State, Oregon, Switzerland.”

Dr. Carroll: “Drive across the USA for the second time, tour Europe (especially Italy and Greece), visit Israel, and go to a very needy country to serve using dentistry; all with my wife, Lisa.”

9.   Happiest memory?

Dr. Althouse: “My wedding day.”

Dr. Alperin: “No one memory- just remembering times with my husband Scott and our kids laughing hysterically about something and enjoying hangout time together.”

Dr. Carroll: “Marrying Lisa Kowalewski.” 

Pick One: ocean or mountains? green beans or jelly beans? roller coasters or water rides? snow or rain? backyard cookouts or fine dining? TV or traveling? 

Dr. Althouse: ocean, green beans, water rides, snow, fine dining, traveling. 

Dr. Alperin: ocean, jelly beans, water rides, snow, fine dining, traveling. 

Dr. Carroll: ocean, jelly beans, water rides, rain, backyard cookouts, traveling. 

It’s always fun to get to know the Doctors from a new angle! What a great crew we have (:

Stay tuned as we gradually spotlight the rest of the team!!!

Keep Smiling,



P.S. Thanks for your participation Drs Althouse Carroll Alperin (ACA) (:

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Did a fresh face, fresh hairstyle, and fresh outfit get you to the car door feeling altogether fresh this morning?

You drove to work with a pure sense of confidence. You entered the building and once again the secretary looked worried. She said hello, like always, but how could she still seem so standoffish? You were feeling so fresh and ready for the day.

The Dilemma:  You forgot to measure the freshness of your breath.

Whether it was garlic from your wonderful Italian meal last night, a forgotten tooth brushing session this morning or a chronic sinus infection, you don’t want bad breath to leave a negative footprint on your fresh day!

Studies show that our sense of smell is our most emotional sense. It is the sense that leaves the greatest impact on our memory and the memories of those around us. We don’t analyze the information of a scent, rather we get a feeling and from that feeling we often take action. As humans we can remember over 10,000 different odors, and we naturally attach memories to each one of them [3].

Breath is a strong component of one’s personal scent. Such scents can either attract or repel. Bad breath is a common problem. Also referred to as halitosis, it can lead to social humiliation, emotional and psychological issues as well as low self esteem[2].

There are three common types of halitosis. Most everyone has suffered from at least one.

Type I: True halitosis
This includes halitosis caused by specific food intake, morning breath, lack of nutrients, or seasonal allergies, which are all temporary versions of halitosis. It also includes halitosis that surfaces secondary to diseases such as gingivitis or periodontal disease. Both of which are associated with oral tissue damage. Other diseases that halitosis can occur secondary to are respiratory tract diseases and chronic sinus infections. Oftentimes, temporary halitosis can be avoided or cured through steadfast oral hygiene practices: brushing twice daily, flossing and using mouthwash. If true halitosis is thought to be occurring due to a secondary disease, it is wise to contact your primary healthcare provider. [5]

Type II: Pseudohalitosis
This is a delusional halitosis that occurs in the minds of healthy individuals. These individuals complain of having bad breath even when no one else can smell it. People who tend to exaggerate bodily sensations may be more likely to fall into this category of halitosis. In extreme cases, this type may need to be managed through counseling and the presentation of literature that explains true halitosis and it’s prevention[1].

Type III: Halitophobia
Some individuals may continue to associate themselves with halitosis even when they have been tested for both true halitosis and pseudohalitosis. These individuals are categorized as halitophobic[4].

Whether you are suffering from true halitosis, pseudohalitosis, or halitophobia, maintaining your oral health through proper dental hygiene is always a step in the right direction! For more information on temporary halitosis ask your dentist about specific dental products that you may want to try!

Fun Facts:
+ The Latin “halitus” means breath. The Greek suffix “osis” means condition, action or pathological process. Combined, halitosis means bad breath.
+ Clinical surveys have shown that over 90% of all breath malodor originates in the mouth and only 10% can be traced to internal problems. [4]
+ A person’s mouth is home to hundreds of different species of bacteria. There is a constant battle for living space between bacteria which generate waste products causing bad breath[4].
+ The bacteria causing halitosis can live in the spaces between the gum and the tooth as well as on the surface of the tongue[2].

1.Akpata O, Moregie OF, Akhigbe K, Ehikhamenor EE. Evaluation of oral and extra-oral factors predisposing to delusional halitosis. Ghana Med J 2009: 43(20:61
2.Arunkumar, Dr. Shantala – Halitosis: Discover the Cause and Say No to It. http://www.ijmhs.net ISSN:2277-4505
3.Richard Axal, Linda Buck. Odorant Receptors and the Organization of the Olfactory System. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2004/press.html
4.Kapoor A, Grover v., Malhotra R, Kaur S, Singh K. Indian Journal of Clinical Dental Science 2012: 3(1):15-19
5.Yaegaki K, Coil JM. Examination, classification and treatment of halitosis-clinical perspectives. J Can Dent Assoc. 2000: 66:257-261

P.S. Special posting on PET halitosis in reply to a Facebook request:

Does your pet have bad breath?

The bad breath of most canine’s is a result of gum disease and/or plaque and tartar build-up. In rare cases, your pet’s bad breath could be the result of more serious medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract or other organs. Your veterinarian can best determine the cause of your pet’s halitosis. Here are some preventative steps provided by the ASPCA (http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/) for you and your pet to take:

+ Bring your pet in for regular checkups and ask your vet to monitor the state of your pet’s teeth and breath.

+ Feed your pet a high quality diet and make sure he does not eat garbage or the stools of other animals.

+ Brush your pet’s teeth everyday if possible. This practice needs to be started early. (consult vet on how to properly perform such cleanings)

+ Provide hard chew toys that allow your pet’s teeth to be cleaned by a natural process of chewing. (Similar to a human eating an apple)

+ Give your pet well-researched treats to improve its breath

But as always, if deeper medical problems are present, these recommendations may only mask bad breath and will not treat the deeper problems at hand.


Many smiles,



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Join us in developing healthy habits for children everywhere!

“The chains of habits are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken”
-Samuel Johnson, English author 1709

Surprisingly, tooth decay is the number one chronic infectious disease among children in the US. This can begin as early as age 1. Effects include long-term health issues, pain, infections, speaking and eating difficulties, tooth discoloration and tooth loss. Tooth discomfort can confuse a young child and should be addressed early! Talk to your dentist about bringing your child in for a visit to eliminate any fears they may have.

Encouragement for a happy & healthy smile:

Birth-2 years 

~Before teeth erupt, parents can clean gums and mouth at bath time with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush. This allows the child to become familiar with toothbrushes.
~Bring your child to the dentist as early as their first birthday so that healthy dental hygiene can be foundational.

2-5 years: 

~Aid your child in brushing their teeth twice daily–brushing before bedtime is an awesome habit to establish with your child.
~Add a fun game/song into your brushing time. (See below for ideas)
~Parents may begin flossing for their child in areas where two teeth are touching.

School aged:

~Continue dental care by assisting your child in brushing and flossing.
~Help promote a happy smile as you cheer on your child in his/her favorite sport! Have your child request a personalized mouth guard to protect against sports injuries. Ask for team colors and get the entire school on-board!


Are you interested in more interactive and fun ways to implement healthy tooth care?

Drawing Games: Place a small white board in your bathroom to be used during tooth brushing times. Agree upon one item to be drawn. While one person brushes, the other must draw the agreed upon item for two minutes (If you have more than one child, allow them to play against one another). Once everyone has brushed and taken a turn drawing their picture on the board, allow the drawings to be left up all day and voted upon. Laugh with your child as you comment on different features of the drawings that seem to have met the mark and others that were clearly drawn in the last couple seconds of the brushing cycle (:
Singing Games: Pick a song for your child to sing for two minutes while you brush your teeth and then switch roles! A quick and easy karaoke night (:
Staring games: Face one another while brushing your teeth and see who can end the two minutes of brushing with the least number of blinks!
Copycat: Decide who gets to be the leader and who gets to be the follower for your tooth brushing session. The follower must copy the movement of the leader with regards to the tooth brushing actions. ie. if the leader starts to brush their tongue, the follower must do the same. Stick with 2 minutes (:
Thinking games: Who can use their two minutes to think of the most… four letter words, words that rhyme with mouth, names that start with the letter “m”–while the other person brushes their teeth. Compare your list and see who wins!

Experiment with each of these or let the creativity of your child shine as you join together to form your own routines!!! Whether you are singing, side stepping or staring, let your kids know that their health is important! (: Reply back with any of you or your child’s fun ideas!


Quotes From Our Team:
“in their teenage years, I have found it beneficial to discuss the negative results of plaque buildup and brushing neglect in terms of harvesting a funky breath odor….no teenager wants to be that (bad-breathed) kid.” -Adra, dental assistant
(4-5 olds) “I like to tell them that they are now “big kids” and “big kids” take responsibility for their own teeth…they need to brush and floss their teeth and get mom and dad to check in after they have finished! No one wants to be nicknamed ‘plaquey’ or ‘yuck-mouth'(:” -Adra, dental assistant
“I like to make brushing teeth fun for my girls! Sometimes I will brush their tongues first because it makes them laugh, which allows me to associate having fun with forming healthy habits!” -Vick, dental assistant

Have Fun,
Jess & Tiana ©


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