You Will Be Missed!

For over 24 years, patients to our Saratoga Springs office have been greeted at the front desk by the familiar face of Ann Rizzo.  Unfortunately, with a sad heart, we wish Ann a happy retirement.

Ann started out in the medical profession as a nurse, working primarily in pediatrics and surgery.  She also was an EKG technician.  Later she worked 10 years in a family medical practice before making the switch to dentistry and joining our team.  In Ann’s 24 year career, she has become an indispensible asset with a vast knowledge of insurance and expertise in practice management.  Any time there was a question, everyone knew Ann would have an answer.  Her kind heart and compassion for others was always on display and her wisdom (and baking) will not be easily replaced.

Hopefully, now Ann will have the time in her life to dedicate to the things that are truly important.  Ann is a dedicated mother of two and proud grandparent to five wonderful grandchildren.  

Ann is a big reason our practice is successful and her contributions will be missed immensely.  We wish her the best in her new life.  Stay in touch and good luck.

Valentine’s Day, Chocolate & Toothpaste

Looking for the perfect gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? You could go with the traditional heart shaped box of chocolates or you could try something even sweeter —- toothpaste.

The new Mint Chocolate Trek flavor is part of the new line called Crest Be, toothpastes meant to excite and inspire while still providing all the standard oral-hygiene benefits. The other two flavors in the line so far- Lime Spearmint Zest and Vanilla Mint Spark.

Crest hopes these new exciting flavors will arouse your senses and energize your brushing routine like never before! This new line of toothpaste hit the shelves locally last week.

So, if your looking for a last minute gift for your special Valentine, forget the heart shaped box of candy, don’t rush to the jewelry store. Instead give the gift of healthy teeth!

Happy Valentines Day!

* Just a word of caution to parents. These new toothpastes contain the same amount of fluoride as regular products but the enhanced flavor may encourage young children to swallow more of the toothpaste than desired. While finding a flavor your child will brush with is important, a flavor that they don’t particularly love will discourage them from swallowing a lot of the paste. Always use a pea size amount and monitor your young child’s brushing to limit the amount of paste they are swallowing. If you have questions, always consult with your dentist.

Mint Chocolate Trek is one of the new bold flavors Procter & Gamble is unveiling as part of its Crest Be line of toothpaste. The new flavors will be on shelves the first week of February.
(Photo: Procter & Gamble Co.)

We Take Pride in Caring for Your Teeth

Placing white composite restorations well takes time.  When done correctly, these fillings will be both beautiful and functional for years, often avoiding more costly and aggressive treatment such as crowns or caps.  When you entrust any of our dentists with your care you can be sure that we take that trust and commitment seriously.  We will strive hard to exceed your expectations painlessly.  If you have been avoiding the dentist for any reason, call today and let our office deliver the care you deserve.

*All photos are actual patients of the practice.  Dentistry completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd DDS FAGD.  Rubber Dam removed in most photos for better images.

Dax Visits Queensbury Family Dentistry

On Thursday, DAX, mascot for our Adirondack Phantoms, had an appointment in our Queensbury Family Dental Office.  He met the staff, had a thorough exam and a good cleaning.  We are proud to say DAX was cavity free!  DAX was excited to learn that starting next week, Dr. Gregory Dodd, team dentist for the Phantoms, will be seeing patients in our Queensbury Office!

Floss Daily and Properly

Everyone knows flossing daily is recommended however flossing properly is often ignored. Flossing incorrectly or aggressively can be both frustrating and damaging. As seen in the photo taken by our hygienist, Heather Nygard, RDH, aggressive flossing in a sawing motion has led to gingival clefting and recession around the patient’s molar.

Proper flossing technique starts with a long piece of floss, approximately 18 inches. Wind the floss around the middle finger of each hand. Hold the floss taut between the thumb of one hand and forefinger of the other, leaving about an inch between the two. Carefully, floss between two teeth. If needed use a back and forth motion to ease the floss between the contact of the two teeth. Try not to snap the floss through the contact which can lead to injury of the gum tissue. Gently bring the floss to the gumline, curve the floss around the tooth and slide it up and down along the tooth surface. Do not saw back and forth at the gumline aggressively. If you have not been a diligent ‘flosser’ in the past, you may experience slight discomfort initially along with some bleeding gums. These symptoms may be an indication of gingivitis or an underlying periodontal condition however do not be discouraged. Continue to floss and as the gums become healthier the discomfort and bleeding should resolve. Additionally, it is also important to maintain your recall appointments with your dentist.

Patients always ask what the best floss is to use at home. The answer is whatever floss you prefer. The most important factor is picking a product that you find ease and pleasant to use and therefore you are more likely to floss regularly. Numerous studies have shown no significant difference in the effectiveness of any of the different kinds of floss, including waxed vs. unwaxed.

Happy Flossing!

Congratulations to our Dr. Valerio!

Dr. Valerio has dedicated his life to helping others. He has been providing dental care to patients with special needs at the Center for Disability Services since 1981. The 2013 Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State Annual Awards Banquet presented The Program Innovation Award to Dr. Valerio for his participation with the Center for Disability Services & Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For the past six years the School of Engineering at RPI and the Center for Disability Services have had a collaborative agreement providing biomedical engineering students with opportunities to make meaningful impacts on the lives of people with diverse and complex needs.

Our Patients Giving Back Globally

We are always proud of how many of our patients are actively involved in the giving of their time and efforts to benefit both our local communities and abroad. We love to share these great and inspiring stories.

Our patient, Lara Bryfonski, is a teacher with, Bilingual Education for Central America. This year, through their partnership with three community-based Honduran organizations, over 450 children in Pre-K to 9th grade were educated at three partner schools by a team of 23 US volunteers and 9 Hondurans.

This summer Lara asked if we would donate toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss so that she could distribute it to the students while on her mission. Obviously, we were only to happy to help. The children in the grade school at San Jeronimo Bilingual School, Cofradia, Honduras do not have any access to dental care.

People going above and beyond to help others is worth sharing and celebrating. If you would like to learn more about this organization, you can visit

Appreciating Excellence

Last night, the greatest closer in baseball history, stepped off the mound for the last time in Yankee Stadium to an ovation of cheers and tears. After nineteen years of dominating performance, Mariano Rivera will walk away from the game at the end of this season.  Throughout this baseball season, we have seen Mr. Rivera honored in different stadiums across the country, receiving the love and respect of fellow players and fans.  Mariano Rivera has earned this uncommon and universal respect not just from his physical play but by always conducting himself as a professional and by his constant pursuit of perfection as a player and a human being.

The great Vince Lombardi once famously said; “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”  Pursuing excellence in any field, day in and day out, is not easy and that is why when we see such individual dedication it is respected.

As patients, I think you all deserve to know that each day your health care professionals are trying to chase perfection, it may be an unattainable goal but it is a noble pursuit.

Thank you, Mariano Rivera, your inspiration will be missed.