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Survey Says...

December 14th, 2016

You’ve all probably received the survey I send out every 6 months. Your responses allow me to learn what we’re doing right and where you think we could improve. I read them every weekend, because my hope is for you to leave every appointment thinking, “that was enjoyable and worthwhile.” A surprising thought to have leaving a periodontist’s office, I know, but it’s our goal. I recently compiled data from the last 5 months to see how well we’re achieving that goal. Based on 1,025 surveys:

  • 100% would refer their friends or family to AIP
  • 100% rated their visit as very good or excellent
  • 100% rated the office cleanliness as very good or excellent
  • 99% of new patients felt they had a good understanding of their dental situation after their first visit
  • 98% have a high or very high level of trust in the doctors
  • 92% were seated right on time or within 5-10 minutes of their scheduled appointment


First off, I’m thrilled to see that we’re getting “straight A’s” in your book (we’ve been listening over the past 31 years, and we’ve learned a thing or two from you)! We’d be so appreciative if you would take the time to share your experiences with the community by reviewing us on Yelp and Google.

Second, while these numbers make me proud, we’re always striving to do better. The goal, of course, is 100% across the board. Please don’t ever hesitate to ask me, Dr. Levi, or any of the staff a question. Think of it like what they used to say in school: there are no bad questions! If you want us to explain something again or in a different way, we will be more than happy to do so. Got ideas on how we can improve? Send them my way at or let me know at your next appointment!


Dr. Shuman Helps Special Olympics Dental Screenings Reach New Heights

June 23rd, 2014

"This was one of our most successful years ever," says Dr. Brian Shuman, Co-Chair of the Vermont Special Smiles dental program. We were able to screen 190 athletes. The volunteers included, 8 students from the Essex Tech dental assisting program, 8 students from the VTC's Dental Hygiene Program, all three dental Residents from Fletcher Allen plus eighteen 3rd and 4th year students from Tufts University School of Dentistry and local VSDS dentists. The dental hygienists and assistants taught personalized oral hygiene instruction to the athletes, while the dentists supervised the dental students.

As a testimony to the popularity of this project, the leader of the dental students advised us that she had to turn away 25 other students who also wanted to come help with the event. "Participating in this Vermont event is our most sought after volunteer opportunity at Tufts. Everyone is so nice and make us feel so comfortable here. We feel like we are truly making a difference."

The event exposed 18 potential Vermont dentists to our area many of who are now considering applying for the Dental Residency program at Fletcher Allen.

Dr. Shuman believes that "The Special Olympics and Vermont dentistry has morphed into something way beyond our expectations but consistent with our vision for the program. It provides a wonderful service for the athletes and for the students.This will surely bring back many of the students to Vermont for the Residency program and perhaps get them to consider settling and practicing in Vermont."

Can your practice data survive a disaster? Are you sure?

May 19th, 2014

By Brian Shuman, DMD

On the night of September 5, 2011, I watched my historic Vermont dental office building burn to the ground. A fire that started in the ceiling fan of the basement bathroom spread throughout the building, and seven hours later my office was gone. Although this loss was devastating, I comforted myself with the knowledge that my backup system would ensure I did not lose my practice data. But by the time I was able to reopen a new office four and a half months later, this assumption had been severely tested.

Plan A: The Tape

My backup system had consisted of a tape backup and a redundant daily backup on the cloud; however, the tape drive that could have read the data was destroyed in the fire. We soon found the drive was no longer in production.

Plan B: The Cloud

Once I realized this, I shifted to my plan B and attempted to recover my data from the cloud backup. Because of the quantity of the data, it could not be downloaded. We were informed that we would have to wait for CDs to be burned and shipped. When they finally arrived, we discovered our cloud program only backed up the data itself -- not the dental software or the imaging and accounting programs that could actually process the data. Of course, the original software discs had been lost in the fire. In the end, this fact was moot anyway because, after more delays and expense, we discovered that the cloud data was corrupt.

Our eventual salvation came via eBay, where I located a used tape drive that could restore all of our backed up data, as well as the programs to run it. Getting to this point had taken almost two weeks after the fire.

Discovering a Better Solution

This painful experience forced me to take a much more careful look at my backup system -- something I thought I had well covered before the fire. I eventually discovered a backup system specifically designed for dental practices that included an onsite failover server, cloud backup, and 24-hour system monitoring. This system, DDS Rescue (now available from Patterson Dental), duplicates programs and data and stores them in multiple encrypted facilities. This allows users to gain access via the web in minutes. With this system, every backup is verified so there are no worries about the kind of data corruption I experienced with my previous cloud backup.

After this experience, I am now certain that there are many other dentists who are in the same position I was in -- believing their data is backed up, while in reality they are only one disaster away from finding out their system has holes in it. I urge dentists to ensure their data is truly protected with an offsite backup that includes the practice's software programs, along with the monitoring and support so that all goes according to plan. I also strongly recommend a backup system that is specifically designed for dental practices.

Most dentists are simply not IT experts. I am comfortable admitting that I was certain we were backed up correctly. When the first backup system failed, I was shocked. But the feeling of security I have now with DDS Rescue is something that I wish all other dentists could have. And, they can, because data security is available that is affordable, airtight, and custom-built for dentists. We just have to take advantage of it.

Brian Shuman, DMD, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1982 and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Periodontology in 1985. After graduation, Dr. Shuman went into private practice in Vermont. Dr. Shuman can be reached at

See Dr. Shuman's article featured in Dental Economics.

Haverford to Honor Mid-Atlantic Conference Century Most Valuable Players

October 24th, 2013

On Saturday, October 26 at half-time of the annual Soccer battle between Haverford and Swarthmore College, will be a ceremony honoring the 10 individuals who were named to the 'MAC 100 Century All Star Soccer Team.'

Brian is one of the 10 inductees chosen to be a member of the Century Team. The game and half time award ceremony will be available streaming on line at:

The game starts at 3:30 pm and the award ceremony should start around 4:15 pm. There will be no sound but the video will be live.

We Love you Dr. Shu "B" #13
Cindy, Alexx, Meika,Thunder, Cowboy, Tilly and Champster

This month’s staff spotlight shines on Megan J., RDH

October 2nd, 2013

Megan has been with AIP since September 2012. She is best described as “the roaming hygienist”
while she splits her workweek between both the Barre and South Burlington offices. She always strives to provide educational and thorough dental hygiene treatments while maintaining patient comfort.

She thinks the best thing about working at AIP is the encouragement from staff to try new dental tools or treatments. Prior to working for AIP she was a patient and it was from her great experience she came to join the practice. The kind remarks from new and longtime patients make her very proud to be a part of the AIP team.

From an early age Megan’s grandparents instilled in her a love of reading, swimming, crocheting, bread making, crafts, photography and the joy of solitude while fishing. She always keeps her mind open to new ideas such as astrology, medicine cards, dowsing, Reiki, weaving and so much more. Megan knows to value a hard day’s work, and appreciates the beauty of architecture: both man-made and natural.

From Dr. Brian Shuman: Snoring Isn't Sexy

September 20th, 2013

Most people think of snoring as a social annoyance. Five years ago, my snoring forced my wife “into the closet” (personally, I thought she seemed very comfy surrounded by her stuff). Then, it turns out that my snoring was a sign of a much greater problem, sleep apnea. I administered a home sleep study and sure enough, I stopped breathing for 10 seconds or more, 18 times per hour!

I sought medical advice and was told about the CPAP machine. I knew I would never use CPAP and thus started my role as a consultant with the Vermont Regional Sleep Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Since then I have treated my snoring/apnea and hundreds of others’ by fabricating a simple oral appliance. My snoring has stopped, my apnea reduced to normal and, most important, my beautiful wife is back “in the closet”...only during waking hours!

If you or someone you know snores or does not like their CPAP machine, let me know. I would be happy to discuss my personal experience and see if an oral appliance might be an appropriate alternative.


Meet Shanin at Associates in Periodontics!

August 26th, 2013

This month's staff spotlight shines on Shanin (aka "Shan").

Shanin has been with AIP for 15 years. As a Chairside Surgical Assistant for Dr. Shuman, Dr. Halliday and Dr. Kolesar, she is described as a caring, dedicated "professional multitasker." Skilled to help out anywhere needed, Shanin is also a Registered Dental Hygienist, licensed in the Administration of Local Anesthesia and a Certified Dental Assistant.

Most rewarding for Shanin is her work teaching home care to her patients and the daily "aha moments" that really make a difference in their lives. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, taking fitness classes, hiking, cosmetology and music. One of Shanin's colleagues at AIP describes her favorite memory in the office as when she head Shanin sing a song in Italian to a nervous patient who couldn't speak English. Shanin enjoys her coworkers. She regards them as her "family away from home" and says that everyone at AIP "works hard to take good care of our patients."

A Little Bit Jaded

July 26th, 2013

Lessons can be learned in various ways: personal, academic, professional. Or, in the aftermath of our September 2011 fire, from a 35 year old jade plant. This begs a little background information first.

Originally native to South Africa, it was known as the friendship tree and lucky plant. Travelers marveled at its fleshy, tear-shaped leaves, rich emerald color and ease of propagation. It required low maintenance, benefited from the occasional pruning, while having an extremely long life-span. Its popularity as a houseplant grew as slips were carried worldwide.

Dr. Levi acquired one and it sat on a ledge in the back of our office for 35 years. With a little water and a lot of sun, it became the size of a medium shrub. Over the years it became a part of who we were. Welcoming, enduring and lucky! Who would have thought it could have survived the fire. But there it sat, a little dry, a little singed, firmly holding on, removed from the debris by Dr. Shuman and nurtured back to life again in his garage.

With the re-birth of AIP, it is an apt analogy. Our office endured through adversity with the luck and tenacity of a jade plant. We have our roots planted deeply into our community and have successfully survived; a little dry, a little singed, but now stronger and better than ever before.

Staff Spotlight: Kim Couture

July 15th, 2013

Today's Staff Spotlight shines on Kim Couture.

Kim has been with Associates in Periodontics (AIP) for 12 years. Her role, as she describes it, is to be an "ambassador between patients and the office. Mainly focusing on patients and advocating for them."

Kim's favorite things about working for AIP are the laughter and the great rapport she has with patients and colleagues. Kim believes her co-workers are the most dedicated, caring group of people she's ever had the pleasure of working with. She describes her patients as "kind and caring." "Our team goes the extra mile everyday for our patients. We love what we do and it shows!"

When Kim is not at work, she enjoys gardening and reading. She also helps out with her children's sporting teams and volunteers for her church.

Ways To Stay Connected!

July 5th, 2013

Visit our website and check out our blogs:

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Visit us at our location and speak with us in person!

1775 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
Phone: (802) 863-5447

248 S. Main St.
Barre, VT 05641
Phone: (802) 476-0995

Staff Spotlight Shines on Ann-Marie, RDH

June 7th, 2013

Ann-Marie, aka “AMBa”, has been with AIP for 31 years. She started as a hygienist for the first
10+ years and has evolved to become the Business Administrator. Her current role covers the financial aspects of the office and beyond. To say that she wears many hats is an understatement!

Her dynamic personality enables her to be ready for anything the day might bring. She has developed many strong relationships with patients while working with Drs. Levi, Shuman, Halliday and Kolesar - it’s like seeing friends everyday.

She recognizes that Periodontics, as a dental field, requires a commitment to treatment, a lifetime of proper care and patient education. From the first greetings in the morning to the goodbyes at the
day’s end, her fellow staff is constantly providing excellent, caring and professional services.

She is proud to be associated with a group of people who set the bar for excellence so high.

If you want to find out what letterboxing is, AMBa is your girl! She enjoys creating stamps and going “on the hunt” with her two sons, in addition to making websites, music & video files or an array of arts and crafts projects. In her free time, she volunteers at Christ the King school as a coach and coordinator for the Odyssey of the Mind Program. She also serves as a member on the Board of Directors for the program, where her role is developing to take over communications responsibilities “Hey, I’m staying!” state-wide.

Bioteeth Closer to a Clinical Reality

May 16th, 2013

Originally shared by Dental Tribune International: ‘Bioteeth’ a step closer to becoming clinical reality

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Researchers at the Dental Institute at King’s College London say they’re a step closer to growing human teeth in the lab using cells from the individual who would ultimately receive the tooth as a natural implant. Led by Professor Paul Sharpe, the research team isolated adult human gingival tissue from dental patients at the institute, grew more of the tissue in the lab, and then combined the tissue with mesenchyme (tooth-forming) cells from mice.

The combination of cells were transplanted into mice renal tissue, where they grew into hybrid human/mouse teeth that contained dentine and enamel — and formed viable roots.

The root formation is seen as a key breakthrough, because bioengineered teeth with natural root structure could eliminate one of the challenges sometimes seen with tooth-implant technology to date: a risk of bone loss in the area of the jaw that anchors an artificial implant. Such bone loss has been attributed to friction that occurs when eating or because of other jaw movement.

The goal is creation of a viable root that would be integrated into the jaw as if it was the recipient’s natural tooth. There’s no need for the crown of the tooth to match the bite, because technology exists to create a man-made alternative that integrates appropriately into the bite and appearance — and functions comparably to a natural crown.

The King’s College London Dental Institute reports that previous efforts to produce bioengineered teeth (bioteeth) have focused primarily on the generation of immature teeth (teeth primordia) that mimic those in the embryo. Such teeth could be transplanted as small cell ”pellets” into the adult jaw to develop into functional teeth. It has been demonstrated that embryonic teeth primordia can develop normally in the adult mouth, so if suitable cells can be identified and combined in such a way to produce an immature tooth, there is a realistic prospect that bioteeth can become a clinical reality.

Subsequent studies have largely focused on the use of embryonic cells; and although it is clear that embryonic tooth primordia cells can readily form immature teeth following dissociation into single cell populations and subsequent recombination, such cell sources are considered impractical to use in a general therapy.

Sharpe, an expert in craniofacial development and stem cell biology, said, “What is required is the identification of adult sources of human epithelial and mesenchymal cells that can be obtained in sufficient numbers to make biotooth formation a viable alternative to dental implants. … Epithelial cells derived from adult human gum tissue are capable of responding to tooth-inducing signals from embryonic tooth mesenchyme in an appropriate way to contribute to tooth crown and root formation and give rise to relevant differentiated cell types, following in vitro culture. These easily accessible epithelial cells are thus considered a realistic source for consideration in human biotooth formation. The next major challenge is to identify a way to culture adult human mesenchymal cells to be tooth-inducing, as at the moment we can only make embryonic mesenchymal cells do this.”

Sharpe’s findings were published in the Journal of Dental Research. The team’s efforts were funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London, United Kingdom. The research report became available online in early March at Categorized under “Research Reports – Biological,” the article is titled, “Adult Human Gingival Epithelial Cells as a Source for Whole-tooth Bioengineering.”

(Source: Dental Institute at King’s College London)

Dr. Brian Shuman Featured in Burlington Free Press

March 5th, 2013

Dr. Brian Shuman was recently featured in an article from the Burlington Free Press describing the fire which burned down the historic Bailey-Hyde house.

Associates in Periodontics had been in the Bailey-Hyde house for more than 40 years before the fire destroyed the building nearly two years ago. In the article Dr. Shuman explains how he witnessed the fire in person and the road to recovery in the aftermath.

Read the Burlington Free Press article here and stay updated with our new state of the art facility in South Burlington by liking us on Facebook.

From NPR: Ancient Chompers Were Healthier Than Ours

February 28th, 2013

Audrey Carlsen of NPR shared this article on NPR and we wanted to share it with you!

Prehistoric humans didn't have toothbrushes. They didn't have floss or toothpaste, and they certainly didn't have Listerine. Yet somehow, their mouths were a lot healthier than ours are today.

"Hunter-gatherers had really good teeth," says Alan Cooper, director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA. "[But] as soon as you get to farming populations, you see this massive change. Huge amounts of gum disease. And cavities start cropping up."

And thousands of years later, we're still waging, and often losing, our war against oral disease.

Our changing diets are largely to blame.

In a study published in the latest Nature Genetics, Cooper and his research team looked at calcified plaque on ancient teeth from 34 prehistoric human skeletons. What they found was that as our diets changed over time — shifting from meat, vegetables and nuts to carbohydrates and sugar — so too did the composition of bacteria in our mouths.

Not all oral bacteria are bad. In fact, many of these microbes help us by protecting against more dangerous pathogens.

However, the researchers found that as prehistoric humans transitioned from hunting and gathering to farming, certain types of disease-causing bacteria that were particularly efficient at using carbohydrates started to win out over other types of "friendly" bacteria in human mouths. The addition of processed flour and sugar during the Industrial Revolution only made matters worse.

"What you've really created is an ecosystem which is very low in diversity and full of opportunistic pathogens that have jumped in to utilize the resources which are now free," Cooper says.

And that's a problem, because the dominance of harmful bacteria means that our mouths are basically in a constant state of disease.

"You're walking around with a permanent immune response, which is not a good thing," says Cooper. "It causes problems all over the place."

In addition to oral disease, those problems may include diabetes, obesity and even heart disease.

According to Cooper, bacteria make up approximately 90 percent of the cells in our bodies. He believes that we focus too much on ourselves and not enough on this so-called microbiome.

"We brush our teeth and we floss, and we think that we've got good oral hygiene. But [we're] completely failing to deal with the underlying problem," he says. "Ten years from now, I think we're going to find that the whole microbiome is a key part of what you get monitored for and treated for."

As for right now, Cooper suggests that one way to help return your microbiome to a healthier, more balanced state might be to cut out all of those processed carbs and start eating like our ancestors.

Sounds like he's another fan of the paleo diet.

Eating Healthy For You and Your Oral Health

February 1st, 2013

Health gurus rave about replacing unhealthy food choices with healthy ones in your diet. If you want to maintain your beautiful smile as well as your waistline, choose foods that are good for your teeth and good for losing weight. This article will discuss some of the worst healthy foods for your teeth and what you can do to continue to enjoy them.

When watching your weight, snacks heavy in sugar and starch are the first target for elimination. You want to trade those empty calories for something with more nutritional value. A healthier snack is fruit and vegetables. When you are substituting empty calories with whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, consider a few implications for your dental health.

The most acidic fruits are grapes, grapefruit, and strawberries. Want to know the number-one worst healthy food for your tooth enamel? Apples! An apple a day may keep the doctor away but you may soon be calling your dentist.

Another healthy food often incorporated into dieting is salads. But consider what you put in those salads. Salad dressings are filled with vinegar and sweeteners. These make a salad very acidic and can change the pH of your mouth from alkaline, which is good for your teeth, to acidic, which puts your smile at risk for erosion and decay.

Last but not least is diet soda. You might be cutting down on the calories but you are still putting your teeth at risk for decay. Though calories are reduced, the acid is not.

You do not need to eliminate any of these foods from your diet. Simply alter what you do after eating these foods to decrease the amount of acid your teeth are exposed to.

During your next office visit we can discuss your diet. We may recommend using certain products to fortify your teeth or change the way you routinely care for your teeth.

Please enjoy the wonderful whole foods that are great for a healthy waistline. A healthy waistline and a healthy smile have a positive influence on your general health. A healthier you is a happier you. The happier you are, the more you smile. Keep your smile brilliant and beautiful with the care your teeth deserve.

Patient Reviews for Associates in Periodontics

January 25th, 2013

Here are some wonderful reviews from patients of Associates in Periodontics. If you have questions, be sure to contact our practice and let us know how we can help!

“Thank You”

Dr. Kolesar and his associates have shown the most professionalism I have ever encountered at a dentist. What could have been a stressful experience has been turned into a positive experience. Thank you.

“Superior Care”

Over the last decade I have found the care at Associates in Periodontics to be vastly superior to my previous experience with another Periodontist. Not only has my health benefited, but I feel very lucky to be the recipient of such warm, friendly and competent care. It's always good to see the cheerful Dr. Shuman. I trust his advice. Kim and Jackie offer outstanding service and Cyndy as a hygienist goes above and beyond in offering me care and I am most appreciative. Valerie H.

“A true life saver”

Dr. Shuman fabricated a somnomed sleep appliance for my husband. He had moderate sleep apnea and this appliance replaced the CPAP machine, which was less affective, noisey, and just awkward. The somnomed is fantastic! Both of us get a great nights sleep and it controls the apnea beautifully. Thank you so much for your knowledge and expertise of the somnomed appliance.

Stay healthy in 2013!

January 5th, 2013

Cold and flu season is here yet again. The folks at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

To promote a healthy and clean environment, Associates in Periodontics and our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our South Burlington and Barre offices at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. For the protection of other patients and our staff, we ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have a fever with their illness, because that can infect others.

And remember to constantly wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay Healthy!

Season's Greetings!

December 20th, 2012

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2013? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year? We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to limit the amount of sweets you eat!

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

What Are Patients Saying About Associates in Periodontics?

December 7th, 2012

Check out these reviews from patients about their experience at Associates in Periodontics. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, be sure to find us online and give our practice a call!

5 stars, Professional and caring, the BEST!
I travel over sixty miles each way for the Exceptional service provided by Dr.B.Shuman and his staff. Not only is Dr.Shuman highly professional, but his gentle and most caring manner provided me with painless surgery. Simply put,Dr.Shuman is the best! - Dolores

5 stars
You will be amazed at the personal and professional care from this office,from Doctors to office staff more like visiting friends than being an anonymous patient in the midst of a long day. - David

5 stars, Exceptional patient care
I had settled into bare minimum oral care hoping I was getting away with it. They gently helped me face the reality that I was developing periodental disease- and gave me the knowledge and tools and encouragement to turn it around. On only my 2nd visit, I already showed great improvement. Very positive and professional atmosphere. I felt so well cared for! - Lurlene

5 stars, Thorough and friendly
I had been putting off having a gum graft for some time, intimidated by the procedure. However, I finally had it done and am glad I did. The graft went smoothly and I was made as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Don't put off needed work as I did. - Lisa

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st, 2012

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy a day filled of friends, family, and great food.

We are very thankful for all of our patients and their families. We’d like to know, what are you most thankful for this year? Leave us a comment, or if you have any stories, photos or recipes to share with us, we encourage you to share them below or on our Facebook page!

Novel chewing gum eases motion sickness

November 9th, 2012

By DrBicuspid Staff

A new prototype for medicated chewing gum has been developed for motion sickness that may offer many advantages over conventional oral solid dosage forms.

The research was presented last week at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) annual meeting in Chicago.

Lead researcher Mohsen Sadatrezaei of RoshaDarou, a pharmaceutical firm based in Tehran, Iran, and colleagues from the Islamic Azad University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences have developed a medicated gum that will improve patient compliance and faster absorption through the cheek, thus alleviating motion sickness sooner, according to an AAPS press release.

A sensory panel was used to test faster absorption through the buccal cavity, which can result in earlier onset of action against motion sickness, the researchers noted. Panelists also ranked the gum on bitterness and easiness to chew.

"The main challenge in delivering drugs through chewing gum is masking the bitter taste of its active ingredient," Sadatrezaei said. "We have formulated dimenhydrinate as chewing gum with acceptable taste and sensory attributes. Dimenhydrinate is among the best drug candidates for treatment of motion sickness, providing a comfortable and acceptable drug delivery."

The final formulation has great potential for dimenhydrinate chewing gum commercialization, he and his colleagues noted. Their findings could also be used as a platform to incorporate other active ingredients with objectionable taste into chewing gum.
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Study: Candidates' teeth can predict election outcomes

October 11th, 2012

Does the brightness of political candidates' teeth influence their election success?
Yes, according to a study sponsored by Luster Premium White, an oral care whitening brand from Dentovations.

An analysis of photos taken of presidential candidates on the campaign trail showed the correlation between teeth whiteness and electability, the company noted in a press release. By adjusting the color of photos taken over the years to control for changes in ambient lighting and environmental conditions, the study was able to compare the relative whiteness of each candidate's teeth.

Photo evidence going back to 1992 shows the candidate with the whiter teeth winning the election. For example, when Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas, he had a considerably whiter smile than incumbent President George H.W. Bush. Clinton handedly won the election, a feat he repeated in 1996 against the dimmer-smile-bearing Bob Dole.

In 2000, George W. Bush had only marginally whiter teeth than Vice President Al Gore, a portent of the narrow election win he'd see in November. But four years later, his teeth outshone those of Sen. John Kerry, and Bush once again won the election.

What is in store for 2012? At the time of the study, President Barack Obama's teeth were just barely outshining Mitt Romney's. Unless Romney makes a dental correction, it looks like another win for Obama, according to Dentovations.

By our friends from the DrBicuspid Staff

What patients are saying about Associates in Periodontics

September 19th, 2012

Thank you from each of us to our fantastic patients who take the time to write about their experience at our practice and give us feedback so we can continually provide the best quality care. The team at Associates in Periodontics got some wonderful patient reviews and wanted to share them with you today.

“Exceptional Experience”

I cannot say enough about the treatment and care that I received from Dr. Shuman and the staff at Associates in Periodontics. I had the utmost confidence in Dr. Shuman's ability to get me the desired result, and he did. Every appointment was handled so thoroughly and professionally, that it gave me the impression that I was the only patient in the practice. Dr. Shuman's personal follow up and caring attitude made me feel special. As a nice bonus, my procedure was virtually pain free. I would highly recommend Associates in Periodontics and Dr. Brian Shuman for a great outcome and a very positive periodontic experience. - Gary

“AIP Advantage”

Associates in Periodontics is the most professional, courteous, responsive, and friendly group of practitioners I have had the opportunity to visit. Dr. Halliday is absolutely wonderful and all of the hygienists and assistants are great. Jennifer is highly professional and an absolute delight at the front desk. Many people fear oral treatments but I actually enjoy my visits - even the periodontal surgeries I have had have been easy to take. I highly recommend this group - especially the Barre office where I receive care. - Renee

“Kudos to Dr. Shuman's team”

The personalized attention, caring manner and reassuring atmosphere of Dr. Shuman's office are exceptional. At age 49, I had my first ever oral surgery, two gum grafts - a procedure friends assured me was barbaric, painful and traumatic. To my surprise, it was none of these under the skilled care of Dr. Shuman and his incredible staff. I experienced no pain during the procedure, recovered quickly,and have no lingering effects other than happy, healthy gums. If you need oral surgery, this is your team. - Nancy

Latest reviews for Associates in Periodontics

August 28th, 2012

The team at Associates in Periodontics is proud to receive reviews and feedback from each of our patients and wanted to share a few highlights with you. Please contact us on Facebook, Google+ or call our practice to let us know how we're doing!

“Kudos to Dr. Shuman's team”

The personalized attention, caring manner and reassuring atmosphere of Dr. Shuman's office are exceptional. At age 49, I had my first ever oral surgery, two gum grafts - a procedure friends assured me was barbaric, painful and traumatic. To my surprise, it was none of these under the skilled care of Dr. Shuman and his incredible staff. I experienced no pain during the procedure, recovered quickly,and have no lingering effects other than happy, healthy gums. If you need oral surgery, this is your team. - Nancy R.

“Great Experience! Dr. Shuman is fabulous”

Good: The entire staff was very friendly. Dr. Shuman explained the procedure in great detail. I loved the fact that I could watch a movie during the procedure. I was so relaxed I fell asleep. It was an excellent experience and I could not say more. Great office, wonderful people.. Bad: Nothing. - William C.

“It doesn't get any better !”

I actually look forward to each visit.Everyone is courteous and extremely professional. I learn something new to improve my daily care procedures with each visit. I enjoy my conversations, everyone is a joy to see again. I love the offices,a lovely renovated home with private rooms for dental care. I am a lucky guy to have all this for such an important part of my health.I can only ask that this will continue in perpetuity. - Leonard V.

“Excellent Quality Care”

I have been a patient since 1981 and I would highly recommend Associates in Peridontics. Although I have seen many changes in the practice over the years, what stays consistent is the genuine quality of personal care. This practice has stayed on the cutting edge with continuous improvement in peridontical practices, while upgrading equipment to stay abreast with advanced technology to provide the best dental care. They provide thorough, informative and proactive service. - Mary P.

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