Dr. Michael Acquista D.D.S., Dentist

Dr. Michael Acquista D.D.S.

Dentist | General Practice

479 Bay Ridge Pkwy Brooklyn NY, 11209



Hi, I'm Michael Acquista DDS. I got my dental degree from Columbia School of Dental & Oral Surgery and have been in private practice in Bay Ridge for over 30 years. My office is small and you will receive individual attention. I offer the best ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, the best Cosmetic Dentistry and esthetics, filling materials, crowns, bridges, implant restorations and dentures. I promise I will exceed your expectations and do everything possible to explain your conditions and treatment options as well as being gentle and thorough. We perform all dental procedures except Orthodontics, complex extractions and surgery, but I will refer you to the finest specialists if need be.

Education and Training

Columbia College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Pre-Med / Philosophy 1977

Columbia School of Dental and Oral Surgery D.D.S. 1981

Provider Details

Male English
Dr. Michael Acquista D.D.S.
Dr. Michael Acquista D.D.S.'s Expert Contributions
  • Healthy Eating

    Healthy eating: It is so important, but Doctors don't learn much about it. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Surgeon General, suggested we should, but not much has happened. I want that to change. I lecture to other Doctors and my patients about it, and on smilebayridge.com, I have hyperlinks to...

  • Can flossing prevent the coronavirus?


  • Which is better porcelain or zirconia bridge?

    The inside framework is made of zirconia. In the back of the mouth, bridges are all zirconia. In the front, it looks nicer to overlay porcelain on top of the zirconia framework. READ MORE

  • Is it bad to have a gap between your teeth?

    If you have a tiny gap between the back teeth and food gets in constantly, that is bad because it chronically irritates the gum tissue, and if you don’t floss to remove it daily, it can cause gum disease and tooth decay. If you are referring to a larger gap such as in between two front teeth, then no, it is fine, except some consider it to be unaesthetic. READ MORE

  • Why does my tooth hurt after a deep filling?

    That is normal. Think about the fact that when you break a bone, it takes 6-8 weeks to heal. The tooth is like bone. It takes 6-8 weeks for the pulp to recede from the deepest part of the filling, and gradually insulate itself with reparative tooth structure and become asymptomatic. As long as it is gradually lessening, you will be fine. If not, or if pain increases, you make need root canal or extraction. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for your jaw bone to heal after extraction?

    You may be sore for 7-14 days, but it actually takes 6-8 weeks for the bone to partially fill in the extraction socket. READ MORE

  • How do I get rid of deep stains on my front teeth?

    Hello, If you have not already, get a cleaning and polishing. It really depends on whether they are surface stains or discoloration inside of the teeth. For deeper stains, do bleaching. For surface stains that do not respond to regular cleaning, find a dentist that does enamel microabrasion. This removes a tiny bit from the outer enamel. READ MORE

  • Do gums grow around dentures?

    No, they do not. But sometimes, if there is denture irritation from a sore spot underneath a denture, the gum tissues can "grow" around the area, sort of like a callous forms from excess rubbing on areas of skin. READ MORE

  • What is a fixed dental bridge?

    Look it up on Google and press images to see a picture. Www.ada.org is also helpful. First understand what a crown is. For teeth that are very broken down, a crown is made to support and rebuild the tooth. Roughly 2 millimeters are removed from the top and all around the tooth after decay is removed and replaced with filling material. Then an impression is taken and the lab makes a crown which looks like the tooth, and it is cemented in permanently. If you are missing a tooth and the tooth ahead and behind the space are shaped for a crown and impressioned, the lab makes a one piece 3-tooth bridge and it is cemented in permanently. READ MORE

  • How often should you replace a dental bridge?

    Ten years is considered successful, but the bridge can last 20 or more years. It should be replaced if decay recurs or if a root canal needs to be done after it is placed or if an important part breaks, like the contact area. A lot depends on how you take care of it. You should avoid a sugary and high carb diet, sugary drinks and juices, and you should brush, floss and clean under the bridge with floss and a floss threader daily, as well as going regularly for checkups. READ MORE

  • How long can I wait to get crown after implant?

    Ask the doctor who is going to place the implant. It depends. Sometimes you will need to wait 6 months, sometimes 4 months, sometimes 2 months, and in some cases, the tooth is restored within a month, but it depends on many factors. Is there a tooth in the space that needs to be extracted? If so, is it infected? Will you need a bone graft? In what part of the mouth is it located? Ask your surgeon, and the dentist who will restore and place the crown. READ MORE

  • Is it possible for a child to be allergic to toothpaste?

    Of course it is possible. Try another toothpaste. READ MORE

  • What foods cause gingivitis?

    Plaque, the sticky, white film on the teeth, is what causes gingivitis. Foods don’t cause it. But sugars and carbohydrates which turn into sugars cause plaque to form because that is what the bacteria in plaque like to eat. Avoid sugars and minimize carbs, but you must brush and floss to remove the plaque every day to avoid gingivitis. READ MORE

  • How long should you wait to drink coffee after teeth whitening?

    Ideally 2 weeks, but if you have the bleach trays, you can wear them and/or drink it with a straw and rinse with water afterwards. When bleaching, the "pores" of the enamel are opened and stain can get in more easily and undo some of the effects of bleaching. READ MORE

  • What is the best medicine for swollen gums?

    You need to see a dentist. READ MORE

  • Can I go to work the next day after a tooth extraction?

    Yes. READ MORE

  • Do the teeth whitening pens work?

    The best deal for mild to moderate whitening is the whitening strips at Costco. Whitening pens are not that great. If you need a lot of whitening, go to the dentist for custom trays and overnight whitening gel (~$700). READ MORE

  • Can I get a filling if I am pregnant?

    Yes, you can get novocaine and a filling, but NOT a silver filling. Silver fillings cause a brief exposure to mercury, which can be bad for the baby. READ MORE

  • Does hydrogen peroxide kill cavities?

    No. It might kill some germs, but not all. The decay must be removed and a filling placed to seal out decay. Don't wait, because the decay might get deeper and reach the pulp with the nerve, and that will be a much bigger problem. See a dentist. READ MORE

  • How long do composite fillings last on back teeth?

    It depends. If you eat a lot of sugar and drink sugary drinks, they might READ MORE

  • How long do composite fillings last?

    Silver amalgam fillings are considered successful if they last 10 years. Composites should last that long, but if moisture or saliva contaminates them during placement, they can fail prematurely and, unfortunately, the average lifetime before decay recurs is less than eight years, I think. Much depends on diet, hygiene, how cavity prone you are from a genetic standpoint, and the quality of care, materials, and techniques of the treating dentist. It is sad that newer materials don’t last as long as older silver fillings, and many dentists are careless as well as many patients have horrible diets. READ MORE

  • Should I brush my teeth after a filling?

    You can brush with your regular schedule once or twice per day. If a silver filling is placed, wait for one hour before brushing. There is no need to brush just because a filling was placed, but rinse your mouth with water to be sure any remnants of your old filling, decay, or excess material from the new filling is removed. READ MORE

  • How long do you have to wear braces after your teeth are straight?

    That depends on your individual condition and treatment. Ask the Orthodontist and they can tell you. READ MORE

  • Can braces tighten loose teeth?

    No. But why is the tooth loose? Most often, a tooth can become mobile when there is a lot of bone loss around it. But you are very young and usually that happens with age. If the tooth is loose due to trauma. then maybe it can be splinted to the adjacent teeth to make it tighter. Go to a dentist and find out why it is loose and what can be done about it. READ MORE

  • Can you get braces if you need fillings?

    Get the fillings done first, then get braces. READ MORE

  • Can scaling damage your teeth?


  • Can dentures have their color customized?

    Dentures have a pink portion that looks like the gums, and teeth. People with darker skin color can have darker gum color and the shade of the teeth can be selected by the patient as well. The conventional shade guide we use has a shade B-1 which is the lightest and brightest. They also have "bleach shades" available which are even whiter, but I am unsure if they make denture teeth those shades. Also, there are custom denture teeth made of porcelain (hard to find these days) or "composite " materials that are more expensive, and more esthetic than conventional stock processed acrylic teeth. Ask your dentist. READ MORE

  • What is the best teeth whitening treatment at the dentist?

    Laser whitening is too expensive. Forget that. Then there is Zoom; also expensive, and they don’t make you a custom fitted tray so that you cannot “touch up” after 18 months when whitening begins to revert. Some offices offer free whitening for life, but require you to get and pay high fees for checkups and cleanings and X-rays, which is far from “free.” In-office 1-hour bleaching without the light works, but it depends how much lighter you want your teeth to be. One hour only lightens so much. Zoom light assisted bleaching and home bleaching are the same. READ MORE

  • How do you flush out a dry socket?

    After an extraction has clotted, it is recommended that you rinse with water after every meal for the next week to keep the area clean to encourage normal healing. A dry socket occurs when the socket does not clot properly. Usually this is painful, and the doctor will apply a dry socket paste to the area to reduce pain and encourage a clot to form so natural healing can occur. I am not sure what you mean. If a doctor told you to flush it out, then rinse with water after eating. If not, I am afraid rinsing might cause it to bleed because of a clotting problem. Ask your doctor. READ MORE

  • Is it normal for a crown to be sensitive?

    Sometimes a new crown can be sensitive if the bite is hitting too hard and it has to be relieved by grinding a bit off and repolishing. Sometimes, if the tooth did not have root canal and there was deep decay and you got the crown shortly after the decay was removed, it might be sensitive for another month before it heals. Sometimes the sensitivity may mean that the pulp is dying and you will need root canal. Sometimes the tooth has exposed root structure beneath or above where the crown ends (the margin) and the root surface should be covered, so the crown needs to be remade. READ MORE

  • Do crowns on front teeth look natural?

    The hardest tooth to match is a single front tooth. Some crowns look better than others. Get a ceramic crown done by a local lab and go to the lab for a custom shade match. Do not accept the crown unless you are happy with it. READ MORE

  • Can a dental cleaning whiten teeth?

    Yes, if you have stains on the surface of your teeth, the cleaning will remove them. It will not lighten the inside of your teeth like whitening products do. READ MORE

  • Are dental implants long-lasting?

    Yes. If you use a good, surgeon, lab and restorative dentist. Generally speaking, implants have over 90% success for 10 years, they do not decay and there is negligible bone loss around the implant over time. Ask the surgeon for their long-term success rate and ask the restoring dentist the same question. Do not look for the least expensive option, because they are often the worst. READ MORE

  • Are zirconia crowns more expensive than porcelain?

    No. Ceramic crowns are about the same fee whether they are porcelain, zirconia or lithium disilicate. However, don’t be so sure that you want zirconia crowns, because they are not the most esthetic crowns available. If you come in for a consultation and I see your X-rays, I can explain more. READ MORE

  • How to treat a mouth burn in a child?

    You can buy orabase at the pharmacy and apply it to the burn with a q-tip. It is a suave that will cover the lesion and protect it like a band-aid. They also sell orabase with benzocaine which will numb the pain somewhat. After a day or two, it will begin to heal and pain will lessen. If the burn was large or deep, you should see a dentist or physician and let them evaluate it. Sometimes orabase with a steroid can be prescribed. Sometimes an antibiotic ointment may be indicated. READ MORE

  • Does coconut oil whiten teeth?


  • What could be the cause of a white tongue?

    It is probably not a big deal, but it could be several different things. See your dentist and they will decide whether to biopsy and determine exactly what it is. READ MORE

  • What are the long-term affects of teeth grinding?

    See a dentist and ask them. READ MORE

  • What are the home remedies for mouth ulcers?

    If they are located on or near the lips, they may be herpes and there is no good home remedy. If inside the mouth, buy Orabase with benzocaine and dab onto ulcer with a q-tip. If the ulcer is from a burn, pure aloe vera is helpful. For candida lesions, usually look like white milk curds, oil of oregano, but it burns and can be diluted with water. READ MORE

  • Is surgery the only option for treating TMJ?

    Surgery is rarely an option depending upon severity, degree of disk degeneration, and a host of other factors. Go to Columbia TMJ clinic in Manhattan for an evaluation and recommended options. READ MORE

  • How do you fix spacing between teeth?

    See an orthodontist. Get braces or Invisalign. READ MORE

  • What is the best option for replacing a missing tooth?

    A dental implant is usually the ideal replacement for a missing tooth. I do not know which tooth, the amount of bone support, your finances, etc., so make an appointment with a dentist to discuss the options, costs, risks, and benefits of all options before making a decision. READ MORE

  • Why are my gums so sore?

    Maybe you are brushing and/or flossing too hard, see sawing under the gums, or brushing on the gums and are hurting yourself. Maybe you have diabetes and/or haven't been to the dentist for a while for a professional cleaning. Maybe you have gum disease. Use a soft brush. See your dentist and ask them. READ MORE

  • Is fluoride toothpaste safe?

    Of course it is safe and effective at reducing decay. First of all, you spit it out and rinse if you are worried about fluoride. Don’t you think they test and research before it is approved? And after over 60 years, I haven’t heard about people being adversely affected except children who accidentally ingested the very concentrated fluoride treatment gel administered at a dental office. So, did you ever realize that there is fluoride in foods and drinks we have every day? Are you worried about that? Perhaps the highest fluoride content is in tea, and that is considered to be good for you! Don’t bother doing a research study: tens of millions of Chinese people have been drinking 5-10 cups a day for centuries and it hasn’t made them sick. READ MORE

  • What can I do with my broken molar?

    If you leave it, it will probably get worse, and eventually, you may get an infection that may or may not hurt, and the worst thing that could happen is that it could kill you. READ MORE

  • The insides of my teeth are turning black. Why?

    Maybe stain; let a dentist take a look! READ MORE

  • Can a small crack in my tooth heal on its own?

    No, tooth structure does not grow back READ MORE

  • Can gum disease cause your teeth to fall out?

    YES! 70% of all teeth extracted are due to gum disease. It is by far the most common reason teeth are extracted. READ MORE

  • What should I do if my dentures feel loose?

    Get a denture realign, probably. READ MORE

  • Dental consultation for dentures?

    Go to the dentist, get full mouth x-rays, exam, and consultation to find out your options, cost, pros and cons of each alternative, etc. Cannot make a diagnosis and treatment plan without these things. READ MORE

  • Will cavities require root canals?

    Depends how deep the tooth decay is. If it is deep enough to reach the pulp which contains tiny blood vessels and the nerve, then either root canal and crown or extraction is indicated. Otherwise just a filling is needed. READ MORE

  • Can I have surgery to fix TMJ?

    Probably not. Surgery is rarely performed in only the most severely damaged TMJ joints. Avoid chewing gum, don’t open wide, eat a soft food diet, use warm to hot moist heat compresses and massage to joints when they hurt and Advil or Alene with food as directed when symptomatic. READ MORE

  • How long does a filling take to heal?

    6-8 weeks READ MORE

  • Does a tooth extraction affect the brain?

    If a car mechanic uses his dirty tool to extract an upper molar tooth, he can get an infection that goes into the brain and it can be fatal. If someone has a lower wisdom tooth that is impacted in the jawbone, extracting it can damage the nerve that gives sensation to that side of the mouth and this could cause permanent numbness. Doctors usually use sterilized instruments and take x-rays showing if impacted teeth are very close to the nerve and will sometimes refuse to extract because of the potential to cause nerve damage. So the answer is that those things are possible, but very, very unlikely and it is foolish to think that it is something you should be worried about. READ MORE

  • Do I need antibiotics for a tooth extraction?

    That depends. If there is an infection with a swelling, then they are usually given. However, if there is not an infection, for instance, the tooth had decay into the pulp, but was still alive, then antibiotics need not be given. Often they are given after an extraction, but that is often not necessary, and only when healing pain is persistent for over two days might they be prescribed. READ MORE

  • Is my jaw pain from wisdom teeth?

    Very possible. Get x-rays to confirm. READ MORE

  • What will my dental follow up be like after getting my braces removed?

    Same as always. Look for cavities, cleaning, X-rays. READ MORE

  • Should I get all of my wisdom teeth extracted in one appointment?

    Yes, but I don't recommend it.  It is best to get one side done at a time and wait at least 3-4 weeks before doing the other side. READ MORE

  • Why does a cracked tooth have to be pulled?

    It depends. If the tooth is fractured down the root and in 2 pieces, there is not much that can be done. Food will get stuck in between, the pulp will die and become infected and these problems can’t be corrected. But if the pieces are not completely separated, the tooth can be shaped for a crown after bonding the pieces together and if a temporary crown can be fabricated around the tooth to splint it back together cleanly, a crown impression can be taken and the crown will hold the fractured parts together. If the pulp is involved, root canal can be performed after the temporary crown is made by making a hole through the chewing surface. Afterwards, the impression can be taken if the pieces can be bonded together and the permanent crown, once placed, will hold the parts together. If the crack is at or above the gum line, a crown can be made to salvage the tooth. READ MORE

  • What is the best whitening toothpaste?

    Whitening toothpastes are a waste of money. The degree of whitening is proportional to the concentration and contact time of the active ingredient. When I make professional bleach trays, patients typically wear the trays for 40 hours or more. Do you know how long the toothpaste is in your mouth before you spit it out? Even if it is one minute, do you realize that there are 2,400 minutes in 40 hours, so you would need to use the toothpaste for about six years to get decent results! That is BS. Stop wasting your money. Get professional whitening at the dentist for about $600 or try the whitening strips which are cheaper, but not as good because saliva reduces the concentration of the bleaching agent. READ MORE

  • My child accidentally ate toothpaste. What should I do?

    Overreacting. Buy the infant toothpaste or one without fluoride for your child and don't worry. READ MORE

  • When should I consider porcelain veneers?

    That depends. Always consider orthodontics first. If you are considering anything, go to your dentist, get all cavities restored, get a cleaning and make sure you are brushing and flossing daily. Next, ask your general dentist if orthodontics will give you a nice smile; maybe you need whitening. Only if you are in a state of oral health and ortho will not be sufficient should you consider veneers. They are expensive and they may need to be redone in 10-15 years, so there is a lot to think about. READ MORE

  • How do I know if I need a root canal?

    Yes, sometimes you can experience a lot of pain when a root canal is needed. But I cannot be sure without an exam, X-ray, and some diagnostic tests. Sometimes if there is an infection, antibiotics will be prescribed, but please get to a dentist ASAP and if you are fearful, you can go to a dentist that offers sedation or general anesthesia. READ MORE

  • Can my silver fillings be replaced with white fillings?

    Yes, of course. But if you have insurance, they may not pay for them if they are not failing, that is, if they do not have recurrent decay. Sometimes the ins. company asks for X-rays to indicate if decay is present and it isn't right to ask the insurance co. to reimburse you simply because you like the appearance of tooth-colored fillings better than the silver ones. READ MORE

  • Can flossing causes spaces between my teeth?


  • How often do you need your teeth cleaned?

    You should see your dentist at least once per year. Are you concerned that you might have tooth decay or gum disease? You should be. How about oral cancer, God forbid! Get a cancer screening, X-rays, exam, and cleaning and get out of your state of denial. I am not your mother, but you are an adult and you are free to do whatever you want, but you need to be true to yourself. READ MORE

  • Are my medications staining my teeth?

    Yes, that is very common. Ask your Physician if there is another form of supplement that will avoid the problem. Meantime, once the alternative replaces the iron tablets, go to the dentist for a cleaning and the stains can be removed. READ MORE

  • What causes dental erosions?

    Chemical erosion usually comes from acidic foods and drinks that may linger in the mouth, like lemon juice.. Bulimia (throwing up) can cause it from the acid within vomit. Mechanical erosion from overzealous brushing with a medium or hard brush also a possibility. READ MORE

  • Is it bad that I leave food in between my teeth?

    Plaque plus food in between the teeth forms acid that can cause cavities and gum disease. Yes, its a bad idea. READ MORE

  • Why do I have sensitivity in all my lower teeth?

    Could be several possibilities: Root sensitivity would be my first guess, but you must see your dentist and let them diagnose the problem READ MORE

  • Do teeth get affected during pregnancy?

    Pregnancy gingivitis affects the gums and could cause tenderness and bleeding due to the fact that there are many hormones circulating in the body during pregnancy. The same processes that are forming new blood vessels and the circulatory system of the baby are going through you and can cause changes and inflammation of your gum tissues. Floss and brush everyday and if you experience significant pain, swelling, bleeding, tenderness, see your dentist and they can help. READ MORE

  • I have a boil on my gums. What should I do to treat it?

    See the dentist. READ MORE

  • Can braces get rusted?

    No. Ask your dentist if you are worried. READ MORE

  • Can you be prone to getting cavities?

    Certainly. But he can help minimize the likelihood by using Act flouride rinse- if he is old enough. Before bedtime, after all eating and drinking, brush w/ toothpaste and rinse w/ water. They fill the bottlecap up to the line and swish for 1 minute. Then spit out and keep spitting out for 1 minute. DO NOT RINSE. Go to bed. Do this 3 times per week. READ MORE

  • My tooth infection keeps coming back. Can it signify something more serious?

    Get a second opinion and tell your physician about it. It is possible that there is an underlying systemic condition such as diabetes, but I cannot tell you what is going on based on limited information. AllI can say is that the infection must be controlled or resolved. READ MORE

  • Swollen and localised pain after done a deep cleaning; is this normal?

    Tell you dentist. Sometimes if pockets are 6 mm., giving antibiotic concomitantly with therapy is a good idea for making an easier transition to health. Are you flossing daily and were you shown how to perform effective hygiene? This is critical to success and the responsibility of the dr. or hygienist to explain to you, and you to perform daily. READ MORE

  • Why am I so exhausted after removal of infected root canal molar?

    Visit your dentist, let them reevaluate and see your primary care physician and let them know what is happening. READ MORE

  • Are there any home remedies to treat bleeding gums?

    Ask dentist if he has gum disease. If so get it treated and bleeding should stop. If not, see a physician and tell them. READ MORE

  • What causes swelling in the gums?

    Usually infection. Show the dentist how you brush, floss and ask if it is appropriate. READ MORE

  • Are OTC products recommended for teeth whitening?

    Whitening strips work. Whitening toothpaste is not effective unless you use it for a long time. That is a waste of money. If you want to whiten more than a little, go to the dentist for custom whitening trays and gel. READ MORE

  • I have some pain around the right side of my jawline. What could it be?

    See a dentist. You need an X-ray and gum evaluation. READ MORE

  • What causes yellowing teeth?

    Get a dental cleaning and polishing. If that doesn’t help, may need X-rays. If only front 2 teeth, maybe whitening. READ MORE

  • My gum is swollen but only in the back of my mouth. What could this be?

    Infection. See a dentist. READ MORE

  • I have tooth sensitivity but no cavities. What could be the reason?

    Toothbrush/brushing technique, gum disease with bone loss and gum recession. Ask if you have root sensitivity. If so, can use Act fluoride rinse and/or have bonded fillings to cover sensitive roots. READ MORE

  • What can be done for chipped tooth?

    Bonding. READ MORE

  • How long will a teeth whitening treatment last?

    18 months on average before color begins to revert, but can do touch ups to keep whitened shade. READ MORE

  • How often should you floss?

    Daily. READ MORE

  • I have a black stain on my tooth. How can I get it removed?

    Possibly. Ask your dentist if it can be polished away. READ MORE

  • Do dental whitening toothpastes contain bleach?


  • Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist G4 implants

    Never heard of those implants. Get a second opinion. READ MORE

  • How long will I have to wait for my next session after first round of root canal?

    One or two weeks is fine. If you have to wait much longer, maybe the office is too busy for you. Sometimes, calcium hydroxide therapy is utilized and it takes up to one month to work before last visit when root canal therapy is completed. READ MORE

  • What is the best way to treat dental plaque?

    Toothbrushing daily with toothpaste. READ MORE

  • Braces

    Not necessarily. READ MORE

  • Is teething delay in children normal?

    Yes, sometimes it occurs later than others. Ask your dentist about it. READ MORE

  • My gum hurts where my wisdom tooth was taken out. Is this normal?

    See your dentist. Get an X-ray and evaluation. READ MORE

  • I had a root canal and the same tooth is hurting again. What should I do?

    Go back to the dentist that did it. Or go to a specialist (Endodontist). If you waited over a month after the root canal, the temporary filling may be leaking and the root canal failing READ MORE

  • My nephew has one tooth erupting and he is just 1 month old. Is it normal?

    Yes, it is normal. Some children get their teeth sooner and some later than others READ MORE

  • How should I select my toothpaste?

    Colgate total. It has an FDA approved plaque killing agent that works for several hours. Other toothpastes like Crest have only unproven claims. Whitening toothpastes are more abrasive and an ineffective method for whitening. Act Fluoride rinse (use at night) is better than any desensitizing toothpaste and remineralizing toothpastes are BS; Chewing on cheese and leaving it in your mouth for a few minutes works better. The "sodium caseinate" ingredient in these toothpastes is casein- the protein in milk that curdles. No magic here. READ MORE

  • My son's teeth are discoloured. Why?

    Juice could cause this. Iron supplements that are chewable can do it. Have the dentist do a cleaning and see if it disappears. If a tooth sustains trauma like falling on it, it can turn black when the pulp(nerve) dies but not ALL of the teeth. READ MORE

  • What is the right age for kids to brush their teeth on their own?

    Kids can overbrush, underbrush, forget to brush, brush hard on the gums and damage them, use too much toothpaste and swallow it- all can be bad. Teach them to do it on their own but always WATCH them. After they turn 5 they are mature enough to be in charge. READ MORE

  • What does bone loss in the teeth mean?

    Bone loss around the teeth that hold the teeth in place. This is Periodontal disease and diabetics ESPECIALLY need to get it treated, follow directions and go 2-4 times per year for cleanings. It will help control the severity of your diabetes as well. You must floss as well as brush. You may have bone loss but your periodontal disease is under control. If so, that is better but keep up with regular care. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth abscess be seen on an X-ray?

    sometimes, usually if it is present for 6 months to a year. You can get a pulp test to identify it sooner. How old? is it the adult tooth coming in? too many possibilities. See the dentist- they will evaluate it and maybe take an x-ray. READ MORE

  • Is oil pulling ever recommended by dentists?

    This is really just stupid if you don't mind me saying that. Supposedly bacterial cells stick to the oil and you spit them out with the oil. Why not brush your teeth and gently brush your tongue and then spit out these bacteria? Flossing removes the rest of the bacteria and you are done. A lot simpler than leaving oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. READ MORE

  • Is higher or lower pressure better with water flossers?

    leave it half way. that is safest. READ MORE

  • What are the natural ways to deal with tooth sensitivity?

    Tough call. If you know which tooth it is and pain lasts for a minute or more, wakes you up from sleep, you should get the root canal or extraction. You won't get painkillers when you are pregnant; may be better not to wait. Don't know natural ways to treat tooth sensitivity. READ MORE

  • What could be the cause of my throbbing tooth pain?

    the bite could be hitting too hard on this tooth; you might have a gum abscess; maybe dental infection. See the dentist and they will figure it out. READ MORE

  • How long after my extraction stitches are removed can I drink or eat?

    immediately READ MORE

  • What are the steps involved in maintaining good oral hygiene?

    floss daily and just gargle with water. Go to the dentist twice a year for professional cleaning. READ MORE

  • What are the best ways to get rid of tooth sensitivity?

    Act fluoride rinse swish for one minute before bed and after brush, floss and rinsing. Then spit out and continue to spit out for 1 minute. then do not rinse; go to bed. Every day for 2 weeks, then 3 times per week thereafter. If sensitivity is pretty bad, you can get bonding to cover the sensitive spots and it will disappear READ MORE

  • I had my wisdom tooth removed yesterday. When can I start eating solid food again?

    wait a day or two. You can eat tomorrow, just be careful- favor the opposite side and rinse after eating. If the doctor did not give you instructions, call them ASAP and ask. They are required to tell you. READ MORE

  • How can I manage my child’s dental health yet allow him to eat sweets?

    Sugar, sweets and chocolate give you and your child cavities. Tooth decay is a disease and the consequences include pain, big dental bills, and many bad things you would never want for your child. get rid of all the candy and sweets in your house. tell your child that sweets have tiny bugs in them that eat holes in your teeth and he should not eat any of it. If you don't make a firm commitment now, you will regret it. Tell him if he ever eats sweets, he must rinse the bugs out with a lot of water. Teach him about fruits. they are sweet and they don't have bugs in them. Tell him you will buy him all the fruits he wants and let him taste a lot of different ones and always have some in the house. The bugs actually do form after you eat sweets but that is too complicated at his age. Also, you can buy sweets made with Xylitol which is all natural, tastes like sugar, and won't give him cavities. Tell him this is the only candy without bugs. READ MORE

  • Can using mouthwash frequently negatively impact the health of my teeth?

    Mouthwash is useless except to make your breath smell nice. The alcohol in mouthwash could hurt the gum tissues and one study said that mouthwash is bad because it kills good bacteria as well as bad bacteria in your mouth. Mouthwash only kills the bacteria you can reach with your toothbrush; I would rather brush my teeth and spit out the germs than rinse with mouthwash and have a bunch of dead germs in my mouth. Save your money. Don't use it at all. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for permanent teeth to come after his primary teeth fall?

    Usually pretty soon, but if you are worried about whether everything is normal, the dentist can take an x-ray to see if the permanent teeth are present. READ MORE

  • What is the course of treatment for periodontitis?

    scaling and root planing in all quadratnt with gum pockets 5 mm. or greater. then reevaluation if pockets are still too deep to maintain, for surgery. treatment will not work unless she commits to daily flossing and regular follow up. READ MORE

  • I had a root canal and the area still hurts. Is something wrong?

    If the dentist said the treatment was completed you may need to see a specialist. there may be an additional root canal that needs to be treated. If you waited too ling with the temporary filling, the filling may be leaking and causing the root canal to fail. if the tooth was never restored with a crown, the tooth may have fractured. READ MORE

  • I had some bleeding in my gums while brushing. Could it be serious?

    probably have gum disease. get a good cleaning, ask the dentist to do a perio charting and get a copy. look at it and if there are any numbers 5 or higher, ask dentist to show you where 5 millimeters is on their perio probe. then ask them to show you the pocket in your mouth while you watch in the mirror. if it is really 5 mm deep, then follow their instructions and get scaling and root planing in each quadrant (upper left, lower right, etc.) where the charting shows 5 mm. pockets or higher. the pockets must be reduced in order to be able to control gum disease and if you aren't going to commit to flossing almost every day, the treatment will ultimately fail. then you will live with the disease, you will not be in a state of health, and this may lead to premature tooth loss. READ MORE

  • For small kids how frequent should dentist visits be?

    Once a year if there aren't cavities. READ MORE

  • At what age can my little one start brushing her teeth on her own?

    around 5, maybe sooner if you observe them and they do it correctly three consecutive times. use the toothpast for young children without fluoride and use very little. a pea-sized amount. make sure they are not swallowing toothpaste and not brushing on the gums. READ MORE

  • Will frequent teeth cleanings remove spots from my teeth?

    depends. if you drink lots of tea or coffee every day it may be difficult to remove. ask for a dental office with a prophyjet. this is more effective READ MORE

  • My front tooth got chipped at the bottom. What can be done about it?

    Bonding can possibly be done. READ MORE

  • Will mouthwash erode my teeth enamel?

    Mouthwash is unnecessary; just brush AND floss daily. See a dentist. You may have gum disease. READ MORE

  • Can pomegranate cause teeth staining?

    yes READ MORE

  • Are cavities possible in baby teeth?

    of course. READ MORE

  • My molars are hurting. I already had my wisdom teeth all taken out. What can this be?

    Gum disease, tooth decay, sinusitis, many possibilities. see your dentist and ask. READ MORE

  • What are the ways to close the gap between two frontal teeth?

    Orthodontics, crowns, laminates, or composite bonding READ MORE

  • Is bleeding of gums dangerous for a diabetic patient?

    Certainly. Diabetes and gum disease affect each other. Get to a dentist ASAP and have this treated and practice good oral hygiene- floss daily and see your dentist every 3 months for a cleaning after the gum disease is under control and your diabetes problem will show improvement. Getting cleanings every 3 months could actually help you reduce the number of medications you need for diabetes. You must control carbohydrate intake and eat less and become more active. This is not medical advice, it is only my opinion. READ MORE

  • I underwent a root canal treatment and it is in pain again. What could be the reason?

    Go back to the dentist and let them evaluate it. READ MORE

  • How many times should I floss?

    Flossing is harmful if you do it incorrectly; if you are not sawing it under the gums and being rough, I could see the potential to cause trauma, but it is really silly to say it could be harmful. Flossing once per day properly and thoroughly is sufficient to maintain health. This is not medical Advice, it is just my opinion. READ MORE

  • I have severe pain in my deep cavity filling. What could this be?

    Get the bite checked by the dentist. Make sure it is not hitting harder than the other teeth when you bite or clench and grind forward, back, left and right. You may need root canal if pain does not subside in upcoming weeks. The tooth is like bone- it takes 6-8weeks to heal. If pain is intense for 1 minute, wakes you up at night, comes on out of the blue and continues for 1 minute, you may need the root canal or extraction. Get x-rays and get cavities restored before they become so deep and you will have less problems, hopefully, in the future. This is not medical advice, it is my opinion. READ MORE

  • I have white dots on both of my gums and tongue. What could these be?

    Let your dentist look at it and tell you if it is normal or a cause for concern. READ MORE

  • Why does my breath stink?

    If you have not already, see your dentist. It may be a gum or tooth infection, gum disease, a significant buildup of tartar (calculus), etc. If you have had the cleaning, addressed all dental issues, and brushing and flossing daily, it may be GERD. This is when stomach acids slip up into the back of the throat. Some people just have bad breath when they get up in the morning because they have not eaten and the body goes into starvation mode, burning the fat stores for energy. Also brush the tongue when you brush to remove odor causing plaque and bacterial by-products. READ MORE

  • I am getting abscesses in my infected tooth. How do I treat them?

    You need either a root canal, post and crown OR an extraction. This is not medical advice, it is just my opinion. READ MORE

  • Why are some people's canine teeth sharper than others?

    First of all, the shape of teeth are variable. All canines have certain characteristics in common, however they do not all look exactly the same; some may have more rounded cusps and some may be sharper or more pointy. Also, the way that teeth wear and the degree to which they wear can cause them to become more rounded or more sharp and pointed. This is my opinion, not medical advice. READ MORE

  • Why do some dentists hurt during cleanings more than others?

    Ok, there are a few things to understand. When a dentist performs a "cleaning" the term used and the insurance code is a "prophylaxis". That means prevention and it is defined as cleaning and scraping away the buildup and stains at or above the gumline. That kind of cleaning does not hurt much unless you have receeded gums and cold drinks are bothersome(root sensitivity). But the buildup exists below the gumline too in most cases, and some dentists are so devoted that they will clean below the gumline to remove as much buildup as possible, which is a better service and really MORE than a prophy. This unfortunately can be more painful, Novocaine gel can be applied beforehand to lessen this. You really need to get evaluated for periodontitis which is irreversible bone loss- gum disease- as opposed to gingivitis which is reversible inflammation. Get your perio charting of the whole mouth and any pockets measuring 5mm or more indicate periodontitis which requires Scaling and root planing (different code and term than prophylaxis which means definitive removal of the mineralized buildup below the gumline) and it is often performed with novocaine injections prior to treatment to control discomfort. This is not medical advice, it is only my opinion. Thanks Dr. Acquista READ MORE

  • What is gingivitis and its risk factors?

    Gingivitis is a reversible form of gum disease. If the buildup of plaque, which is the bacteria and their byproducts which forms on the teeth, is removed with proper brushing and flossing every day, then the gingivitis will disappear in 2 weeks. Sugary foods and drinks as well as carbohydrate-containing foods such as potatoes and pasta cause more plaque than other foods and drinks. This is not medical advice- it is just my opinion. Thank you. READ MORE

  • Are these crackling sounds in my ear from TMJ?

    Yes it is possibly related to your previous TMJ issues. You almost always will be predisposed to flareups but there are some things you can do to minimize the likelihood of flareups. Avoid chewing gum, opening wide, and foods that require a lot of hard chewing. Increased stress can also help to cause a flareup. If you clench and/or grind your teeth at night, a nightguard might help. Aspirin, advil, or aleve as directed with food if you have pain and a soft diet is recommended until symptoms subside. If you need to see a dentist with expertise in TMJ in my neighborhood, try Dr. Bernstein. Most flareups are self-limiting but see a doctor if symptoms persist or are worsening. This is my opinion- not medical advice. READ MORE

Areas of expertise and specialization

Cosmetic dentistry, Implant restoration, Endodontic ( Root canal) therapy

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • - 2017




  • Bridges
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Bonding
  • Bleaching
  • Veneers
  • Ceramic Crowns
  • Crowns
  • Dental Fillings
  • Extractions
  • Fluoride
  • Implant Dentistry
  • Initial Oral Examination
  • Metal-free Crowns (ceramic Crowns)
  • Night Guards
  • Periodontal Treatment
  • Perioprotect
  • Root Canals
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Brushing And Flossing Instructions
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Sealants
  • Cosmetic Dentures
  • Treating Bad Breath
  • Diagnosing Oral Diseases
  • Tooth Decay
  • Periodontal (gum) Disease
  • Tmj Problems
  • Malocclusion
  • Restoring Decayed Teeth
  • Amalgam (silver) Fillings
  • Composite Fillings
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • Non-surgical Gum Treatments
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Dental Emergencies
  • Toothaches
  • Traumatic Injuries

Professional Memberships

  • Acdemy of General Dentistry, Steinway Study Club, Peninsula Dental Society,  
  • American Dental Association  
  • Professional Member Academy of General Dentistry 
  • Professional Member Steinway Study Club 
  • Professional Member Peninsula Dental Society 
  • Professional Member Bay Ridge Dental Society 


  • West Chester County Med Center General Practice  

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Guild for Exceptional Children

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