Dr. Cristi Freinberg-Trufas receives AGD Fellowship Award

Dr. Freinberg-Trufas receives AGD Fellowship award

by Barbara Reina / Barbara Reina Productions, LLC (posted by Barbara Reina)


Valatie resident, Dr. Cristi Freinberg-Trufas, DDS, of Hudson Valley Dental Care, PC in East Greenbush, NY, was honored with a Fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry at a July 15, 2017 Convocation ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dr. Freinberg-Trufas was the only Fellowship award recipient (FAGD) this year, with a practice located in Rensselaer County. He was one of nine honored from New York State among the overall 281 listed in the AGD 2017 convocation program.

Born in Romania, Dr. Freinberg-Trufas’ love for education, dentistry, travel and family, led him to the Capital Region to base his family dentistry practice in Rensselaer County. He joined his father-in-law, long-time Valatie resident, Norman Freinberg, at Hudson Valley Dental Care in 2002. His father-in-law’s example as an FAGD and mentorship spurred him on to following in his footsteps.

To be eligible for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Fellowship award, dentists must earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing education (CE) credits, pass a comprehensive exam, be an AGD member for three consecutive years, apply for the award and attend the AGD Convocation Ceremony.

Today, recent graduates of dental institutions can rack up to 250 CE credits in residency toward an AGD Fellowship. That wasn’t the case when Dr. Freinberg-Trufas started his practice in 2002. Although starting with zero CE credits, maintaining his practice and raising a family, he continued climbing toward the 500 credit destination of continuing education.

“In addition to my patients, I speak to kids at schools about dental health and careers. I’ve also traveled a bit around the world doing the same,” Dr. Freinberg-Trufas said.

Reaching new destinations with education and dental care has become part of Dr. Freinberg-Trufas’ lifestyle. In October of 2015, he voluntarily traveled to Zambia, partnering with International Caring Hands to provide free dental care, train nurses and staff.

“It’s amazing to see how even in the poorest of conditions the fundamentals of dentistry are similar,” he commented.

In Zambia, Dr. Freinberg-Trufas worked in a fully-equipped mobile van with a local assistant, an interpreter and a mission nurse. “I was there for just over a week and easily treated 100 patients a day. Hundreds of people lined up every day and waited patiently for care. There was no commerce involved, just care and a two-way understanding and appreciation between me and the people I treated,” recalled Dr. Freinberg-Trufas. “I provided mostly emergency dentistry. I trained the staff and nurse as needed. My hope was that they could continue to educate others about good dental health,” he added.

In December of 2016, he traveled to Portugal to attend a course in new techniques in orthodontics. In May of 2016, he traveled to Haiti to visit the Faculte D’ Odontologie-Haitian Dental School. Dr. Freinberg-Trufas donated dental supplies, met with the Dean and toured the school.

“Haiti has had its share of misfortune lately and I wanted to see how I could help. I brought dental supplies to the school and talked to staff and students at Dental School about practicing dentistry in the United States in a typical private practice. I continue to encourage other dentists to help Haiti.” Dr. Freinberg-Trufas said.

Dr. Freinberg-Trufas is committed to providing the highest quality patient care, dedicated to the dental profession and highly self-motivated. He graduated the New York University College of Dentistry as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2002. He earned a Masters in Physics and Material Science from the University at Albany in 1997 and a Masters in Solid State Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania in 1992. He is an AGD Fellow, affiliated with the American Dental Association, (ADA), the New York State Dental Society and Third District Dental Society.

Dr. Freinberg-Trufas continues to meet the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) requirement of 60 CE hours every three years.

Hudson Valley Dental Care, PC serves more than 10,000 patients in all phases of general dentistry for patients of all ages. Providing family dentistry for two decades, Hudson Valley Dental Care offers treatment options including Invisalign, veneers and dental implants.

Photos: Valatie resident, Dr. Cristi Freinberg-Trufas, DDS, of Hudson Valley Dental Care, PC in East Greenbush, NY, was honored with a Fellowship award from the Academy of General Dentistry at a July 15, 2017 Convocation ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. The three velvet bands or chevrons, on the sleeves are lilac, which is the official color of dentistry. The front panels are trimmed with blue, the color of education.

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Automated Appointment Confirmation System at HVDC

We are excited to announce that Hudson Valley Dental Care is now using a completely confidential system to send appointment reminders and confirm appointments, allowing you to confirm appointments from anywhere! You can expect to receive a text message or email reminder about your upcoming appointment, one month before it is scheduled. This will allow you to double check your calendar and give us a call if you have any conflicts. Then you will receive a text message or email 5 days before your appointment. To confirm this appointment, simply reply to the text, “1” and we will be notified that you have confirmed your appointment. If you are unable to confirm your appointment 5 days a head of time, we will resend the confirmation message to you 2 days before your appointment in efforts to allow you ample time to reschedule if needed. Also, since we know you are so busy, we will send you a text message or email reminder 2 hours before your appointment to remind you that we are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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New Technology at HVDC!

Another “tech world” update that we are excited to share with you… Each patient will now be able view a monitor displaying their x-rays and treatment information right from their dental chair! We will work closely with you to show you areas that may be of concern to Dr. T. in your x-rays, periodontal charts, or information from your exam. We will share any treatment that you may need and provide you options of how you can choose to proceed with the required treatment. We look forward to partnering with you closely in making great decisions for your dental health!

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New Year, New Smile!

Time and life itself can take a toll on our smiles. And that’s nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, sometimes genetics, accidents, or simply aging can result in a less than ideal smile. Don’t worry. A lot of the teeth trouble we see can be easily fixed with our in office dentistry options.
At Hudson Valley Dental Care, we offer a variety of dentistry options to take your smile from hidden to vivid. Whether you need a professional whitening treatment to brighten your smile, veneers to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth, or a complete smile makeover, we’re here to help.

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Summer Oral Hygiene

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Summer Oral Hygiene
With summer in full swing, remember to take care of both your teeth and your children’s!
Many of our kids enjoy ice cream and sugary treats to stay cool. Remind your children to rinse their mouths out with water after on the go sweet treats.
Pack a toothbrush, travel toothpaste, and floss when spending a day away from home on a fun summer get away. Play a summer sport? Remember to protect your teeth with a mouth guard. Ask us how you can get a sports mouth guard made custom to fit you or your child. Enjoy summer!

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Oral Health= Overall Health

Hudson Valley Dental Care PC's photo.The Mayo Clinic also reports that the following conditions may be linked to oral health.
• Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
• Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
• Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection — putting the gums at risk. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, and that regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.
• Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis — which causes bones to become weak and brittle — might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
• Alzheimer’s disease. Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

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Does Your Oral Health Effect Your Overall Health?

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Your oral health is more important than you might realize.
Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health — or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria- most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacterias under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis- a severe form of gum disease- might play a role in some other diseases.”

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Protect Your Oral Health

Hudson Valley Dental Care PC's photo.How can you protect your oral health?
To protect your oral health, practice good oral hygiene every day. For example:
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
• Floss daily.
• Eat a healthy diet and limit between-meal snacks.
• Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.
• Schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
• Avoid tobacco use.
“Also, contact your dentist as soon as an oral health problem arises. Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health that should be addressed right away.”

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Six Serious Health Problems Your Dentist Might Find

Six Serious Health Problems Your Dentist Might Find

Your lips, teeth, and gums don’t lie—here’s what they can reveal about your overall health.

Your mouth is like a crystal ball for your health. That’s because a good dentist can spot a wide range of potential medical problems by looking between your chompers.

In fact, we found 6 serious health conditions that could be first discovered while you’re getting your teeth cleaned.

1. Diabetes

Your dentist sees: Less spit than you should have. Dry mouth can signal a hidden case of diabetes, but you might not notice that parched feeling until your saliva production decreases by half, says Gigi Meinecke, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., spokesperson of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Your dentist’s trained eye can spot dryness much sooner. Chronic bad breath and slow healing when you burn or cut your mouth also might arouse suspicion. (You shouldn’t ignore these Silent Warning Signs of Diabetes, either.)

What to do: According to a recent NYU study, your dentist may soon be able to screen for and control diabetes using blood collected from your gums during a routine visit. But until this test is widely available, see your primary care doctor for a physical and blood glucose check.

2. Acid reflux

Your dentist sees: Erosion in your bottom teeth. Any substance with a pH of 5.5 or lower can dissolve your tooth enamel—and gastric acid clocks in as low as 1.5, easily eating away at your pearly whites, Dr. Meinecke says.

According to a recent study in the International Journal of Dentistry, about 1 in 4 people with chronic reflux have tooth erosion, sometimes without heartburn or other obvious symptoms.

What to do: Schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Untreated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can lead to more serious health problems, including respiratory issues and esophageal cancer.

3. Crohn’s disease

Your dentist sees: Raised bumps that look like cobblestones on the gums right around your teeth. That’s because the same inflammation that strikes the intestines of people with Crohn’s disease can also affect their mouths, causing this classic sign, Dr. Meinecke says.

Because these bumps aren’t painful, you might not even notice them before your dentist spots them. What’s more, recurring canker sores—those small, painful ulcers that form inside your mouth—could also signal Crohn’s or another type of inflammatory bowel disease, notes a recent review in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.

What to do: Ask the dentist if topical corticosteroids can calm the inflammation in your mouth.  And see a gastroenterologist for an evaluation of what’s going on in your gut.

4. Heart disease

Your dentist sees: Gum or periodontal disease in a person who doesn’t fit the profile—say, a younger guy who brushes frequently. Signs like swollen, red gums that bleed, coupled with other cardiovascular risk factors like extra weight and family history can raise a red flag, says Dr. Meinecke.

What to do: Ask your dentist about treating your dental disease with deep cleanings or other techniques. Doing so could keep you out of the hospital due to heart disease, stroke, or another health issue, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Then book a visit with your primary care doctor to assess your heart risks. People with periodontal disease have up to triple the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, says David Paquette, D.M.D., M.P.H., D.M.Sc., of Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine. (Make sure you’re not falling prey to these 5 Common Heart-Health Myths, too.)

5. Cancer

Your dentist sees: Slight discolorations where tissues look whiter or redder than normal, often far back in your throat. That’s the way many oral cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)—on the rise among young men—begin.

In fact, Dr. Meinecke says she now looks closely for signs in anyone age 14 and older. (Plus, Older Guys Might Be More Vulnerable to Oral HPV, potentially raising their risk of developing head and neck cancers as a result.)

What to do: Your dentist may ask you to come back in 7 days to see if anything’s changed. If not, get a biopsy. If you do have cancer, early detection improves the odds of successful treatment, Dr. Meinecke says.

6. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Your dentist sees: Jaw swelling, and you can feel pain, too. Unlike osteoarthritis, which commonly occurs as you get older, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition that sometimes strikes young people. And half of those with early-onset RA first display symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, better known as TMJ. In addition to feeling an achy jaw, you also might not be able to open your mouth very wide, Dr. Meinecke says.

What to do: Take the issue to your family doctor or a medical specialist known as a rheumatologist. They usually diagnose and treat RA.

Article by Men’s Health Magazine (http://www.menshealth.com/health/health-problems-your-dentist-can-spot)

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Have you always wanted straighter teeth?

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Have you always wanted straighter teeth? Dr. Trufas is now Invisalign certified. Tooth whitening is offered at no charge at the completion of your treatment! Now is the time.

Free consultation! 518-477-2682

Sure, there are other options out there for straightening your teeth, but none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence that you’ll find with Invisalign®. And no matter what stage you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how our cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

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