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Smiles for a lifetime thanks to Dr. Lichter
There was a time not that long ago when it
was assumed that missing, broken and yellow
teeth were just an unfortunate part of growing
old. Brooklyn dentist Joseph Lichter, DDS,
insists it no longer has to be that way.
“My motto,” says Dr. Lichter, “is smiles for
a lifetime.” By helping patients make informed
decisions about their oral health needs and
offering the latest in cosmetic dentistry,
Dr. Lichter is committed to maintain or, if
necessary, restore a beautiful smile.
“Sadly,” says Dr. Lichter, “dental problems
can have a real impact on quality of life. Many
people hold back from laughing or smiling
because they are uncomfortable about their
His new facility on Avenue P in Midwood
is not your grandfather’s dental office. Before
showing up for a first appointment, new patients
are encouraged to go online to fill out a “Smile
Analysis.” The analysis asks 17 questions that
help both the doctor and patient decide on a
course of treatment. The new patient is asked to
“tell us what you don’t like about your smile.”
Among the questions are: Are any of your teeth
yellow, stained or somewhat discolored? Do
you have any prior dental work that appears
unnatural? Are the edges of any teeth worn
down, chipped or uneven?
At the office patients will find four dentists,
skilled hygienists and the latest equipment
to meet all of their dental needs. But more
importantly, said Dr. Lichter, he and his staff
offer the care that their patients deserve.
“Unfortunately in today’s world some of the
care part has been lost. Skill and compassion
go hand-in-hand when providing exceptional
Whether they are performing traditional
dental procedures or cosmetic dentistry, Dr.
Lichter’s team takes an overall comprehensive
approach that takes into consideration the
patient’s entire body, not just the teeth.
Dr. Lichter said he is proud to bring stateof
the art dentistry to Midwood.
“I am always trying to be on the cutting edge
of my profession,” he said. He appreciates the
positive feedback he has been getting. The
new office space that has been tripled in size
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allows the team to accommodate more patients
This is a full service traditional dental
practice that has been in Midwood for more
than 65 years. Dr. Lichter is the third dentist to
run the office. Of course Dr. Lichter performs
traditional dental procedures such as teeth
cleaning, fillings, root canal therapy and the
removal of teeth. But in addition the practice
offers the latest in restorative and cosmetic
dentistry including implants, porcelain
veneers and crowns and fixed bridges. These
and similar procedures can make a broken
smile look like new.
The office offers Invis-align, an alternative
to metal braces that uses virtually invisible
plastic aligners that gently shift teeth into
place over a period of time. This alternative,
the doctor said, has become increasingly
popular with teens and adults. This procedure
can have a longterm impact on quality of life.
The good news, Dr. Lichter said, is that
people are learning to take better care of
their teeth. And as people in today’s world
expect to live longer they are more open to
what cosmetic dentistry has to offer.
He acknowledges that modern dentistry can
be expensive, especially for treatments that
are not covered by insurance. “Dentists,” he
explains, “can have extremely high overhead,
especially for work done outside the office.”
However Dr. Lichter said he attempts to keep
dentistry affordable so everyone can benefit.
His experience so far has been that patients
find the results well worth the investment.
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E. 14th and E. 15th streets in Midwood, (718)
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A physical therapist can work with older adults to improve their balance.
risk of falls
Falls are one of the biggest
contributors to fatal and nonfatal
injuries among seniors. Such
accidents not only threaten safety, but
they also can compromise a person’s
independence. Falls can cause broken
bones, impaired mobility, and even
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention says every 13
seconds an older adult is treated in the
emergency room for a fall. In addition,
every 20 minutes an older adult dies
from a fall. One-third of Americans
age 65 and older falls each year. Falls
do not have to be an accepted side effect
of aging. With some balance training
and other techniques, older men and
women can avoid falls and the injuries
The National Council on Aging
and its National Falls Prevention
Resource Center have implemented
fall-prevention programs. By following
these guidelines, individuals can
remain safe and upright:
Get a vision check-up. A decrease
in visual ability and perception can
increase risk of falls. Impaired vision
can cause people to trip over items
they can’t see, miss steps, or bump
into obstacles. Make sure your vision
has been checked recently and you
are using contact lenses or glasses as
prescribed by an eye doctor.
Know your medication side
effects. Ask your doctor about
the medications you are taking
and whether they can contribute
to dizziness or decreased balance.
Medicines that affect blood pressure
can lead to light-headedness as well.
Your doctor may be able to substitute a
medication with an alternative if your
existing prescription is affecting your
Begin a regimen of strength
training. The National Institutes of
Health suggests strength exercises to
keep muscles strong. Strength training
also can impact the strength of bones,
as well as increase metabolism to keep
weight and blood sugar in check.
Engage in specifi c balance
exercises. Balance exercises can
improve stability. Balancing on one
foot while standing for a period of time
is one such exercise. Stand up from a
seated position without using your
hands, then shift your weight from the
left to the right while standing on the
respective leg on that side. A physical
therapist can work with you to ensure
you are using correct form in balance
Try tai chi. Look for tai chi classes
at a gym or senior center. Tai chi is a
form of movement training that can
help strengthen the body, improve
balance, and improve fl exibility.
Be aware of posture. Try to
maintain weight over the ankles. Do
not lean too far forward or backward,
which can cause you to topple over.
Keep your feet in a wide stance while
standing to improve stability.
Don’t make quick movements.
Always stand up and sit down
slowly. Jarring motions may affect
equilibrium or blood pressure, leading
Always consult with a doctor before
beginning any balance exercises
or if you suspect balance issues are
stemming from an illness or condition.
With practice and patience, older
adults can remain independent and