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Local Rockland Dental Office in Tappan Provided Day of Free Dentistry on October 10th, 2020

November 2, 2020

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Local dental office in Tappan provided FREE dentistry for the Rockland community during unprecedented times.

(Tappan, NY) Dentists Dr. Mariliza Lacap, her husband Dr. Darren Tong, as well as the rest of their practice, were able to provide free dentistry for local individuals who have no access to dental insurance on October 10th at Smile More Dentistry. During a time of a global pandemic, their team has made sure that they go over and beyond their standard rigorous infection control measures to ensure the health and safety of their patients.

This is an event they have been implementing for several years as a way of paying it forward to the Tappan community. As Old Tappan residents themselves, Dr. Lacap and Dr. Tong both share a passion in providing their free services to those who are in need of it. Their smile team felt impacted to help enlighten the community’s spirits and their smiles–even under their masks!

Dr. Lacap said,  “Our entire team is excited to be able to give much needed care to those who cannot afford the treatment.  As we are all experiencing the consequences of Covid-19 and the lockdown, many people have been hit hard financially.  Many people have lost their jobs and businesses have shut down.  We felt we wanted to bring something positive to the community.  Free dentistry and free food.  Covid will not stop us paying it forward and celebrating life and paying it forward.”

Each patient who attended the event was able to receive one free filling, extraction, or dental cleaning. Followed by Free Dentistry, their team finished off the day with some community appreciation as well. Current patients and the rest of the community were invited to get a chance to win raffle prizes, and some free goodies donated by other local businesses–including Jersey Mikes, Aunt Mia’s Sweets, Yellow Rose Vegan, Caribbean Food Delights and Bridges. The team also makes sure to accept food donations each year to drop off at the local food pantry.

Dr. Tong and Dr. Lacap’s next event of Free Dentistry will take place at their other location, Washington Dental Associates in Bergenfield, NJ on November 14th–just in time for the holidays.  Due to covid restrictions and in adherence to CDC guidelines, the free dentistry is by appointment only.  Please call 201-384-2425 to schedule an appointment.

To learn more about this event, visit and go to the bottom of the page under “Giving Back & Getting Involved”. Their smile team looks forward to celebrating the community and bringing everyone together every year, even if it has to be socially distant.

Learn Which Exciting Dental Procedure —or Combination of Procedures—That Best Suits You!!

October 30, 2020

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 Learn Which Exciting Dental Procedure —or Combination of Procedures—That Best Suits You!!


What Makes a Smile “Beautiful?”

October 6, 2020

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a young woman wearing a gray t-shirt and standing outside, smiling after receiving cosmetic dentistry in Tappan

You want a smile that will stand out in a crowd. You want to feel confident in the way you speak and approach people. You want to make a memorable first impression, not only with your personality but also with your smile. How can you do it? With cosmetic dentistry in Tappan! Even if you’re dealing with chips, cracks, stains, or minor gaps, you can opt for one of the many available services aimed to improve your aesthetics and give you a beautiful, show-stopping smile. Read on to learn which traits will ensure your teeth and gums capture the attention of others.


You Can’t Truly Be Healthy Without Healthy Teeth & Gums!

September 28, 2020

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A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth.

Hey smile fans! Your smile team is here to bring you the facts about what can happen if you neglect your dental health.

Since the condition of your mouth can reflect the condition of your body, chances are as your Oral Health caretakers, we may be the first to see signs of a health risk.


What Factors Determine How Long Tooth Enamel Lasts?

September 21, 2020

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Woman practicing oral hygiene to protect tooth enamel

Tooth enamel is one of the most fascinating parts of the human body. It is even harder than bone, and it provides powerful protection for the sensitive dental structures beneath it. However, it is at somewhat of a disadvantage because it cannot regenerate itself if it suffers serious harm. How, then, can it last so long? Let’s talk about the remarkable secret behind tooth enamel’s longevity and discuss some ways in which you can protect this precious portion of your smile.


How These 5 Popular Drinks Affect Your Teeth

September 17, 2020

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Woman drinking a cup of coffee

Whether it’s a warm cup of coffee to start your day or an evening glass of wine to unwind, your favorite beverages can be a little pocket of peace in an otherwise hectic day. However, your teeth may not enjoy them as much as your tastebuds. After all, soda isn’t the only culprit of tooth decay! To keep your teeth and gums in pristine condition for years to come, read on for the relationship between five popular beverages and oral health!


Reduce Your Long-Term Dental Costs with Preventative Dentistry!

September 15, 2020

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The negative impacts of poor dental health go well beyond just having bad teeth—they also affect your health, your savings and emotional well-being!

Proper and consistent oral hygiene and preventive care will go a long way in curtailing many costly conditions. Cigna Health calculates that adults who practice good preventive oral health care can save 31% in dental costs over 5 years. Likewise, adults who don’t receive preventive care can expect a 43% increase to their annual dental costs over the same period of time.


Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Dental Insurance?

July 19, 2020

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a patient under sedation while receiving dental care

Do you need a procedure that requires you receive some form of sedation? Unsure if insurance will cover the costs? While you probably have numerous questions about the need for a particular procedure, you will likely want to know, “Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?” Unfortunately, there are certain stipulations that insurance companies can put into place when it comes to receiving nitrous oxide, oral medication, or an IV to make you comfortable for dental treatment. Read on to hear from a local dentist who can shed some light on the topic and offer additional solutions, so you don’t have to forgo the care you need.


Did You Know That There is Relief for Sensitive Teeth?

June 29, 2020

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Can eating ice cream or even sipping a hot cup of coffee be a painful experience for you? Does flossing your teeth make you feel achy afterwards?

If so, chances are you may have sensitive teeth.

When you have sensitive teeth, certain important activities such as brushing, eating and drinking can cause temporary sharp pain in your mouth. This can prevent you from enjoying your other everyday activities. 


How Your Dental Team is Keeping Their Instruments Clean

June 20, 2020

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a dental assistant cleaning instruments used in a dentist’s office

Although it is recommended for dentists to use disposable instruments when taking care of patients, this isn’t always possible. As a result, dental teams are paying careful attention to the cleaning and sanitizing process that comes with reusable items. From following manufacturer guidelines to implementing additional standards of their own, a dentist in Tappan explains how they’re keeping patients better protected amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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