Dr. Harvey Shiffman

Cosmetic Dentistry
Boynton Beach, FL
39 years experience male

Locations

Boynton laser dental center

Boynton Beach, FL

Address

8200 jog rd., Suite 201, Boynton Beach, FL
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

5617376470

Office

Boynton Beach, FL

About

Bio

General cosmetic and rehabilitative dentistry, with significant support of dental laser technology. I have been involved in dental laser research,the development and advancement of procedures, training and education. We are currently performing non invasive laser snoring therapy

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

161 Answers
18 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Micro trauma: If the tooth area was inflamed before the treatment and the treatment was extensive or complicated, it is possible that the gum or ligament of the too... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes in a way..: If a cavity is untreated it will get larger and spread towards the gumline where it can cause gum inflammation, and even infection. So the best thing ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Probably not: High iron levels have not been shown to be a cause of tooth decay. Tooth decay is a bacterial process enabled by food debris left around the teeth.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Depends: Depending on any medications that were prescribed by your dentist, best to ask the dentist doing the treatment.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes but: Whitestrips can whiten teeth but not as much as professional products can. So don't get your expectations up too high.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Post extraction : There should be no reason not treat canned soup after extractions as long as the bleeding has stopped and the soup is only warmed and not hot.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Swelling?: Could be the beginning of an abscess, best to have your dentist check it befor eit gets worse.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Tongue brushing : The tongue harbors bacteria that can cause odor. You should brush your tongue or use a tongue scrapper to remove this buildup daily.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Roof of mouth or ?: Is it on the roof of your mouth or under you tongue? Either way it could be nothing or something serious. The best thing would be to have your dentist... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Blitsters or: It can start as fluid filled bubbles on the lips or face, then becoming red and crusty. The appearance depends on if it is the first exposure or not.... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
No short answer: Tooth decay is a breakdown in the structure of a tooth that is cause by bacteria breaking down food material and releasing acids as a by product.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
See your dentist: Usually after years to have a color change means that there is leakage into the tooth/ root canal. Does the tooth have a crown on it?
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Braces on already?: If your dentist has planned an implant for you whilemyounare in the midst of orthodontial treatment, you may have to get the wires removed for the imp... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Poor oral hygiene: Bleeding gums are usually a sign or inadequate oral hygiene, brushing , flossing etc. Healthy gums dont bleed. Gingivitis is an early stage of "gum di... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Tissue removal: A gingivectomy is the surgical removal of gum tissue either to treat infection, or to change cosmetically to allow for a new filling or crown. We use ... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Diet mostly: By keeping your diet alkaline, avoiding acidy foods and sugar and carbohydrates will help. Drink lots of water also and practice good oral hygiene.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
No: After the tooth is drained the swelling should go down . You need to get your child black to the dentist before the swelling gets worse.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Depends: You should see your dentist to see if you are evn a candidate for veneers before just getting an estimate.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
No: Artificial sweetners that contain nothing that bacteria can use for "food" do not cause tooth decay . The label would say "non nutrative" sweetner.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Referred pain: When third molars erupt, they can affect the bite causing headaches, and diffuse pain.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Numerous: Any soft toothbrush with polished bristles.
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Difficult to answer: Without seeing a photo or your lip it is difficult to diagnose. It could possibly be a mucocele which is caused by the damage or blockage of the mino... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
See a dentist: The best way to address dental pain is by seeing a dentist who can properly diagnose your issues.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Various: The are various ways to treat your condition, from non invasive bite splints, cold laser, physiotherapy, to invasive injections and surgical procedure... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Bacteria: In some invasive dental procedures, bacteria from the mouth can enter the blood stream. Patients with a heart murmur or a history of rheumatic fever c... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Yes: Most oral abscess will need to be drained and treated, and not just with antbiotics. You need to remove the cause of the infection inorder for it to h... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Many: There are many conditions that cause mouth ulcers. This information is available from other sources that can dedicate more time and space. Some types ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Possibly: The minerals in the skin of the bananna are said to slightly whiten your teeth, but the results will not be as good as professional tooth whitening.
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
None: You need to return to the dentist or removed it to have it checked before the infection becomes more serious.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Not cause it but..: Years of Prednisone can diminish your natural immunity which can allow bacteria to cause more rapidly advancing tooth decay.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Bactria : Tooth decay is caused by bacteria. If the bacteria is extensive it can pass into your blood stream and travel into your heart causing issues in your h... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Not yet: Current research doesn't show stem cells used for repair of the disc or condylar repair. Possibly in the future there will be more research in this a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Adjustment: You need to see your orthodontist to have it adjusted. A good fitting appliance should not cause any discomfort.
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Mouth breather?: You may be a mouth breather, first make sure that your blood chemistry is good.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Indirectly: Smoking indirectly leads to tooth decay because of the increased heat of the cigarette or cigar etc. Causing the bacteria that cause the decay to be m... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Your own: If it is medically possible, using your own bone is the best, but there is a risk in any additional surgery. We routinely use cadaver and synthetic bo... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Combination: Tooth decay comes from a combination of food debris left on and in between teeth and bacteria that use the food debris and create acids that damage to... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Different options: You can have local anesthesia around the tooth, or have sedation where you are sleeping, depending on the severity of the surgery needed and your choi... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Possibly: Tooth decay if it is extensive can cause abscesses that could affect your overall health.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
See a dentist: If you are getting sharp pain then you might have a cracked tooth or other issue that needs to be evaluated by a dentist before it becomes more seriou... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Possibly: Depending on how deep the filling was , it's possible to have a short term discomfort with cold etc. If you are having severe pain , or pain to heat t... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
How about hot?: Dental pain under a bridge that gets better with cold is usually related to a tooth nerve that is dying. You should see a dentist asap to have it chec... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Nerve health: Nerve testing using heat , cold or electrical means lets your dentist know the health of the nerve tissue.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
None: No home remedy, you really need to have her see a dentist to prevent infection and damage to the permanent teeth.
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A member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Options: Depending on the child's age using a small quantity of adult toothpaste is an option . The younger the child the less you use, adult toothpastes tend... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
How long?: If your tooth is painful more then a day or two after a composite filling it is best to see the dentist who did it to evaluate the bite and see if the... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
No sugary drinks: The best way to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is to make sure that you dont place sugary drinks in the bottle and dont let a baby sleep with even mi... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
Fluoride and calcium: Early tooth decay can be stopped or reversed by using a toothpaste with Fluoride and calcium to re mineralize the enamel of the tooth. You should see ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
See a sleep doc: You should see your md to discuss it and ultimately get a sleep study done.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 39 years experience
See your dentist: When cold helps tooth pain it usually is related to a deteriorating nerve issue in a tooth and must be treated before it becomes abscessed.
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Mar 23, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Shiffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Shiffman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you. Interesting to know! Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. :)
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This made me feel good. Thanks! any coating for the teeth they can break with just chewing
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thnku sir I m also a dentist ...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

georgetown university school of dentistry
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

standard proficiency academy of laser dentistry
fellowship academy of laser dentistry
Certification in Laser Root Canal "PIPS" by the Montana Center For Laser Dentistry

Affiliations

academy of laser dentistry
American Dental Association
Florida Dental Association
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