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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Long Beach Island, NJ

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Long Beach Island, NJ

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by admin No Comments

We live and work in one of the nicest regions of New Jersey. Barnegat is homey and warm. Manahawkin a gateway to the shore. Forked River an up and coming town. And Long Beach Island a great place to surf, fish, and enjoy living here at the shore.

But how well do you really know LBI? You might know about the great fishing or the Barnegat Lighthouse, but what about the details? Take a look at these 15things worth knowing about LBI and test your knowledge:

  1. Most visitors know the highway that accesses Long Beach Island as Route 72, but years ago it was actually known as South 40.
  2. Long Beach Island is best known for its tourism, fishing, and real estate.
  1. Long Beach Island has only a single access point, a causeway that reaches over to the island. Remove that and the only way to leave is by boat or helicopter.
  1. Long Beach Island has about 20,000 year round residents spread throughout its six municipalities.
  1. In the summer, the population of LBI grows to over 100,000 people, which includes renters, summer residents, tourists, and others.
  1. All told, Long Beach Island is about 18 miles long, includes three miles of nature preserve at its southern end.
  1. At its widest, Long Beach Island is just a half-mile wide!
  1. Though connected by open waters, Long Beach Island is considered to fence in Manahawkin Bay, not Barnegat Bay. The more famous Barnegat Bay is located immediately to the north.
  1. Long Beach Island contains a number of communities, all of them very small. They include Ship Bottom, Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, and Beach Haven, along with the town of Long Beach Island itself, which has neighborhoods like Loveladies, Holgate, North Beach, and High Bar Harbor.
  1. Because of its unique geographical location, Long Beach Island tends to get the first frost of the year later than any other region in New Jersey, including those in the southern part of the state.
  1. Long Beach Island has been settled since at least 1690, when it became a home for hunters.
  1. By the 17th Century, Long Beach Island had become a key location in shipping and whaling expeditions, especially those out of Barnegat Inlet. This prompted the construction of the Barnegat Lighthouse.
  1. The original lighthouse on Long Beach Island was constructed in 1835, and help guide boaters through the sometimes turbulent waters of the inlet. However, the light was fixed, causing ship captains to mistake it for another passing ship. As a result, the original lighthouse was torn down in 1857.
  1. “Old Barney,” the now famous lighthouse still at the north end of the island, was constructed in 1859.
  1. The Barnegat Lighthouse was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The project was lead by George Gordon Mead, who would later lead the Union forces to victory over the Confederates in the Civil War.


Do you know of any other cool LBI facts, historic tidbits, favorite restaurants, or anything else? Let us know in the comments! And if you are looking for a dentist near Forked River, give us a call!

Southern Ocean County The Perfect Place To Settle Down

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by admin No Comments

When you have the ability to settle down in your dream home, you want to live in a gorgeous home located in a community that is both quiet and yet that has a lot to offer, that is scenic and beautiful but also fun and active, and that is removed from the hustle and bustle of urban areas while still having good access to New York City and Philadelphia.

People are finding just such a place in towns like Barnegat, Manahawkin, Forked River/Lacey, Long Beach Island, and other Southern Ocean County towns.

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The reason is simple. Just look at the beautiful properties for purchase and rent. Southern Ocean County has some of the best waterfront property on the East Coast, boasting gorgeous views, great access to the beach, and a community that offers lots to do while still remaining quiet and welcoming.

For those looking to purchase in the area, there are many options ranging from small and modest to large, luxurious, and upscale. Long Beach Island has 18 miles of sandy shoreline that makes it not only a great place to take a family vacation, but also a wonderful place to live. One look and you’ll agree that the homes there are just gorgeous. A simple tour of the island will reveal many properties that will drop your jaw.

The mainland is just as nice. Communities like Barnegat are quaint and feel like home, small towns where you feel like you know everyone, and that have easy access to boating, fishing, surfing, sunning, and lots more.

With traits like these, it’s no wonder the communities of Southern Ocean County are bouncing back from Hurricane Sandy and doing better than ever. Take a trip through the region today and you’ll be greeted by vacationers enjoying rentals at the Jersey Shore, and year-round residents relaxing in their newly repaired homes.

If you’re new to the community, you may have an opportunity to buy a property and construct your own home. Bungalows and homes that sustained damaged may be perfect knock-downs to be replaced by a custom home. When you do that, you are putting your own unique stamp on the place where your family will live, and doing it in a way that will blend in with the shore community where you’re going to live. Imagine a house where every room, closet, nook, and shelf was designed with your input. The idea is exciting, isn’t it?

Even if you’re not building, you may be tempted to rent. For renters, be sure to make your reservations early. People who are eager to enjoy life at the Jersey Shore book early in the year to ensure they get their preferred time. Don’t miss out! Book right away.

With each passing day, more and more people are choosing to make Long Beach Island and towns like Barnegat and Manahawkin their own private getaway. Whether for summers, retirement, or just living a quiet life, joining them is probably easier than you imagine.

The 5 Most Common Dental Problems In the United States

Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by admin No Comments

We all have mouths – life would be hard without one – and we all need to take care of them.

The thing about oral health is that it’s a diverse area. Some dental problems are minor and some can be simply devastating.

What sort of problems? Read along as we count down the five most common dental problems in America and to see just what is making people (and their teeth) suffer out there:

5) Mouth Sores

There are many different types of mouth sores. Among the most common are canker sores, fever blisters, cold sores and ulcers. All of them can be terribly bothersome. The good news is, most mouth sores are never much more than a nuisance. They go away after a few weeks at most. Once in a while one can point to a bigger problem, so if a mouth sore lasts for more than two weeks be sure to see your dentist near Manahawkin. However, in most cases these are pretty low on the priority list of oral health problems to be concerned about.

4) Oral Cancer

Many other types of cancer get a lot more spotlight, but the truth is, some 300,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year. In fact, at any given time millions are affected by it. Like all types of cancer, it can be deadly if left untreated. It can also lead to severe damage to the mouth, lips and throat. The good news is that oral cancer is highly treatable if caught early – and the best way to catch it early is with regular visits to your dentist.

3) Gum Disease

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is when your gums become infected. This can start with simple gingivitis, but when gum disease progresses it can lead to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is cited as the biggest cause of tooth loss among adults in America. The best way to combat this malady is by following the daily oral health routine suggested by your dentist near Manahawkin.

2) Cavities

Cavities, also known as tooth decay, is not just one of the most common oral health problems in the country, it’s actually one of the most common health problems overall, affecting about as many people as the common cold. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and watching what you eat are your best defenses against this common problem. Tooth decay is caused when plaque buildup and sugars combine to eat away at your tooth enamel and the teeth themselves. This is a problem where prevention is the best approach, because once it progresses too far there is no reversing it. It will take major dentistry to fix the issue.

1) Bad Breath

There is no oral health problem more common than bad breath, also known as halitosis. Bad breath can be caused by many things, but in the majority of cases – more than 4 out of 5 cases, in fact – a simple dental condition is to blame. They can include dry mouth, cavities, gum disease, bacteria on the tongue and others. All of these can all be causes of bad breath. If you have persistent bad breath, you should visit your dental office, because mouth wash only covers the problem, it doesn’t cure it.

25 Cool Facts About Teeth

Posted on: November 6th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Your teeth are some of the most interesting parts of the human body. Really! Ask any dentist near Manahawkin and they’ll agree (though admittedly, they may be biased). If you don’t believe us, just take a look at these amazing facts:

  1. This is a good reason to fight plaque: plaque can be home to up to 300 different types of bacteria!
  1. Gold crowns are not new. The ancient Romans used them to restore cavity ravaged teeth!
  1. smile-mouth-teeth-laugh-65665Women smile on average 62 times per day, but men smile only 8 times a day.
  1. The ancient Romans made toothpaste from honey and crushed eggshells.
  1. The most common disease in America is the common cold, followed closely by none other than tooth decay!
  1. Your Barnegat dental office recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes, but the average person does it for just 48 seconds.
  1. It’s best not to cap your toothbrush, because that can help spark even more bacterial growth than usual. It needs open air!
  1. When you eat matters. Eating sugary foods after a meal reduces the risk of cavities, believe it or not!
  1. A prison inmate in West Virginia once used dental floss to scale a wall and escape.
  1. Elephant teeth can measure a foot across and weight six pounds.
  1. The hardest substance in your body is your tooth enamel!
  1. A knocked out tooth will start to die in 15 minutes. To help it last longer, put it in milk or hold it in your mouth.
  1. About 3 out of 4 Americans have Periodontal gum disease to one degree or another. That’s why we need dentists!
  1. Crocodiles have it easier then you do, thanks to a species of bird called the crocodile bird. This bird flies into the open mouths of those big lizards and cleans their teeth for them!
  1. Dentists want you to floss because if you skip flossing, you miss about 40% of your teeth surface!
  1. A single can of soda can contain 12 teaspoons of sugar, which is as much sugar as six to twelve cups of coffee!
  1. The first bristled toothbrush was made in China way back in the late 1400s, and was made of hog, horse and badger hair.
  1. You’ll spend just over 38 days brushing your teeth over the course of your life – and your Manahawkin dentist thanks you for it!
  1. Egyptian mummies have been discovered with dental fillings! Talk about early surgery!
  1. The biggest choking hazard in the U.S. is the toothpick. It’s true! More people choke on toothpicks annually than they do food.
  1. Your dental records are important because just like your fingerprints, your teeth totally unique to you.
  1. The idea that George Washington had wooden dentures is a myth. They were actually made from ivory, metals, and animal teeth.
  1. A snail’s mouth contains over 25,000 teeth!
  1. Giraffes only have bottom teeth; do not have upper teeth!
  1. Sports injuries account for upwards of 5 million teeth getting knocked out each year!


We hope you enjoyed these crazy facts about teeth! We’ll be sure to share more with you in future articles, so check back and enjoy!