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7 Secrets Jersey Shore Hotels Don’t Want You To Know

Posted on: February 28th, 2024 by admin No Comments

If you’re ready for your vacation at the Jersey Shore and you are getting set to book a Long Beach Island hotel, fantastic! We’re sure you’re going to have a great time.

But if you want to maximize your experience, you’ll want to know some of these 7 hotel secrets Long Beach Island hotels don’t want you to know! Read on:

  1. The worst time to call and try to get a special request pushed through is between 9am and 1pm. Those are extremely busy times for hotels. Receptionists just want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible because they are dealing with a million other things at the moment, from check ins to complaints and much more. So avoid calling during those peak hours if you want something special.
  2. Don’t use the 1-800 number to make reservations. That will usually send you to a central office for all locations. Those offices use set rates and can’t negotiate. Instead, call your chosen hotel directly and book directly with them. Often, you’ll be able to negotiate better rates.
  3. Most hotels genuinely can’t speed up your check-in time. If check-in is at 2pm, that’s based around the time necessary for the staff to prepare your room and the rooms of all the other folks staying there. While you can always ask for rush service if you’re going to be arriving early, it may not be possible. Further, you may not actually WANT them t rush through cleaning your room. Think about it!
  4. Hotel sheets are washed daily, but guess what? Blankets in many chain hotels may only be washed weekly, and comforters/bedspreads less frequently than that. There generally isn’t a need to do it more often. That’s why you should request fresh linens when you check in. You’ll get fresh blankets!
  5. If you want your wi-fi charges waived, ask them to be removed at the end of your stay rather than asking for them to be waived in advance. It’s actually a lot easier for a receptionist to remove them from your bill than it is to not bill for them in the first place. That may sound backwards, but trust us, it’d true!
  6. If you’re in the same area a lot, use the same hotel every time. When you’re recognized as a regular, you’ll get discounts, perks, be treated better, and have an overall better experience. They want your frequent visits to continue!
  7. Yes, you CAN take some things from a hotel – or chain hotels, at least. Specifically, the shampoo, lotion, soap, and that sort of thing? That’s advertising. It’s part of why their logos are all over it, so don’t feel guilty about that tiny bottle of shampoo. Consider is unofficially complementary (though again, this only applies to chain hotels – that stuff costs smaller hotels a lot of money!). Items like towels and pillows, on the other hand, will get you in trouble. You WILL be paying for it if caught. In some cases, you’ll even be brought up on charges. Your best bet? If you want something, just ASK.

Pretty easy, right? So the next time you plan to stay in a Long Beach Island hotel, just remember these tips and your experience will be 100 percent better – and maybe even a little cheaper, too!

How to Care for Your Teeth in Manahawkin, NJ

Posted on: February 21st, 2024 by admin

The first line of defense in the war against all things that harm your mouth – tooth decay, gum disease and more – is a deceptive simple weapon: your toothbrush. It’s the tool that will give you great teeth in Manahawkin!

The toothbrush has been around for millennia, though not always as we know it. The ancient Egyptians frayed tiny branches in order to create their toothbrushes. The 15 Century Chinese used natural bristles to create something very much like to the brushes we use today. But it was less than 100 years ago, in the 1930s, when nylon was invented and toothbrushes finally became modern.

Modern toothbrushes have been refined and redesigned over the decades, with many fine adjustments helping them become more effective at keeping your teeth clean.

But without YOU, your toothbrush can’t do its job properly. Here is what you need to know:

How to Brush Properly

A surprising number of people do not brush their teeth properly. Even though this is part of our daily routine and it seems like it should be easy, over time even the best of us can develop up bad habits. Once formed, bad habits are hard to break – and when they are bad brushing habits, they can make your brushing far less effective.

Here is some advice to keep in mind:

  • Brush twice a day, three times if possible
  • Each brushing session should last two minutes
  • Use short strokes when you brush
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue (gently)!
  • Brushing too hard can damage your enamel, so don’t do it!

A good way to be sure that you brush effectively is to divide your mouth into four quadrants: bottom left, bottom right, top left, top right. Brush in each quadrant for 30 seconds, using short, and gentle strokes and/or swirls. If you do this two to three times per day, you’ll be well on your way to taking amazing care of your teeth!

Once you’ve mastered brushing, the next step is to keep your toothbrush in good shape.


How To Care For Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is your best tool for ensuring you have a healthy mouth, so naturally you’ll want to take care of it. Toothbrushes that are a gnarled, mangled mess won’t do a good of keeping your mouth fresh and clean.

In order to keep yours in great shape, follow these tips:

  • Do not ever share your toothbrush!
  • Be sure to brush gently; let the bristles do the work
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse the toothbrush after you’re done
  • To keep microorganism growth to a minimum, don’t store your toothbrush in a closed container
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months

Remember, your toothbrush is the single most important part of your oral health routine. Treat it poorly and it will treat your mouth poorly. Treat it well, however, and you can have many years of excellent oral health. When you visit your dentist near Manahawkin, they’ll notice the difference!

And isn’t that what this is all about? Having the healthiest mouth possible?

It’s time to book your week in a Long Beach Island summer home!

Posted on: February 14th, 2024 by admin

Summer will be here before you know it, so if you want a Jersey Shore vacation, the time to start planning is NOW!

On Fridays during the summer, the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike are often backed up with traffic. These aren’t people going home from work or on their way to the world’s largest pizza party. They are coming to the beautiful New Jersey Coast – and since our dentist office in Ocean County is right near the coast, we have a great fondness for the area!

No wonder Long Beach Island rentals, bungalows in Barnegat, apartments in Belmar, weekend homes in Point Pleasant and more are so popular each summer.

The New Jersey coast is not all created equal, however. Choosing one town over the other can be the difference between finding yourself in the middle of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and relaxing in a quaint, historic community, so choose carefully!

If you plan to invest in a summer home at the Jersey Shore or to enjoy a vacation along the coast, these are a few of the communities you should be sure to consider when deciding to take a weekend, week, or even the rest of your life away with the family.

Point Pleasant Beach

This is a community that endeavors to straddle the line between a vibrant, active resort community and a quiet, peaceful ocean town. Indeed, this is a town that offers the architectural charm of yesteryear as well as the appeal of great dining and excellent shopping. The residential neighborhoods of Point Pleasant Beach are quiet, but the downtown is often bus with shoppers. Also busy is the boardwalk, which has the area’s only aquarium. There you will find rides, games, places to see bands playing music, and more.

Long Beach Island

The fact is, Long Beach Island (along with nearby communities like Manahawkin) is in high demand for a reason. This stretch of coastal barrier island remains one of the New Jersey coast’s most desirable places to both live and to vacation. Boasting plenty of bay and ocean facing property, it also has shopping, historic sites, and more. Even better, while there are plenty of things to do within a short walk or drive, the town itself is calm enough so that even retirees find this to be a small slice of heaven.



The small oceanfront and bay community of Barnegat, where our dentist office in Ocean County are located, is a popular place for families thanks to its lovely beaches, paths, and docks for fishing and crabbing – not to mention its historic lighthouse. There are more than a few small shops run by residents of the town, as well as waterfront property along both the ocean and the bay. Barnegat is on Long Beach Island, so when we say that Long Beach Island has been increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its quaint, small town feel we include this town in the observation.


Not unlike Point Pleasant Beach, the Borough of Belmar offers quiet shore living as well as attractions that will appeal to more energetic visitors. Quaint neighborhoods with snug coastal homes are just a short walk away from some of the New Jersey coast’s most active and popular nightclubs. Set that alongside some of the best fishing on the East Coast, a historic boating community, and a downtown that is a throwback to communities of eras long gone and it’s easy to see why people flock to Belmar each year.

Any one of these communities could serve at the perfect place for your New Jersey vacation or retirement!

Brushing Up On the Basics: An Overview of Different Types of Toothbrushes

Posted on: February 7th, 2024 by admin

Toothbrushes have come a long way over the years, evolving from rudimentary twig-and-string contraptions to electric rotary models with multiple brush heads – and as dentists in Ocean County, we couldn’t be happier! While the technology has certainly improved, so has our awareness of the various types of toothbrushes out there and how they can benefit our oral health. Let’s look at an overview of the different types of toothbrushes – from manual to power – to help you choose the one that is right for you.

Manual Toothbrushes

A manual toothbrush is the most common type of brush and typically consists of a handle with a head that holds rows of bristles. Manual toothbrushes are available in soft, medium or hard varieties, depending on your preference and/or dentist’s recommendation. In general, softer bristles are recommended for sensitive gums, whereas harder bristles are good for getting rid of plaque.

Electric Toothbrushes

Electric toothbrushes are an increasingly popular choice due to their ease-of-use and ability to make brushing more effective and efficient. The two main types of electric toothbrush are the rotary brush (which oscillates back and forth) and the sonic brush (which vibrates back and forth). Electric brushes are available with both single-head and multiple-head designs, giving you the option of brushing more than one area of your mouth at a time.

Bass Toothbrushes

Bass toothbrushes represent an alternative form of manual brushing that involves moving the brush in an up-and-down, or ‘bass’ motion. This up-and-down movement is designed to allow the bristles to reach between teeth and further down into the gums, helping to clean more effectively and remove plaque.

Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are small, cylindrical or tapered brushes that come in a variety of sizes. These brushes are specifically designed for cleaning between teeth, which can be difficult to reach with a regular toothbrush. They are available in both manual and electric varieties, as well as a range of sizes for different sized gaps between teeth.

Tongue Scrapers

Tongue scrapers are metal or plastic tools designed to help remove bacteria from the tongue. By scraping gently over the tongue surface, they can help to reduce bad breath and maintain overall oral hygiene. They are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, depending on the shape of your tongue.

Finally, here are some tips on how to care for your toothbrush:

  • Rinse it thoroughly after every brushing session to remove bacteria, food particles and plaque
  • Change your toothbrush every 3 months or sooner if bristles become bent or frayed
  • Store the toothbrush in a clean, dry place away from other toothbrushes to avoid cross contamination of bacteria
  • Avoid sharing your toothbrush with others
  • Store it in an upright position and allow it to air dry after use.
  • Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
  • Avoid sharing your toothbrush with others to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Keep your toothbrush away from areas with high levels of humidity, such as bathrooms.

Want to know more? Reach out to our Ocean County dentists at 609-698-1155 or by using our contact form.