Dentist and Oral Health Expert


Dr. Jonathan Levine is an aesthetic dentist, a specialist in prosthodontics, oral health expert, author, social entrepreneur and visionary inventor. In practice in New York City for nearly 30 years, Dr. Levine offers a comprehensive approach to dental health, combining beauty with function.

In 2008, Dr. Levine founded GLO Science Inc, bringing patients some of the most intelligent advances in oral care since the toothbrush. Holding six patents and 10 patents pending in oral care, Dr. Levine is responsible for modernizing the way people whiten their teeth. His GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device received an Edison Award in 2012 for innovation in a personal care product.

A national key opinion leader in oral health, Dr. Levine believes strongly in guiding the next generation of dentists and is an Associate Professor at NYU School of Dentistry and the Program Director of the Advanced Aesthetics Program in Dentistry at NYU CE. Dr. Levine also contributes his professional services to humanitarian efforts and organizations. He founded GLO Good Foundation, building oral health initiatives for underserved populations globally. He is also on the board of Foundation Rwanda, which helps the children of the 1994 genocide, and is on the advisory board of HealthCorps, a national service and peer-mentoring initiative, to note a few.

As a noted authority on the latest oral care and aesthetic products and techniques, Dr. Levine is frequently tapped by the media and beauty industry to provide oral care tips, medical advice, and aesthetic insight. He has published Smile! The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty, as well as contributed to several other prominent publications.

Dr. Levine also serves as a Member of the American Academy of Prosthodontics, Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry, Board of Advisors, and Cornell University, CALS, Board of Advisors

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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