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Welcome to the website of R. Shawn Essey, D.M.D., L.L.C., a distinguished dental care provider serving the dental needs of patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Essey and his team of skilled professionals work together to provide quality dental treatment solutions for children, teens and adults. We strive to provide personalized and thorough dental care to achieve comprehensive dental wellness. From common problems to gum disease, we provide an array of dental services to meet your dental needs. Please see our Services link under Comestic Dentistry for an in-depth look!  


We are proud to announce that Dr. Essey has again been selected as a Pittsburgh Top Dentist for 2017!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!   

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March is Nutrition Awareness Month


Your body is a complex machine.  The foods you choose and how often you eat them can affect your general health and the health of your teeth and gums, too.  If you consume too many sugar filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay.  Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable.

Tooth decay happens when plaque comes into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth.

Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay.  To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar.  Common sources of sugar in the diet include soft drinks, candy, cookies and pastries.  Your physician or a registered dietitian cancan also provide suggestions for eating a nutritious diet. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection.  This may contribute to gum disease.  Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.  Many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition.

To learn what foods are best for you, visit CHOOSEMYPLATE.gov, a website from the center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The site contains dietary recommendations for children and adults based on their levels of physical activity.


For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink.  It's not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health.  Eat a balanced diet and limit between meal snacks.  If you are on a special diet, keep your physician's advice in mind when choosing foods.


Drink plenty of water.

Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups including:

     whole grains



     lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry 

     fish, dry beans, peas and other legumes

     low fat and fat free dairy products

Limit the number of snacks you eat.  If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese.  Goods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a mea.  Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.

For good dental health, always remember to brush twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit Dr. Essey for regular recare appointments.  With regular dental care, Dr.  Essey can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.










No matter what day or week it is this month we hope it is wonderful!  Please don't forget to show your beautiful smile and be sure to tell everyone how Dr. Essey is helping you keep that healthy smile!

Healthy smiles are our #1 priority but we can also discuss with you cosmetic changes that might enhance your smile even more.  If you would like to discuss any changes you might be considering please call Dr. Essey to give you the most up to date options.

Our web site has lots of great information on learning about your oral health!  To learn even more visit www.mouthhealthy.org/ .

We believe our high-tech office and highly skilled team will give you the confidence that you are receiving the highest standard of dental care available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Essey has been chosen in 2010 ,2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 & 2017 Top Dentist by Pittsburgh Magazine!  We want to say Thank You to all our patients!

TopDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout the Pittsburgh area cast "votes" on the abilities of other dentists and specialists, and because listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.

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