Thanksgiving Message of Gratitude and Joy

We all have a lot to be thankful for during this holiday season. If our loved ones are safe and healthy, we are indeed grateful.

Please keep in mind we have men and women serving in our armed forces that are far from home, far from their loved ones, and far from the safety of their own neighborhoods. Please remember these folks over the holidays and give thanks for their sacrifice for our continued freedoms.

I spent twenty years in the U.S. Navy as a reserve dental officer which included two tours in Vietnam and a recall to active duty for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. The novel “Overrun” is a compilation of many of my experiences from 1969-1971 as a dental officer in the Tonkin Gulf on the USS Kitty Hawk and in the country of South Vietnam.

Anyone visiting our office for an orthodontic consultation over the holidays is welcome to a complimentary copy of “Overrun, The Battle for Firebase 14.” All orthodontic patients are also welcome to a complimentary tooth lightening at the conclusion of treatment.

From our office to you and your family, a very peaceful and thankful Thanksgiving Holiday. It is our prayer for your continued good health with your family.

Please contact us for any of your dental health needs. 



Why Sleep Apnea with Snoring Can be Deadly

Snoring can be a sign of Sleep Apnea. Short periods of time marked by a cessation of normal breathing. Sleep studies have shown that normal breathing interrupted by periods of abnormal breath holding and snoring can lead to anoxia, hypertension, cardiac anomalies, cardiac arrest and death.

The first sign of abnormal breathing and Sleep Apnea can be waking up with an extremely  dry mouth in the night or early morning. Dry mouth is indicative of mouth breathing and can be an early sign of dysfunctional breathing, snoring or breathing cessation during sleep.

Breathing and sleep disorders are often caused directly by the tongue falling back to the posterior pharynx and blocking or occluding  the airway. The result is sleep sounds (snoring) and sleep apnea (short periods – sometimes up to a minute) of a cessation of breathing.

The danger of Sleep Apnea, however is much more complicated than just the medical side effects that can prove fatal with cardiac disease. The stress of not getting a good night sleep and feeling groggy during the day can be disastrous if  driving an automobile or operating machinery.

If you or a loved one is suffering from symptoms of Sleep Apnea, please email or call our office for a complimentary consultation. Sleep Apnea is a very treatable condition. Contact your medical or dental professional if you suspect this disorder.

Join Dr Ahlin Thursday, September 28 at the Rockport Library

Thursday, September 28, 2017, Dr. Jeff Ahlin will give an author’s presentation of his latest novel “Overrun, The Battle for Firebase 14” at the Rockport Public Library. The talk begins at 7:00 pm and will conclude by 8:00 pm with questions and comments answered by the author.

Signed copies of the novel will be available.

Dr. Ahlin spent the first two years of his dental career as a U.S.Naval dentist on the USS Kitty Hawk and in the country of South Vietnam.

He graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1961, Tulane University in 1965, and Temple University, School of Dentistry in 1969.

He spent two years on active duty with the US Navy before post-graduate school in Boston at BU School of Graduate Dentistry where he studied pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.

For more information, please visit Dr. Jeff Ahlin’s website,

Pediatric Dentistry

For more than 44 years I have had the honor of treating thousands of children from the Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex areas as a clinical pediatric and general dentist. I continue to use my dual training as a Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Certified in Orthodontics by the American Orthodontic Society.

My textbook Maxillofacial Orthopedics, was published while I taught at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The textbook has been translated into several languages—it has been instrumental in shaping the standard of care for orthodontic treatment worldwide.

As the President of the Academy of Diplomates Examining Board for the American Orthodontic Society, I examine the best treatment plans and outcomes of doctors wishing to become board certified by the American Orthodontic Society.

My office treats patients of all ages and has developed restorative and appliance techniques for patients with TMJ Disorders, sleep apnea disorders, and headache related to deep bite malocclusion.

Recently we welcomed Dr. Robert Preston’s patients to his office. To become a patient or to learn more, please email or call our office at 978.283.9020.

Scholarship to be Presented to a Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine Graduate

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQ2AAAAJDM1NmRhNmYzLWE1OGEtNDg3NC1iMzBiLTQ4Y2ExMmZlZjliYQ.pngDr. Ahlin to present American Orthodontic Society academic scholarship at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine this Friday.

Friday evening, 23 June, 2017, Dr. Jeffrey Ahlin, who practices in Gloucester, MA will be presenting an academic award to the graduate students at Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine. The award is a cash scholarship for the student to continue post-graduate training in maxillofacial orthopedics and orthodontics in the university of their choice.

The award comes from the American Orthodontic Society Foundation. The Foundation also provides complimentary orthodontics services world-wide for patients who have difficulty obtaining quality orthodontic care.

Dr. Ahlin has practiced family dentistry and orthodontics in Gloucester for 45 years. His recent novel “Overrun: The Battle for Firebase 14” details some of his experiences as a naval dental officer in Vietnam in 1969.

Dr. Ahlin

Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to all those graduating from Gloucester, Rockport, and Manchester-Essex High Schools.

Many of you have been our patients—and for that we are truly blessed. It has been a pleasure to see you grow into responsible adults.

Please have a safe summer. Our best for your future plans.

Remember Winston Churchill’s advice: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

God Bless you,
Dr Ahlin, Jane, Lucia, Liz, Robin, and Monique