Dental Questions? Parsons Smile Center Has Answers

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My name is Dr. Fady Salha, and I know that many of my Flushing, New York dental patients have concerns and questions about their oral care. That’s why I include hot-button dental issues in my blog such as:

Smile Makeovers
Sealants
Invisible Braces
Toothbrush Care
ADA Seal Products
Tooth Protection
Gum Contouring
Dental Implants

I hope that this information will help you make informed decisions about your oral care and any cosmetic dentistry procedures you may be considering. If you are in the Whitestone or College Point area and are in need of a professional, family-friendly dental office, call my practice, Parsons Smile Center, at 718-939-0862. Our top services include:

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry
general dentistry

Call today!

 

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center: 718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


An Air-Dried Toothbrush Is A Healthy Toothbrush

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One of the most important habits you can form is to always allow your toothbrush to completely air dry between uses. The best way to let the toothbrush air dry is by placing it in a toothbrush holder on the counter with the bristles pointing up. This method of storage is much better than sticking it away in a drawer since it will take longer to dry in there.

Make sure your toothbrush is dry before you seal it away in a travel container.

Buy two toothbrushes at your local drugstore. Alternate between the two so each has time to fully dry out between uses.

Remember to replace your toothbrush (or toothbrushes) every 3-4 months, or sooner if you’ve had a cold!

Hi. I’m Dr. Fady Salha. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. At Parsons Smile Center, we offer the following services:

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

We are currently accepting new patients, and the professional staff here would be happy to answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, bonding, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center: 718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Smokeless Is Not Harmless For Flushing Tobacco Chewers

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Cigarette sales at most stores have decreased in the past decade, but some tobacco consumers have switched to smokeless products.

There is a common misconception (especially among teens) that smokeless tobacco is harmless. This is absolutely not true. Regardless of the specific type: spit tobacco, snuff, chew, or pinch, this form of tobacco is as deadly as old-school cigarettes.

At Parsons Smile Center, we encounter serious consequences of smokeless tobacco use because many occur in the mouth. Oral cancer, mouth lesions, gum disease and tooth decay are the most common dental problems caused by smokeless tobacco.

Keeping a pinch between your cheek and gum all day is worse than keeping an all-day sucker tucked in there. The tobacco contains almost as much sugar as the candy but delivers harmful chemicals as an added bonus. The dangers are two-fold: the tobacco erodes the teeth and also causes the gums to pull away from teeth.

Precancerous Mouth Lesion Screenings: Mouth lesions are painful sores that could eventually become cancer. If smokeless tobacco use is stopped, the lesions ordinarily disappear within a year.

Oral Cancer: Smokeless tobacco use increases the risk for several types of life-threatening cancers including those of the mouth, gums, lips, tongue, and throat.

Oral cancers can be as deadly as lung cancer and usually require surgery. If the patient is fortunate and the cancer is successfully removed with surgery, the collateral damage to the face, neck, or jaw is not pretty.

These are the main dental risks of smokeless tobacco. Other risks include addiction and heart disease.

At Parsons Smile Center, we perform oral cancer screenings and mouth lesions examinations. To receive more details, or schedule an appointment, call 718-939-0862.

If want to quit using smokeless tobacco products, we recommend that you talk to Dr. Salha at Parsons Smile Center, your  primary care doctor, or your local pharmacist.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center: 718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Protect Teeth From Cracks

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Ouch! No dental patient wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth, so today in the Parsons Smile Center dental blog we are going to focus on how to avoid this preventable problem.

The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; you should steer clear of chewing on hard things if you don’t want a cracked tooth! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry, cinephiles) popcorn.

Also, protect against any impact to the mouth that could be experienced during sporting events. If you are a member of a local rec center basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, pick up a mouth guard at a sporting goods store.

Tooth grinding is never a good thing, and it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions. Talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist and try some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.

Be sure to keep your regular check-ups with your dentist because your dentist can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.

If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fady Salha. I practice general and cosmetic dentistry. My practice, Parsons Smile Center, offers the following services:

 

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

If you are in the Flushing, Whitestone, or College Point area and are in need of dental care or have questions about teeth whitening or smile makeovers please give us a call at 718-939-0862.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center: 718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Teen Teeth: Adolescent Oral Health

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If you are a teenager or the parent of a teenager in the Flushing area, today’s Parsons Smile Center post is for you. Dental risks for teens include both developmental and lifestyle-related factors.

At our practice, we see dental caries and gum disease far too often in teens. Possible causes include:

insufficient dental hygiene, unhealthy diet, malocclusion (misaligned bite), smoking, hormonal changes, tooth grinding, mouth breathing, eating disorders, and side effects of medications.

Children may get lax about brushing and flossing as they get older. Furthermore, some teens’ diets become worse when they have more freedom to choose what to eat. Few parents let their four year-old have an energy drink, but some teens will drink them when out of their parents’ sight.

Malocclusion makes proper brushing and flossing challenging, leaving even vigilant brushers with decay from difficult-to-remove food particles. Malocclusion can also trigger TMD (Temporomandibular disorder). If you suspect that your teen’s bite is not aligned properly, or if your teen sees a clicking sound in the jaw joint, call Parsons Smile Center at 718-939-0862 to schedule an exam.

In spite of numerous public service campaigns aimed at preventing teen smoking, many adolescents take up the habit even before they graduate from high school. Smoking wrecks teeth as surely as it wrecks lungs.

Parents of teenagers know that puberty has a significant impact on physical and emotional health. Puberty causes all sorts of changes in the body, and the mouth is no exception. Increased hormone levels (especially in females) can cause the body to react to a very small amount of plaque, triggering inflammation of gum tissue and increased risk of the more advanced form of gum disease (known as periodontitis). Your dentist can counsel you if more frequent professional cleanings are necessary to preserve gum health.

If you visit any soccer field or basketball court in New York, you will see that many young athletes fail to protect their teeth. If your adolescent participates in a contact sport, meet with us about custom athletic mouthguards.

One of the teen dental issues affecting many young men and women is wisdom teeth. It’s best to start monitoring your teen’s wisdom teeth early so they can be treated before they bring about troubles with the jaw or surrounding teeth. And you certainly don’t want to send your high-school grad to an out-of-state college without addressing his or her third molars. If problems emerge, your youth won’t be near their regular dentist, will probably miss class, and will either need to come home or use an out-of-network dentist or oral surgeon. If you don’t have a family dentist, Fady Salha of Parsons Smile Center can examine your teen and evaluate X-rays to guide you on the best course of action for his or her wisdom teeth.

This article is by no means exhaustive on the essential subject of adolescent oral health. Future posts will discuss orthodontia, oral piercings, eating disorders, and abnormal teeth growth.

If you are looking for a family dentist in the Flushing area, I invite you to schedule an appointment at Parsons Smile Center by calling 718-939-0862. We have been providing trusted dental care to Flushing families since 1990.  For more details about teen dental health; or cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, or dental implants, call today.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center: 718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Do You Have Xerostomia?

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Most dental patients know that they can go to their local dentist for toothaches, cleanings, and bleeding gums (not to mention cosmetic dentistry procedures such as a smile makeover), but there are some lesser-known oral concerns that your College Point dentist can also help you with.

A lack of saliva causes dry mouth (technically called xerostomia), and it can be quite uncomfortable. It also predisposes New York dental patients to a host of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. There are some treatments, but a lot of Flushing residents experience dry mouth because of certain medications or diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth, and regular trips to your dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and the bacteria count within a sweet-smelling range. But, if you have good oral hygiene and regular check-ups and cleanings, then your dentist will be crucial in helping you discover the source of your halitosis.

Jaw clicking and jaw discomfort are symptoms you should have checked with your dentist immediately as they can be a signs of serious oral issues.

Hi. I’m Dr. Fady Salha, an experienced Flushing dentist. I want my patients to come to me with all of their oral concerns. The friendly staff here at Parsons Smile Center would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about the ailments mentioned above, as well as questions about teeth whitening and dental implants. We would love to hear from you today!

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry
general dentistry

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center: 718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


What Have We Done For You Lately?

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At Parsons Smile Center, everything we do is for the well-being of our valued patients. We are enthusiastic about delivering quality, compassionate dental care tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

We know that optimum oral health is a vital element of comprehensive physical health and that dentists do more that just “drill and fill.” Like your primary care doctor, Fady Salha is an essential member of your family’s team of healthcare providers.

What Has Parsons Smile Center Done Lately?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
  • Oral cancer checks
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath
  • Coordinated care with medical doctors for dental patients with cancer or other chronic conditions
  • Guidance on the oral health ramifications of medication side effects
  • Custom night guards for people who grind their teeth
  • Oral conscious sedation, patience, and compassion for patients with dental anxiety
  • Specialized care for woman who are pregnant
  • Pediatric dental counsel for new parents
  • Emergency care for victims of a mouth injury
  • Referrals to and coordination with trusted specialists for procedures we don’t perform at Parsons Smile Center
  • Custom mouthguards for athletes of all ages
  • Coaching on appropriate dental hygiene
  • Diagnosis of bite issues
  • Replacement of old amalgam fillings
  • Improved confidence for smile redesign recipients
  • In-office and at-home teeth whitening
  • Dental deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing for plaque and tartar removal

What Can We Do For You?

The professional team at Parsons Smile Center would love to help you with any of your dental needs, but we can’t help you unless you come in. To schedule an appointment, call 718-939-0862.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Tooth Brushing Basics For Healthy Smiles In Flushing

Flushing Teeth Bleaching Why should everyone in Flushing brush at least twice a day? Let’s take a look at why this is so important.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent decay.

Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and carefully flossing removes the food from our teeth and inhibits the build up of plaque. If we let food stay on our teeth, the starches in the food will mix with the plaque. This nasty mixture forms an acid which immediately starts drilling into the enamel to form cavities. Brushing can’t get all the spaces between your teeth, so you’ve got to floss also.

Brushing and flossing keeps gums and bone healthy.

If you let gum disease go untreated, you can lose teeth that are cavity-free!

The progression of gum disease (gingivitis) goes like this:

  1. Plaque build-up irritates gums.
  2. Irritated gums pull away from teeth.
  3. Bacteria multiplies in the spaces between the gum and tooth.
  4. The bone holding the tooth is eaten by the bacteria.
  5. Say goodbye to the tooth.

The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed if detected early.

Call Parsons Smile Center at 718-939-0862 to schedule a gum disease evaluation at our office in Flushing.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


The Unsung Heroes Of Dentistry

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In today’s post, we will veer a bit off the beaten path, so to speak, and review an intriguing dental specialty; forensic dentistry. The official term for the use of dentistry in criminal cases and post mortem identification is forensic odontology. These specialists are rarely recognized but play a vital role in crime and disaster investigations.

Dental X-rays, dentures, and bite marks are all used to provide clues about the victim’s identity and/or the manner of death. A person’s teeth are as singular as fingerprints and can often tolerate forces such as fire, explosions, submersion in water, and natural decay without being destroyed.

Identifying One Victim
Identifying a victim through dental records is aided immensely when authorities have narrowed down a group of suspected victims to just a few people (or, ideally, just one) and can consult the dentists who had treated them. When the identity is completely unknown, a forensic dentist scours other databases such as those kept by the armed forces and prisons.3

“Dental identifications are so much quicker and so much less expensive than DNA.” -Dr. Mark Bernstein, dentist and forensic dental consultant1

Identifying Hundreds of Victims
While identifying one victim of a homicide or accident can be more or less manageable, natural disasters, plane crashes, and other large-scale tragedies are exponentially more complicated.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Burkes, chief forensic dental consultant for the 9/11 attacks, over 140 dentists toiled to identify the fragments of remains that were recovered from the scene of the terrorist attacks. The identification effort was an extremely painstaking and complicated process. First, the dentists were organized into four teams. The Go Team gathered evidence from the scene, the Antemortem Team analyzed existing dental records of assumed victims, the Postmortem Team X-rayed the recovered dental evidence, and the Comparison Team compared the X-rays of the remains of anonymous victims to the records of missing people thought to have been at the scene.2

“Dentistry fulfills one of its most important social, moral, and professional obligations by applying its unique knowledge and expertise to the task of identifying countless persons who are tragic victims of fires, catastrophes, disasters, and homicides.”3

1Ashley Hayes, “How authorities identify a burned body,” CNN, February 13, 2013, http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/health/burned-body-id/, accessed February 20, 2017
2James Berry, Clayton Luz, Arlene Furlong, Craig Palmer, “Forensic Dentistry: Identifying the Victims of 9/11” Dental Practice Management, December 1, 2001,http://www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/forensic-dentistry-identifying-the-victims-of-9-11/, accessed February 20, 2017
3Dr. Vincent Funaro, “Charts, Radiographs, Study Models: A Forensic Trilogy, January 1, 2006, Dentistry Today, http://www.dentistrytoday.com/forensic-dentistry/1159-, accessed February 20, 2017

We hope this look into dentistry’s unsung heroes has been educational!  Contact Parsons Smile Center for all your dentistry needs, from cosmetic to restorative.

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Is Mouthwash A Must?

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If you’ve ever walked the aisles of any Flushing, New York drugstore, you know that there are many different types of mouthwash. Some tout their germ-killing abilities, others emphasize their fluoride content, and some claim to whiten teeth while freshening the breath. These are all great benefits, but will they make or break your dental health?

Many folks in the Flushing area wonder if daily mouthwash should be part of their dental routine. Brushing and flossing are the two important habits that have the greatest affect on dental health, so if you’re doing these two things, is mouthwash required?

I’m Dr. Fady Salha of Parsons Smile Center in Flushing. When my dental patients ask about mouthwash, I tell them that as long as they follow the directions on the bottle, mouthwash may slightly benefit dental health, even if it doesn’t live up to every promise as advertised. Rinsing with a mouthwash that contains fluoride can’t hurt your teeth, but allowing a bit of diluted toothpaste to stay on tooth surfaces after brushing probably has the same benefit.

People who suffer from bad breath often believe that mouthwash can solve the problem. Actually, mouthwashes that contain alcohol can worsen the issue because they can cause dry mouth – a condition that can contribute to bad breath. Mouthwashes without alcohol are commonly more effective for freshening breath. These products are usually called fluoride rinses.

If you have chronic bad breath, however, you should have your teeth checked for plaque build-up. No amount of mouthwash can remedy a mouth full of plaque. If your teeth and gums are healthy and you still suffer from bad breath, it’s important to know the cause. Bad breath can be an indication of a physical condition, so see your doctor soon.

Bottom line? Never substitute mouthwash for proper brushing and flossing. And if you use mouthwash, decide on a brand that contains fluoride and no alcohol.

Thank you for visiting the Flushing dental blog. We like to tackle important issues such as dental products, cosmetic dentistry procedures, over-the-counter teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, invisible braces, pediatric dentistry, oral care habits, and more!

My practice, Parsons Smile Center, provides premium dental care to our valued patients. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call us at 718-939-0862. A member of my professional staff can answer any questions you have about our services.

Call today!

 

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354