Friday, November 30, 2012

Have you heard of Black Hairy Tongue?

Although it is not seen often, we thought we should share this information with you. Black Hairy Tongue is not a disease, it is a condition. Black hairy tongue is the lengthening of the bumps (papillae) on the surface of the tongue. Usually the ends of the papillae get rubbed away by food but sometimes they grow much longer than normal, making the tongue look furry. The extra tissue can get stained by food or tobacco and become yellowish brown or black.

Even though it may appear alarming, black hairy tongue itself is harmless (although it is thought to be linked to the development of thrush, which is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, also known as yeast). This condition does not involve any type of bacteria or fungi and generally resolves on its own; the recommended treatment is to brush the tongue with a soft toothbrush twice per day. Black hairy tongue is listed as a possible side effect while taking the antibiotic penicillin, and certain vitamins. It is also a side effect of bulimia.

A similar condition can occur within 24 hours after taking Bismuth Subsalicylate, especially chewable tablets, caused by a chemical reaction. It is short-lasting in duration, but may initially cause alarm.


1.Rajesndran (1 January 2009). Shafer'S Textbook Of Oral Pathology (6Th Edition). Elsevier India. pp. 31–. ISBN 978-81-312-1570-8. Retrieved 16 November 2010

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Headache? Migrane? Stop Suffering!

Do you suffer from:
  • Headaches( chronic or irregular);
  • Migraines;
  • Clicking/popping of the jaw joints;
  • Clenching and grinding (bruxism);
  • Tinnitus( ringing of the ears);
  • Muscle tension ans pain in the face and neck;
  • Sensitive teeth due to overloaded forces;
  • Broken teeth or dental work;
  • Uneven tooth wear and cracking;
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD);
  • Limited range of head/neck motion;
  • Reduced mouth opening range;
  • Accelerated bone loss in periodontal disease;
  • Vertigo;
  • Ear pain not from infection?

If you suffer from any of these symptoms we have good news for you! Since the beginning of 2012 Dr. Arthur Yam and Dr. Alfred Shirzadnia have had great results treating these symptoms with the TruDenta system.

The TruDenta exam includes the use of two unique, patented technologies which in about five minutes can provide you and your doctor with important, objective, diagnostic information which may help identify the causes of your symptoms.  The first device measures the opening  and closing  of the mouth and the bite forces on a tooth  by tooth basis; both in motion and at rest.  Once completed, the digital bite force analysis provides a graphic display of the forces and balances within the mouth.

The second device measures the range of motion of the head and neck and instantly mathematically calculates  a patient's deviance from normal motion which can be signs of various conditions.

Your doctor will also perform a detailed head, neck, mouth, jaw and tooth examination to further identify any potential problems. When combined, these proprietary and comprehensive exam methods can show a doctor and a patient the potential problem areas which may be leading to a patient's unique symptoms.

No other dentist in New York is equipped with this unique combination of diagnostic tools and education which can often lead to immediate symptom resolution for many patients.

Stop Suffering!

Contact our office at 212-689-0024 to inquire more information  or simply click on the link below to learn more about this unique treatment method!