Thursday, January 31, 2013

Now, You Can Have Your Entire Dental Treatment Under One Roof, literally!

Greetings from Herald Square Dental and The Denture Center!

We are proud to announce that our office is now equipped with the newest technology for 3-D imaging available. The office staff  has also undergone special training to allow fast and effective diagnostics of various treatment needs, and specifically implants, orthodontics, TMJ procedures.

When it comes to experience - the more, the better! Herald Square Dental was established in 1977 and is equipped with all the technology and comfort to optimally restore your beautiful smile successfully, affordably, quickly and conveniently!

Don’t put up with the long waiting period typically involved with extensive restorations! At Herald Square Dental & the Denture Center we are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care, while saving you time and money!  

We are conveniently located to all major transportation hubs in Midtown Manhattan.  Call for your Free Consultation @ 212-689-0024  or email us  and let us help you smile with confidence!  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stroke Prevention - Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments

You may wonder what a tooth cleaning has to do with a stroke — that sudden, devastating paralysis in which blood supply to the brain is blocked. Simply put, it's the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries. Yes, the same sort of plaque that builds up on teeth and can go on to cause inflammation and gum disease if not professionally cleaned at least once every six months.

A hygiene appointment is probably the easiest and most painless way of eliminating at least one of the risk factors leading to stroke. We have two registered hygienists on staff -Paola and Alicia, to meet the needs of preventative care of all of our patients.  And here are a few tips from them to help you get educated about the most beneficial way of caring for your teeth:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
• Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
• Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
• Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
• Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

• Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
• Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
• When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
• Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move the floss up or down the other side, conforming the floss to the shape of the tooth.
• Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.
• Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.

Mouth rinse
A mouth rinse, in addition to daily brushing and flossing, can increase the cleanliness of your mouth. Antimicrobial mouth rinses reduce bacteria and plaque activity, which cause gingivitis and gum disease. Fluoride mouth rinses also help reduce and prevent tooth decay, however not everyone should use a fluoride mouth rinse. For instance, fluoride rinses are not recommended for children ages 6 or younger because they may swallow them. Always check the manufacturer's label for precautions and age recommendations and talk with your dentist about the use of fluoride mouth rinse.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We Are Your New York City Cosmetic Dentists!

Dear Patients,

Dental disease is preventable and you can practice preventive dentistry on yourself by adopting these healthy habits:
  • always remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day;
  • floss between teeth at least once a day;
  • eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks;
  • don't forget to schedule regular dental visits.
However, should you fail to implement these healthy habits in your daily routine, with time the results is loosing teeth. There are actually several negative consequences of missing some or all of your teeth. First, missing teeth will affect the aesthetics of your face. Not only will your smile be affected by the gaps from missing teeth, but if you’re missing too many teeth, the skin around your mouth won’t be supported properly and will start to sag, making you appear older than you are.

Additionally, missing teeth will make it more difficult to chew your food properly, absorb the nutrients, hence deteriorate your overall health and may even affect the way you speak, making you feel less confident about your smile. If you are currently missing any of your teeth, you should consider replacing them with dental implants, which can look and feel just like natural teeth.

At Herald Square Dental you can count on us!  Our humane and professional staff and approach will help you obtain the smile you have always wanted! We are conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, easily accessible by NYC Subways, PATH, NJ Transit, LIRR, Metro North Rail Road.  Dr. Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song are highly qualified in all areas of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures, they will take the time to listen to your concern and offer you any possible treatment option for your specific dental needs; they will provide you their expert recommendation of which treatment scenario will help you achieve optimal dental health.
References: http://www.mouthhealthy.org

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bleaching vs. Whitening

According to the FDA, the term "bleaching" is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach – typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

The term "whitening," on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth's surface color by removing dirt and debris. So any product that cleans (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener. Of course, the term teeth whitening sounds better than teeth bleaching, so it is more frequently used – even when describing products that contain bleach.

At Herald Square Dental and the Denture Center we are currently performing the new Venus Whitening System which is giving great results! If you are interested in brightening up your smile please call us at 212-689-0024 and schedule an appointment for a consultation with our professional and care oriented team today!  We are conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, at 224 West 35 Street 16th Fl.  Please allow us to help you and we will give you a reason to smile!


Friday, January 4, 2013

ADA Launches Online Dental Symptom Checker

American Dental Association has just introduced a newly developed feature on their online portal  The so called "Dental Symptom Checker" is a tool that has been designed to "provide patients with accurate information about their symptoms and help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health".   It is not meant to diagnose or replace the role of the dentist, however with its help  patients can "identify the location of the symptom they’re having and other factors, such as pain or discharge, and read about various conditions that fit that description".  Apparently this was a top requested feature by consumers, therefore it is now available as an interactive Web platform on, as well as a downloadable app on iTunes and Google Play.

If you have any dental complaint or symptom you would like to learn more about, you could try this new tool, or, even better, call us to schedule an appointment for a free consultation! We are here to help you and to give you a reason to smile!
References:,  Karen Fox, ADA News staff