Thursday, February 28, 2013

Denture Problems?

Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!

Many denture wearers breathe a sigh of relief when they get their first pair of dentures, because they think their dental problems are over. Unfortunately, even the best dentures can't compete with natural teeth in ability to chew food efficiently and comfortably. As the years go by, the supporting ridges that remain after teeth have been removed gradually change and get smaller. For most patients, the dentures need to be "relined" or "refitted" every 2-4 years so that the denture will conform to the changing ridge. A large change in weight can also alter the shape of the mouth, causing changes in the fit.

Here are some ways to treat various denture problems:

Make sure your dentures fit. Over time, your gums and bones may change and your dentures won't fit as well. When this happens, your dentures need to be adjusted, modified, or replaced by your dentist. Never try to adjust your dentures yourself.

Speak slowly. When you first get dentures, it may be hard for you to say certain words. Be patient. Practice saying the challenging words aloud and speak slowly. If your dentures move around when you laugh or smile, gently bite down and swallow to put them back in place.

Eat soft foods. If you are having trouble eating, follow these tips: Take small bites of soft foods, such as eggs and yogurt. Don't eat anything sticky and chew your food slowly. When you chew, use both sides of your mouth at the same time. This prevents your dentures from moving forward or tipping. Eating will become easier as you get used to your dentures. In time, you should be able to eat most foods.

Use an adhesive ( zinc free). Denture adhesives help your dentures stay in place and make them feel more secure. But denture adhesives should not be used to fix old or poorly fitting dentures. When using an adhesive, follow the instructions carefully. Try not to use more than you need.

If you have questions about your dentures, please call our office at 212-689-0024 or email us at today.

Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center

P.S. If you have any friends or family members who you feel could use our services, please don't hesitate to have them call us. We'll be sure to take good care of them!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Could Cosmetic Dentistry Change Your Life?

Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr, Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!

What's in a smile? More than you realize! Your pearly whites (or not-so-pearly whites) allow you to express your emotions, whether revealed in a smile or flashed in a laugh. Your teeth are an important element of your appearance, and of your self-image too. If you find yourself, subconsciously or otherwise, covering your mouth when you laugh or returning a big warm grin with a close-lipped smile, chances are you're a candidate for cosmetic dentistry and smile make over.

The latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry could give you a brand new movie star smile (Julia Roberts, eat your heart out). Cosmetic dentistry also allows you to correct minor imperfections. So, whether you're going for a complete overhaul or a little touch-up, there's a cosmetic solution for you. Here are a few of the services we provide:

Whitening – Whether through home bleaching or chair-side, whitening can remove years of stains, giving you a brighter and more youthful smile.

Crowns – Crowns are artificial teeth that fit over your natural teeth, correcting chips, cracks or discoloration.

Veneers – Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain or a composite that go over your natural teeth. Often providing the most dramatic change of all these cosmetic options, veneers can correct discolored, misplaced, irregular, chipped or cracked teeth easily.

Invisalign – The days of clunky metal braces are over. These removable clear trays fit over your teeth, moving them into proper position.

Implants Missing teeth should be replaced to keep other teeth in their normal position. This can be done by means of a fixed bridge or a dental implant. Both of these treatments offer a good functional and cosmetic result.

If you're interested in learning how cosmetic dentistry can give you a new, natural-looking smile, call our office at 212-689-0024 or email us at for a consultation! We'd love nothing more than to help you discover a confidence in your smile that you've never known before.

Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center

P.S. If you have any friends or family members who you feel could use our services, please don't hesitate to have them call us. We'll be sure to take good care of them!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dental Implants in Manhattan!

Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!

Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss - mostly due to tooth decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dental implants are available and have become increasingly popular.

At Herald Square Dental, we have been closely following the newest trends in dental implants and complete oral  rehabilitation. Our doctors have undergone extensive training and are one of the best implantologist available in Manhattan. Our office is now completely equipped with the most advanced technology to allow effective, quick and affordable treatment completion under one roof! If you are considering having dental implants done in Manhattan, we invite you for a free consultation to have all of your questions answered!

What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step in the dental implant process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by our team of professionals, who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction procedure and with healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant can be considered for a dental implant. Patients also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders - such as diabetes or heart disease - or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dental Implants?
More and more dental insurances are including dental implants in their "Covered Procedures" list. Coverage depends on the type of benefits available to you, selected by your employer. Detailed questions about your individual needs and insurance benefit will be discussed with your dentist and our insurance coordinator.

If you have decided to have your dental implants done in Manhattan, experience is of greatest importance! At Herald Square Dental, we have been restoring dental function since 1977! Call us at 212-689-0024 or email us at and schedule your free consultation visit today!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Dentures and Good Oral Hygiene

Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!
Want to know more about taking care of your dentures? Here you go!

- How do you clean your dentures?
When cleaning your dentures, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten your toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

- How many times a day does the denture need to be cleaned?
The denture needs to be cleaned two to three times daily.

- What is good oral hygiene when you have full dentures?In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth also is vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.

-What is the proper denture care when not being worn?
Dentures need to be kept moist when not being worn so they do not dry out or lose their shape. When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. However, if the denture has metal attachments, the attachments could tarnish if placed in a soaking solution.

-Are There Alternatives to Dentures?
Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult your dentist for advice.

-Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Dentures?
Most dental insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of dentures. However, contact either your dental insurance company to find out the specifics of what they will cover or our insurance coordinator to have your benefits clarified.

If you have any additional questions regarding dentures, please call our office at 212-689-0024 or email us at today. You can trust us, we have been doing this since 1977!

Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center

Monday, February 11, 2013

Five Tips to Help Whiten Teeth Naturally!

Maintaining a white smile is a great way to show that you take pride in your appearance and wish to keep your body in as good of shape as possible! Here are five very good and practical tips to help you maintain healty and shiny white teeth!

Crunchy fruits and vegetables
Crunchy, crispy fruits have an abrasiveness that can help to lift stains from the teeth and give the illusion that they are whiter. Yes, it is true that strawberries can make your teeth white because of their acid content. Try munching on apples, celery and carrots, which have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surface without posing any harm to the enamel. The crunchier the food, the more abrasive it is and the cleaner it will get your teeth.

Mashed Strawberries
To brighten teeth you can mash up a ripe strawberry and dip your toothbrush in it - but be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards, using warm water to which a pinch of bicarbonate of soda has been added, to reduce acidity in the mouth.

Another way you can protect your teeth (though not whiten) is to chew a small cube of cheese after a meal. Casein - a milk protein - and whey protein in cheese have been shown to reduce the loss of minerals from tooth enamel.There's a growing body of evidence indicating that eating a small amount of cheese after a meal can potentially help to prevent tooth decay and promote enamel re-mineralization. Chewing cheese also stimulates saliva flow which neutralises the harmful acids that decay or erode teeth.

Sugar-free gum with xylitol
Xyoltol is a natural sweetener that can actually help to prevent plaque. While plaque feeds on regular sugar, it can't digest xylitol. Xylitol also neutralizes pH levels in the mouth and increases saliva production.

Drink with a Straw
Even if you follow a natural diet, the beverages that you drink have the tendency to stain teeth. To avoid as many stains as possible, use a straw to draw beverages into your mouth, instead of having them slide over your teeth. The less contact your teeth have with damaging substances, the whiter they will be.

And  in case you are not completely satisfied with the shade of your teeth, you should cerrtainly contact us  at 212-689-0024 or for a consultation on teeth whitening in our office!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ten Great Reasons Not to Dodge Your Dental Cleaning Appointment!

Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr.Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!

Sure, regular cleanings with our office promote good oral hygiene, especially with having the procedure done by either of our great registered hygienists on staff, ( Paola and Alicia) , but did you know they can also prevent a multitude of diseases? That two o'clock chair-side rendezvous may not seem nearly as exciting as a late lunch with a friend, but it will be well worth it in the end. Here are 10 really great reasons to stick with your regular cleaning schedule!

It  Can Help Prevent Oral Cancer. You may or may not realize that you're screened for oral cancer during your regular dental cleaning. If during the examination of the oral cavity a suspicious lesion is detected we will immediately address it as protocol requires. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, an American dies of oral cancer every hour of every day. It's a sad proposition, especially when you consider that it is highly curable with early diagnosis.

It Wards Off Gum Disease. Gum disease (an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place) is one of the leading causes of adult tooth loss. It can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. Unfortunately, not receiving treatment will lead to a more serious and advanced state of gum disease. Regular cleanings and check-ups and daily brushing and flossing are key weapons in the fight against these conditions.

It's About More Than Your Mouth. Sure, not getting regular check-ups may make you less kissable, but did you know that studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease associated with poor oral hygiene? A trip to our office every six months could reduce your risk of serious health problems.

You Want To Preserve Your Smile. As mentioned, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. To keep your pearly whites intact, stick with your cleaning schedule.

It's Best To Detect Dental Problems Early. We've already touched upon early detection of gum disease and oral cancer, but don't overlook more basic dental problems. Cavities and broken fillings are easy to treat. Without regular trips to the dentist, these problems can lead to root canals, gum surgery and tooth extraction. Which sounds worse: a 30-minute cleaning or an hour under the knife?

You Want To Know You're Doing It Right. Maybe you bought a fancy new electric toothbrush, or aren't keeping up with what current research has to say about caring for your teeth. Either way, check-ups allow us to examine your mouth and keep you on the right path.

You Have Dental Insurance. Consider how much money you put into your insurance plan. Take advantage of it and save a lot of money in the long run by avoiding costly procedures that result from poor dental habits.

You Want To Upgrade Your Smile. If you're already suffering from tooth decay or gum problems, regular appointments will allow our office to create a personalized treatment plan that will give you the best smile possible.

You Want To Dazzle. Regular cleanings remove most tobacco, coffee and tea stains, polishing your teeth to a beautiful shine!

You Need Some Time Alone. Okay, maybe not completely alone, but the time you spend in our waiting room and in our chair is really your time. You can forget about the office or the stresses of family life. Read a magazine or work through a crossword if you want. Take advantage of the time you're given, rather than worrying about how to fit it in your tight schedule. Your health and well-being should never take a back seat to your daily planner.

If it's been more than six months since your last check up and cleaning, call our office to schedule an appointment today! We promise to take good care of you (and your smile)!

If you have questions regarding your dental health, please call our office at 212-689-0024 or email us at today.


Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental &
The Denture Center

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In February Drink and Be Merry: Study Says Red Wine Is Good for Your Smile!

Greetings from Dr. Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!

If you were looking for an excuse to drink more red wine, it's your lucky day!

A study released by scientists from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada, reports that compounds in red wine known as polyphenols have been found to stave off periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are those that affect the gums and bone around the teeth, often leading to permanent tooth loss. The research shows that polyphenols, derived from red grape seeds, neutralize one of the major tissue-destroying compounds associated with periodontitis, a disease that affects a significant number of adults.

Red wine boasts a number of additional health advantages. It has anti-tumor properties and can help prevent heart disease. Along with green tea, fresh fruits and green vegetables, red wine has been known to reduce the risk of cancer mortality. Still, it's important to err on the side of caution and drink only in moderation - no more than a glass or two a day.

While red wine is preserving smiles across the globe, other sugary drinks are destroying them. Some U.S. schools have begun restricting access to soda in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity and tooth decay. Acidic drinks like coffee (a crutch for millions of groggy Americans each day) can have a negative affect on teeth as well. Even good old-fashioned juice has come under fire as of late, slammed for having a high sugar content but very few of the nutritional qualities attributed to whole fruit, such as fiber.

Your best bet? Drink plenty of water. If you do have a sugary or acidic beverage, be sure to either brush your teeth or rinse with warm water afterwards.

Remember, there's no better defense against gum disease than diligent brushing and flossing and regular check-ups. If you're due for an exam, call our office at (212)689-0024 or email us at to schedule one today!

Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental &
The Denture Center

P.S. If you have any friends or family members who you feel could use our services, please don't hesitate to have them call us. We'll be sure to take good care of them.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Periodontal Disease: Silent and Deadly

Greetings from Dr.Pasch, Dr. Yam, Dr. Shirzadnia and Dr. Song!

We wanted to bring your attention to a very important problem and talk briefly about it: Periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. The early stages of periodontal disease are often asymptomatic; many adults may have the disease and not know it.

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that nearly one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease can go on for years without pain and without detection unless specific examination procedures are performed. Visual oral examination by itself will not reliably detect periodontal disease until it has reached an advanced stage.

Early detection and adequate diagnosis require measurement of pockets (the crevice between the tooth and gum) with a periodontal probe. Early detection and treatment is critical to prevent tooth loss and disfigurement. Although the procedure is simple, painless and requires only a few minutes, millions of American adults have never had it done.

Signs of periodontal disease include bleeding gums, redness of gum tissue, swelling of gums around the teeth, breath odor, receding gums, mobility of teeth.

If you have questions regarding periodontal disease or any other dentally related concern, please call our office at 212-689-0024 or email us at  today.

Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental &
The Denture Center

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