Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr. Yam Raced in the IRONMAN Marathon at Mont-Tremblant, Canada!

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Yam!

On August 17th, Dr. Yam successfully completed his first Ironman race at Mont Tremblant- Quebec, Canada. The race consisted of  a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. From a total of 2,269 international participants, Dr. Yam crossed the finish line with a result of 12 hours 35 minutes and 18 seconds, which is better than the results of more than half of the participants! Great job, Dr. Yam! We are very proud of you!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Vitamin D Found Beneficial for Periodontal Health in Recent Study

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

Periodontal disease has established itself as a major culprit for oral health and lately more and more patients are diagnosed with this condition.  It starts presenting itself with the "harmless appearing" at first sight redness and inflammation of the gums. Even though these symptoms may appear harmless and not alarming, they are caused by the toxic waste products of oral bacteria and if left untreated may lead to tooth loss.

We would like to stress out the significant role which the immune system plays for oral health and how it could aid in the fight with periodontal disease and the possible reversal of  this condition. A good diet and in some cases, dietary supplements can enhance the immune system.Vitamin D might be helpful in controlling the inflammation associated with gingivitis and periodontitis. The upper limit recommended by the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board is 2,000IU. Researchers suggest this limit could be safely raised by about 10 times.
Researchers from India executed a three-month study which led to the conclusion that Vitamin D is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory supplement when given in a dose of 2,000IU per day which could aid in the prevention of periodontitis.

Don't forget your vitamin D supplement and spend time outdoors as much as possible since sun exposure is one of the most important sources of vitamin D!

If you have any questions please call us at 212-689-0024 or email us at today!

All the best,

Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Eating Disorders and Oral Health

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

You have heard it many times: the mouth is the window into the health of the body, right? Well, since our various cultures and lifestyles present to us the opportunity to gather around the table at every celebration and enjoy food in quantities much greater than the absolute needed for normal existing, and therefore we systematically consume larger amounts of food than needed, some people develop eating disorders.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association approximately  ten million Americans suffer from some type of an eating disorder.  Most frequently it is associated with either starvation ( in the cases of Anorexia- when one believes that they are "fat" when in reality they are not fat at all, ) or overeating and excessive vomiting to compensate the bulge eating, very often controlled by mood swings( in the cases of Bulimia- one would eat uncontrollably to satisfy the urge to eat, then feel guilty and vomit after a meal).

Eating disorders are frequently seen with teenagers and young adults, and more common among females.  The effect that they have on  the oral cavity, tissues and dentition is tremendous. The reason for it is the repetitive destructive and eroding effect of  stomach acids on tooth structures and the tissues in the mouth. With time, teeth become discolored, brittle, decay develops, and the tissues in the mouth become inflamed and bleed easily.  Eating hot or cold food or drink may become uncomfortable.

In many cases, the patient would feel ashamed discussing this issue and therefore fail to obtain professional help in a timely manner. However, it is extremely important to discuss with your healthcare provider the presence of such a problem if it exists. After all , even if you do not want to admit, a professional will be able to conclude the presence of such problem  by the obvious damage of the eating disorder.

If you suspect that a loved one is challenged by an eating disorder, don't be afraid to take the first step and initiate a friendly conversation to help them open up and acknowledge the fact that they need help if they want to overcome this problem. A timely intervention is important also because the damages caused may be irreversible, depending on the severity of the case and the length of time during which the problem was occurring.

If you have any questions  regarding this matter please feel free to contact us via email at or  call us at 212-689-0024. We are here to help!

Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center