Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Walk in Central Park


This past Sunday, October 20th, our office team was among the estimated 60,000 people who joined the American Cancer Society  for the walk in Central Park to support the fight against Breast Cancer.  It  was a great opportunity for us to gather outdoors and meet with so many people united by the idea of finding a cure!  This walk was a great success- it gathered  more people than any other previous walk in Central Park and as per the American Cancer Society's data it has already raised more than $2 million. We would like to take this opportunity and thank the ones who donated  to our team and who took the time to walk with us: Thank you, guys, without you it would not have been possible!

From left to right:Lori Garay with daughter Allison Garay, Crystal Ward, Charmaine Newell-Greene, Joan Pasch, Norman, Dr. Ian Pasch, Nina Bozhinova-Nikolaev with her children Michelle Nikolaev and Dylan Nikolaev

Donations are  tax deductible and accepted until December 31, 2013, so if you would like to contribute, please follow the link below and support our team:

Thank you in advance!

Sincere regards,

Herald Square Dental
& The Denture Center

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How to Pick the Right Dental Floss?

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

A lot of our patients admit that they do not floss because they find flossing uncomfortable and even painful, and when they see a little bloody residue on the thread they start to panic and this discourages them from continuing with this extremely important element of dental hygiene. We have to admit that brushing alone is not sufficient. Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria,  plaque, and food particles stuck between teeth, which otherwise will be left there if you only brush.  In other words don't feel you have completed your oral hygiene routine without flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.  If you fail do integrate all three components into your regimen, it is as if you  take a shower but forget to clean your ears or clip your nails!

It's amazing how much variety you can find in dental floss.  It is easy to find something that works well for you. All types remove cavity-causing plaque and food debris from between your teeth. Here are a few of your choices:
  • Dental Flossers: Often regarded as being easier to manage than conventional floss, flossers are a popular choice. There's no need to wrap any excess thread around your fingers, which some find uncomfortable.
  • Conventional Floss: There's nothing wrong with sticking with traditional types of floss. Just tear off a piece at least 18 inches long and wind it around your index fingers. If you find traditional thread-like floss is uncomfortable for your gums, try dental ribbon, its smoother counterpart.
  • Floss Threaders: If you have a fixed bridge in your mouth, it doesn't mean you get out of flossing. Nifty little floss threaders allow you to thread  the floss between your teeth, under the bridge work. 
If you have questions regarding flossing and dental health in general, please call our office at (212)689-0024 or email us at today.


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.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sugar: The Scariest Halloween Trend

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

Halloween is approaching, and so are all those scary costumes and haunted houses. It shouldn't be the ghouls and ghosts that you fear, however, but the candied apples, trick-or-treat sweets and all the soda that washes them down! Sugary and acidic foods can lead to tooth decay, and that can put a damper on anyone's festive spirit.

While it would be nice if your neighbors all gave out fresh fruit or sugar-free candy (though we're sure the kids disagree!), high-sugar sweets are still America's favorite Halloween treat. If possible, try to limit children's sugar intake. Encourage them to drink plenty of water while snacking – soda will only make things worse! And finally, while it's easy to slip into a "sugar coma" and just pass out while watching a favorite horror flick, this is not the time to stray from your brushing or flossing routine. Let your children know that if they eat sweets without their toothbrushes on hand, they should rinse their mouths out with warm water.

If you think your child may have developed a cavity (whether the result of Halloween indulgences or not), please call us at (212)689-0024 for a check up. Even temporary baby teeth need to be properly cared for, as tooth decay can affect permanent adult teeth as well.

We'd like to wish you and your family the best this fall season. We hope that when the sweets of autumn runneth over, you'll think of us (and your smiles)!

If you have questions regarding sugar and dental health, 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, October 1, 2013

Five Reasons to See Your Dentist and Use Your Dental Insurance Benefits Now!

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

    Do you ever feel like you funnel money into a dental insurance plan that you'll never see again? Don't let your dental policy become a black hole! Take advantage of all the benefits they offer,  benefits you're already paying for!  Need a little motivation? Here are 5 very good reasons to use your benefits to the fullest!

    Yearly Maximums. Dental insurance plans put a maximum on the amount of money they're willing to pay for your dental care. Maximums vary from one company or policy to the next, but typically fall around $1000. Sounds like a lot of money, doesn't it? Insurance companies consider this amount to be a good investment. Allowing you to get regular dental care, your carrier can prevent the need for more serious (and more expensive) dental procedures down the road. Why not do you both a favor and use it, ensuring your mouth is in tip-top shape when next year rolls around?    
    Premiums. You're probably paying a monthly premium to keep your insurance. Even if you don't need extensive treatment, you should use that money for regular check ups and cleanings to prevent costly procedures in the future. Don't throw your money away!
    Deductibles. Insurance companies typically expect you to pay a certain amount of money for your dental care each year ? usually about $500. If your smile isn't in good shape, our office can create a treatment plan to put you back on track. Deductibles begin anew each year, so spreading out this care over more than 1 year will mean you have to pay more out-of-pocket.
    Inflation. It seems everything becomes more expensive from one year to the next, and dental materials and equipment are no exception. Putting off necessary dental care could mean that you'll have to pay more down the road.
    Dental Problems Escalate. If your pearly whites are anything but, they're only going to get worse. That is, of course, unless you take advantage of your insurance benefits and tend to your teeth and gums. A little cavity that isn't bothering you one year may become a major headache (or toothache!) the next.

     If you haven't yet taken advantage of your dental insurance benefits and would like to schedule an exam to verify everything is in order, call our office at (212)689-0024 or email us at today.  We'll help you find out which treatments are and are not covered by your policy!

Best Regards,

Herald Square Dental
&  The Denture Center

P.S. Just a reminder, that the end of the year typically is a very busy time for your dental insurance.  At this time, a dental pretreatment estimate or a claim may take longer to process by your insurance carrier, therefore, now is the perfect time to come in for a visit, get treatment diagnosed and allow time in case an approval for it is required by your plan.

P.S. 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!