Thursday, April 19, 2018

Causes of Gap Teeth

Whether they’re causing you to whistle when you speak or just making you self-conscious, gap teeth can be a problem. At Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, we provide a few different treatment options and can help you to better understand why this condition develops.


Most often the reason for a gap (or diastema) is simply that the teeth aren’t large enough to fill in the dental ridge. The quickest way to fix this is with veneers. After slightly reshaping the teeth, we can mill porcelain shells for them that are a slightly different size or shape, allowing us to fill in the gap while also covering up stains and chips on the front of the teeth. A more involved process is the use of Invisalign orthodontic therapy to move the teeth closer together. This is a popular treatment option when the gap isn’t the only issue with how the teeth are aligned. Following this, patients will have to wear a retainer to prevent relapse.


Another possible cause for a gap is a large labial frenum. This means that the strip of tissue inside the upper lip which connects it with the jaw is too large and must be surgically reduced to create more space. Other possibilities include tongue thrusting and thumb sucking, which put pressure on the teeth and can cause an overbite as well as a gap.


Farid Hakimzadeh, DDS, operates Fresh Meadows Dental Care at 58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 100, Oakland Gardens, New York, 11364. To schedule an appointment, call 718-224-7272 or visit Fresh Meadows Dental and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

HPV and Oral Cancer

April is the Oral Cancer Foundation’s awareness month. At Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, we want to use this as an opportunity to educate patients about a particular kind of oral cancer that they must be vigilant against: that caused by HPV.


The oral cancer screening devices in our office help us to detect suspicious tissues in the oral cavity, which might be due to cancer caused by smoking or use of alcohol. Unfortunately, cancer caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) is not so easy to detect. It usually occurs in the oropharynx, which is the region at the back of the mouth encompassing the tonsils and base of the tongue. Furthermore, of the hundreds of HPV strains, only one is known to cause oral cancer, and it has to remain in the body for an unusually long time to pose a threat.


In the absence of a direct test, we’ll need patients to disclose to us whether they’ve recently experienced persistent pain or numbness in their mouths or throats or whether they’ve had difficulty swallowing. We’ll also search for discoloration in the mouth. Unilateral ear aches and lumps on the neck may also be oral cancer-related, so don’t be shy about sharing any concerns you have about these with your dentist.


Farid Hakimzadeh, DDS, operates Fresh Meadows Dental Care at 58-47 Francis Lewis Blvd., Suite 100, Oakland Gardens, New York, 11364. To schedule an appointment, call 718-224-7272 or visit Fresh Meadows Dental and fill out a contact form.


 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Toothbrush Abrasion

If you’ve ever heard that too much of a good thing can be bad for you, the same applies when brushing your teeth. Over-brushing, or brushing too aggressively, can cause sensitive gums, and abrasion to your tooth’s dentin. This can cause receded gums, periodontal disease, cavities, and may lead to the need for treatments such as root canal or tooth extraction down the line. To avoid toothbrush abrasion, Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care suggests utilizing these tips.


When brushing your teeth, it matters how hard you scrub – because brushing too hard can cause tooth or gum damage. You may be surprised, but those who fall victim to over-brushing the teeth are usually those who are particularly diligent about their oral care routine. Brushing vigorously isn’t necessary to remove plaque. Brush the teeth gently, and thoroughly, for at least two minutes.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health and oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide, visit www.freshmeadowsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snap-On Smile

Patients at Fresh Meadows Dental Care are always looking for new cosmetic solutions, and Snap-On Smile is one way we can help you obtain a total smile makeover. If you want to change the look of your teeth without undergoing a single dental procedure, Snap-On Smile is the solution you’ve been looking for!  Snap-On Smile is a great option for anyone with small gaps between teeth, and stains or chips on teeth. Patients who currently use a removable partial denture are also good candidates for a Snap-On Smile makeover.


You are able to get a Snap-On Smile in only two painless visits.  Once you choose a shade and style for your new smile the dentist takes an impression of your teeth. Ask us about options for a temporary to smile while the final product is being fabricated.  A Snap-On Smile is made of dental resin that is thin, but very strong.  The result is a wearable smile that fits right over your own teeth and looks like natural teeth.  Snap-On Smiles can be made for both upper and lower teeth, and you can eat and drink with a Snap-on Smile on.  In about three weeks, you’ll have a second visit for a final fitting and can leave the office wearing your new Snap-On Smile!


To learn more about Snap-On Smile and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.freshmeadowsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Losing the First Tooth

If your kid is turning into a big kid, losing the first baby tooth is on the horizon.  It’s an exciting sign of growing up, but many kids still feel anxious or uncomfortable dealing with the unfamiliar sensation of a loose tooth.  Fresh Meadows Dental Care wants kids and parents to be prepared and understand why this pain occurs so your child can still have a positive tooth loss experience.


Before a baby tooth is lost, it begins to break free of its nerve endings.  This is the natural process that makes the tooth feel loose and wobbly at the gums, and the area will become swollen and red.  It can be painful, and for kids a great way to soothe tooth pain is applying a cold compress to the outside of the mouth in the affected area.  Children may complain that they find it hard to bite or chew with loose or missing teeth.  It’s still important to keep eating healthy while they grow new teeth so encourage soup, pureed fruits, and cooked vegetables.  A few tales of the tooth fairy can usually ease a little pain, too!


To learn more about tooth loss and all the services we provide, visit www.freshmeadowsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Dental Abscess Causes and Treatment

Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care hopes that patients never endure a dental abscess, but if they do, it’s best to be informed so that you can seek treatment immediately. A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth that begins as a tooth infection but has the ability to spread to the rest of the oral cavity. A dental abscess can form from a deep cavity, a pocket in the gum caused by periodontal disease, trauma, or a previous dental appointment. Whatever the cause, we can help get the problem under control.


An abscess is a pocket of pus that in this case would appear around the tooth. Dental abscesses have no age limit and can occur in pediatric patients as well as the elderly. If you have a dental abscess, it’s important to know that it will not go away on its own. If you notice gums that are swollen, tender, or causing you pain when you chew, seek treatment immediately to prevent the abscess from getting worse.


If you have questions or concerns regarding a dental abscess, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide, visit www.freshmeadowsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Dangers of Dental Plaque

There’s a reason that Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh tells you to diligently brush and floss your teeth and that is to avoid the dangers of dental plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky biofilm that begins to layer after consuming carbohydrates. If you are reading this, take your fingernail and gently scrape the surface of your tooth. If there is a sticky substance underneath, it’s time to get to the sink and start brushing.


When plaque isn’t removed by adequate brushing and flossing, it will linger on the teeth, around the gums, and cause them to become inflamed. Plaque is the leading cause of gingivitis because the lack of oral care will cause the gums to become sensitive and tender. Plaque is constantly forming on the teeth which is why it’s important to brush at least twice a day for two minutes and floss at least once a day to remove the particles left behind.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health and oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide, visit www.freshmeadowsdental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.