Friday, July 13, 2018

Sleep Apnea and Car Crashes

Sleep deprivation isn’t just a direct threat to a person’s health; it also makes normal activities riskier. At Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Flushing, we provide patients with oral appliances that can ease bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea (OAS). This is an especially important treatment option in light of new research linking OAS with car crashes.


People with OAS are not always aware that their quality of sleep is suffering. They may wake up with jaw pain as a result of their jaws moving forward in an attempt to keep their airways open, and they may snore, but they may not be taken fully out of sleep several times per night. However, the new research found that people with mild OAS are 13% likelier to cause a car accident and that people with severe OAS are 123% likelier. Worse, once people are sleep deprived, they have difficulty determining whether their impairment is mild or severe.


Custom-fitted oral appliances that ease bruxism reduce one source of a patient’s sleep disruption. People with sleep apnea can drive safely if they are undergoing treatment, which is why patients should help their dentists and sleep doctors to work together.


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


 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

Patients at Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Flushing benefit from Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh’s experience performing oral surgery. Dental extractions are never done lightly, but are routine and seldom cause complications. However, if patients are undergoing treatment for cancer, they should be aware of how to prevent osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).


When teeth are extracted, a bit of bone is exposed at the bottom of the socket. Normally, the socket closes after a few days. But in people taking bisphosphonate medications, there is a chance the bone will die and decay if exposed to air. Bisphosphonates are anti-bone resorption drugs that people with osteoporosis or osteopenia take orally and that people undergoing chemotherapy take intravenously. While ONJ is very rare, when it is seen, it is almost always in people taking the stronger IV bisphosphonate doses.


ONJ can be treated with antibiotic rinses. But it is best avoided by keeping dentists and oncologists on the same page. If a person has been diagnosed with cancer or osteoporosis, it is better for them to undergo any necessary extractions before beginning bisphosphonate treatment. If they have already started, it may be better for them to get dental treatments that don’t require extractions.


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


 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Oral-Systemic Health

There is a significant link between a person’s oral health and his or her systemic health. Your mouth is an environment that harbors a lot of bacteria. To keep these bacteria from entering the body, brushing teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and maintaining a vigilante oral care routine is important for preventing dental diseases and maintaining a healthy immune system. Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care can assist you with this process.


Let’s put it this way. The fewer teeth you have, the poorer your quality of life will be. Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat, speaking, chewing, and swallowing. Teeth may be missing due to trauma, but likely fall out due to a non-existent oral care routine. If you don’t brush and floss on a daily basis, you may develop a periodontal disease or dry mouth. By keeping your mouth clean, you are keeping your body in a healthy state.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health and oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our 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. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Smoking and Oral Health

The effects that smoking has on teeth and the oral cavity are vital pieces of information to prevent dental diseases and oral cancers. Over time, smoking can hinder the immune system from fighting off infection, cause a person to develop periodontal disease, and eventually lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Smoking can lead to tooth decay, tooth stains, bad breath, and other detrimental issues. Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care can help improve your oral health.


People who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque, which leads to gum disease. The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums don’t heal. Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and causes gum to disease to get worse more quickly in non-smoking. Naturally, the best solution to this problem is to quit smoking, but when you can’t quit cold turkey, Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care can offer a variety of options to esthetically enhance and restore your smile.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health and oral hygiene, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our 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, June 13, 2018

Crowns Restore Smiles

At Fresh Meadows Dental Care our dentists place crowns to restore patient smiles.  Crowns are a common restorative option for teeth with cracks, chips or a significant amount of decay. The routine and non-invasive procedure can save a tooth before it reaches the point of needing to be extracted or replaced with an implant. 


Fitting a patient with a new crown can be completed in as little as two visits. This process begins with preparing the tooth by removing any decay begins by removing any decay from the damaged tooth.  A crown fits over the tooth like a little cap, and to ensure a great fit for the crown, your dentist may need to contour the tooth that remains.  When the tooth has been prepared, an impression of the mouth is taken and sent to a dental laboratory for the custom product to be fabricated.  We can provide a temporary crown to wear while your new crown is being made.  Once your custom crown is made, the crown will be cemented into place by your dentist at a second appointment. 


To learn more about crowns 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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Mouth Guards for Sports

If you and your family are getting active in sports this season, Fresh Meadows Dental Care can provide you with an important piece of safety equipment.  Athletes participating in any contact sport should wear some kind of mouth protection. A mouth guard helps prevent damage to the teeth and jaw, and also helps prevent injuries to the cheeks, tongue, and lips.


Sporting goods stores carry mouth guards, but they are generic in form and size.  These mouth guards often end up feeling bulky and uncomfortable, leading to child and teenage athletes in particular not wearing the protection at all.  A very ill-fitting mouth guard can even interrupt breathing and speaking. Custom mouth guards can be fit over braces and won’t interrupt normal activity, so visit Hallmark Dental for a custom mouth guard fitting.  Get a mouth guard made of thin, hard plastic that protects your teeth and still fits comfortably.  This is an easy precaution to take to protect your mouth, and you can go right back to playing your best!


To learn more about custom mouth guards and all the services we offer, 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, May 29, 2018

Handling a Dental Emergency

Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care understands that accidents happen. Whether you experience a dental injury from a clumsy fall or from participating in a sport, knowing what to do will mean all the difference in saving or losing a tooth. If you experience a dental trauma of any kind, please contact our office immediately, In the meantime, here are some tips for handling common dental emergencies.



  • For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it between your cheek and gums, or use a tooth preservation product that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance.

  • For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area.

  • If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.

  • For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between teeth.


If you have questions or concerns regarding a dental emergency, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our 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.