Friday, February 15, 2019

Pericoronitis - Infections around Crowns

Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, could develop into a serious health concern if it’s not dealt with. We regularly treat patients struggling with gum infections at Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Flushing, but when inflammation is recurrent around an impacted tooth, an extraction might be necessary.


Pericoronitis is the name dentists give to infections surrounding a natural crown. Teeth are said to be “impacted” when they are unable to push through the gum line. This most often happens to the wisdom teeth, which are the largest and usually the last to erupt. By the time they emerge in late adolescence, the patient’s jawbones have fused together and they have usually finished orthodontic therapy. As a result, the wisdom teeth are overcrowded and get stuck partway through erupting, leaving them partially covered by a flap of gum tissue called an operculum. The operculum often becomes inflamed when bacteria build up beneath it.


Patients can combat pericoronitis by taking oral antibacterial medication and rinsing their mouths with saltwater. But if the operculum does not recede, it will keep on getting infected until it or the wisdom tooth is removed. As part of our care for teenage patients, we’ll investigate for warning signs that a tooth is likely to be impacted before overcrowding or infections develop.


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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Causes of Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, is a common oral health problem. Preventing it is one of the many reasons why we at Fresh Meadows Dental Care in Flushing want our patients to know how to maintain their oral hygiene. But halitosis has a few causes that may be less intuitive than gum disease or smoking that people should know to look out for.


As oral bacteria on teeth metabolize sugar, they produce acid and build up sticky layers of plaque. The build-up produces a bad smell which abates when plaque is removed by brushing and flossing. But oral bacteria can also build up on the tongue. Not only can food particles be trapped there, so can nasal drip when a patient has a cold. This is why brushing the tongue and using a tongue scraper every day is important.


Halitosis could also indicate a more serious health concern. Bacteria will multiply faster when the mouth is dried out. Both halitosis and gum disease tend to be worse in people suffering dry mouth as a side effect of medication or an illness. Diabetes suppresses the oral immune system and raises the sugar content of saliva, while acid reflux causes odorous stomach acid to enter the oral cavity. Foods in the onion and garlic family also include chemicals that travel from the bloodstream and into the lungs, where they cause bad breath. Most of these can be mitigated by drinking lots of water in addition to keeping good oral hygiene. A patient’s physician may be able to substitute medications that are causing dry mouth.


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, January 30, 2019

Restoring Smiles With Implants

At Fresh Meadows Dental Care, Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh replaces teeth and restores patient smiles with dental implants. Implants are a permanent restorative option for teeth that are missing or have been extracted.  They look and feel just like natural teeth, and are the most permanent and efficient means of replacing lost teeth.


An implant is placed over a series of appointments because of the healing time required.  Implants are titanium screws inserted through an incision in the gum. Over a period of 3-6 months, the jaw bone heals around the implant to become a solid, stable base for the new tooth. During this time a patient is fitted with a temporary crown, and a custom crown is created to match their smile perfectly.  After the jaw bone and gums have healed appropriately, the custom crown is placed in a second minor procedure.  The doctor may need to expose the head of the implant by removing some gum tissue, and the crown will be screwed to the top of the implant.  When this is complete the tooth looks like part of the natural smile, and with proper care will last for decades!


To learn more about dental implants and all the services provided 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, January 23, 2019

Sleep Apnea and Alcohol

Research shows that alcohol and sleep apnea don't mix. Alcohol makes it hard to get a good night sleep and because people to tend to wake up more frequently during the night. Many people will use alcohol to help them fall asleep at night, not knowing the side effects. After a few days your body will adjust to the alcohol and no longer will put you asleep unless you start drinking excess and unhealthy amounts.


Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where breathing starts and stops during rest, this occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. Because alcohol is a muscle relaxant, the muscles at the back of your throat ease even more than usual, causing extra-severe symptoms while sleeping and affects breathing.


For patients who are casual drinkers, it is suggested that patients stop drinking three hours before bed and limit themselves to 1-2 drinks daily to prevent a restless night sleep.


For more information on sleep apnea visit our website at http://www.freshmeadowsdental.com and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh at Fresh Meadows Dental in Oakland Gardens, NY, call 718-224-7272.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Want A Whiter Smile This Year?

Everyone likes to make a make a great impression with a nice bright smile.  Fresh Meadows Dental Care provides an at-home whitening system to patients that you can use to whiten and brighten your smile gradually at home.  Patients with serious and minor stains can both see great results from this whitening treatment.  A consultation can help you determine how severe your stains are and what kind of results you can expect from a whitening treatment.  Come visit Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh to ask about teeth whitening and start the New Year with your best smile!


To whiten your teeth at home, we outfit patients with whitening gel and a set of custom trays for application.  A dentist takes an impression of your teeth, and from this impression two custom trays are made for your top and bottom teeth.  The trays are made for you to take home and use by applying gel to the trays and then fitting them over your teeth. The dentist’s recommendation of how often to treat and how long each treatment should last may vary.  When following the dentist’s recommendations, most patients see results of teeth whitening 4-8 shades.


To learn more about teeth whitening and all the services provided 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, January 2, 2019

Dangers of Tartar Buildup

Dental plaque and dental tartar are two totally different things. Dental plaque is a soft, sticky, film that builds up on teeth and under the gums throughout the day. It contains millions of bacteria and should be brushed away after every meal. When plaque isn’t adequately removed, it will turn into tartar, a hard, calcium deposit that only Dr. Farid Hakimzadeh of Fresh Meadows Dental Care is able to remove.


Tartar buildup may lead to periodontal disease, cavities, discoloration, and tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, all of these conditions can be prevented with a proper oral care routine and improvements in your diet. Bacteria in our mouths thrive off of sugars and carbohydrates that attack the tooth surface. By eating foods that have high water content, such as fruits and vegetables, less plaque will build up in the mouth.  Additionally, it’s important to schedule regular cleanings twice a year to prevent tartar accumulation.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental health or oral care, 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.