When It’s Better Not To Brush

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Though thin and partially translucent, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body and has the critical job of protecting teeth from constant use and the continual assault of chemicals in food and drink. Enamel also protects tooth nerves from hot and cold food and beverages. That’s why enamel loss often causes tooth sensitivity.

Cuts heal. Bruises fade. Broken bones mend. The body’s ability to heal itself is truly incredible. But tooth enamel is different. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

The team at Parsons Smile Center encourages our patients to safeguard their tooth enamel for a lifetime of dental health.

This may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes it is better NOT to brush immediately after eating. Specifically, after eating acidic items. The acid weakens the enamel which can be further weakened by brushing. Waiting 60 minutes will allow the acid to dilute. Rinsing immediately after eating acidic foods is beneficial, however, because it washes away some food particles and speeds up the dilution of the acid.

Some people don’t realize that dry mouth can cause or exacerbate enamel erosion. The calcium and phosphate in saliva protects your enamel. When there is little saliva, the enamel is left exposed. Chewing stimulates saliva production but constant snacking is not the solution for dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum and sipping water frequently can stimulate saliva production between meals without increasing the risk of or upping your calorie intake.

Furthermore, tooth grinding wears enamel away. If you are one of the many Flushing residents who grinds their teeth at night, it’s critical to get a mouthguard without delay. People who grind their teeth are at a high risk for enamel erosion and the dental caries that can follow. Athletes should also guard their teeth on the playing field with a mouthguard. For more details, speak with Dr. Fady Salha at Parsons Smile Center about custom mouthguards.

If you sip soda, tea, or coffee all day, we suggest you switch to water to halt any enamel erosion that has already occurred. It may be a hard change to make – but if you are successful – your teeth will thank you for it.

Using teeth as tools can damage enamel, as well. Take a moment to fetch scissors before tearing a package or ripping duct tape with your teeth. Do you really want to take a chance on chipping a tooth just to open a package of lunchmeat?

Chewing ice and hard candy can also damage enamel. If you simply must have sugar, soft candy is best as long as it is not left to sit on teeth for long period of time. If your molars are packed with gummy candy, it can bring about cavities which erode enamel just as efficiently as chipping it with hard candy. Many of the old-school hard candies we enjoyed as kids now come in soft versions. Enjoy them sparingly because constant sugar is bad for teeth. Period.

If you have already experienced enamel erosion or other dental troubles, Dr. Fady Salha can help you guard what is left. To schedule a comprehensive examination, contact Parsons Smile Center in Flushing at 718-939-0862!

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


The Future Of Tooth Decay In Flushing

The Future Of Tooth Decay In Flushing

Dental patients in the Whitestone area may wonder what would happen if they didn’t seek quality dental care on a regular basis. The answer isn’t pretty.

A common result of untreated cavities are abscesses. A tooth abscess is an infection near the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. This collection of pus can be very uncomfortable, either causing a shooting pain or a dull throbbing pain. You may also experience bad breath, fever, swollen neck glands, and feelings of general discomfort associated with the infection.

Tooth abscesses can also be caused by a chip or a crack in the tooth that allows bacteria to enter.

To avoid unpleasant dental problems like abscesses, have regular visits with your Flushing, Whitestone, or College Point dentist. With daily brushing and flossing and regular check-ups and cleanings, you can keep your mouth in peak health.

If you are looking for quality dental care in the Flushing area, come visit us here at Parsons Smile Center. Dr. Fady Salha has been a dentist in Flushing since 1990.

We can also answer any questions you have about smile makeover procedures such as dental crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, dental bonding, gum countouring, and dental implants.

Parsons Smile Center offers:

cosmetic dentistry
resotrative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

Call 718-939-0862 to schedule an appointment!

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Parsons Smile Center

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Parsons Smile CenterHello Whitestone dental blog visitors, welcome to the Parsons Smile Center blog. I am Dr. Fady Salha of Parsons Smile Center in Flushing.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about her upcoming root canal. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Flushing dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at Parsons Smile Center and would love to serve you. At Parsons Smile Center, we offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and general dentistry.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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In today’s post, let’s examine some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpastes is creating foam when properly brushing.

Working up a good foam is brought about by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are perfect for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may experience tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so make certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

In addition, remember that flossing is essential and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

To recap:
Wet soft bristle toothbrush
Use fluoridated toothpaste
Brush at 45 degree angle
Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
Cover every surface of every tooth
Swish around in mouth before spitting out
Floss gently around each tooth and don’t overlook the back surface of the rear molars
Rinse out debris

This article is brought to you by Parsons Smile Center, an outstanding dental practice in Flushing. We are devoted to dental education and confident smiles for all.

Dr. Fady Salha has been serving Flushing area families since 1990. We are located at 26-15 Parsons Blvd in Flushing. Contact us at 718-939-0862 or https://parsonssmilecenter.com.

Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic procedures we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

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Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


4 Reasons To Get Your Child To The Dentist

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Did you know that The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to a dentist should occur around twelve months of age?

For many parents in the Flushing, Whitestone, and College Point area, this may come as a surprise. Today in the Parsons Smile Center post, we are going to review 4 reasons why your toddler’s teeth are worth a dental visit.

1. Twelve months of age happens to be about the time when a child’s first teeth tend to erupt. Once those teeth are out, it’s time to get them looked at by a professional.

2. One of the most important things your Whitestone or College Point dentist will do at this visit will be to clean those young teeth and apply fluoride.

3. Visiting the dentist at a young age is a great way to help your child get used to the dentist’s office. This will help them to be more comfortable with the dentist as they grow older.

4. Visiting the dentist also helps parents enlist the help of other adults is establishing good dental habits in their children. Starting early dental visits will mean that later in life your child is less likely to require braces or other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

If your child is apprehensive about visiting the dentist, you might want to bring them for a short tour of our office beforehand. They can meet our friendly staff and learn what to expect when they come in for their exam.

I’m Dr. Fady Salha, of Flushing, NY. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact my professional dental team at 718-939-0862.

At Parsons Smile Center we offer:

cosmetic dentistry
restorative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

Thanks for reading!

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Ignoring It Won't Make It Go Away

Are you a busy Flushing resident suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? Have you started chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid your sensitive teeth? Have you stopped drinking hot and cold beverages to alleviate the discomfort? Dental pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket, ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Many New York adults and children dread seeking relief from a dentist because they fear the treatment will hurt worse than the pain they are experiencing. Waiting too long to care for your teeth can cause serious health problems – and not just in your mouth.

My name is Fady Salha and I have been enthusiastic about calming the apprehensive feelings of my Flushing patients since 1990. At Parsons Smile Center, we help you relax and ease any discomfort you may have. We create a serene dental experience for all of our Whitestone patients.

If you have dental anxiety, Parsons Smile Center offers several solutions including sedation dentistry. We can also use anti-anxiety agents to quiet your fears and make your dental visit as safe and peaceful as possible.

In addition to sedation dentistry, Parsons Smile Center offers cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and oral cancer screenings for Flushing residents.

Your smile can and should be your most attractive feature. Don’t let dental distress keep you from gaining and maintaining a dazzling smile.

Let the professional dental team at Parsons Smile Center help restore and preserve your oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment. Our phone number is 718-939-0862. At Parsons Smile Center we want your smile to last a lifetime.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


A Dentist’s Indispensable Tool

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Providing quality dental care is much easier for Whitestone area dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health – and pictures are far more accurate than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth and gums are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date x-rays.

The frequency of x-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need x-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue that all dentists consider when ordering x-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many vital precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on the patients.

It is vital that women in Flushing inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Hi. My name is Fady Salha and my practice Parsons Smile Center is currently accepting new patients. If you are looking for a friendly, skilled, and experienced dentist and are living in Flushing or the Whitestone area, we hope you will schedule a consultation. We are located at 26-15 Parsons Blvd in Flushing, New York, and our professional staff is second-to-none.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants, teeth whitening, and full smile makeovers. We want you to have the healthy, beautiful smile that you deserve!

Our top services here at Parsons Smile Center are:

 

cosmetic dentistry
resotrative dentistry
dental implants
sedation dentistry

Please call us at 718-939-0862 today!

The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/x/x-rays, accessed on August. 1, 2014

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

Stay Out Of The Whitestone Dental Danger Zone

You would never consider running a red light on a busy Flushing street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are dangerous for your oral health.

I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing, but it can be dangerous to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without required mouth protection is a risk that no one should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could take place (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest sporting goods store and buy a mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our professional staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking troubles, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to lessen the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening in Flushing. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

Flushing, New York Residents Visit the Dentist Whether you have lived in New York for a long time, or just moving in to the Flushing area; taking care of your teeth eventually involves a visit to the dentist. We are Parsons Smile Center located at 26-15 Parsons Blvd in Flushing, New York. If you are looking for an experienced family dentist, we invite you to come in for a consultation.  You can reach Parsons Smile Center to schedule an exam by calling 718-939-0862.

The very idea of visiting a dentist holds a negative connotation for many people. If you are an adult with dental anxiety, or your child is preparing to visit the dentist for the first time, here are a few tips that may help ease you into regular dental checkups and put you on the path toward increased oral health and wellness.

Choose a dentist in Flushing who is appropriate for your needs. When you meet your new Flushing dentist for the first time, make an effort to ask questions about the care you will receive. Be sure to meet with your dentist about his/her experience, age range of patients, and recommended procedures for any troubles you may have. Get to know your Flushing dentist so you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Be prepared to provide your Flushing dentist with information. Whether you are experiencing specific pain at that moment, or anticipating a problem, be sure to discuss everything with your dentist. Many patients become intimidated in the office environment and avoid expressing pain or discussing issues. As your dentist, I need to know your history and everything you are experiencing. I will be better prepared to help if I have accurate and complete information.

There is no need to feel self-conscious if it has been a long time since you have received dental treatment. I have treated many first-time patients in your situation and have developed a trusting relationship with them.

The best way to have a good experience with a new dentist is to communicate. Let me know what you are experiencing so that I can make adjustments and help you feel more comfortable and secure. If we determine that you are going to need an important dental procedure more extensive than filling a cavity, let’s discuss sedation dentistry.

At Parsons Smile Center our professional staff will work to make your dental experience a pleasant one. We know it can be uncomfortable to visit the dentist for the first time or after a long while. We’ll do what we can to make you feel relaxed, secure, and among caring friends.

If you are in Flushing, New York and are ready to visit the dentist again, give us a call at 718-939-0862 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Come Smile With Us

 

Contact Parsons Smile Center:

718-939-0862

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

26-15 Parsons Blvd
Flushing, New York
11354

 


10 Terrific Tooth Tips From Parsons Smile Center

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1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue – it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition.
8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Dr. Salha can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.
10. If you are looking for an excellent dentist in the Flushing area, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fady Salha, we provide gentle, quality care for children and adults. We look forward to serving you.

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