Frank DiCicco, DMD

Frank DiCicco, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist, Veneers & Invisalign Specialist

Dr. Frank DiCicco, DMD, brings a sense of focus, passion, and vision to his New York, NY practice. As an experienced sedation dentist, Dr. DiCicco provides exceptional dental care to his patients. He combines compassion and expertise in each procedure he performs. He is focused on endodontics and general and cosmetic treatments. Dr. DiCicco seeks to make the dental experience pleasant and painless for all of his patients through sedation dentistry. Dr. DiCicco attended San Diego State University, where he majored in Biology and began his pre-dental course of study. As an undergraduate, Dr. DiCicco was awarded an externship at Northeastern University School of Dentistry. He also attended a dental school in Chicago, for a month during his summer break, to further expand his dental knowledge. Before he completed his undergraduate education, Dr. DiCicco was accepted to Temple University School of Dentistry as an advanced-standing student.

Paul Scheier, DDS

Paul Scheier, DDS

General Dentist, Botox & Juvederm Specialist

Dr. Paul Scheier, DDS, is a widely acclaimed cosmetic dentist whose cases have been used in lectures across the country by top lecturing periodontists for their accuracy and beauty. Dr. Scheier’s goal is to provide the ultimate, healthy mouth accompanied with a beautiful cosmetic look. He is also the inventor of the Evolve Toothbrush, a breakthrough, cleaning tool overtaking the market. Evolve’s unique design optimizes effectiveness and efficiency when cleaning your teeth and gums up to 3x more than other leading brands and providers. Dr. Scheier is also certified to perform dermal fillers, including Botox and Juvederm. His vast knowledge of the facial structure allows him to perform the best quality fillers. Dr. Scheier is driven by combining his expertise and passion for achieving the full benefits of a beautiful aesthetic look and overall oral healthcare.

Jocelyn Tan-Chu, DDS

Jocelyn Tan-Chu, DDS

Prosthodontist, General & Cosmetic Dentist, Implant Specialist

Dr. Jocelyn Tan-Chu, DDS, is a dedicated and experienced dentist specializing in prosthodontics, implant dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental pain management for her patients in New York City. Dr. Tan-Chu is multilingual, speaking English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Fujian and Taiwanese. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, the American College of Prosthodontics, the New York State Dental Association, and the New York County Dental Society.

Yoonah Danskin, DDS

Yoonah Danskin, DDS

Periodontist Dentist

Dr. Yoonah Danskin is a periodontist practicing in New York City. She helps patients with periodontal disease, gingivitis, alveolar bone loss, cold sores, and other gum conditions. During consultations, Dr. Danskin explains the conditions to her patients and decides on an appropriate plan. She can perform various procedures such as gum restoration, dental implants, crown lengthening, tooth extractions, and laser treatment. She also recommends lifestyle changes to promote recovery and conducts follow-ups to assess progress. Dr. Danskin earned her dental degree from the University of California. She then completed her general practice residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. She furthered her training and acquired a periodontics and implant dentistry certificate from the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System.

Brian Singletary, DMD, MS

Brian Singletary, DMD, MS

General Dentist

Brian K. Singletary, DMD, MS is a general dentist with over 30 years of experience delivering exceptional patient care for adults and children by assessing their medical status so that they can receive dental care safely. Dr. Singletary earned his dental degrees from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental medicine and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is a former Chief of Dentistry at Yale-New Haven Hospital and creator of the hospital-based GPR Program at the University of Minnesota. In his spare time, Dr. Singletary makes time to play his piano, violin, cello, and pipe organ with his two Norwegian Forest cats, George and Marco, among his friends in the audience.

What Is Fluoride and What Does Fluoride Do?

What Is Fluoride and What Does Fluoride Do?

There are many different types of toothpaste available, but fluoride toothpaste is most recommended by dentists worldwide. Fluoride prevents tooth decay in adults, among many other things. In fact, fluoride toothpaste makes up 95% of all toothpaste sales. Why? Read on for what fluoride toothpaste can do for you:

  • Helps remove plaque. The fluoride in toothpaste helps to remove the film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and gums every day. Plaque can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, which is why the use of fluoride toothpaste is highly recommended. Fluoride prevents tooth decay by strengthening the tooth enamel.
  • Prevents dental cavities. A cavity is caused by acid in plaque on the teeth that is not removed, which causes the tooth to decay. Fluoride in toothpaste strengthens the enamel and induces remineralization of the tooth.
  • Protects the teeth. Even after spitting out toothpaste and rinsing your mouth, enough fluoride remains on the teeth to protect your teeth after brushing.
  • Accelerates remineralization. The tooth is made of tightly packed mineral crystals. Every day, minerals are lost and gained from the teeth. Losing minerals is demineralization, which is caused by plaque on the teeth, and remineralization is the growth of minerals.  Fluoride helps to speed up the remineralization process.
  • Prevents tooth decay. By strengthening the tooth enamel, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay. It helps to repair early stages of tooth decay before decay may even be seen.

When using fluoride toothpaste, you are preventing cavities and strengthening the tooth enamel. The American Dental Association recommends both children and adults use fluoride toothpaste that displays the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

How a Sedation Dentist Can Help You

How a Sedation Dentist Can Help You

Do you fear the dentist? You’re not alone. According to the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle 5 to 8% of Americans avoid the dentist out of fear, and nearly 20% of people only visit the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary, due to dental anxiety. If you experience fear of the dentist, or have dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can help you by:

  • Overcoming your fear and anxiety of the dentist. If you have a fear of the dentist, or a dental phobia, sedation dentistry can help you to maintain a healthy smile, while reducing your fear. Through sedation dentistry, you’ll be able to visit the dentist anxiety-free. There are several sedation options to ensure that you will not experience any pain during your dental treatment. Each option is based on your level of anxiety, which will be discussed in your consultation. A consultation is recommended to determine how your dental treatment will be handled. Also, sometimes a sedative can be prescribed the night before your dental treatment so that you may come to your appointment relaxed.
  • Eliminating pain. Sedation options for your dental treatment include: nitrous oxide, anxiolysis, IV conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Each option is customized for your level of anxiety and offers safe and effective results. Whether you experience mild to medium or deep dental anxiety, there is a treatment plan for you to help you relax and become more comfortable during your dental visit. In addition, the level of sedation is adjustable during your treatment to make sure you experience absolutely no pain.
  • Saving time and money. With sedation dentistry, longer procedures can be done in fewer appointments. When you are more relaxed, the dentist is able to perform the procedure more quickly. Instead of setting up several appointments, you can come in once and save your time. Also, with fewer appointments you’ll be able to save money!

At Central Park Dentistry, we understand that not everyone is comfortable visiting the dentist. For this reason, we offer sedation dentistry to provide you with a relaxing and anxiety-free experience during your dental treatment. This helps our patients, who experience dental phobia and anxiety; receive the dental care they need more comfortably. To learn more, visit our page on Sedation Dentistry!

How Dieting Can Affect Your Oral Health


If you’re currently on a diet, you know that you’re always watching the foods you eat. First, we’re happy for you! At Central Park Dentistry we’re all about leading a healthy lifestyle and your smile is a huge part of that, more so than you may know. Read on for tips on watching your waistline and smile at the same time:

  • Be cautious of juices and smoothies. It’s common for juices and smoothies to be included in many diets. Although it’s a great way to get your daily fruit and vegetable intake, it can be bad for your teeth. Juices and smoothies can contain a high level of sugar and acids, which wears down the enamel and can even cause tooth sensitivity. Also, the pigmentation can cause staining on your teeth. You should consider using a straw and always rinse your mouth with water after.
  • Eating snacks constantly can be tough on the mouth. Certain diets may require you to snack more often throughout your day. If this is the case, keep in mind that each time you eat something, the mouth works to restore its pH balance. When you eat more often, it’s more complicated for the mouth to battle acids and wash away debris. It can be helpful to finish each snack with something that scrubs the teeth, such as celery or carrots. Also, rising the mouth with water can be very helpful.
  • Diet friendly does not always mean its tooth friendly. The number one diet-friendly item that is bad for the teeth is diet soda. We don’t recommend drinking any soda, or sugary drinks. However, if you do drink a diet soda, don’t sip on it throughout the day! Drink it, rinse your mouth with water, and then be done with it. You should be careful with dried fruits and citrus foods as well. Dried fruits can stick to the teeth, making it hard to remove, and the acidity of citrus foods can wear down the protective tooth enamel.
  • Stay hydrated. When you change your diet, it can cause a decrease in saliva flow. This can especially happen with the use of dietary pills or supplements. You should drink plenty of water to compensate. On a more positive note, vitamins and minerals do complement the function of your body, and reinforce tooth enamel and help protect against infection.

When going on a diet, it’s common to not realize the effects it may have on the health of your teeth. By following each of these tips, you should be prepared to keep your mouth AND body healthy!

7 Causes of Tooth Sensitivity


When you eat ice cream or drink a cold glass of water do you find yourself saying “ouch”? How about when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth? You may have what is known as tooth sensitivity. This doesn’t mean you have to put up with the pain! There are things you can do to improve your tooth sensitivity and oral health. You may be experiencing this irritation for the following reasons:

  • You’re brushing too aggressively. Tooth sensitivity can stem from brushing with excessive force, or with bristles that are too hard. This wears down the protective layers of your teeth over time, exposing the microscopic pathways that lead your dental nerves. When these pathways become exposed, hot or cold foods and drinks can cause sensitivity for your teeth. The simple solution is to brush your teeth less aggressively and to use a soft bristled toothbrush.
  • You’re may be eating too many acidic foods. Acidic foods, such as lemon, grapefruit, and tomato sauce can cause pain if the pathways leading to your dental nerves are exposed. The pathways can become exposed from a diet too high in acidity. The best solution is to reduce or eliminate acidic foods from your diet. It’s also good to gargle water after eating acidic foods. You should never brush your teeth immediately after eating something that is acidic, as this can wear down the tooth enamel.
  • Tooth whitening toothpaste may not be a good option for you. Many types of toothpaste contain whitening agents that may irritate your teeth. If this is the case for you, you should switch to toothpaste that does not contain these whitening agents.
  • You use mouthwash too often. Like whitening toothpastes, some mouthwashes contain alcohol and other ingredients that can cause your enamel to wear down. This can cause tooth sensitivity. It’s best to use neutral fluoride rinses instead, as they are less harsh on your teeth.
  • You may have gum disease. It’s common for the gums to recede with age, especially if you have not practiced good dental health. This can cause tooth sensitivity, which may be a result of gum disease or gingivitis. In this case, you should visit your dentist who can treat you.
  • You may have an excessive buildup of plaque. Excessive plaque can cause the tooth enamel to wear away. As the enamel wears away, your teeth can become more and more sensitive. You should practice good dental care and visit your dentist every six months for cleanings.
  • You just had a dental procedure. It’s common to experience tooth sensitivity after a recent dental procedure. If you’ve recently had root canal, extraction, or a crown, tooth sensitivity is normal and should subside shortly. If you’re still experiencing sensitivity, and it has been some time since your procedure, you should visit your dentist for further examination.

Tooth sensitivity is frustrating, but it is treatable. You can even use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to help alleviate any pain. However, this does not work for everyone. If after following these tips your teeth are still sensitive we recommend coming in for a consultation.

How to Choose a Dental Implant Dentist in NYC


Deciding to have dental implants is a big decision to make, and you’ll want to do everything possible to ensure the treatment provides you with excellent results. Your choice of dentist can be the difference between success and failure. Although there is no such thing as a dental implant specialist, as dental implants are not yet recognized as a specialty, there are certain things you can look for in a dentist. For example, you will want to choose a dentist with:

  • Experience and training
  • Dental implant systems
  • Proximity of the dental office to home or work
  • Office opening hours that work for you
  • Dentists who regularly attend courses on dental implants, or even provide them for other dentists.

Experience is Important

Experience and training count for a lot, as some dentists will only have attended a weekend course on dental implantology, and may only place a few implants each year. Ask how many years they have been placing dental implants, considering it does take a lot of skill to become proficient in the planning and placement. If your implant isn’t correctly placed, there is the risk it could affect nerves, blood vessels or sinus cavities, and it might not give the best aesthetic results.

An experienced implant dentist will ensure all vital structures are untouched, and that placement provides the best possible final results. Once your implant has been finished, it should look and feel natural. Ask to see before and after photos of patients who have had dental implants, and if possible read reviews and testimonials.

Ask Your Implant Dentist Which Systems They Use

Ideally, you want to choose an implant dentist in NYC who routinely places dental implants, and is familiar with several different dental implant systems (rather than one particular type). Choosing a dentist who often uses several different implant systems will ensure you get the best type of implant for your situation, increasing the chances of success.

Additionally, ask what make of implants they use, as you want to make sure your implant is from a reputable company. There are several well-known dental implant suppliers who are largely regarded as being world leaders in this field. Their products are very high quality and are backed with years of research. Also, it will be easier to have any parts replaced (if necessary), by a good implant dentist.

Choose Someone You Feel Comfortable With

Do you feel comfortable dealing with your chosen implant dentist? Is their office easily accessible from work or home? This is important as you will need to see them on a number of occasions, over a period of several months. Choose someone who is willing to provide you with lots of information, and who doesn’t mind answering all of your questions.

Well-placed and properly planned dental implants in NYC typically have success rates of around 95% or more. This is a great treatment for replacing missing teeth, and carefully selecting your dentist should ensure you are very happy with the final results!

Visit our page on dental implants for additional information!