Dr. Frank DiCicco, DMD

Dr. 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.

Dr. Joseph Pantaleo, DDS

Dr. Joseph Pantaleo, DDS

General Dentist, Implant, Veneers & Invisalign Specialist

Dr. Pantaleo, DDS, is dedicated to treating patients of all ages. He has advanced training in pediatrics and is the Director of Dental Care at the Trump Pavilion Nursing Home. Dr. Pantaleo attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both as a Honors Program Scholar and Magna Cum Laude. He further continued his education to New York University College of Dentistry and attained a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. While attending a residency based on oral surgery, Dr. Pantaleo performed his own surgical extractions, implants and completed these cases with a combination of veneers or Invisalign. Dr. Pantaleo is also the co-founder and vice-president of Tomorrow’s Smile Today, a not-for-profit organization that provide free dental care and education to underserved communities around the world. Based on his rave reviews, Dr. Pantaleo’s patients are consistently impressed with his personalized care and extraordinary dental work. From root canals and composite fillings to cosmetics and surgery, you can rely on Dr. Pantaleo for all your dental needs.

Dr. Paul Scheier, DDS

Dr. 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.

Dr. Jocelyn Tan-Chu, DDS

Dr. 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.

Dr. Lauren Feldman, DMD

Dr. Lauren Feldman, DMD

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Feldman was raised on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she was riding a horse before learning to walk. Her mother, who taught in Manhattan, would frequently bring Dr. Feldman with her to work, and Dr. Feldman quickly fell in love with the city lights. Dr. Feldman completed her B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, at the time not realizing how useful her degree would be in the field of pediatrics. Dr. Feldman completed her doctoral training at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where she supplemented her course work with public health research and public policy courses. Her training included two years of classes at Harvard Medical School, which cultivated her interest in providing dental treatment to medically complex patients. To further advance this knowledge, she completed her post-doctoral training in the specialty of pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Feldman enjoys spending time with her patients and establishing trusting relationships. She finds that this is a crucial element to a successful visit. She is passionate about ensuring that coming to the dentist is a positive experience for each patient and for establishing good oral health practices from an early age.

Dr. Kim Stapleton, DMD

Dr. Kim Stapleton, DMD

Orthodontist

Dr. Kim Stapleton is an Ivy League trained orthodontist who is dedicated to creating life changing smiles. Dr. Stapleton completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University and earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Immediately following dental school, she continued her post-doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a rigorous two-year residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics where she had extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment planning of all types of malocclusions. Dr. Stapleton has received numerous honors and awards including induction into Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU), the national dental honor society. The focus of Dr. Stapleton’s orthodontic philosophy is the patient as a person. She takes into account not only their teeth but also their self-confidence and overall physical health and well-being. She treats using the most conservative approaches and incorporates the latest orthodontic technology before considering extractions or surgical interventions. Dr. Stapleton enjoys working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team to treat her patients’ needs. She formulates sound treatment plans centered on evidence-based best practices, and strives to deliver the highest quality of care to her patients. Dr. Stapleton is passionate about orthodontics and is committed to giving her patients more reasons to smile.

Dr. Eric Chason, DDS

Dr. Eric Chason, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Eric Chason was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he grew up admiring his father, a leader in his dental community. After matriculating at the University of Michigan where he earned his Bachelor of Science, Dr. Chason attended the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Subsequent to this training, Dr. Chason was accepted to a General Practice Residency Program at Harlem Hospital Center. During this time, Dr. Chason excelled as a resident, furthering his training in comprehensive dentistry, specifically cosmetic and prosthodontic treatments.

Dr. Chason provides a welcoming and calming chairside experience for his patients. He focuses on preventive treatments and patient education. His supplementary education and training in Invisalign, surgery, Botox and pediatrics allows him to deliver all phases of care to his patients. He is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as those who suffer from dental anxiety. As a member of the American Dental Association, he continues to enhance his education and dental training by participating in multiple courses, seminars, and conferences in order to provide the highest standard of care to the community. Outside of the office, Dr. Chason enjoys skiing, playing basketball, and spending time with family and friends.

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

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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!