CYRUS SHOKOOHI, D.M.D Founder, Parkside Dental
Our commitment to you and your family is the highest standard of oral care through the utilization of the most advanced dental technologies and the implementation of modern techniques. Your well being is among our top priorities, and for this reason, our office surpasses all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) standards for dental offices and personnel. In addition, we are here to educate and support you on the journey to maintain your oral health and to exceed your expectations.
First Appointment FAQs
Yes, please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out any remaining patient forms.
Please be sure to request a prescription prior to your appointment, or if you are unsure, contact us and we can help.
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
· Dental insurance card (if applicable)
· Identification such as Driver’s License, State ID or Military ID
The length of your first appointment will depend on the treatment rendered at the time. In respect for your time, we allot sufficient time to begin services during the first appointment, rather than ask you to schedule a future appointment to begin treatment. The initial comprehensive visit with Dr. Shokoohi will last 45 minutes to 1 hour and possibly longer with the start of your treatment plan.
General Dentistry FAQs
Many people do not see a dentist on a regular basis. They only go when issues come up. This is known as “crisis treatment” versus “preventive treatment.” While the intention might be to save money by not visiting their dentist regularly, it often ends up costing much more in dollars and time. This is because many dental problems do not have symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease process. An example is tooth decay. It is typical to hear, “Nothing hurts… So why go to the dentist when I’m not having problems?”
Tooth decay often does not hurt until it gets close to the nerve of the tooth. It is not uncommon to see a patient with a huge cavity who has never felt a thing. The dentist can usually detect a cavity 3-4 years before it develops any symptoms. This early detection can help you prevent root canal treatment
Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth. There are millions of these microscopic creatures feeding on food particles left on your teeth. These bacteria live in plaque, which can be removed by flossing. Brushing your teeth gets rid of some of the bacteria in your mouth, while flossing eliminates the bacteria that the toothbrush can’t reach. That’s the bacteria hiding in the tiny spaces between your teeth. If you do not floss, you allow plaque to remain between your teeth, eventually hardening into tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing, but only the dentist can remove tartar.
Ask Dr. Shokoohi to show you his unique method of flossing. You will both notice the difference at the next cleaning appointment.
Modeling, Modeling, Modeling! And in the process, make it fun! If you are enthusiastic about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children see you brushing your teeth and displaying good dental habits, they will follow.
Getting your children to brush starts with taking them to the dentist at an early age. All children should be seen by their first birthday or 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth.
Always spend the time to brush teeth individually. It takes time to get rid of the bacteria that destroy tooth enamel. Do not brush too hard, as it takes very little pressure to remove bacteria and plaque. Floss once a day since flossing is the only way to rid bacteria from between your teeth.
Watch the sugar you eat. There is sugar in candy, fruits, crackers and chips. These are the foods that the bacteria in your mouth like best. Be mindful of foods like raisins and peanut butter that stick to your teeth. They can provide a constant supply for the bacteria eating into your teeth. Try to minimize the times during the day when sweet items are eaten and always rinse your mouth with water afterwards.
Rinse your mouth with water after every meal, which can help to remove food from your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can also help.
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
· Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
· Infections in the bone
· Periodontal (gum) disease
· Abscesses or cysts
· Developmental abnormalities
· Some types of tumors
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and often unnecessary discomfort. X-rays can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, X-rays may even help save your life. The dentist will evaluate your need for X-rays based on the conditions present in development. There are many benefits to having X-rays taken, and any additional questions or concerns should be discussed with your dentist.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and in water. Some natural sources of fluoride are brewed tea, canned fish, cooked kale and spinach, apples, and skim milk. Some city water contains fluoride, which can be introducing an unsafe level and source of fluoride unnecessary for the proper health of teeth.
For more information on fluoride, click on the following links: Water Fluoridation:
The American Dental Association recognizes that piercing is a widely accepted form of self-expression, and that includes piercings in the mouth. However, the potential problems from piercings are numerous. Some symptoms after a piercing include pain, swelling, infection, drooling, taste loss, scarring, chipped teeth, tooth loss, and an increased flow of saliva, none of which are particularly pleasant. Tongue piercing can also cause excessive bleeding. If you’re thinking of placing a piercing in or around your mouth, talk to your dentist first. If you already have piercings and are having problems, see the dentist right away.
Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If you have knocked out a tooth, get to the dentist. Successful re-implantation is possible only when treatment is performed promptly.
Even if the injury occurs after hours or during the weekend, feel free to contact us, as arrangements can be made to see you if urgent.
When you are asleep, production in your mouth decreases. Since your saliva is the mouth’s natural mouthwash, most people experience morning breath. Bacteria found in the crevices of teeth and on the taste buds of the tongue break down the food particles, which produce sulfur compounds. It is actually these sulfur compounds, which give our breath a bad odor.
Chronic, long-term mouth odor can be a sign of more serious illness. See your dentist if this is a concern.
Highly acidic foods such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons, as well as tea and soda can increase tooth sensitivity. If you do not get relief by brushing gently, see your dentist. There are special compounds that can be applied in-office to the roots of your tooth to reduce – if not eliminate – the sensitivity.
Ask Dr. Shokoohi about his innovative methods of eliminating sensitivity.
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting bone structure, which if left untreated, can cause permanent jaw bone destruction and possible tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to increased risk for conditions such as heart disease, stroke, low birth weight babies, pre-term delivery, respiratory disease, and prostate cancer. An advanced stage of periodontal disease exhibits inflamed gums pulling away from your bone and teeth. Other signs of periodontal disease include:
· Bad breath
· Sensitive teeth
· Red or swollen gums
· Loose teeth or teeth that have moved
· Pus coming from around the teeth
· Bleeding gums
· Pain when chewing
· Tender gums
Treatment of early periodontal disease can be performed in-office. However, advanced stages may require surgery. Periodontal disease can be prevented and treated successfully by seeing Dr. Shokoohi regularly and following recommended care plans. Dr. Shokoohi performs all treatments of periodontal disease in his office.
Like other investments, if you whiten your teeth, the length of time you can expect it to last will vary. If you smoke, drink red wine, coffee, and tea or consume other acid-containing foods, your bright smile may begin to yellow more quickly than you expect. In general, a teeth-whitening procedure can last up to a few years. And even though the results can fade, occasional touch-ups can be done to regain luster.
For more information on the innovative method of teeth whitening utilized at Parkside Dental, click on the below link:
Commercial whitening toothpastes vary greatly in their ability to whiten teeth. They work by removing surface stains from the teeth with the use of mild abrasives. However, unlike professional whitening, some whitening toothpastes do not alter the intrinsic color of the teeth. Toothpastes that are effective in removing stains can also destroy tooth enamel in the process. These toothpastes use harsh abrasives. With repeated use, harsh abrasives begin to damage tooth enamel and can contribute to increased tooth sensitivity. For the safest method of whitening, consult Dr. Shokoohi at Parkside Dental.
The exact cause of canker sores is unknown. Some factors may include genetics, allergies, stress, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, but the most common cause is trauma to the inside of the mouth. Certain citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables can trigger a canker sore or make the problem worse. Foods like chips, pretzels and hard candies have sharp edges that can nick and injure the soft tissue of the mouth. Other causes might be ill-fitting dentures or braces, toothbrush trauma from brushing too hard, or biting your cheek.
To treat a canker sore, rinse your mouth with warm water and salt. Over the counter treatments are also available. If the canker sore is present longer than two weeks, visit us at Parkside Dental.
Smokeless tobacco may be smokeless, but it isn’t harmless. These are some of the potential hazards:
· A sore that does not heal
· Difficulty in chewing
· A lump or white patch
· A prolonged sore throat
· A feeling of something in the throat
· Restricted movement of the tongue or jaw
Pain is rarely an early symptom. All tobacco users need to see their dentist regularly.
People often respond to bleeding gums with the wrong method of treatment. Usually, gums that bleed are a symptom of the onset of periodontal disease or gingivitis. But often, people stop brushing as frequently and effectively because it may be painful or it may cause the gums to bleed again. However, when gums are inflamed, gentle brushing could help reduce the inflammation. More importantly, you should see your dentist to have a periodontal screening and recording performed in order to determine the level of disease present and the best treatment course to pursue.
It is also worth noting that chronic dental pain and discomfort are obvious signs of a problem. Over-the-counter drugs may provide some temporary relief, however, these medications usually only mask the existence of a problem and should be taken temporarily.
It is important to consult with your dentist as soon as possible if your gums begin to bleed.
Many factors work to destroy the natural smile you were born with. Tobacco, certain foods, and certain drinks actually stain teeth. Hot coffee and tea are especially hazardous to your smile because they change the temperature of teeth. This temperature change – hot and cold cycling – causes the teeth to expand and contract, allowing stains to penetrate the teeth. Cutting down on coffee and tea can go a long way to creating a great smile. Foods that are slightly acidic are also dangerous to your white smile. These foods are responsible for opening up the pores of the tooth enamel, allowing stains to move more easily into the tooth.
We can help you with more tips on keeping a white smile.
A mouthguard can prevent injuries to your face and teeth. Most people benefit from wearing a mouthguard when playing any sport. You should wear one whether you are playing professionally or just on weekends. Do what you can to preserve your smile and your health. The best mouthguards are custom-fitted by your dentist. This is especially important if you wear braces or fixed bridgework.
While commercial, ready-made mouthguards can be purchased at most sporting goods stores, they are much less effective.
At Parkside Dental, we have the most updated in-office machinery and technology to create your next mouthguard, whether for playing sports or wearing during sleep, your mouthguard will fit perfectly to serve the correct purpose. Remember to always rinse your mouthguard with water after use.
Research today suggests a link between gum disease and diabetes. Research has established that people with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. If blood glucose levels are poorly controlled, you may be more likely to develop gum disease and could potentially lose your teeth. Like all infections, gum disease can be a factor in causing blood sugar levels to rise and make diabetes harder to control. Be sure to see your dentist regularly for check-ups and follow home care
recommendations. If you notice other conditions such as dry mouth or bleeding gums, be sure to consult your dentist.
About half of women who are pregnant experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. This condition can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, bleeding, redness or tenderness in the gum tissue. A more advanced oral health condition called periodontal disease (a serious gum infection that destroys attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold teeth in the mouth) may affect the health of your baby. Studies have shown a relationship between periodontal disease and preterm, low birth-weight babies. In fact, pregnant women with periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that’s born too early and too small. The likely cause is a labor-inducing chemical found in oral bacteria called prostaglandin. Very high levels of prostaglandin are found in women with severe cases of periodontal disease.
Why do I have to take antibiotics before my dental appointment?
There are certain conditions that require pre-medication with an antibiotic prior to dental treatment. This is to prevent adverse effects and infection that can be caused by bacteria that enter the blood stream during certain treatment. You will want to consult with your dentist about this prior to treatment.
Chemotherapy and Radiation can cause a number of problems in the mouth, some of which might include: mouth sores, infections, dry mouth, bleeding of the gums and lining of the mouth and general soreness and pain of the mouth. It can be harder to control these things while undergoing treatment as the immune system is generally compromised as a result of the treatment. There are some special mouth rinses that can be prescribed to help with discomfort during treatment. It is very important to see your dentist before treatment begins and then to continue with recommended follow-up care. These treatments can cause dry mouth, and recommendations might be made for additional care both in-office and at home.
Visits to the dentist include more than just “checking teeth.” While patients who wear dentures no longer have to worry about dental decay, they may have concerns with ill-fitting appliances or mouth sores, among other issues. Annual visits to the dentist (or sooner if soreness is present) are recommended. During these visits, an oral cancer screening and head and neck exam will be performed, as well as an evaluation of the fit or need for replacement of the existing appliances. Regular visits can help you to avoid more complicated problems in the future.
Parkside Dental utilizes the state of the art digital scanning system for the fabrication of dentures, which prevents the need for molds, also reducing the number of visits for fittings.
Why Choose Us
There are three major reasons you should choose Parkside Dental for your dental needs: a comfortable facility, modern technology, and a highly qualified staff. Let us help you get the care you deserve. We hope to see you at our office soon!
5920 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328