Carla H Schlissel, Dentist

Carla H Schlissel

Dentist

500 Montauk Highway D West Islip New York, 11795

About

Carla H. Schlissel, DDS, is a well-versed dentist who diagnoses and treats patients at her private practice in West Islip, NY. Services provided include general and cosmetic dentistry. As a dentist, she has dedicated training and unique experience specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. Dr. Schlissel has an impressive professional journey that spans thirty-five years and has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in general and cosmetic dentistry.

Education and Training

State University of New York at Buffalo Doctor of Dental Surgery degree 1984

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Carla H Schlissel's Expert Contributions
  • At what age can my little one start brushing her teeth on her own?

    Little children like to copy their parents, so congratulations on setting such a good example. Children generally don't have the coordination to do a good job of brushing on their own until they're about 5 years old, so until then, let her brush her teeth, but "then mommy or daddy has to double check" - and then brush her teeth for her. Just to be sure. READ MORE

  • My tooth infection keeps coming back. Can it signify something more serious?

    I will assume you had a root canal done. Sometimes they fail (5% of the time). The reason to look at is why. Sometimes there's an extra canal that was, for whatever reason, was missed. Sometimes, there's a connection to the gums that needs to be dealt with. And occasionally, it just fails. You need to go back to the treating dentist. READ MORE

  • Are cavities possible in baby teeth?

    Of course, baby teeth can develop cavities, just like adult teeth. Unfortunately, babies are totally cute and adorable and we adults can't help but kiss them. And, therefore, we pass our bacteria on to them. Even worse is when a pacifier drops on the floor and the parent licks off the dirt. The parents' bacteria is now on the pacifier and is passed directly into the baby's waiting mouth. So, if the parent is prone to cavities, now so is the baby. To cut down on the cavities, any time a baby is fed anything, wipe off the gums and teeth with a fingertip or baby toothbrush or washcloth. Do not put the baby to sleep with anything other than water. And if the baby develops a cavity, take the child to your dentist or a children's dentist (pedodontist). READ MORE

  • I recently read an article that said poor dental health could cause respiratory problems. Is it true?

    Poor oral hygiene often leads to periodontal disease. The bacteria from this disease can easily find their way into your blood stream and cause more than just respiratory problems. It can lead to or worsen heart problems, make it more difficult to maintain glucose control in diabetics, cause neo-natal problems for pregnant women. Not a pretty picture. You should be brushing twice a day and flossing every night. Some people build up plaque more quickly and may need to brush 3 times a day. READ MORE

  • I am still having pain after my wisdom tooth extraction last week. Why is this happening?

    It's possible that you might have developed what is called a "dry socket." Or perhaps muscle fibers were moved during the extraction. I'd suggest you go back to your oral surgeon, or whoever took out the tooth, and check with them. READ MORE

  • My molars are hurting. I already had my wisdom teeth all taken out. What can this be?

    Well, let's see. It depends on what's causing the pain. Hot, cold, chewing, sugar, nothing in particular? Is it the top molars? The bottom ones? One side? Both sides? There could be many different causes for tooth pain. You might have a cavity, a tooth might be broken, the gum might have receded, exposing your roots, you might have a sinus infection, etc. Your best bet is to see your dentist. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Does brushing with salt help remove yellow stains from the teeth?

    Try baking soda (mildly abrasive) moistened with a little peroxide, or a whitening toothpaste. First step should be a cleaning by your dentist or hygienist. They'll be able to remove any tarter and heavy stain that may have accumulated. Congratulations on quitting smoking - that's a tough one to do. READ MORE

  • I had a root canal and the area still hurts. Is something wrong?

    It could be normal. Any time you have a question like this you should ask your dentist. In this case, ask the dentist that did the root canal. READ MORE

  • My nephew has one tooth erupting and he is just 1 month old. Is it normal?

    This is very normal. He's probably going to get all of his baby teeth early, and then his adult teeth will probably come in early. There are also kids that get their teeth really late, and that's normal, too. No worries. READ MORE

  • How long does it take for permanent teeth to come after his primary teeth fall?

    It could take from a few days to several weeks for his big teeth to come in. If you have any concerns, take him to a dentist for an X-ray. READ MORE

  • Can mouthwashes cause erosion of teeth calcium?

    If the mouthwash is very acidic, like vinegar, or possibly high in alcohol, it could weaken the teeth, but otherwise, no. READ MORE

  • How effective are sensitivity toothpastes in treating the problem?

    Sensitivity toothpastes generally work well. You need to brush thoroughly with them, preferably twice a day, at least 2-3 minutes each time. It sometimes helps to rub a little toothpaste into whichever teeth are sensitive just before bed, then spit out, but don't rinse, and just go to bed so the paste has all night to just work its way into the teeth. It may take a couple of weeks to really work, and if one doesn't work for you, look at the active ingredient and find a different toothpaste with a different active ingredient. READ MORE

  • What calcium supplements do you recommend for my son's calcium deficiency?

    You need to discuss this with his physician. You can ask his dentist or pediatrician for PolyViFlor - a prescription fluoride vitamin. The amount of fluoride he should take will depend upon how much fluoride he gets now in his toothpaste and water. READ MORE

  • What could be the reason for my mouth dryness?

    There are many reasons to develop a dry mouth. One of the biggest reasons is medication use. Over 1600 medications have dry mouth listed as a side effect. Aging, hormones and stage in life also influence this. Continue drinking, as most people are chronically dehydrated. There are a number of products on the market to help deal with this problem, but you should be checked out by your physician and dentist to try to determine the reason for this and whether you need a prescription-strength medication to help. READ MORE

  • How should I maintain my gum health?

    What I've seen in my practice is that people tell me they brush once or twice a day, but they seem to not brush at their gumline, and then they start bleeding so they avoid their gums. To ensure good gum health: Be sure to brush twice a day along your gumline, and floss nightly and use a tongue scraper nightly to disrupt any bacteria that may have started to colonize. If you are diabetic, try to maintain good sugar control. Nothing too magical. READ MORE

  • Does clove oil really work in easing tooth pain?

    Only temporarily. Go to a dentist to determine the cause of the pain and then treat it. READ MORE

  • How many times should I floss?

    Floss EVERY night to remove any food particles from the day and to break up any plaque that is between your teeth. READ MORE

  • What could be the cause of my throbbing tooth pain?

    There could be many reasons for pain: maybe you have a huge cavity or an abscess, or perhaps your tooth is cracked. Call a dentist. READ MORE

  • What are the ways to close the gap between two frontal teeth?

    You could try bonding the two teeth which can cost between $250-500 each; the bonding could chip, stain or come off and need to be repaired or replaced. You could have laminates or crowns done, which will run between $800-1750 each. And then there's braces. READ MORE

  • Is the yellow tinge on my teeth caused by smoking permanent?

    The stains can usually be removed for the most part. As long as you smoke the stains will continue to occur. It is best to quit smoking now, before permanent health damage occurs. READ MORE

  • How long after my extraction stitches are removed can I drink or eat?

    Hopefully, you've been eating and drinking something during the week the stitches were in. Ask your dentist his or her opinion. READ MORE

  • My daughter chipped her front two teeth. What are our options?

    I hope your dentist helped allay your concern. At 7 years, your daughter still has a lot of growing to do so at this point, depending on how badly her teeth were chipped, your dentist might have left them as they were, might have just smoothed off any roughness, bonded them or done "strip crowns". Again, depending on how badly the teeth were chipped, she may need crowns or laminates when she's about 16 or 18. READ MORE

  • What are the steps involved in maintaining good oral hygiene?

    Be sure your toothbrush is cleaning along your gumline and floss every night. Good job. READ MORE

  • What causes yellowing teeth?

    Smoking will do a lot more than just stain your teeth. But I won't get into that right now. The first thing to do is to quit smoking. Next, get a professional cleaning to remove as much stain off as possible and to remove tarter which has accumulated. Then maintain your new smile with baking soda moistened with peroxide or a whitening toothpaste. READ MORE

  • Can cavities in one tooth affect other teeth as well?

    It could be from the filling. Ask your dentist. READ MORE

  • What is the treatment suggested for treating dental plaque and soreness in the gums?

    You probably have already developed gingivitis - an inflammation of the gums. First is to find a dentist who can work with your phobia. Ket your first appointment be for xrays, exam and consultation only. Be sure they have either sweet air (nitrous oxide) or they can write you a prescription for a sedative. Your second appointment can be for a cleaning to get rid of any plaque and tarter that have accumulated. I'd suggest you get an electric or battery-operated toothbrush to use at home twice a day, and floss nightly. An antibacteria, NON-alcoholic mouthrinse can be used, too. Do not scrub with the toothbrush. Since the top will spin, it is best to just hold it against the back tooth & let it do its thing for 2-3 seconds, then move it to the next tooth; let it do its thing for 2-3 seconds and then move it to the next tooth. Good luck. READ MORE

  • What should I do for my chipped tooth?

    Depending on how badly the tooth is chipped, you can leave it as is as long as it doesn't bother you. It might need to be smoothed out a little, it might need bonding, or a laminate or crown. Check with your dentist. READ MORE

  • Can brushing my teeth with salt whiten my teeth?

    Try baking soda moistened with a little peroxide or a whitening toothpaste. A dentist or hygienist might be able to remove most, if not all, of the stain first and then you just need to maintain it. READ MORE

  • Is bad breath during cold and cough normal?

    Yes. If you have a post-nasal drip the bacteria from it can colonize in your nose, back of the throat and on your tongue. Be sure to brush twice daily, floss nightly and use a tongue scraper. And, since you're on antibiotics, be sure to take probiotics or acidophilus so you don't develop a yeast infection along with everything else. READ MORE

  • Are whitening toothpastes bad for the teeth?

    No. Use a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. READ MORE

  • How long does a dental filling last?

    It depends on several things. A silver filling will often last longer than a white filling. A small filling often lasts longer than a large filling. Both fillings will last longer in a mouth that is regularly flossed than in one that is not. If you don't floss regularly, you can develop a cavity under or next to a filling or a crown (no, crowns are not immune, unfortunately). Finally, if you clench and grind, you will break down fillings more quickly. READ MORE

  • What are the best ways to get rid of tooth sensitivity?

    First is to determine what makes your teeth sensitive and why. For that you need to see a dentist. A sensitive tooth toothpaste might help, depending on the reason. READ MORE

  • How can I manage my child’s dental health yet allow him to eat sweets?

    Teach your child that sweets are for dessert after a meal. If he or she had a sweet or chocolate and it's not mealtime then he or she should at least rinse with water after or brush their teeth. Try to limit the sweets to dessert, however. And tell Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts and Uncles the same. Good luck! READ MORE

  • Are there any home remedies to treat bleeding gums?

    Your son is 16, a sophomore, probably, in high school which is very stressful, with hormones surging through his body creating more stress. One thing to do is something to relieve stress: sports, long walks, meditation. (Smoking is NOT a good stress reliever but it is a good way to develop gum problems, among other big problems!) Next, he should be sure to brush his teeth twice a day along the gumline and ignore any bleeding that may occur. Floss every night. He might want to add a mouthrinse like The Natural Dentist (found in Vitamin stores.) Baking soda and peroxide toothpastes may help, as well. Good luck. READ MORE

  • I had my wisdom tooth removed yesterday. When can I start eating solid food again?

    Generally, when teeth are extracted, the dentist will give you post-operative instructions which will include when you can start eating. Generally, you can eat again when you can feel your lips and cheeks again. Initially, you will eat soft things for several days. Then you can start firmer things. READ MORE

  • I have some pain around the right side of my jawline. What could it be?

    It's nearly impossible to tell what is causing your pain. It could be TMJ, it could be a stretched tendon from sleeping on your fist, it could be an infection. Please see your dentist first and then your physician. Good luck. READ MORE

  • What is the right age to get braces for my child?

    The right time to get braces is usually when all of the baby teeth have been lost. One of the exceptions to this general rule is if the teeth are in cross-bite, meaning the top teeth are to the inside of the bottom teeth when the child closes his teeth together. There are a couple of other exceptions, but space between two teeth that are just coming in is not a reason. Remember, adult teeth are about 1 1/2 times the size of the baby teeth and they need space to come in. Your child's teeth will probably start coming together as more adult teeth come in. Give it time and don't expect perfection right from the beginning. If you have concerns, get a consultation from an orthodontist. READ MORE

  • Does yellow teeth ever mean tooth decay?

    Sometimes, a yellow spot on your teeth may mean decay. However, you say you have a "yellow film" on your teeth. That would indicate to me that you are either not brushing them adequately or not brushing regularly or a combination of the two. Try a battery-operated or electric toothbrush TWICE a day. Put the brush against your back tooth and hold it there for 3-4 seconds. Then move it to the next tooth forward and hold it there for 3-4 seconds. Then move it to the next tooth in front and hold it there for 3-4 seconds. (See a pattern here?) When you've cleaned all of the outsides, start the same thing on the insides of your teeth. You do NOT need to push hard on the brush or use a firm toothbrush - this will only irritate your gums and make them recede away or will damage your enamel. And make sure you brush (gently) against your gums so you get and keep them clean, too. And see your dentist regularly for help keeping everything clean and healthy. READ MORE

  • I am bleeding after 6 hours of my tooth extraction. What should I do?

    Hello. First, you will be fine. Some people have naturally thinner blood. Some people take medications that thin the blood. Others are taking a baby aspirin daily, or they eat a lot of garlic, or they take supplements that start with the letter "G" (these often are blood thinners, too.) First thing, bite on some gauze for about 1/2 hour. (Or take a tea bag - not herbal - soak it in cold water so the leaves are wet. Wrap it in gauze and then bite for 1/2 hour). If your bleeding doesn't stop, then go back to the dentist or oral surgeon who took out your tooth. Alternatively, any time you have concerns, especially such as this, you should call the dentist or oral surgeon who took out the tooth. Good luck. READ MORE

  • What are natural ways to deal with tooth sensitivity?

    There could be a number of reasons for teeth to be sensitive. Your best bet is to see a dentist and rule out the obvious reasons, such as decay, cracked teeth, sinus involvement or really large nerves. Have you tried using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth? Brush with it twice a day and rinse, and then, at night, rub some toothpaste on the involved teeth and just leave it there - don't rinse, just go to bed. This will allow the toothpaste to soak in and work overnight. A dentist could apply a desensitizer that might help, depending on the reason for the sensitivity. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Rash in the mouth

    It sounds (without seeing this) like she may have something called Lichen Planus. It's a chronic condition with no cure, so treatment is symptomatic. Has "she" tried the stuff from her dentist? Has it helped? If salty, spicy or acidic foods aggravate the symptoms, they should be cut out. Same with caffeine. This is often triggered by stress (like having extractions) and may also appear on the skin. Perhaps she should be taken to see a dermatologist, as well. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Is a root canal in pregnancy safe?

    As I answered previously, if you are in pain, it is extremely safe to have a root canal while pregnant. The anesthetic used should have epinephrine in it to keep it in the area longer and so it doesn't affect the baby. Ideally, the time to get it done is now, in your 2nd trimester. If you are having such pain now, your tooth is obviously infected. So your question becomes, how much infection do you want running around your body? The other question to consider is this: When you have pain, your body produces epinephrine (adrenaline) as you try to cope with the pain. How much adrenaline do you want running around your body until you deal with the situation? If it was me, I'd get this problem dealt with as soon as possible. READ MORE

  • What does bone loss in the teeth mean?

    This bone loss means that you probably have a gum infection. Diabetes is closely tied into gum disease. If your blood sugar is not controlled, you can develop gum disease and it's more difficult to control. If you have poorly controlled gum disease, it's more difficult to control your blood sugar. To gain control of this situation, I'd suggest getting your teeth professionally cleaned every 3-4 months, keep them immaculately clean at home (an electric or battery-operated toothbrush works beautifully for this) including nightly flossing, and try to keep your blood sugar under control. READ MORE

  • Abscessed tooth? What could this mean?

    An abscess is an infection, often from a tooth whose nerve has died. To treat it, you need to remove the source of the infection. This is done either with a root canal therapy or, if the tooth is unrestorable, with an extraction. If the abscess is due to a gum problem, then that problem needs to be treated. If you don't treat the problem, yes you might develop pain -- or not, and the infection might spread. READ MORE

  • Can a gum infection pass to other parts of the body?

    Rather than trying to identify "these infections early", let's mention how to prevent them. Simply, brush your teeth for at least 3 minutes twice a day, and floss nightly before bed. Use an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, and use it properly. This will break up plaque (which is basically organized bacteria) before it has a chance to cause infections and do damage. READ MORE

  • Does switching toothpaste matter?

    No. You should use the toothpaste that is best for your situation. Got a mouth full of cavities, talk to your dentist about a higher fluoride paste. Got dry mouth, use a toothpaste for dry mouth. Teeth sensitive? Use a sensitive-tooth toothpaste. Got several problems? Try Crest ProHealth or Colgate Total. Find what works and stick with it. READ MORE

  • Can an infected tooth spread the infection to the other teeth as well?

    If the infection is large enough, it may spread to adjacent teeth. To facilitate healing, your dentist will determine the cause of the infection and will then treat it. READ MORE

  • I underwent a root canal treatment and it is in pain again. What could be the reason?

    Teeth can be sensitive for up to about a year after a root canal treatment. It could be the ligament holding the tooth into the bone is inflamed. It could be your bite is off a little. Check with whoever did the root canal. READ MORE

  • Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

    As I answered in a nearly identical question, this depends on your child's age. Calcium impacts the teeth while they are developing. After they have developed, calcium has little impact. Calcium can be gotten from very many sources, talk to your pediatrician and /or a nutritionist for other sources. READ MORE

  • What is gingivitis and its risk factors?

    Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums, often caused by bacteria that accumulates daily and is not brushed and flossed off. If your gums look even a little puffy and red, and appear smooth when they are dried off (they should be stippled like an orange peel), then those are the early signs that you can see. To minimize the risk of developing gingivitis, get everyone in your household an electric or battery-operated toothbrush with a small head and use it twice a day, as well as floss all of your teeth nightly. When brushing with an other-than-a-manual toothbrush, do not scrub as with a manual brush. Rather, hold it on one tooth at a time for a couple of seconds, before moving it to the next tooth. READ MORE

  • How can flossing help in maintaining the health of teeth and gums?

    Regular flossing is imperative for maintaining the health of teeth and gums because it breaks up plaque (bacteria) between the teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Everyone should floss their teeth, gently, every night before bed. READ MORE

  • Do fillings need to be replaced?

    Fillings should be replaced when they are breaking down, develop recurrent decay, or if they are in the front (are visible) and are stained. Otherwise, no. READ MORE

  • Is higher or lower pressure better with water flossers?

    A powerwasher can remove paint from a surface when it's used at a high enough force. A WaterPik will not remove gums but it can damage them and cause recession at a high enough force. Do not use it at higher than halfway. READ MORE

  • Can novocaine be used during cleanings?

    The short answer is -- Yes. READ MORE

  • Is chewing gum often bad for your teeth?

    Gum is a wonderful help when you quit smoking. It gives your mouth something to do. The only thing to watch out for is developing jaw pain. Sometimes people develop TMJ joint pain as a result of chewing, especially alot of gum at once or chewing a piece of gum until it loses all elasticity. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Do I have to be numb?

    What I often tell my patients is that we can start cleaning out the cavity, and if it hurts to tell me and I'll stop and make them numb. Most of these patients, who don't like to feel numb afterward, put up with a fairly short period of pain and they're done. Something else I'll do is count to 10 and give them a short break. For me, personally, I'm afraid of needles, but I can't be worked on without being numb, so I breathe deeply through the injection - and then I fall asleep! READ MORE

  • Why are some people's canine teeth sharper than others?

    The shape of teeth are widely varied. Some canines are sharp and pointy, others are rounded, and if you grind your teeth, they may be flat. All are considered to be "within normal limits." READ MORE

  • My tooth in the back is half broken, what should I do?

    There are several reasons a tooth can break. Treatment will depend upon the location and the reason for the breakage as well as if there is even enough tooth to fix. Your best bet is to get to a dentist as soon as possible. READ MORE

  • The dentist has recommended my son’s tooth extraction. Is it the right way to go?

    There is no harm in seeking a second opinion from a dentist who can see the depth of the cavities and where the big teeth are underneath - how soon they can be expected to come in. Please do not allow your son to drink sugary drinks, especially right before bed. He should not have soda at all. Not only is it horrible for his teeth, it will cause damage to his bones. READ MORE

  • How can I reverse yellowing of my teeth?

    The first step is to visit your dentist and make sure you have no cavities. The next step is to do some sort of whitening - whether over the counter, such as Crest Whitening Strips, or dentist-supervised, such as a take-home kit, or in-office bleaching. Dentist-supervised bleaching tends to be a stronger solution and works a little better. Bear in mind that if you do anything that stains your teeth, bleaching will be, essentially, a waste of time and money because your teeth will stain again rather quickly. Therefore, before bleaching, it would be a good idea to either stop drinking tea and coffee or start drinking them through a straw, and if you smoke, stop. Other things that stain teeth are anything that would stain a white countertop, such as eating alot of cherries and blueberries or drinking berry juices or Hawaiian Punch red. If you want to be really drastic and spend a lot of money, you could place laminates on your teeth. Bonding will look good for a short time and then they, too, will stain. READ MORE

  • How effective is clove oil to reduce tooth pain?

    Clove oil is a sedative for toothache, yes. I'm not sure how it's used/applied, however. BUT, what is the reason for the toothache? Is it a cavity? In that case, the clove oil will ease the ache for a while, until the bacteria get into and kill the nerve. It makes more sense to see a dentist and see if the pain is from a cavity, and if so to have it filled before the cavity becomes so big that you then need a root canal, which will cost a lot more money to take care of. READ MORE

  • What is the reason behind tooth sensitivity?

    There are many reasons for sensitivity. What is making it hurt? Hot, cold, chewing? Have the gums receded in the area, exposing the root (which tends to be sensitive)? Are they top teeth that hurt? Could the roots be into your sinus so that any sinus congestion would put pressure on the roots and cause pain? Is there a space between your teeth that you're getting a lot of food stuck between them, causing pain in the area? Do you have cavities in one or both teeth? Does the pain you get go away soon after you stop doing whatever causes it, or does it linger for a long time after? Best bet - see a dentist. Good luck. READ MORE

  • I underwent a root canal treatment and it is paining again. What could be the reason?

    Sometimes, even the absolutely best root canal done can leave a tooth sensitive for up to about a year. Sometimes the ligament that holds the tooth into the bone gets irritated and inflamed. Go back to whoever did the root canal and have them check it out. An x-ray may show if there is a problem or not. READ MORE

  • How often will I have to replace my braces?

    I'm not really sure what you are asking. Assuming you mean you have conventional braces now, generally the orthodontist will replace the little elastics on the brackets at each visit. When your course of treatment is done, you will be given a retainer. Be sure it's worn as prescribed. READ MORE

  • I am getting abscesses in my infected tooth. How do I treat them?

    You should see a dentist as soon as possible. You will probably need antibiotics and either a root canal or extraction. You already know it's infected. The abscesses indicate that the infection is destroying the bone around it and, depending on where it is, can get into your system. It can also affect and infect teeth on either side of it. Don't wait and don't let fear stop you. READ MORE

  • Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

    The first question is how old is your son? Adequate calcium is extremely important while the teeth are forming, as well as for the bones. But calcium can be gotten from sources other than cow's milk. Hopefully, his pediatrician has him on a multivitamin. Discuss the need for additional calcium and where to get it with the pediatrician and/or a nutritionist. READ MORE

  • I am a diabetic and my gums have been bleeding. Is there something to be concerned about?

    In short, yes. As a diabetic, especially if your sugar is not well controlled, your gums can be severely impacted. And if you have gum disease, it becomes much harder to control your diabetes. So, first, have your A1C checked. Has it suddenly gone up? Next, visit your friendly dentist and get your teeth and gums checked and then thoroughly cleaned. Finally, keep your teeth and gums really clean at home every day and every night. Without fail. That includes doing a really good job of brushing, preferably with an electric or battery-operated toothbrush (because it works far better than we could by hand) (And don't scrub wth it. Place the toothbrush against your tooth and let it sit for 2-4 seconds, then move to the next tooth and let it sit for 2-4 seconds, etc) and floss! You must keep clean between the teeth as well. So make an appointment today with both your endocrinologist and dentist. READ MORE

  • Can a gum infection pass to other parts of the body?

    Yes, medicine has finally acknowledged that the mouth is actually connected to the rest of the body. If you have gum disease, the bacteria that are infecting your gums can get into your bloodstream and infect other parts of your body. Gum disease can affect pregnancy, your heart, affect blood sugar control in diabetics, cause a bone infection near or around an artificial joint, and many oter nasty things. Rather than trying "to identify these infections early" (which would be done with a thorough check up with your physician, or when you're not feeling right and you visit your MD), in my opinion it would be far better to try to prevent the gum-influence of these problems by doing a complete job of brushing and flossing every single day. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth abscess be seen on an X-ray?

    An abscess is, basically, usually an infection of the nerve of the tooth that has worked its way down the length of the tooth to the very end (apex). When that infection starts affecting the bone, it is called an abscess. Or it can begin as an infection in the gums that gets to and affects the bone. Either way, it is not seen until it gets to the bone and so is not seen on an x-ray in the early stages. There are a couple of tests that can be done, depending on the suspected cause, to confirm the infection, for instance a pulp vitality test, or pocket probing. READ MORE

  • How can flossing help in maintaining the health of teeth and gums?

    Toothbrushing will keep the insides and outsides of your teeth clean. Floss will keep between your teeth clean (and will help to prevent cavities there) and will keep the bacterial level between your teeth down, which will help to prevent or control gum disease. So, yes, flossing is essential to maintain good oral hygiene. Ideally, one should brush morning and night (at least) and floss every night before bed. Floss gently - there's no need to be rough. If your teeth are really tight together, try different flosses until you find one that works for you. If needed, place the floss on your teeth and saw it back and forth so it slides down between your teeth. If you can't pull it up and out then pull it straight through so you can remove it. And be sure to floss the back teeth, too. If you can't get your fingers all the way into the back of your mouth, there are many aids available, including the Reach Access. READ MORE

  • What is gingivitis and its risk factors?

    Simply, gingivitis is an inflammation of your gums due to the bacteria that is in plaque. If that bacteria is not broken up and removed daily, your gums can get infected. So to prevent it, brush twice daily - along your gumline for at least two minutes, and floss to get rid of bacteria between your teeth. An electric or battery-operated toothbrush will do an excellent job for you. Don't scrub with it like you do with a manual toothbrush. Instead, put it on your teeth at the gumline, let it spin for a few seconds and then move it to the next tooth. You'll only be cleaning one or two teeth at a time, but you'll notice how very clean your teeth will feel. Early symptoms of gingivits include: Gums that bleed when you brush or floss, gums that are a little puffy, red along the gumline, if you dry them off they look flat (gums should look stippled like an orange peel), your gums may be sore or hurt, you might have bad breath. An antibacterial mouthwash may help. Examples include Crest ProHealth, Colgate Total, and Listerine Zero, among others. READ MORE

  • Pain after a filling?

    Hopefully your tooth has calmed down. Many things can cause a tooth to hurt for a period of time after a filling is done. Does it hurt when you bite down? If so, the bite might be off and need to be adjusted. Was the cavity really deep? Is your tooth now sensitive to hot or cold? Your tooth may just need time to calm down or the filling might have to be removed and a sedative filling placed. Was this the first filling in the tooth or the fifth? Every time a tooth is worked on it irritates the nerve, sort of like your shin being kicked - the first time's not too bad. But keep kicking it day after day after a while it'll hurt for no apparent reason. Sometimes the nerve just gets irritated and need an ibuprofen or "tylenol" to help it to calm down. If your tooth is still hurting, see your dentist. READ MORE

  • Is the fluoride treatment at the dentist really worth it?

    ACT certainly helps. In-office fluoride is a stronger concentration and is supposed to last longer on your teeth, although certainly not from one cleaning appointment to the next. The need for in-office treatment depends on several factors which include: Do you have a lot of cavities? Have you had a lot of dental work done, that perhaps your dentist doesn't want you to get cavities next to? (In which case be sure to floss nightly, too!), Do you have a dry mouth? People with dry mouths tend to develop more cavities, especially along the gumline. BTW, there are more than 1600 different medications that will cause a dry mouth. Best thing to do is to discuss this with your dentist. READ MORE

  • Biting down on side of cheek when eating

    Several things can cause you to bite your cheek. Be aware that if you bite it once, especially as hard as it seems you did, your cheek will swell up and you will then keep biting it. Have your dentist take a look and see what's going on. READ MORE

  • Is reflux giving me bad breath?

    It certainly is a possibility. Bad breath can be caused by several things. Reflux is one. Any digestive problem, actually, can influence breath. Diabetes is another. Post-nasal drip is a third. Also, tonsil stones. Don't just brush your tongue. Get yourself a tongue scraper which will do a far better job of cleaning your tongue. Check with a gastroenterologist. If he rules out digestive problems, an ENT can rule out problems on his end. READ MORE

  • What does bone loss in the teeth mean?

    Hi. I'm sorry to hear about the start of bone loss, not in the teeth but around the teeth. The teeth are held in the jaw by 2 "plates" of bone - one on the outside, and one on the inside. The gums sit on top of the bone and are also joined to the tooth by little fibers. When anything gets under your gums, such as a really deep filling or crown, or bacteria from plaque, that "stuff" is too close to the bone, and the bone doesn't like it so it tries to receed to get away. (Bone prefers to be about 3 millimeters (about 1/8th of an inch) away from anything.) In your case, I will assume that you are probably not flossing every night, and may not be doing an incredibly wonderful job of brushing so that plaque has accumulated along your gumline. Unfortunately, when plaque is not broken up and removed daily it begins to work its way under the gums (and, therefore, closer to the bone) which then causes you to start losing bone. If the bone loss has just started there are several things you can do to help stop it from progressing. First, you must do a really good, but gentle, job of brushing. Do not scrub or you can irritate your gums and cause them to receed which will worsen bone loss. An electric or battery-operated toothbrush will be a huge help. Don't scrub back and forth with it, though. Rather, hold it against one tooth for a few seconds and then move on to the next tooth. You can move it slowly along the molars to get all parts of it. Next, floss. If you have spaces at the gumline you can use an interdental cleaner of some sort. Ask your dentist which one would be recommended. Finally, especially because you're diabetic, have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. Depending upon your control and oral condition, you may need a cleaning up to 4 times a year. Bear in mind, the mouth and the body are intimately tied together (amazing, isn't it?!). If you have gum disease (which is now in the early stages with you) it is more difficult to keep your blood sugar under control; if your sugar is not well controlled, it is more difficult to keep your gums healthy. I realize this is long winded and over simplified. Good luck. Dr. Carla READ MORE

  • Did my dental x-rays harm my baby? (first trimester)

    First off, Congratulations on your pregnancy. This is an exciting time for you, and one fraught with extra concern. The amount of radiation in4 dental x-ray films is the equivalent of about 15 minutes in the sun; about 150 dental x-rays is the same as one chest x-ray. Digital dental x-rays use about 1/3 of the radiation. As long as a lead shield was over your belly, the baby should be fine. Dentists started using a double shield (one in front and one in back) back when the x-ray machines were the old black nos-cone type because radiation came out all along the cone and scattered. The nose-cone machine hasn't been made in decades. The tubes (that are pointed at the face) are called collimated, meaning that radiation is directed straight down that tube and no longer scatters. If you have any other concerns, please talk to your dentist, and in the meantime, try to relax and enjoy your pregnancy. READ MORE

  • What can I eat or avoid eating to reduce plaque?

    Hello. First, let's consider what plaque is. Plaque is bacteria that is normally found in the mouth that, every 24 hours, organizes and lays down on your teeth and tongue. It is rather soft. If it is not removed, any plaque that remains on your teeth, especially the insides of the bottom front teeth and the outsides of the upper molars, will harden. At that point, the name changes and it's called calculus, or tartar. So... how do we remove it? Simply, by mechanical action. An electric or battery-operated toothbrush, and a sonic toothbrush, removes plaque far better than rushing by hand. It is extremely important, however, to actually get the toothbrush against the gumline - something that most people don't do. And if your gums bleed, ignore the blood and brush at your gums (GENTLY) anyway. Also, please remember to floss or use interdental cleaners, for instance, a proxabrush, to remove plaque from between your teeth. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Wisdom teeth removal

    The simplest answer to this question involves the particular teeth being removed. Wisdom teeth are located all the way in the back of a rather small, constricted area. There are usually a number of teeth in front of them, making it more difficult to even see them. Access is not the easiest. The roots of top wisdom teeth might be in the sinus; there is a possibility of these teeth going up into the sinus or ripping off the bottom of the sinus during extraction. Roots of bottom wisdom teeth may be in the nerve canal; there is a possibility of damaging the nerve and leaving the patient with temporary or permanent numbness called paresthesia. Another factor influencing who will take out these teeth is how badly broken down they are. If the tooth has a huge cavity in it or it's split and not too much tooth is there to grab it's very difficult to get out easily. An oral surgeon is trained for many years to deal with such problems. General dentists don't have the same amount of experience as oral surgeons and, therefore, are not necessarily comfortable extracting wisdom teeth. I, personally, am a general dentist and may extract wisdom teeth if they do not go into the sinuses or next to or into a nerve canal, if they are not too badly decayed and appear easy to get at. Otherwise, I'm happy to refer my patients to an oral surgeon! READ MORE

  • I can't fix my teeth sensitivity. What do I do?

    Resolving your sensitivity issue really depends upon the reason your teeth are sensitive. I will assume that your dentist checked you for decay, and nerve problems. I will also assume that perhaps your gums have receeded a little bit, exposing a little of the root surface. Roots are often sensitive to cold because they are not covered by enamel. Sensodyne, or a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, often resolves the problem. (You should brush with it twice a day, and at night apply a little toothpaste to a finger and rub it into whatever teeth are sensitive and go right to sleep. Do not rinse it out so the toothpaste can work overnight.) Meantime, your dentist can try applying fluoride varnish to the sensitive teeth, or Brush & Bond. Another reason teeth may become sensitive is if you're whitening them. The stronger the whitening solution, the more likely your teeth will become sensitive. This usually goes away eventually. Call your dentist so the two of you can continue to investigate. Good luck. READ MORE

  • Adult tooth is loose. What should I do?

    How long ago were you hit in the mouth? Was the tooth knocked out of position (displaced)? Ice is very good for inflammation and pain, initially. Take an anti-inflammatory to help with pain. Go to the dentist as soon as you are able. You need an X-ray to see if the root has been broken. The dentist, at that point, can then determine what would need to be done, whether the tooth needs to be splinted or not. Good luck and feel better. READ MORE

Awards

  • America's Top Dentists
  • Various Who's Who

Professional Memberships

  • Suffolk County Dental Society
  • New York State Dental Society
  • American Dental Association

Treatments

  • Family Dentistry

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, Suffolk County Dental Society

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Cares for and Treats her Patients Like Family

Hobbies / Sports

  • Needlework, Karate, Reading, Gardening

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Get to know Dentist Dr. Carla Schlissel, who serves patients in West Islip, New York.

Dr. Schlissel is a dentist who is currently serving patients at her private practice – Dr Carla H. Schlissel Family Dentistry – located in West Islip, New York. There, she offers several dental services, including whitening, veneers, dentures, fillings, and more. Dr. Schlissel truly enjoys the practice of dentistry and it shows. Her patients have excellent things to say about her, one stating “Dr. Carla is an outstanding dentist. Her gentle, sweet, nature put me as ease. She is easy to talk to and I am very happy with her care.”

Dr. Schlissel was born and raised in Valley Stream, graduating from Valley Stream North High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. John’s University. After working as a lab technician for over a year, Dr. Schlissel “shuffled off to Buffalo” and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

Dr. Schlissel is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA). Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 161,000 dentist members. Since then, the association has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.

Dr. Schlissel is also a member of the New York State Dental Association and the Suffolk County Dental Society.

Dentistry, also known as Dental and Oral Medicine, is a branch of medicine that consists of the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity. Dentists, like Dr. Schlissel, diagnose and treat dental issues, as well as help patients develop better oral hygiene regimens.

Dr. Schlissel attributes her success to caring for and treating patients like family. In her spare time, she enjoys embroidery, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family, as well as being a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts.

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Established Dentist, Carla H. Schlissel, DDS, Welcomes Patients at Her Private Practice in West Islip, NY

Carla H. Schlissel, DDS, is a well-versed dentist who diagnoses and treats patients at her private practice in West Islip, NY. Services provided include general and cosmetic dentistry. As a dentist, she has dedicated training and unique experience specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. Dr. Schlissel has an impressive professional journey that spans thirty-five years and has expanse knowledge and unrivaled expertise in general and cosmetic dentistry. For more information about Dr. Carla Schlissel, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8122533-Carla-Schlissel-Dentist-West-Islip-New-York-11795.

Carla H. Schlissel, DDS, attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1984. She remains a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association, and the Suffolk County Dental Society. In addition to her medical degree, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree acquired at St. John’s University. She feels that her success is attributable primarily to caring for and treating patients like family. Dr. Schlissel dedicates his spare time to embroidery, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family, as well as being a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts. For more information about Dr. Carla Schlissel, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8122533-Carla-Schlissel-Dentist-West-Islip-New-York-11795.

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