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Dr. Heidi Nelson

Dentistry
Sunnyside, NY
44 years experience

Locations

Sunnyside Dentist - Sunnyside Dental Office

Sunnyside, NY

Address

4512 41st Street, Sunnyside, NY
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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

76 Answers
15 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Bruxism: Sounds like you're clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping, called bruxism. You may be putting uneven pressure on your muscles while you sleep... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Depends.: Depends what you mean by "bad." you may think they look ok enough. The dentist also looks at how your teeth and jaws actually function - how much we... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Maybe - temporarily: You might get short term relief but it won't solve the underlying problem. Since it's a topical anesthetic, it may temporarily ease pain in the gum or... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Need full exam first: A full exam with proper x-rays, photos and models is needed before anyone can say for sure. It will also depend on the current health of all your teet... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Depends if treated.: If the decay has been treated and no more is present, they may fall out and be replaced normally. Untreated decay can result in infection, and broken ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Don't try.: Tartar, or calculus, is the calcified accumulation of bacterial plaque on your teeth. Plaque starts to form soon after eating, especially starchy or s... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Discuss with dentist: The extraction of any tooth is actually a surgery, but some extractions are more straightforward than others, and therefore, healing time and experien... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Sure!: He may in fact be starting to teethe, but even if not yet, he may be doing this to satisfy his need for sucking on something, or simply because he is ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Germs+food+warmth: Combination of germs, bits of food and saliva in your mouth causes plaque, a sticky film, to grow on your teeth day and night. If you don't clean well... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
You can manage this.: You can manage cleaning your mouth well in spite of this. Try positioning your head down a bit when you brush, breathing slowly through your nose as ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Virus or bacteria: Cold sores generally appear on the outer lips rather than in the mouth. They are caused by exposure to the herpes simplex virus and stays there for l... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Not any more: Historically, most dental schools offered the dds degree. A few, such as penn and tufts, restructured their curriculum to provide a greater understand... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Clean very gently: The wound can be cleaned very gently with some disinfectant or even with a clean gauze and water, then dressed with Bacitracin or neosporin if it's ou... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Fever not from teeth: A high fever is not typically related to teething. Baby may be very cranky for a few days. Cold items like chilled teething ring can help. Chewing on ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Depends: check w DMD: There are red bumps on the top rear of a normal tongue called vallate papillae. They look different from the rest of the anatomy of that part of the... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Common - not normal: Chipping of teeth happens for a number of reasons. Grinding your teeth and other habits can result in chipped teeth. Tooth decay can weaken a tooth a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Saliva and mucus: It is passed through both saliva and mucus, so sneezing and coughing, for instance are also vectors of transmission.
A member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Brush, floss daily: Sounds like you're asking how to stop plaque from accumulating on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film from germs, food particles and saliva that start... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
May be teething: First, it's unusual but not unheard of for a 9 wk infant to have teeth. Second, the lower teeth more typically erupt before the top. So your baby is a... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Short survival time: The following comes directly from the centers for disease control website (cdc.Gov): varicella zoster virus herpesvirus (dna) primary infection r... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
See gynecologist: Your gynecologist can treat it, but you cannot treat it on your own. Don't ignore the condition either. It needs to be treated.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
It's a disinfectant: Alcohol has historically been used as a disinfectant; listerine is a well known example whose original formulation was 27% alcohol. Today there are a ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
No direct connection: No direct connection to the root canal treatment itself. Just don't overdo your exposure.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Not normally: Not normally. Most extractions under IV sedation do not require intubation. Even if intubation is required in select cases, there are other medicatio... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Yes.: Halitosis (bad breath) can be evident because of cavities, gum disease, bacterial accumulations on and between teeth and on the tongue, tonsil infecti... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Several things:: Among other things, it could result in preterm labor or low birth weight. The body is stressed enough during pregnancy. Bacterial infection adds to th... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Reduction w sedation: Generally, the patient is sedated and the dislocated jaw is manipulated manually back into position using a downward and then forward motion. It must ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Possible herpes?: One possibility is herpes, which is a viral infection that lives in a nerve tract once it enters the body and may recur from time to time. Other possi... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Check tonsils: Some people, big or small, will grind no matter what and sometimes that is genetic. Others grind because of a condition in the mouth, like a high cus... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
See GYN & breathe: I feel for you! you must see your gyn. You may be referred to an infertility specialist who will review your options. Tell the doctor about the depres... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Fungal infection: Cracking and chapping in the corners of the mouth is usually not cold sores, but is a condition called angular cheilitis, due to a fungal (yeast) infe... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Very possibly: Very possibly. Braces, even as a grownup, may have more benefit than just resetting your front teeth. Properly positioned teeth function better, are m... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Has not been proven: Interesting question. There has been speculation linking the two, with the idea being that bacteria sent through the blood stream could wind up coloni... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Depends.: Depends of condition of tooth. Inflammation around the tooth may have to resolve to feel better. This is usually relatively soon but sometimes takes l... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
White patches: Although your question refers to a gynecological condition of white patches on the cervix of the uterus, it should be mentioned that there is also ora... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Please don't do it!: Tobacco, whether chewed or smoked, is a carcinogen and the more the mouth is exposed to this the greater the risk. Numbers are just statistical guesse... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
No specific cause: Esr, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate, is a nonspecific marker for inflammation in the body. As part of a workup by your md, it may be appropriate to... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Yes - see a dentist.: Yes. When you visit the dentist and describe what is bothering that tooth, the dentist will examine the area for possible causes and may recommend tha... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
a few possibilities: Several possibilities - you may have an oral infection from a tooth or salivary gland, pharyngitis, TMJ flareup, a denture sore or even a local irrita... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Inflamed - see ENT: Your esophagus sounds like it's inflamed, probably from the gerd. Sinus drainage causes post nasal drip which can feel like something stuck in the thr... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
ENT or ear plugs: Since you're not the one snoring, try noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs. White noise machines sometimes help, too. The larger problem is fo... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
There are several.: Check out sparkpeople.Com and myfitnesspal.Com. Weightwatchers also has an online website for those who prefer not to attend meetings.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
No: Just don't overdo it. Your teeth will only whiten to the extent that the enamel will allow. The color of the dentin underneath will still shine thro... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Why&when it started?: The larger question is when it started and why. If the child is teething, the problem will resolve with time and good consistent gentle cleaning. Cold... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Less med or no epi: For certain procedures your dentist may be able to use less medication, or one without a vasoconstrictor, which will allow the anesthetic to wear off ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Several causes: Need more information. If there is gum recession, could be root sensitivity. Also, you said "teeth" rather than "tooth". You may have cavities or mult... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Don't touch!!!: Cold sores are caused by herpes virus which is contagious and can be spread by touching, so don't touch! when it starts, little fluid filled bumps app... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Possibly - see DMD: Could be a piece of remaining root (if still present) or a sliver of bone working its way out of the gum or could be a pressure sore from your denture... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Nelson
Dentistry 44 years experience
Possibly.: Hard brushes and some toothpastes can abrade enamel and exposed root. There are metal cleaning picks being sold that should never be used for the sam... Read More

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Mar 22, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Nelson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Nelson is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! That is exactly what I'm going through menopause . Thank you .
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks, lots of good advice!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
Graduated 1978MD
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