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Bayside dental office reaches out to Queens

Dr. Alicja McCrudden (c.) and Dr. Albert Yoo (second from r.) celebrate the opening of their Bayside office in the company of neighbors and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (second from l.). Photo courtesy Albert Yoo
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A new periodontal office in Bayside is taking its message about treating gum disease to hospitals and health centers throughout the borough.

Dr. Alicja McCrudden and Dr. Albert Yoo celebrated their new Bayside roots with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their Northern Boulevard dental office last week, where the periodontists expressed their commitment to the Queens community through oral health awareness.

Yoo, a Queens native, said the practice strives to reach beyond Bayside with different free community outreach initiatives. He said he and his partner traveled regularly to host educational seminars at area hospitals, including Flushing’s New York Hospital Queens, to make awareness the first line of defense against gum disease.

“We’re doing a health care service, which means education is very important,” Yoo said. “One of the most paramount things we do revolves around patient education and awareness.”

Since its initial opening last year in Bayside, the practice has specialized in periodontal and dental implant services, being devoted to fighting disease and restoring and enhancing smiles throughout the borough. The doctors take a team approach by working in coordination with patients’ primary dentists to treat anything from simple gingivitis to inflammation of the bone to help replace or restore teeth, Yoo said.

But instead of simply sitting back and waiting for patients to come to them, Yoo said his practice is focusing a lot of its energy on getting into the community and fighting periodontal diseases head-on.

“We are trying to provide a high level of service and let people know that we are new in town and here to help out,” Yoo said. “There are options for patients and things we can do to improve their lifestyle.”

Yoo said gum disease might be one of the least understood illnesses despite the fact that it is one of the most prevalent. So when he is not working with his patients in Bayside, the Long Island City resident said he and his partner make cold calls to hospitals and health groups throughout the borough.

“We are always looking for different avenues to do outreach and cleanings,” Yoo said. “Whether that means posting in church bulletins or calling area hospitals, we just want people to know we are here to help.”

After receiving his doctorate degree and completing his surgical training in periodontics and implantology in 2008, Yoo spent three years working in New Jersey. He ultimately returned back to Queens last year to open up his own practice.

McCrudden also has deep roots in Queens and used to work with a practice in Astoria before teaming up with Yoo last year.

The two now operate out of their Bayside office with a small but dedicated staff at 222-15 Northern Blvd., Suite LL-F in Bayside. Appointments and referrals can also be found at the practice’s website baysideperiodontics.com.

For more information, the Bayside Periodontics and Dental Implants office can be reached at 347-235-0660 or by e-mail at baysideperioimplant@gmail.com.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.

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