Sure, having your teeth cleaned is just that – cleaning your teeth – but do you know how it can benefit your life and health even further? If fresh breath and squeaky clean teeth isn’t motivation enough for you to regularly see the dentist and hygienist, here are a few more reasons to pull out your schedule and call us up:
- Poor oral hygiene has been linked to heart attack, heart disease, and stroke and it has been shown that regular visits reduce your chances of these.
- Dr. Cirka does an oral cancer screening at each check-up exam to ensure that you are not one of 35,000 people diagnosed each year in the US.
- 1/3 people you meet will have some form of gum disease, from gingivitis to periodontal disease, which could require surgery if left untreated. Your recall appointments prevent gum disease from affecting you.
- …Advanced periodontal (gum) disease also leads to tooth loss. Wouldn’t you like to keep your teeth? Implants can be expensive!
- Catch problems while they are minor with a full exam at each visit. This means placing sealants on teeth that are susceptible to cavities before they require fillings (1/3 of the cost) or catching a tooth when it can still be treated with a root canal instead of being removed.
- Your hygienist if your friend! Are you falling off the flossing bandwagon? He or she can help you maintain your own mouth by pointing out differences in oral hygiene from visit to visit. Work as a team to keep your homecare in check.
- Let’s face it, stains happen. While brushing, flossing, and rinsing your own mouth is beneficial, there’s no stain-removal like that which comes from a professional polishing.
We are here to help you. We schedule your 6 month appointments at each visit to make sure you stay on track. Call us at 215-568-6222 and take the first step to becoming an oral hygiene lifer!
Have you ever gotten a headache and figured it was from stress alone or a long day at work? Or woken up with a sudden jaw ache? Stress could be part of the reason, but these are also implications of teeth grinding, or “bruxism”. Although it seems like one would be aware if they were guilty of clenching or grinding their teeth, it often happens while asleep or unknowingly throughout the day and affects nearly 1/5 people. Bruxing can affect the structure of your teeth and face as well as your muscles and joints, making it more than “just another headache”. This is why it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and become familiar with the easy option that we provide to treat this condition.
Bruxism can lead to the following:
- Teeth that are short/flat
- Teeth worn down until the dentin (yellow-ish color) is exposed on chewing surfaces (or, if untreated, worn down to the gum line)
- Teeth that chip easily, are sensitive, and are loose
- Teeth and gums more prone to gingivitis and periodontal disease
- Jaw muscles that are sore and joints that click (even making eating difficult)
Since the main cause of teeth grinding is stress, something that is hard to rid your life of fully, it’s most important to focus on maintaining the health of your teeth and gums through treatment. This can be done quickly, inexpensively, and painlessly with a custom nightguard. This is a plastic retainer-esque piece molded to the shape of your teeth that is worn at night. It blocks the surfaces of the teeth from hitting/harming each other during grinding and clenching. This is the most cost-effective solution as it stops the destruction of the teeth for only $427, saving you restorations down the road, such as crowns, which can amount to thousands.
If you suspect you’re grinding or clenching your teeth, you can set up a free visit where Dr. Cirka can put your mind at ease. Call us at 215-568-6222 or use our contact form to email us and request your appointment. Get off the grind today!
Some people automatically think of cosmetic dentistry as an unneeded expense or a “wouldn’t that be nice?” However, cosmetic dentistry benefits more than you might think. Moving and improving your teeth is not only crucial to their health and integrity, but a straight, white smile can boost your look and self-esteem, having an effect on your overall mood and enhancing the world around you.
It’s no secret that the economy and job market are not ideal at the moment. What many look past is that your health and appearance (that of your teeth included!) can be a key to success. With few people fishing to hire individuals out of many who qualify, it’s coming down to more than just what’s on paper. As silly as it sounds, simply smiling while talking makes you sound (not just appear) happier. How better to gain that reason for happiness than through the way you show it? Investing in your smile is investing in your confidence and, even further, your future, and who has time to wait for that?
We’re currently offering a monthly special on Lumineers (super thin, strong, effective, long-lasting porcelain veneers by Cerinate) that can save you tons; let that be the push you need to schedule a free consultation. Learn more from Dr. Cirka and experience for yourself how cosmetic dentistry can a happier you with strong, healthy, AND beautiful teeth. Now is the time! The only better time was yesterday.
Have you ever wished for straighter teeth but then decided “well, my teeth aren’t that crooked” or “maybe I’ll do it later”? Call off the wait! The time is now! Invisalign is the reason for a smiley season.
Invisalign is the perfect way to straighten your teeth without the metal brackets of awkward teenage years. Custom clear trays are made to fit perfectly to your teeth and move them more comfortably and quickly than traditional braces. The best part is they are unnoticeable while you wear them!
Why now? For one, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Dr. Cirka has extensive experience with this procedure and remains a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign. Additionally, straight teeth are beneficial in more ways than just appearance. Perfectly aligned teeth are ideal in keeping up with your dental hygiene as they make it easier for you to floss and brush in any area. Proper homecare along with regular visits with your hygienist decrease the chance of gingivitis and further advanced gum disease. Straight AND healthy teeth – there’s a reason to smile!
How can you get started? Dr. Cirka makes it easy, offering a free consultation where he can answer all of your questions and get you signed up. Call or email to schedule today and you’ll have a super smile before you can say “straighten”!
Your smile is the first thing that shows people you’re happy, so it only makes sense that it should make YOU happy! Have you thought about taking steps towards having straighter, whiter, or healthier-looking teeth? It may seem challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for a fast, pain-free, healthy way to improve the overall appearance and appeal of your smile, Lumineers by Cerinate could be your long lost solution.
Lumineers are porcelain veneers that are much thinner and natural looking than traditional veneers, but are also much stronger. They can transform the color, alignment, and shape of your teeth quickly and effectively without compromising, and even improving on, their health and strength.
Dr. Cirka has extensive experience in helping people achieve their ideal smiles through Lumineers. Visit our smile gallery to view before and after photos of some cases, read testimonials from patients who have had the treatment, or better yet, schedule a free consultation to gain some first-hand knowledge and let Dr. Cirka answer all of your questions.
Smiles boost confidence and are downright contagious, and we are always excited to spread the cheer with Lumineers. After an initial exam, it’s just two weeks and two visits before you walk away with your beautiful end result. With our help, Lumineers can turn your dream into a reality. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.
You might be looking into gym memberships for the New Year, but do you have any oral health resolutions? We encourage you to make and keep preventive care appointments every six months for a start.
The beginning of a new year is also a great time to take stock of your overall oral health. Perhaps you’re finally ready to refresh that smile with cosmetic dentistry, like porcelain veneers or tooth whitening. Continue reading
Sweets and sugary foods have a lot to do with tooth decay, but whether or not you develop cavities or gum disease depends on several factors. The foods you eat are one part of the recipe, but how often you eat is also key, along with whether you’re genetically predisposed to develop tooth or gum problems, how much saliva your body produces naturally, and whether or not you keep up with regular dental checkups. Continue reading
Tension headaches. Migraine headaches. Aching jaw. Sore teeth. Morning headaches. Do any of these afflictions sound familiar? If so, you may be experiencing temporomandibular disorders (TMD) which indicate that there are problems with your jaw or facial muscles. Continue reading
The #1 cause of tooth loss in the United States is gum disease, with over 75 percent of American adults exhibiting some form of periodontal disease. In fact, it’s one of the most common diseases worldwide. Continue reading
Missing teeth are bothersome for many reasons – their absence alters your appearance, of course, but missing teeth also impact a person’s ability to speak and chew well, and they can affect your oral health and overall well-being. So what’s the best solution? There’s something secure and natural-looking that can fill those empty spaces in your smile: dental implants. Continue reading