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    May 30, 2017
    7 years ago

    Caffeine lovers that are avid coffee drinkers are well aware of how it contributes to stained teeth. Since the coffee is acidic it does not only stain, but it also is weakens the tooth enamel, making the teeth more prone to staining and cavities.

    Here are a few tips that we have to help you reduce the staining from coffee as well as decrease the damage being done to the enamel on your teeth:

    Drink Your Coffee, Don’t Sip it!blue-eyed-woman-drinking-coffee

    It is proven that the longer you take to sip your coffee, the more likely you are to have staining. If you are drinking the coffee slowly then the teeth are constantly being exposed to its acidity. This damages the enamel more and allows the stains to penetrate more deeply and darken the teeth.

    By drinking your coffee quickly you can protect your teeth from coffee stains significantly.

    Use an Electric Tooth Brush

    Using an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one for decreasing surface stains. A great example of an imgreselectric toothbrush that works well is the Sonicare toothbrush. Ask your dentist for help if you are unsure which to purchase and they will guide you and prevent stained teeth.

    Toothpaste with Fluoride and Baking Soda

    We recommend using Arm and Hammer Advanced Whitening toothpaste as the best toothpaste for removing surface stains from the teeth. The baking soda acts like an exfoliator on the teeth and the fluoride helps protect the enamel from harmful bacteria.

    Do not Brush Your Teeth Right Away

    If you do not want the coffee to stain your teeth then you should not brush right after your coffee. Since the coffee is acidic it will weaken the enamel. If you then go and brush the enamel this scrubbing action will help the staining coffee particles further infiltrate the teeth and cause stains. Wait at least thirty minutes after your coffee before you brush your teeth.

    Drink Water After Coffee

    Right after your cup of coffee make sure to drink some plain water. This will rinse the teeth off as well as help to buffer the acidity of the coffee in your saliva.images

    Drink Coffee Through a Straw

    By drinking the coffee through a straw you can completely bypass the teeth. Of course for hot coffee this is less appealing than iced coffee, but it really does help avoid stained teeth.

    Use Whitening Trays from Your Dentist

    If you want to have white teeth then regular teeth whitening at home really helps. Your dentist can make you custom whitening trays and review instructions on how to bleach your teeth without causing pain, sensitivity, or damage to your teeth. Once you have the custom trays it is a good idea to use them regularly after your dental cleaning to really keep the color bright.

    These changes can help protect your teeth from coffee stains.

    Ask your dentist and dental hygienist about custom whitening at your next appointment or call us today to schedule a free consultation to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

    We look forward to meeting you!

    May 16, 2017
    7 years ago

    If you have visited the dentist in the past, chances are you have had dental x-rays taken. These x-rays give the dental professionals a lot of information about your teeth, gums, and jaw bone that they may not have seen with their eyes.

    Dental x-rays are very useful and safe. Nowadays digital x-rays are replacing traditional fimagesilm x-rays and we know they emit about 80% less radiation than the traditional film X-rays. This amount of radiation emitted by digital x-rays is extremely low and harmless.

    It is important for patients to know that the amount of radiation from a series of digital x-rays is less than the amount that they are exposed to by the Earth, appliances, and the sun in one day naturally. Our office also records patient X-rays and has them saved in the chart so we never will unnecessary expose patients to x-rays that can be avoided.

    Since the x-rays are digital they come up immediately on the screen. This saves loads of time for dental professionals as well as for patients. For these reasons, at Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon, and Dr. Stephanie Smith‘s office, we are only using digital x-rays.

    There are two different forms of x-rays, intraoral and extraoral. In one case, intraoral x-rays, the dental professional is looking at the health of the teeth, gums, roots, and the jaw bone holding the teeth in place. For the extraoral x-ray, theDigital x-ray focus is more on larger elements of the face and jaw bones.
    This includes the temporomandibular joint “TMJ,” the sinus, impacted wisdom teeth, growth and development, jaw fractures, and more.

    Depending on your health and dental history, the frequency of when we are taking x-rays may change. X-rays are a vital, important diagnostic tool that confirm whether or not there are harmful bacteria hiding in the teeth, under the gums, or even on the roots of the teeth. The earlier that the dental professional can identify a problem, the easier it will be to fix it for both you as the patient and for the dentist. Without dental x-rays, problems will get increasingly worse and tougher to treat. In some cases these problems will also negatively affect your complete health and well-being.

    Be sure to talk to your dentist about dental x-rays if you have questions at your next check-up and cleaning. If you are searching for a dentist in the greater Philadelphia area you can call to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon, and Dr. Stephanie Smith at 215-568-6222 so they can help you. We look forward to meeting you soon!

    May 2, 2017
    7 years ago

    Dental implants are an incredibly strong, stable, and long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth.

    The implants are “man-made” roots composed of primarily titanium, a biocompatible metal that fuses to your jaw bone.

    The implants do not become loose like dentures can. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth. Depending on your situation the implant specialist and the dentist will work together to find the best solution for you.Single-Dental-Implant-1

    The health of the gums and bone are important considerations when determining if you are a candidate for dental implants.

    If the bone is not strong enough to support the implant, the implant specialist will need to do a bone graft to make the bone stronger.

    For the upper teeth the implant specialist will need to evaluate your sinus. A sinus lift may be required in order to create enough space for the implant in the bone.

    Most dental implants are extremely successful with proper planning and teamwork.

    An important factor in implant planning to consider is the general health of the patient. If a patient is a heavy smoker, has a history of osteoporosis or a health problem that compromises the immune system, then implants may not be a good solution. To find out if you are the right candidate for dental implants, talk with your general dentist. He or she will be able to steer you in the right direction.

    If you are interested in dental implants or already have them it is very important to:

    • Exercise good oral hygiene– brushing your teeth two times a day and flossing one time each day is important. Other tools include using proxy brushes that slide in between the teeth can help to clean the hard to reach areas around your teeth and implants.
    • Stop smoking – this is a key factor in implant failure. When you smoke you are weakening the jaw bone and this can cause the implant to fail.
    • See your dentist regularly for checkups– it is important to see your dentist and dental hygienist for checkups ancheck-upd cleanings minimally every six months. This ensures you will keep your teeth, gums, and implants in good condition and they can give you tips to keep it this way.
    • Avoid bad oral habits – habits like nail biting and chewing on ice cubes are not good for your teeth or implants. These habits can break the implant crown and even your natural teeth.

    If you are interested in learning more about if dental implants are the right solution for you give us a call at 215.568.6222 so we can schedule your free consultation with Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon, and Dr. Smith today. We look forward to meeting you!

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