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September 23, 2020
2 days ago

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Do you ever wonder about when it’s the right time to ditch your toothbrush? That is a very normal thought. We use them every day, twice a day to clean our mouths so it makes sense that they need to be replaced at some point in their life span. The American Dental Association says we need to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months. Let’s talk about some key signs that point to you needing to ditch your current toothbrush.

  1. Check out the bristles.

Take a look at the bristles’ part of your toothbrush. Are they crooked or bent? If the bristles aren’t straight, it’s time to toss it. When your bristles show too much wear and tear, it means it’s time to replace your toothbrush.

  1. Look even closer.

Check out the bristles even more. Do you see any debris at the bottom of the bristles? If there is debris living in the bottom of the toothbrush bristles then your toothbrush is dirty. At this point, it would need to be replaced.

  1. Any recent sickness?

If you have been sick recently, you need to replace your toothbrush. This makes total sense, but it is something people often forget to do. This is important to do to avoid reinfection and getting sick again.

  1. No touching!

Most households contain a toothbrush holder in the bathroom. This means that everyone’s toothbrush is placed in the holder. This is all fine and swell as it keeps the bathroom organized. However, do not let your toothbrush physically touch another toothbrush. This creates the opportunity for cross-contamination for bacteria. If your toothbrush is touching other toothbrushes, it’s time for a new one.

  1. Do you remember?

If you do not remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, then the odds are probably in favor of getting a new one. It is important to keep your toothbrush fresh so you are achieving the best at-home cleaning as possible.

In addition to keeping your toothbrush fresh, it is important to keep up with your dentist visits as well. At Philadelphia Dentistry, our team of smile professionals can keep your teeth top notch. In addition to cleanings and a plethora of other services, we value education. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how to optimize your dental care. To make an appointment with us, give us a call at (215) 568-6222 or email info@phillydentistry.com. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

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September 3, 2020
3 weeks ago

veneers & whitening

Life is too short not to smile. So why wouldn’t you want to love your smile? During the entire month of September, take advantage of our awesome monthly special “Buy 6 Porcelain Veneers, and get FREE Air Pods!” Getting porcelain veneers is easier than you think. With only two visits to our office, you will be leaving with a perfect smile. As Philadelphia’s Premiere Dentists, we have done the highest amount of veneer procedures in the entire city. We’ve got you covered.

There are many benefits to getting veneers, but our favorite part about them is how easy the process is. If you have gapped, crooked, or stained teeth, veneers are the perfect fix. Veneers are also known for being strong. If you have weak teeth from damaged or old fillings, veneers can strengthen your teeth. Veneers are an almost instant makeover from your smile. You don’t have to wait months or years for results. All it takes is two visits!

So, what’s the catch? This all sounds too good to be true. There’s no catch. Porcelain veneers are fantastic and can last up to 25 years! With proper care, your veneers will stay looking perfect. They are so natural-looking and are resistant to chips and stains. Do you want to find out if veneers are right for you? Do you also want a FREE Air Pods? Contact us by calling (215) 568-6222 or email us at info@phillydentistry.com. We will set you up with FREE new patient consultation and let one of our awesome doctors see if you are a good candidate for veneers.

To stay connected, follow us on social media. We love staying social with our patients and social media is where we showcase our work and get to interact. Our Instagram handle is @phillydentistry, our Twitter handle is @DrKenCirkaDMD, and our Facebook handle is @PhiladelphiaDentistry. We look forward to connecting with you!

August 14, 2020
1 month ago

Not everyone is born with a perfect smile. We see all over the media celebrities who appear flawless. These celebrities seem to have it all, but that is far from the truth. It wasn’t until their dentists came and saved their teeth that they looked picture perfect. So, with the help of the right dentist, this means that you can have the same perfect smile that these celebrities have too. In this article, we will be diving into a list of celebrities who have gotten veneers. Some of these before and after comparisons will shock you!

  1. Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise is known for being handsome and having a perfect smile. He was one of the first people in the industry to undergo cosmetic dentistry and get veneers. To get a spot in Hollywood movies, he had to fix his teeth!

2. Nicholas Cage

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Adding to the list of Hollywood celebs with perfect smiles, we have Nicholas Cage. Nicholas Cage is a leading actor in Hollywood and has struggled with dental issues for some time. He had two teeth pulled many years ago as part of his role in “Birdy”, the 1984 film. After the film, he knew he needed a smile makeover. Eventually, Mr. Cage fixed his smile with a set of veneers.

3. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus is most famous for her role on Disney channel’s Hannah Montana. During her teen years, she suffered from crooked teeth. After her Disney career ended, the actress/singer decided to turn to cosmetic dentistry. Her veneers look awesome!

4. Zac Efron

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Zac Efron is an American heartthrob. Similar to Miley, Zac’s career originally blew up on Disney channel. He played a leading role as Troy, on high School Musical. As a teen, you can see, he suffered from gapped and uneven teeth. Veneers transformed his childhood smile, into a picture-perfect smile!

5. Niall Horan

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Niall Horan first won our hearts on the X-Factor. Back then, Niall was a teen and had crooked and misaligned teeth. At one point he even wore braces. Eventually, he decided to undergo cosmetic dentistry and get veneers. Ever since his smile has won more hearts!

The days of not being satisfied with your smile are over. Give us a call for a consultation with us at Philly Dentistry and see a computerized presentation for porcelain veneers. These celebrities have perfect smiles, and so can you! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (we post cool stuff!) at @phillydentistry.

July 25, 2020
2 months ago

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Everyone is unique in the sense that we all have different styles and features. Whether we realize it or not, we make efforts to flatter ourselves. Haircuts can be cut to frame our face. Makeup can be used to contour our bone structure. We dress to complement our body’s curves. It’s human nature to desire being seen in the best light. These fashion/beauty tricks are as old as your great-grandmother’s grandmother, yet they are still relevant across the world. With all these tricks in mind, does it make you wonder if your smile complements your facial features?

If you are, then keep reading. When considering cosmetic dentistry, there are key factors to keep in mind. For instance, if you have a round face, you know that long layered hairstyles look best on you. Smiles have similar guidelines. If your face is smaller, it wouldn’t be flattering to get long, square-shaped veneers. That style can come off as too dominant and could throw off your facial proportions. If your face is round, you should go for those longer veneers, as they would create a slimming effect to your face. If your face is thin, you want to create a broader smile effect. You would avoid thin, long teeth, as they will only make your face look longer and thinner. Lastly, if your face is square-shaped, rounded teeth will help soften your smile.

Designing your smile is based on your personal preferences and what you want others to see. “When I sit down with a patient interested in cosmetic dentistry, I always ask them what their smile goals are,” Dr. Evan Ridge explained. Our doctors want the very best for our patients and for them to be 100% satisfied. That is why we value our patient’s wants and needs. With the help of our amazing doctors, we can transform your ‘OK’ smile into your dream smile.

June 25, 2020
3 months ago

Do you find yourself constantly smirking in photos because you don’t want to show your teeth? Are you not 100% happy with what you see in the mirror? You might be a good candidate for a Smile Makeover. What is a Smile Makeover? A Smile Makeover is a dental procedure that works to give you a healthier and more attractive smile. Say goodbye to all of your dental insecurities.

What’s so important about a smile?

Naturally, every human feels a sensation of positivity when they see others around them smile. Smiles make us feel comfortable. Smiling can also boost our own health. Studies show that simply smiling can boost moods, lower stress, and possibly prolong your life. Therefore, smiles are good for everyone!

What exactly do Smile Makeovers fix?

Smile Makeovers fix aesthetic issues and function issues. For instance, if your teeth are dull, chipped, worn, oddly shaped, or cracked, a smile makeover can fix that. Those are all aesthetic issues that can cause low confidence. You shouldn’t let your insecurities get the best of you though, especially when there are ways to fight back. If you are experiencing pain, tooth loss, decay, or infection, a smile makeover can fix that too. There is no reason anyone shouldn’t be able to go about daily tasks without any pain or issues. That’s where a smile makeover can come to the rescue.

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Gain back your confidence.

Having problems with your teeth is the worst, especially if you are feeling discomfort. It’s time to stop overthinking pictures. The days of low self-confidence are over. It is now your time to take control and become confident again.

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June 15, 2020
3 months ago

When people think about their health it is normal to categorize it. We categorize our mental health with our feelings, our oral health with our mouth, our physical health with our body, etc. However, it is important to remember that all of these categories make up our overall health. They all work together to keep us healthy. Specifically, let’s dive into the correlation between our oral health and mental health.

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The Facts

Studies show that two-thirds of toothache reports came from people who were suffering from a mental health issue. Research also shows that 50% of people who suffered from depression, classified their teeth as average or poor. A review of many studies found a strong correlation between gum disease and mental health illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

Behavioral Changes

So, with those facts, you might ask why there is this scientific link. The link comes from the behavioral effects of mental illnesses. Anxiety, depression, and stress can cause people to subconsciously change their behavior. For example, a person with depression usually loses interest in activities, which ultimately causes impairment in daily life tasks. More specifically, a person with depression can be inconsistent with brushing their teeth, maintaining a good diet, and visiting the dentist. Another example can be made with anxiety. People who suffer from anxiety are more likely to grind their teeth.

Biological Effects

In addition to possible behavioral effects, mental illnesses can affect our oral health due to biological reasons. There is a hormone called ‘cortisol’ that impacts our body when we feel a lot of stress. When the hormone levels increase, the immune system gets weaker. When this happens, it can result in vulnerability to gum disease. Another biological effect can occur due to medications. Often people with mental illnesses are prescribed medications to cope with their illness. These medications can cause a dry mouth. This dry mouth can mean that plaque, bacteria, and debris aren’t getting rinsed properly. This ultimately means there is more opportunity for cavities to form.

Fight Back

Thankfully, when mental illnesses affect our oral health, there are things to do that can help. Finding a good dental practice that considers your overall health is the first step. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we value the health and safety of all of our patients. Patient care is our number one priority. Therefore, booking an appointment with us will ensure your mental health is not affecting your oral health.

Let’s Get Social

To stay connected with us, follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

March 9, 2020
7 months ago

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1. How do you correctly brush your teeth? The American Dental Association states that a soft-bristled toothbrush should be used to properly brush your teeth. Why is it important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush? It’s because the soft bristles help you reduce the risk of any trauma like recession on your gums. After you get a soft-bristled toothbrush the next step is to brush at a 45-degree angle with the bristles angled toward the gums. Next, gently move the toothbrush in short circular motions. It’s important to be sure to brush all the areas of the tooth and gums, including the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and finally the chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well to remove any harmful bacteria. All this should be done for 2 minutes a day, twice a day to have healthy teeth and gums for life.

2. Flossing? Is it that important? Yes! Yes! Yes! Flossing is very important. When you brush your teeth you only clean 60% of your mouth. Flossing then takes care of the last 40%. Most people don’t realize this and if you think about it would you only want to clean 60% of your body when you shower? I know I wouldn’t, so why only clean 60% of your teeth. If you don’t floss you have a much higher risk of major dental diseases such as, gum disease, cavities and tooth decay which can also lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc. By taking care of your oral hygiene you’re taking care of your entire body’s health.

3. Piggy backing off of flossing, how do you properly floss? First step is to take about 12-16 inches of floss and wrap each end around your middle fingers. It’s important to leave around 2-3 inches of floss between your hands. Using your thumb and pointer finger to hold the floss then gently insert the floss between the teeth using a sawing motion. Curve the floss around each tooth using a “C” shape motion. Gently move the floss up and down under the gum line, cleaning each side of the tooth.

4. How often am I supposed to floss? It’s important to always brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. We recommend that you do these daily rituals every morning and every night before bed.

5. Manual or electric toothbrush? Both toothbrushes can effectively clean your teeth. The manual will be effective if used properly. If you are older and have difficulty using a manual toothbrush then an electric toothbrush is best for you. At your next dentist appointment talk to your dentist to see which option is best for you.

6. What toothpaste should I use? With so many toothpaste options out there it’s important to pick the right one for you. When you are in the market for a new tube of toothpaste it’s important to look for fluoride as an ingredient. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and cavities from forming. A good tip to look for is for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. These toothpastes are officially approved by the American Dental Association through scientific evidence demonstrating their safety and ability to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis and tartar buildup.

7. What can I do for my bad breath? Some ways to help fight bad breath is to practice great oral hygiene by brushing twice a day, flossing and don’t forget to brush your tongue. If you use tobacco products there’s a better chance you are suffering from bad breath so stop using them as soon as possible. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help wash out your mouth from any bacteria. When using mouthwash look for mouthwash without any alcohol in it as an ingredient.

8. How do I know if I have gum disease? A lot of times people may not know they have periodontal or gum disease because the symptoms are “silent” and cause no pain in the beginning stages. Here are some signs to look for if you think you may have periodontal disease. Red, puffy and bleeding gums, your gums are starting to recede, you notice any newly formed gaps between your teeth, your teeth are starting to get loose and you notice you are having consistently bad breath. If you are noticing any of those signs it’s time to contact Philly Dentistry to get checked out so we can stop the periodontal disease before it worsens.

9. How often should I visit the dentist? It’s normally recommended that you visit the dentist for cleanings and check ups every 6 months. This allows the dentist to find any small problems before they become larger problems. When you get a cleaning from our wonderful hygienists they remove and calculus or tartar buildup that cannot be removed by a toothbrush. Not everyone is the same so if you are more prone to cavities or gum disease our dentists may say that you need to visit our hygiene team every 3-4 months.

10. Why are my teeth turning yellow? Stained teeth are usually caused by aging, food, drinks, such as, coffee, tea, red wine, etc. and smoking causes your teeth to stain as well. It’s just a part of life for your teeth to stain over time, but luckily for you Philly Dentistry offers professional whitening treatments to get rid of any stains and can even whiten your smile by 10 times!

Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we can set you up with a free new patient consultation so we can detect any early signs of any type of dental problem you may be dealing with. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com and don’t forget to check us out on social media @PhillyDentistry. Thanks for reading!

March 3, 2020
7 months ago

If you are unhappy with your current smile, then you are most likely researching cosmetic dentistry procedures. At Philly Dentistry, we offer numerous cosmetic treatments to fix any problems you may be suffering with. Have you ever thought about getting porcelain veneers to fix your smile? During the whole month of March take advantage of our monthly special of buy 6 veneers and get 2 for free! That’s a saving of over $3,000! Here are the six most common signs that porcelain veneers are the right choice for you.

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1. Do you have chipped, cracked or broken teeth?
There are a few options to fix problems like broken or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great option to fix this common dental problem. Our accomplished doctors will customize your veneers to match perfectly with your natural teeth to give you that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

2. Are you unhappy with your smile?
If you’re reading this right now there’s a good chance, you’re unhappy with your smile. Whether it’s crooked, chipped, gap, or stained teeth to name a few common problems, our talented cosmetic dentists will get you smiling again! All you need to do to fix your smile is schedule a free new patient consultation and one of our doctors will give you an exam to see which cosmetic procedure would be best for your specific smile.

3. Do you have a gap or gaps between your teeth?
Having gaps big or small in between your teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed, while covering your mouth every time you smile. No one wants to feel that way and to fix these gaps you can choose to get porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers give you a natural looking smile that will make you proud to smile again. At your appointment our doctors will evaluate your smile to determine if veneers are the best option for you, instead of other treatments like tooth bonding and Invisalign to close your gaps.

4. Do you have extremely stained or discolored teeth?
Many patients try over-the-counter whitening methods without much success. Some patients report some slight changes in the whiteness of their teeth, but nothing too dramatic. When your teeth are extremely stained, sometimes even in-office professional whitening will not make much of a difference. For patients like this, we recommend porcelain veneers. Many patients get veneers for a whiter, more uniform smile to get completely rid of any type of stains.

5. Are your teeth misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped?
If you have some minor alignment issues with your teeth than veneers can resolve the problem easily. For more extreme alignment issues we recommend getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth. For patients who have uneven or irregularly shaped teeth, veneers can be the best option. Our doctors will work with you to customize the size, shape and color of your veneers to give you that smile you’ve always wanted.

6. Are your teeth worn down?
Over time your teeth can get worn down typically from teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism. When you grind or clench on a regular basis, the tops of your teeth can become flat and dull over time. This can result in more dental problems if not handled properly. For any patient who have worn down their teeth, porcelain veneers can restore the appearance of your teeth and provide more stability for your dental health.

So, give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule your free new patient consultation with one of our excellent doctors! With the most experience with veneers in Philadelphia, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a reason professional athletes, movie stars, musicians and many more trust us with their smile! We want to give you that perfect smile you have always dreamed about. Smile more with Philly Dentistry!

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February 10, 2020
8 months ago

Nowadays, there are so many whitening options whether it’s do it yourself whitening or in-office whitening. Mostly everyone wants a nice white smile to give them better confidence in their ever day life. In this blog you’ll learn the difference between DIY whitening and in-office whitening to decide which option is best for you.

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You may be wondering what are the active ingredients that are in teeth whitening products? All whitening agents use a peroxide ingredient. Whitening varies according to the strength of the peroxide content. A mild whitening product can contain as little as only 10% of peroxide while a much stronger whitener can contain as much as 40% peroxide. Buying over the counter teeth whitening products like whitening strips have a much lower concentration of peroxide. When you get whitening from a dental office, whether it be custom-made take home trays or in-office ZOOM whitening, the results are much better because the peroxide solution is much stronger.

How white can your teeth get from do it yourself whitening vs. in-office whitening? Whether you use do it yourself whitening at home or our in-office whitening, the whitening solution can only make your teeth as white as your natural tooth color. This is ultimately determined by the thickness of your enamel and how stained the dentine is underneath it. Teeth whitening can remove any stains from food, coffee and wine from the enamel. With store bought whitening you are not getting as much peroxide as whitening you get from a dental office so; it will not whiten your teeth as much as professional whitening. Over the counter whitening can definitely improve the whiteness of your teeth, but this will take a lot longer than in-office whitening.

You’re probably wondering will whitening products improve my entire smile? Do it yourself at home whitening typically only whitens your front teeth, given the way they are designed. In-office professional whitening will whiten your whole smile more effectively. With custom-made take-home trays you will put the whitening gel into the trays to place in your mouth for about 7-15 minutes a day for 7 to 10 days. The whitening gel solution will coat the side teeth just as effectively as the front teeth, giving you a more consistent white smile. If you have about an hour to spend in our office, we can do ZOOM whitening. ZOOM whitening is another great full mouth whitening solution. One of our great dentists or dental assistants will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel directly to your teeth and then shine a specialized ZOOM light on the teeth to brighten your smile. The light and gel work together to give you the best possible whitening results.

This all sounds great, but what’s the catch? The side effects from any type of whitening depending on the person can cause sensitivity for the treatment period. Typically, when you buy store bought whitening you will not experience any sensitivity because of the low levels of peroxide. If you have sensitive teeth some dentists will suggest using a store-bought whitening to start off and then moving forward to an in-office whitening treatment. After your whitening treatment you should avoid eating or drinking extremely hot or extremely cold foods or drinks, which can cause sensitivity. Another side effect from teeth whitening can be irritated and burning gums. This should be only minor and will heal, but it can be unpleasant. Our dentists will teach our patients on how to properly use the whitening gel at home so you don’t risk burning your gums or making your teeth sensitive.

Schedule a free new patient consultation to see which whitening treatment is the best option for you. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com and don’t forget to follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry thanks for reading!

 

February 3, 2020
8 months ago

During the whole month of February take advantage of our monthly special of $100 off Zoom teeth whitening. Zoom is a very popular whitening service in our conveniently located Center City, Philadelphia office. The process is used throughout the country and around the world to whiten the discoloration of enamel and dentin. You may be experiencing some tooth discoloration from drinking tea, coffee, soda, red wine and from smoking or using tobacco products. Also, when you become older your teeth can get stained or darken from the aging process.

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When you first come to Philly Dentistry our great doctors will give you an exam to make sure you are healthy for the Zoom in-office whitening treatment. It is important to be healthy because if you’re not, you can experience sensitivity from the whitening procedure. During your consultation our dentist will ask you questions about your oral hygiene and any existing dental work you’ve had done in the past to determine which whitening procedure is best for you.
The Zoom in-office whitening procedure takes about an hour, but it’s important to have had a teeth cleaning before your whitening treatment to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy for whitening. The procedure starts with some preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. One of our amazing dentists or dental assistants will then apply the Zoom hydrogen peroxide whitening gel, which works best when the Zoom light hits your teeth to get rid of any stains or discoloration you are experiencing. The Zoom gel stays in place for 15 minutes while the light is triggered. During this time, sit back, relax, listen to some music and let your teeth whiten. This gel is applied for three, 15-minute sessions with the light activation each time for a total of 45 minutes of treatment. As soon as the Zoom whitening treatment is finished a sensitivity reducing fluoride gel is applied to your teeth to make sure you don’t experience any sensitivity from the whitening process.

At our office you will receive complimentary custom-made whitening trays to take home to touch up your smile any time you would like. Our dentist and dental assistant will go over instructions on how to use the take home trays to ensure you’re getting the best care at our office and in the comfort of your own home. Even after whitening your teeth they can stain if you continue to use tobacco products so we suggest that you quit using tobacco products all together. We also suggest for the first couple days to avoid any food or drinks that can stain your teeth such as, tea, coffee, red wine, etc. To maintain your white smile, make sure you are staying up to date with your regular dental visits and we all know it’s important to brush twice a day and floss. By doing this you will guarantee the best results from your Zoom in-office whitening procedure.

The Zoom in-office whitening procedure normally costs $597, but during the whole month of February take $100 off and get that smile you’ve always wanted. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule your free new patient consultation to see if Zoom in-office whitening is the best option for you. Don’t forget to follow us on social media (we’re pretty cool) to stay up to date with all the latest our office is doing. Facebook, Instagram.

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