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    April 11, 2021
    2 weeks ago

    April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and our office wants to help end oral cancer! According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, mouth cancers are newly diagnosed in about 145 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. These numbers are heartbreaking, especially because the fastest-growing segment of oral cancer patients are young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals. According to the World Health Organization, the worldwide burden of oral cancer is an estimated 657,000 new cases each year, and more than 330,000 deaths. Oral cancer doesn’t stop, but we won’t either. We take oral cancer very seriously. With every cleaning here at Philly Dentistry, our patients are examined for oral cancer. This is something we have always done and will continue to do.

    Most people neglect oral cancer and don’t realize how deadly it is. That is why it is important to catch it early. Biyearly visits to the dentist are imperative for maintaining good health. In addition to your bi-yearly visits, you can perform self-examinations at home too! These self-examinations should be done once a month to ensure everything is looking healthy. Check out Oral Cancer Foundation’s website that explains step by step how to examine yourself for oral cancer. They even include a video demonstration and photos of what to look out for.

    If you are seeing anything in your mouth that resembles these photos, give us a call immediately. From there, we will have you come in for a professional examination. The doctors are trained to determine what is cancerous or dangerous to your health. Your job is to check in on yourself regularly and refer yourself to our team if anything seems off. We are here to help keep you healthy!

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    March 12, 2021
    1 month ago

    Everyone is aware to some extent how certain foods and drinks can affect our teeth. However, the majority of people aren’t oral health care experts.  Have no fear; Philly Dentistry is here with all the facts! We have compiled a list of the top 6 bad foods for your teeth.

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    1. Alcohol

    Alcohol is fun to drink on a special occasion or from time to time. However, alcoholic drinks tend to decrease saliva production in our mouths. This promotes a problem as the saliva plays a key role in protecting your teeth from acidic content. In addition, saliva is used to wash away food particles after eating. With low saliva, you are deprived of these functions and make you vulnerable to infections. Always drink water in between alcoholic drinks!

    1. Coffee or Tea

    Coffee and tea are two of the biggest threats to your smile as they both are prone to cause discoloration and staining. In addition, if you like your drink extra sweet and add sugar, this also sets you up for enamel damage. Ultimately, if these drinks aren’t consumed in moderation, oral health diseases can arise.

    1. Potato Chips

    Who doesn’t love a good, salty potato chip? Unfortunately, if you do not floss or rinse your mouth immediately after eating them problems can occur. The starchy and mushy texture of potato chips can get stuck in your teeth very easily. If you enjoy eating chips, be sure to carry floss on you!

    1. White Bread

    When you eat white bread, the starch is broken down into sugar in your saliva. The bread becomes a sticky substance that clings to your teeth and gums. This could lead to oral infections.

    1. Tomatoes

    This one might be a surprise, but tomatoes make the list due to being acidic. Tomatoes have the most risks when eaten raw or in the form of a sauce. Don’t be afraid to include tomatoes in your favorite dishes, but avoid large quantities without rinsing your mouth.

    1. Dry Fruits

    Dry fruit is good for your body as they provide lots of nutrients! However, dry fruits are prone to get stuck in small spaces. When eating dry fruit, be sure to carry a pack of floss!

     

    February 21, 2021
    2 months ago

    We love our patients! There are hundreds of dental offices in center city Philadelphia, yet our patients continue to show their loyalty to us year after year. We take pride in creating long-lasting relationships with our patients. To spread the word, our patients have left reviews about their experiences with us on sites like Google, Yelp, and Facebook. Our patient’s feedback is very important to us as we are always trying to better ourselves. We appreciate all of the feedback, suggestions, and kind words. Seriously, our team starts every morning by reading a new online review. Hearing our patient’s reviews gets our team pumped for the next day! In this blog, we wanted to highlight some of our favorites. These reviews, in particular, brought big smiles to our team’s faces.

    5 Stars

    “I think I share the same sentiments with most of you…that dental work is one of the highest forms of torture this planet has to offer. The sounds of drilling, hands ceaselessly probing in your mouth, the smell and taste of fluoride, and all the while you’re sitting under the brightest most intrusive fluorescent lights. It’s like the 8th circle of hell.

    However, I must tell you I have never felt more comfortable in my life than I have sitting in this Dentist office. A chipped tooth necessitated a crown and lead me to meet Dr. Ridge, Stephen, Jenaya, and the wonderful ladies at the front desk. They were so pleasant, so concerned about my level of comfortability, and as I’m sure you all want to hear most, were very fast and efficient. The two hours I was there flew right by…Jenaya and Dr. Ridge seriously killed it.

    I NEVER leave reviews, but they gave me such a good feeling I’m not even dreading having to go back to get the actual crown put onto my tooth. This Office is comprised of nothing but dedicated and amazing professionals, who truly go out of their way to make sure you feel taken care of (even if you’re in your own version of hell).”

    -Savannah S. 5 Stars on Google

    “Philly Dentistry has been AMAZING! Their staff has made my visits friendly, comfortable, and worry-free. I have been lucky to get to work with Dr. Ridge, Jenaya, Jessica, and Rach while figuring out a plan to get my teeth looking healthy and great again! They have made the anxieties of dentist visits disappear for an enjoyable experience. While completing the work I have the need they have been great in care and education to help give a better understanding of future care.  In addition, Rich has been a great financial/ insurance resource answering all my questions to make sure money stresses are non-existing! Kiya and Jess at the front desk are always warm, welcoming, and helpful with any scheduling needs, and make sure all my check-in information is where it needs to be! Together this Group makes my Dentistry Dream Team! Can’t wait for my next visit!”

    -Rocio C. 5 Stars on Google

    “Today was my first visit at the office. The ladies at the front desk are very kind and welcoming!  Dr. Ridge was very nice and explained my treatment plan very thoroughly. He also answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable and excited to move forward with treatment. Stephen Ruiz, the treatment coordinator, is funny and has a great personality! He thoroughly explained my financing options and answered all my questions.

    I love the fact that I don’t have to wait long for appointments. I can be seen within a week or two and those multiple appointments can be set on the day of your visit. Other offices make you wait until you come back to set the next appointment, which results in longer treatment times. I also was seen quickly and wasn’t sitting in the waiting room forever. Great music in the office as well. I’m very happy I found this office!”

    -Tiffany S. 5 Stars on Google

    February 11, 2021
    2 months ago

    Dr. Cirka had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the Private Dental Association conference meeting. During his speech, he broke down the secrets to his success in the dental industry. Philadelphia Dentistry is the largest dental practice in Philadelphia, but Dr. Cirka’s success didn’t come overnight. In this blog post, we will be talking about the key points Dr. Cirka made during his speech.

    1. “Figure out what your vision is.”

    The first key to success Dr. Cirka spoke about was how important it is to know what your vision looks like. Essentially, this means figuring out what your overall goal is, not only for the practice but as an owner. Ask yourself questions like, “Where do you see yourself long-term?” “Do you want to expand or stay small?” “What kind of specialty are you going to offer?” and many more questions digging into your aspirations. If these questions aren’t addressed, you could find yourself jumping into a life that isn’t exactly what you wanted, which would result in negative energy. Pinpointing your vision is essential to being successful.

    1. “Now that you have your vision, share it.”

    Once you know what you want your vision to be, you have to share it. People are not mind readers. You must make your vision as specific as possible to your staff to ensure everyone is on the same page. “If part of your vision includes having 500 Google reviews, you need to make that clear to your team,” Dr. Cirka explained. If your vision isn’t explicitly specified you will never be satisfied.

    1. “Communication is the #1 key.”

    Keeping good communication with your team and patients is the most important factor in success. To keep good communication with your team there’s a ton of different things you can do. Most importantly, creating an open environment for your team will allow the most communication. “Staff meetings are a must,” says Dr. Cirka. The staff meetings allow everyone to get together and talk about different things going on. If there is something we are lacking, we can bring it up. On the flip side, staff meetings are great to commend team members for a job well done. To keep good communication with patients, you have to go the extra mile. “Make personal phone calls to patients after they’ve completed a large case or have had anesthesia,” Dr. Cirka advised. Making these phone calls not only will show patients you care but will give the patient an opportunity to ask any further questions they may have forgotten to bring up. In addition to phone calls, writing personal postcards are great. “Writing a patient just to say hello and have a great time on vacation will do more than you think,” Dr. Cirka shared. When writing these postcards, it is important to never write about a sale or anything involving money. It shows that we care about our patients, we listen to our patients, and we are just reaching out to keep a good relationship.

     

    January 22, 2021
    3 months ago

    Millions of people suffer from bad breath. In most cases, this problem stems from the tongue and gums. Bad breath can cause you to feel embarrassed, but it is a more common problem than you think. We are here to give you some tips about how to prevent bad breath. We want you to feel confident!

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    1. Make sure you are brushing.

    It is imperative to make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day! You should brush in the morning when you wake up, and at night time before you go to bed. By doing this, you are ensuring the proper removal of plaque and debris stuck in your teeth. Getting rid of the yucky stuff will make it difficult for bacteria to grow in your mouth, which would eliminate bad breath.

    1. Floss daily.

    Flossing on a daily basis will remove the debris that your toothbrush can’t reach. Now, the toothbrush does a great job, but sometimes it just needs some extra help with floss. Flossing gets into the deeper parts of your smile, allowing you to remove all leftover debris.

    1. Don’t forget the tongue.

    Most people brush their teeth and think they are done. However, your teeth are only one part of your mouth. Scraping or brushing your tongue will remove any built-up residue that is hiding in the taste buds. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

    1. Rinse your mouth.

    Remember that if a dental issue is a reason for constant bad breath, a mouth wash will just cover the smell and not fix it. However, it does help to use a mouth wash when completing your oral hygiene routine. Mouth wash gives you an instant fresh breath smell!

    1. Visit your dentist.

    You need to be visiting your dentist twice a year to maintain good oral health. When dealing with chronic bad breath, you should visit your dentist first to rule out any other dental issues. It is better to catch things early! Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to schedule your FREE new patient consultation.

     

    January 12, 2021
    3 months ago

    It’s a brand-new year, which is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. Do you want to quit your bad smoking habit? If this sounds like you, then keep reading. In this article, we will be talking about dental hygiene tips for smokers that can help you turn your smoker’s teeth into healthy teeth!

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    1. Stop smoking

    It might not be exactly what you want to hear, but this is something you need to do in order to get the best results for your teeth. Smoking causes a number of health problems, but a lot of time the effects it can have on your mouth are overlooked. When you are a smoker, you are twice as likely to get mouth infections compared to non-smokers. Additionally, as you know, smoking causes damage to your enamel and staining.

    1. See your dentist

    It is imperative for you to stay on top of your dental visits. Since being a smoker makes you more susceptible to oral health issues, you need to keep up with your bi-yearly dental visits. These visits are important because it will allow your dentist to scope out any issues earlier rather than later. These visits will also help possible staining and keeping your breath fresh.

    1. Brushing and flossing twice a day

    Brush and floss your teeth when you wake up in the morning and again before you go to sleep at night. By doing this, you are removing any debris that could wedge itself in your teeth throughout the day. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is the rule of thumb, but if you can squeeze in brush and floss time after any meal, that would be ideal!

    1. Healthy eating

    Smoking isn’t the only thing that causes staining. Different foods and drinks cause teeth discoloration as well. To reduce the chance of staining, take up a healthy eating lifestyle. Eat and drink in moderation, but watch out for acidic treats like coffee, soda, and candy, as they can do the most damage.

    We want you to make 2021 the year you turn your smoker teeth into a brighter, healthier smile! Here at Philadelphia Dentistry, we will provide you with the best care and education to ensure that you optimize your oral health care. Check us out on social media to see all of our photos! We are on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    December 22, 2020
    4 months ago

    This crazy year is finally coming to an end. There were many highs and some lows, but all in all 2020 gave us the privilege of getting our city healthy. In addition to getting our patients healthy, we enjoyed educating patients on good oral health care. Let’s go through some of our favorite blog posts published this year, as they are timeless and always a good read!

    Oral and Mental Health

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    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…

    DIY Whitening vs. In-Office Whitening

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

    Celebrities with Veneers

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    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…

    Why Get Invisalign?

    Invisalign is the modern way to straighten your teeth over those big metal embarrassing braces we all had as a kid or teenager. Invisalign’s custom-fitted, clear aligner trays are made specifically for you. Every 2-3 weeks you will receive a new set of trays until your treatment is finished and your teeth are perfect. Here are seven advantages for Invisalign over braces…

     Calling All Coffee Lovers

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    It’s no secret that coffee means a lot to people. For some, having a morning coffee is the most important part of the day. The smells, warmth, and tastes that coffee releases are incomparable. I think it’s appropriate to say that most people value coffee as a necessity. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but coffee comes with a price. Teeth stains are the worst. The delicious drink can cause yellowing discolorations, so it is important to know how to prevent that. We are here to tell you that you can still enjoy your favorite drink AND keep your teeth healthy. Here are some ways you can prevent coffee from staining your smile…

     

    December 12, 2020
    4 months ago

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    It’s the holiday season! Sometimes during the holidays, we shy away from our normal diet or self-care routine. That is completely normal as the holidays are a fun time to indulge with family and friends. However, it is important to still take care of ourselves. We are here to talk about some tips that will allow you to enjoy the holidays while still maintaining good health.

    Cravings

    When your mom makes her famous Jewish apple cakes, no one expects you to turn that down! All of our favorite dishes come out during the holidays and it is healthy to enjoy them. However, it is important to keep in mind the amount of sugar you are consuming. To ensure good oral health, try to floss and brush your teeth after enjoying holiday treats.

    Don’t Forget

    It can be easy to be forgetful in the midst of everything. It’s essential to brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed. Especially if you have little ones, be sure to have them brush their teeth before running down the stairs on Christmas morning. They might be fussy and anxious to open presents, but maintaining their oral health will be worth it in the long run.

    Be Gentle

    Be careful with your teeth and remember that they are not to be used as tools. If you are having trouble opening a package, do not use your teeth to open it. If you can’t get a bottle open, do not use your teeth to open it. Save your teeth the torture and find a knife or bottle opener.

    Moderation

    Food oriented holidays such as Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas keep us tempted with yummy treats. Try to remember that everything should be taken in moderation. Moderation when eating and drinking, paired with routinely oral care, will keep you on the right track. Regular dental visits are essential to a healthy smile. To book your dental checkup after the holidays, give us a call!

     

    October 13, 2020
    6 months ago

    BOO! It’s spooky season. Everyone’s sweet tooth comes out during October. Halloween is right around the corner and you see candy everywhere. There’s candy in the breakroom at work, your parent’s kitchen, and filling the grocery store aisles. It’s no secret that candy isn’t the best thing for your teeth. However, when eating it in moderation, have you ever considered the best kinds to eat? Let’s talk about the best and worst candy for your teeth so you are prepared for this Halloween!

    Hard Candy

    Hard candy is one of the worst kinds of candy for your teeth. This type of candy requires you to suck on it to enjoy the taste. Unfortunately, sucking on candy causes sugar to coat your teeth. The longer you suck, the more sugar is coasted on your teeth! In addition to the sugar coats, there is a significant danger of breaking a tooth when eating hard candy. Crunching on a hard candy could result in a trip to the dentist with a broken tooth.

    Sticky Candy

    Sticky candy takes the gold as the worst candy for your teeth. Often, they stick to the surface of the teeth making it difficult for your saliva and toothbrush to remove it. All in all, the longer this candy sticks to your teeth, the bigger chance for teeth damage. To reduce the risk for cavities, eat sticky candy in moderation, and try to brush immediately after eating!

    Sour Candy

    Airheads, Sour Patch Kids, and Skittles all fall under the sour candy category. These candies tend to be sticky, covered with sugar, and acidic. Acidic candy increases the risk for enamel damage which allows cavities to form. Be mindful the next time you are eating sour candy so that your teeth stay healthy.

    Chocolate

    We have good news…chocolate is the best kind of candy for your teeth! It is the best option because chocolate is easily washed off the surface of your teeth. Your saliva saves your teeth from the chocolate sitting and causing cavities. So, do you want to get even more technical? Dark chocolate contains less sugar then regular chocolate, so if you like dark chocolate you are eating the very best candy for your teeth!

    We want you to enjoy the holidays and eat candy without being worried. The best way to ensure a healthy mouth is to visit the dentist twice a year. At Philadelphia Dentistry, our team of smile professionals can keep your teeth top notch. In addition to cleanings and other services, we value education. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how to enhance your dental care. To make an appointment with us, give us a call at (215) 568-6222 or email info@phillydentistry.com. To get connected with us, follow us on social media. We post cool stuff! Our handles are linked below.

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    September 23, 2020
    7 months 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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