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October 14, 2019
6 days ago

October is the month for pink! During the month of October, you will notice everywhere someone is wearing pink whether it be a football player or even a politician, pink is the color for breast cancer awareness during the whole month of October. It all started in 1985 when it was founded that October will be the designated month to increase awareness about this terrible deadly disease. You’re probably wondering how good oral hygiene can help reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. Good oral health matters to your overall health.

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Studies have shown that there is a link between breast cancer and your dental health. In fact, someone who has poor oral hygiene or gum disease is eleven more times likely to develop breast cancer! The good news is that you have total control of your oral health habits. With great oral hygiene routines, you and your dentist at Philly Dentistry can monitor and reduce any chances of getting periodontal disease or gum disease and any other health-related issues. Examples of great oral health routines are brushing your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and visit your dentist regularly for your cleanings and checkups.

Luckily, this terrible disease is on the decline, it’s important to use the month of October to educate your friends and family about how they can reduce the risk of developing this awful disease. It’s important to catch this early so make sure you are being checked regularly for this because early detective could save your life.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule a free new patient consultation with one of our great doctors. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or send us a message on social media @PhillyDentistry thanks for reading and don’t forget to wear pink this month!

October 8, 2019
2 weeks ago

Metal braces are a thing of the past. Forget those brackets, wires, and rubber bands, there is a faster, easier, invisible way of straightening your teeth. Invisalign is the new and affordable way to get that smile you always wanted. Here are a few things you need to know about the benefits of using Invisalign.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our ONE day offer of $1,000 off your Invisalign treatment on October 22,2019 from 2pm-5pm. You’ll receive $1,000 off your Invisalign treatment, complimentary take home whitening trays ($250 value) and a FREE full set of x-rays! Call today because we are only giving this deal to 10 patients! 215-568-6222.

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1. You will become healthier using Invisalign. Heath problems can occur if you have badly positioned teeth. When you have crooked teeth, it causes more food and bacteria to get trapped in between your teeth resulting in more cavities, gum disease, and infections. Patients with misaligned teeth will sometimes grind their teeth at night due to a poor bite, resulting in sensitivity and sore muscles. Studies by the ADA (American Dental Association) proved that oral infections can lead to more serious conditions, such as, diabetes, heart disease, pneumonia, and even a stroke. Which leads me to benefit number two.

2. Easy to clean. One of the most challenging things to do when you have braces is to clean in between the metal brackets and wires. With Invisalign you simply take out your trays to brush and floss as you normally would. This prevents plaque buildup that could result in gum disease, tooth decay, or infections.

3. It’s practically invisible! No more huge metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands sticking out of your mouth. Invisalign is made from clear plastic aligners so they are almost impossible to notice. You don’t have to feel embarrassed anymore to get braces because most people won’t even know you have them on. They’re easily removeable and extremely comfortable to wear. Just ask some of our patients.

4. It’s fast. Invisalign is quicker than traditional braces so you’ll get that smile you always wanted much faster. Every Invisalign case is different, but on average adult cases typically last 12 months.

5. It’s affordable. Invisalign compared to traditional metal braces cost less. With our easy finance options, it makes Invisalign that much easier to get without putting a dent in your pockets and with this one day offer of $1000 off Invisalign, this is our best offer ever!

6. In office scan. At Philadelphia Dentistry we can now scan patients right in our center city office with the iTero Scanner. This allows us to take state-of-the-art digital impressions without using that messy putty in your mouth to take a physical impression. With this technology it is sent instantly to the Invisalign lab and allows our office to start treatment 2-3 weeks faster than other Philadelphia dentists!

So, what are you waiting for? If you want that beautiful smile that is affordable, comfortable, and fast give us a call today 215-568-6222 to schedule an appointment with our amazing doctors. Remember not only are straight teeth beautiful they are healthy too.

September 30, 2019
3 weeks ago

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Why do my teeth look darker?
This is common questions most adults start to ask as they get older. You’ll notice your teeth are harder to keep clean and white as you age. This happens because the colorless, sticky layer of bacteria also called plaque can build up quickly and in larger amounts as we age. Another reason is that changes in dentin or the bone-like tissue that’s under your enamel will cause your teeth to look a little bit darker. It’s important to maintain your routine check-ups with your dentist so they can monitor your oral hygiene and tell you different ways you can help whiten your teeth.

Some foods have become harder to chew and swallow?
Maintaining a proper diet is important for everyone, young and old. It’s common for older adults not to eat a well-balanced diet. They typically avoid eating meats, raw veggies and fruit because they have trouble chewing or swallowing them. Problems like this can occur from bad fitting dentures, painful teeth, changes in facial muscles and even dry mouth. Other older adults find that they lost some sense of taste due to a disease or specific medications. By not having a proper healthy diet, older adults will lack calcium, protein and other essential nutrients to help their overall dental care. This is why it’s so important to have a well-balanced diet so you get the nutrients you need to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

Why does my mouth feel dry?
A common problem as you age is that your saliva flow reduces which results in dry mouth for older adults. It is mainly caused by medical disorders and is often a side effect of medications. When you experience dry mouth some common side effects can be sore throat, a burning sensation, difficulty swallowing, or dry nasal passages. When left untreated dry mouth can cause damage to your teeth. You need your mouth to produce saliva to wash away any food to prevent plaque buildup so cavities don’t form. To help your dry mouth problems many people use sugar free gum to help stimulate the saliva flow. This can help you fight against any future cavities.

Dental implants instead of dentures?
Dental implants are very common now a days for older adults instead of getting dentures. Dental implants are great because they act just like your natural teeth and function the same way. Ask your dentist at your next appointment if you’re a candidate for dental implants because unfortunately, everyone is not a candidate. Our dentist will evaluate you carefully and let you know what your best option is for your specific case.

Give us a call today and schedule a free new patient consultation and let the best dentistry in Philadelphia take care of your every dental need. 215-568-6222. And if you’re one of those cool older adults who has Instagram give us a follow @PhillyDentistry to stay up to date with all the latest information about our office.

September 23, 2019
4 weeks ago

Good oral hygiene starts with brushing and flossing your teeth, but sometimes you can over do it. Over brushing your teeth can actually cause more damage than good. When you over brush something happens that’s known as “toothbrush abrasion” which can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums.

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When you brush too hard, you end up wearing down your tooth enamel. When you wear down your tooth enamel, you’re wearing down the protective layer for your teeth. This will eventually lead to your teeth becoming sensitive to hot and cold. Another side effect from brushing hard can cause damage to your gum tissue. This can lead to gum recession and exposing the root of the tooth which will leave your gums more vulnerable to gum disease and tooth decay.
People who are most at risk for tooth and gum damage are those who brush forcefully while using medium to hard bristled toothbrushes. Here are some signs to look for if you may think you’re over brushing your teeth.

⦁ Your toothbrush bristles are spread out
⦁ Red or swollen gums after you brush
⦁ Bleeding gums
⦁ Gums are receding

If you’re reading this and you’re someone who thinks they may be brushing too hard, here is some advice on how you should start brushing your teeth. Start by gently brushing your tooth’s surface in a circular motion to remove any harmful plaque. If you have trouble doing this then you should upgrade your toothbrush to an electric toothbrush because electric toothbrushes use this circular motion very effectively. Here are some tips from our dentists on the correct technique of brushing.

1. First use a soft-bristled toothbrush
2. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and aim towards the gum line
3. Apply enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums.
4. Brush in a circular motion, not a sawing motion back and forth.
5. Brush for two minutes.

You’re probably thinking how often should you brush? The ideal amount is two to three times a day. If you’re brushing after every meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner this will help you prevent any harmful bacteria from growing. It’s important to know that you should brush your teeth at least an hour after you eat each meal. By brushing too soon it can cause damage to your tooth’s enamel.

When it comes to your dental health it’s important to not wait until the problem worsens. If you end up waiting, you’ll cause yourself more harm than good and will cost you more money in the long run. Here’s a tip when it comes to your toothbrush bristles, they break down with use and become worn which can cause damage to your gum tissue. Remember to replace your toothbrush or brush head once every three months. An easy way to remember to change your toothbrush head every three months is to buy a Quip Electric Toothbrush and sign up for their 3-month service. Every 3 months for only $5 they will send you new toothbrush heads directly to your front door, so you always remember to change your toothbrush head to get rid of any harmful bacteria that may be lingering on it. It’s very crucial to change your toothbrush head every 3 months to ensure you’re brushing under the best circumstances. At Philly Dentistry we enjoy playing fun games with our patients that allows them have a chance to win cool prizes, such as a Quip Electric Toothbrush. If you’re one of our patients make sure to ask a staff member at your next visit how you can win!

Now, that you know the truth about over brushing…lighten up! Over brushing can cause real damage to your teeth. So, if you notice your gums receding or your teeth are becoming sensitive, give Philly Dentistry a call right away and we will take great care of you 215-568-6222. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with our office.

September 16, 2019
1 month ago

Traveling is a part of life, whether you’re just traveling for a weekend getaway or you’re going on a month-long adventure, your teeth are coming with you. Your bags are packed and you have everything you need, but do you have everything you need to maintain your oral health?

It can be easy to get out of your oral hygiene routine when you travel. After all, you’re on vacation and excited to have fun and let’s be honest your oral hygiene is not that fun, but it is very important. Here are some dental tips to maintain your healthy teeth and gums while you’re traveling.

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1. Pack your dental necessities. Your dental necessities are your toothbrush, floss and mouthwash and don’t forget your night guard if you’re a grinder or clencher which most people are.

2. Plan ahead. If you plan on traveling make sure you schedule a dentist appointment before your trip to make sure nothing is wrong before you go away. It wouldn’t be fun to be somewhere far away and need to go to an unfamiliar dental office.

3. Keep floss close to you. Keeping floss in a bag that’s always with you can help when you’re eating some great food on your trip, but don’t forget to use that floss because that food you forget about in-between your teeth is now turning into plaque and can cause you to get a cavity. That’s why it’s important to floss daily to remove any plaque in-between your teeth.

4. Protect your toothbrush from germs. You should always use a protective cover for your toothbrush to ensure germs and bacteria are not getting on your toothbrush before you brush your teeth.

5. Let your toothbrush breathe. Going off of the fourth tip it’s important to cover your toothbrush to protect it from germs, but you also want your toothbrush to be able to dry so it’s not wet which can breed bacteria. Make sure your toothbrush is dry before you cover it.

6. Flight tips. While flying make sure you drink lots of water and avoid sticky sugary snacks. Also, while you’re up in the air chew sugar-free gum.

7. Avoid any dental ruins. Examples would be to not chew on any ice, hard candies and anything that is hard so your teeth do not chip or crack.

8. Water warning. Make sure you check that the water is safe before you drink it while on vacation. Depending on where you go the water may not be safe to consume, but you may be unaware of it so, make sure you are asking someone local if the water is safe to drink. If the water is not safe to drink use bottled water to brush your teeth.

Enjoy your next vacation and remember these dental tips while traveling to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 to schedule a free new patient consultation to ensure you’re healthy for your upcoming travel adventure.

September 9, 2019
1 month ago

The older you get the more rules they try and get you to follow and that doesn’t change with your dental health. When you get older more dental issues can occur such as, gum disease, dry mouth and root decay. Dental diseases have been linked to other health issues including heart disease, respiratory infections and even mental health disorders. Therefore, elderly people should practice great oral health to prevent any of these dental diseases. Here are a few dental care tips for the older generation so they maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

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1. Having a good dental routine is very important. Make sure that you are brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and using mouthwash to rinse. When you’re older you are prone to develop more bacteria in your mouth and that is why it is important to use an antibacterial mouthwash to help destroy and plaque or bacteria that is left behind after brushing your teeth. Another way to keep a good dental routine is to visit your dentist every six months so they can check to make sure everything is in good health.

2. Using an electric toothbrush. As you age it becomes harder to use a manual toothbrush. So, by switching to an electric toothbrush it will assist you when you’re brushing. Switching to an electric toothbrush will help elderly people who have limited movement because of things like arthritis and other health conditions. An electric toothbrush will do most of the physical work, ensuring that their teeth are getting a proper cleaning every day.

3. Clean your dentures daily. Dentures can be identified to the older generation because of all the dental issues that occur when you age. If you have dentures it’s important to clean them daily just as you would with your natural teeth. The only difference between dentures and natural teeth is that dentures cannot be cleaned with just regular toothpaste. There is a specific kind of formula toothpaste designed for dentures. Another tip is to always keep your dentures in water or denture solution when you take them out to prevent them from drying.

4. Medication side effects. Make sure you are checking the side effects from any medication you are taking. We’ve all seen our parents or grandparents taking 10 different medications every day so it’s important to know what the side effects can be. Some common side effects could be dry mouth which will lead to a buildup in plaque and bacteria. This can result in cavities or other dental problems such as, gum disease. If you are unsure about any medication side effects, be sure to ask your dentist at your next appointment and they will let you know.

Don’t wait any longer, even when you’re older it’s just as important to visit your dentist for your routine checkups. Give us a call today to set up a free new patient consultation with one of the best dentists in all of Philadelphia!

Email: info@phillydentistry.com
Phone: 215-568-6222
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August 26, 2019
2 months ago

According to the ADA (American Dental Association) Americans spent $124 billion on their dental health in 2017. A very large amount of that went towards restorative treatments that could have been avoided with good oral health habits and by going to your dentist on a regular basis. In short, dentistry is not expensive, neglect is.

By having great preventative care, you reduce the risk of any type of gum disease, cavities and other oral health issues. Even if dental problems are found, by detecting them at an early stage can mean less expensive treatments are needed. If you are experiencing any dental issues at all please don’t hesitate to call Philly Dentistry at 215-568-6222.

You may still be wondering why preventive treatment is so important? Preventive treatment is important because it saves you money, time and most importantly discomfort. By maintaining good dental habits like visiting one of our great dentists every 6 months can help detect any issues at an early stage so the problem doesn’t worsen and can be fixed right away. Dental cleanings are essential because without getting them regularly can cause you to develop gum disease. Gum disease can eventually lead to gum recession and even bone loss. By getting your cleanings every six months, one of our awesome hygienists will remove any tartar buildup before it gets in the gum line and causes gum disease. The good thing about gum disease is if detected early it can be reversed quickly with the proper care.

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Remember dentistry is not the expensive part, it’s ignoring your teeth which can end up being really expensive in the long run. Here are some tips to avoid having an expensive dental bill.

  • Brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes.
  • Floss one a day.
  • Reduce your sugar intake.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Make sure you’re going to your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups every 6 months.
  • Schedule an appointment right away if you are experiencing any problems.
  • Don’t put off dental treatments.

The wait is over, give us a call, email or even send us a direct message on social media and we will get you scheduled ASAP so you can maintain healthy teeth & gums for life. 215-568-6222. info@phillydentistry.com or follow us @PhillyDentistry.

August 19, 2019
2 months ago

Are you unhappy with the straightness of your teeth? Are you thinking about orthodontics to treat your misaligned teeth? A recent study prepared for Invisalign by Harris Poll stats that almost 80% of patients who finished orthodontic treatment felt that by straightening their teeth was one of the most life-changing decisions that they ever made. For most people the main reason to straighten their teeth is for improving their appearance and gaining more confidence, but there are also more significant health benefits that most people don’t realize. Here are the top 3 health benefits for straight teeth.

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1. Straight teeth are easier to clean. When you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day it is easier to clean your teeth when they are straight rather than crooked or crowded. When your teeth are crowded it’s more likely for bacteria to get caught in between and cause cavities. If the bacteria that builds between your teeth is not removed daily then plaque builds up in the gum line and can cause gum disease. Signs of gum disease are red, swollen or bleeding gums, receding gums, bad breath and eventual tooth loss. This is why it’s so important to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits.

2. Straight teeth create healthy bites. The purpose of getting orthodontics according to the ADA is to create a healthy bite. When your teeth don’t align properly it can cause oral health problems such as; tooth decay, impaired speech and chewing, uneven wear to the tooth enamel, jaw pain, chips or cracking of your teeth. At your next appointment ask your dentist how they can save your smile from any premature wear and prevent any future dental issues.

3. Straight teeth and a healthy smile contribute to your overall health. There are two main areas that contribute to your overall health and that’s your mental health and your physical health. When it comes to your mental health happiness is key and smiling makes you happy! When you have a beautiful straight smile, you’re more likely to smile which in turn will make you happier. By straightening your teeth, you will be more confident in your every day life. The next area is your physical health. Your oral health impacts your overall health. When you have bad oral health, it can lead to gum disease and allow oral bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Gum disease can also lead to heart disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases.

Now that you know the importance of having straight teeth it’s time to ask your dentist or orthodontist about Invisalign. Invisalign is the new faster way of straightening your teeth without the embarrassment of having bulky metal braces in your mouth. Give us a call today to set up a free new patient consultation and find out how Philly Dentistry can help your overall health and confidence 215-568-6222.

August 12, 2019
2 months ago

Everyone knows that regular dental exams are important to dental health. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist every 6 months to stay up to date with your dental hygiene. At your first appointment at Philadelphia Dentistry you will receive a free dental exam along with free cavity detection x-rays. Here is what your dentist wants you to know during your dental exam.

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1. It’s important to know that you should change your toothbrush every 3 months. Most toothbrushes get worn out and have bacteria on them after 3 months of use. This is why it’s important to change your toothbrush to a new fresh one so your mouth stays clean from any harmful bacteria. If you have gum disease such as, gingivitis it’s recommended that you change your toothbrush every 4 to 6 weeks. Another important tip is to wash your toothbrush with hot water after using it and always, always, always replace it after you’ve been sick.

2. Maintaining your dental health in between appointments is easier than you think. The most important thing you can do is stick to a good oral hygiene routine. This means you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Also, by eating a healthy diet you’ll have healthier teeth and gums. So, make sure you are staying up to date with your regular dentist appointments to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

3. Truths about root canals are that they’re not actual painful. Many people are under the assumption that root canals are very painful, but this is not the current case for root canal procedures. Thanks to advances in the latest dental technology and equipment, root canals are as painless as having a cavity filled, which is also a pain-free experience. When you have either of these procedures your dentist will normally numb the area completely, which lasts until the pain has dwindled.

4. Dental problems do not fix themselves. This is why it’s important to see your dentist with any dental problems so it doesn’t worsen. If you ignore the problems in most cases the problem will worsen and cost you more in the long run.

5. Do you have bad breath? Dental issues may be the cause. On a regular basis if you have bad breath there’s a good chance that it’s because of your dental health. Bad breath is a dental condition and could be treated with mouthwash. Mouthwash may help with the odor for a little bit, but you will need to inform your dentist so they can find the underlying issue and find a solution for you.

6. Regular check-ups and cleaning at your dentist office are crucial. One of the best things you can do for you dental hygiene is to visit your dentist on the regular basis. This ensures that if there are any problems they can be addressed right away. This will prevent you from any problems such as, cavities, gum disease, root canals and so on. Prevention care is very important to maintain your oral hygiene. If you’re over due for you regular cleaning and check-up give us a call today and we would be happy to see you. 215-568-6222.

7. Periodontal disease or gum disease will affect your overall health, not just your oral health. Gum disease is linked to the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. It is also linked to other health problems such as, heart disease and strokes. The good news is that gum disease, if caught early can be treated and reversed. If you don’t get your gum disease treated right away the problem can worsen and eventually lead to bone loss. This is why it is so important to maintain good oral hygiene and to visit your dentist every 6 months to catch any early stages of this disease so it can be treated.

8. At Philly Dentistry we include a free oral cancer screening with all our exams. It’s a fact that one person ever hour of every day dies from oral cancer, making it one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. During your dental exam one of our experienced doctors or hygienist will take a look for any signs of oral cancer. The good news is that oral cancer is highly treatable if it is diagnosed at an early stage. This is why it is very important to stay up to date with your routine dental exams.

9. The best thing you can do between dental exams is to brush every day. When you brush the recommend amount of twice a day, every day you are getting rid of any plaque build up which would cause cavities or tooth decay. This is the easiest and best thing you can do between your routine dental exams. Flossing daily is also very important because it gets any plaque you missed from brushing that is in between your teeth.

Now that you know things your dentist would want you to know about your dental exam, it’s time to schedule your next check-up and cleaning. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is very important for your overall health so please give us a call, email or reach out to us on social media and we would be happy to help you smile more!

Phone: 215-568-6222
Email: info@phillydentistry.com
Social media: @PhillyDentistry

August 1, 2019
3 months ago

You never think it’s going to happen to you, until it happens to you! There you are watching a movie with your significant other, eating popcorn when suddenly you bite down on a kernel and “crack” you chipped your tooth! Your initial thought is fear, you think “what am I going to do now?!” Luckily for you, Philadelphia Dentistry can fix your chipped tooth right away.

When you chip your tooth the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water so your mouth is clean. After that, apply something cold to the area to reduce any swelling. Finally, pick up the phone and call Philly Dentistry at 215-568-6222 and we will take great care of you right away.

There are some different options when you chip your tooth and one of our excellent doctors will take a look and let you know what they recommend you do to give you the best smile. The most common option is tooth bonding. The dentist will use a special resin color to match perfectly to your natural teeth and will carefully fill in the area that is chipped. Once completed you will not even know you chipped your tooth, that’s how natural it will look. Another option would be tooth contouring. This method is to be used for light chips. We will remove a small amount of your tooth’s enamel and smooth out the area of your tooth to give it that all-natural look so no one will ever even notice you chipped your tooth. The next option would be dental veneers. Veneers are an extremely strong shell-like cover that is bonded over your teeth. They will fix any type of chips you may have large or small while still giving you a natural look. Finally, dental crowns can also be an option for your chipped tooth. Dental crowns are made to look like your healthy teeth and can hide any type of chip. A crown is like a cap that goes over the damage area to protect it from any further problems.

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Now you know all your options and what to do when it comes to a chipped tooth. Hopefully it doesn’t happen to you, but chances are if you’re reading this blog then you chipped your tooth. Some common situations in which teeth can get chipped are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Chewing anything too hard
  • Using your teeth to open something or to hold on to something
  • Grinding your teeth when you sleep

If any of these scenarios happen to you the best thing to do is to stay calm and give us a call at (215-568-6222), send us an email (info@phillydentistry.com) or slide into our DM’s on Instagram @PhillyDentistry and we will be happy to help you out!

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