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June 17, 2019
2 days ago

To all those Millennial’s out there or as someone would define the group as anyone born from 1981 to 1996 you need to continue reading this blog! Millennial’s are the future in shaping this beautiful planet of ours, but this generation needs some help with their dental hygiene habits.

Recently, two thousand millennial’s were surveyed and the results were shocking! The survey reported that three out of ten millennial’s brush their teeth only once a day. That’s not even the most shocking part, many reported that they go two days at a time without brushing! More than half of the millennial’s were concerned about losing their teeth because they had a fear of going to the dentist.

Now let’s take a look at what’s wrong with millennial’s dental health. First off, the American Dental Association or ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day to keep up with your oral health. By doing this you help fight against any harmful bacteria or plaque that will build up over time and cause you pain and discomfort. Maintaining these healthy habits will keep you in good oral health, but it’s also very important to visit your dentist every 6 months for a routine exam and check-up.

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At Philly Dentistry we have the best doctors in all of Philadelphia. Patient’s love our doctors because of their great personalities that make them feel comfortable and at ease. Not only do they have great personalities, but they have over 60+ years combined experience. Here’s what a few recent patients had to say about Philly Dentistry.

“This place is awesome, my friend recommended me there and my first visit was wonderful with everyone, they made sure I was taking care of, I was running from dentist to dentist because of fear and lots of other different reasons, but now I found a home where I am comfortable, thanks everyone in Philadelphia Dentistry. I will be recommending them to anyone I come across that needs a dentist.”

“I was recommended here by a friend who is also a client. I was able to get in as new client the day after I called and had my procedure the following week. I am terrified of dentists, thus the reason I don’t go like I should, but they didn’t shame me. Instead they understood and will help me to get over my fears. If I was staying in Philadelphia longer, I’d definitely go back.”

“Have been a patient with this practice for 13 years. Can’t imagine going anywhere else. Very efficient. Always on time. Always up to date with latest procedures / techniques. Love their use of technology to communicate and scheduling appointments. Any time you call they answer immediately and are always friendly and accommodating. JEN IS THE BEST! Always informs me of what’s going to happen next. Takes time to explain procedures and listens when I have issues/ concerns. Highly recommend this practice.”

Millennial’s, don’t stress any longer about the appearance of your teeth. Philly Dentistry is here to help you become happier and healthier. Have no fear, Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, Dr. Jeon & Dr. Smith along with our great staff will take amazing care of you. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 or be a true millennial and follow us on Instagram. @PhillyDentistry

June 10, 2019
1 week ago

Smiling is a powerful thing and it usually is the result of something positive that is happening in your life. Whether things are looking up or looking down, the power of smiling can help you in many ways. When you show off those nice pearly whites you raise chemicals in your body that can help produce positive emotions, even when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Even forcing a smile when times are tough can help you get through a difficult situation.

Here are a few ways smiling can better your life.

By smiling more you are reducing the stress in your life. Even if you’re the happiest person in the world everyone deals with some type of stress. You’re probably thinking why in the world would I smile in a stressful situation, but that may be exactly what you need to help get through it. A study by Psychological Science, Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman discovered that smiling will reduce your heart rate during a stressful encounter. When you smile something called serotonin is released which is a natural stress reducer in the brain. This study shows that even if you have to force a smile in a stressful situation that will help you out in difficult situation.

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This is a no brainier, but smiling will increase your happiness. It’s simple when you smile, you’re most likely happy. A neurologist, Dr. Isha Gupta states that when you smile it creates a chemical reaction in your brain that produces dopamine. When you are depressed you have low dopamine levels and when you are happy your dopamine levels are high. Life can throw you challenges good or bad, but if you take on those challenges and obstacles with your head held high and a smile on your face then you will have a better perception of what is going on.

Did you know that smiling can improve your pain tolerance? Although, smiling on its own is not scientifically linked to a higher pain tolerance, but adding a smile or laughter to your pain will make your discomfort a little better. After reading this blog you now know a little bit about how powerful your smile can be. If you are not happy with your smile then it’s time for a change. It’s never too late to get that smile you always wanted. Whether it’s a general cleaning and check up or something cosmetic, Philly Dentistry is the place for all your dental needs. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com and if you’re feeling ambitious you can follow us on social media @phillydentistry to stay up to date with all the news at our office. Thank you and keep on smiling Philadelphia!

May 28, 2019
3 weeks ago

It’s common for patients to have a fear of the dentist office and in this blog, I want to tell you some tips on how to overcome your fear of the dentist office. First things first is to admit to your dentist that you have a fear. Let our office know when you call to set up your appointment so the staff is aware and they can make your visit enjoyable. Our amazing dentists will listen to your questions and concerns and help you overcome any fears you may have so that you are comfortable at our Center City office.

By discussing your fear with your dentist, they will work with you to make your experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. The patient is always in control of what is happening to them at our office. When the dentist knows what is making you fearful, they can work with you and do treatments and procedures that have the lowest possible anxiety associated with them so you are comfortable the entire time. Overcoming this fear has to be on a step by step basis so the patient can slowly overcome their distress associated with dental offices.

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Another way to overcome the fear of the dentist is to work with your dentist to come up with a plan for your treatment. Talk with them and set up an agreement that will allow you take as much time that you need so your fear will slowly disappear. By doing this you are not being rushed into anything you’re not ready for. Our doctors understand that patients can get fearful at times during their appointment, so by making a specific plan with your dentist will help you overcome that anxiety and or fear you may have.

At Philly Dentistry, it is our goal to make our patients feel comfortable and at ease. From our kind and gentle Philadelphia dentists, Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Jessica Meier, Dr. Mimi Jeon & Dr. Stephanie Smith to our talented hygienists and support staff, our focus is on the patient. We are dedicated to giving you the best dental treatment in Philadelphia in a caring and relaxing atmosphere.

So, have no fear, Philly Dentistry is here! Give us a call today at 215-568-6222. Email us at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on social media to stay up to date with the latest dental news in our office @PhillyDentistry

May 20, 2019
1 month ago

Often times patients are nervous or afraid to ask their dentist questions about their oral health. It’s important to ask questions if you are unsure of something or you are experiencing any problems, so your dentist can address them right away. Here are some of the top question’s patients should ask their dentist.

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1. How often should I get a dental checkup?

Your dental health varies from person to person, but the American Dental Association recommends adult patients should visit a dentist once or twice a year even if their mouth is in excellent condition. This allows the patient to get their teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist on a regular basis and ensures that any potential problems are identified right away.

2. What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?

Patients with tooth sensitivity feel pain when they consume anything from hot to cold and anything sweet or acidic. The reason they are feeling sensitivity is because they have thin tooth enamel. When a patient has thin tooth enamel, they have less protection on their tooth which exposes them to extreme temperatures. Having sensitive teeth can be the result of receding gums, tooth grinding during sleep, chipped or fractured teeth, tooth whitening, orthodontics and fillings. If you are experiencing any pain or sensitivity at all let your dentist know and they can help reduce your sensitivity.

3. What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home?

Good oral hygiene at home is extremely important. It’s crucial to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss once a day. Here are some tips to become an oral hygiene expert in the comfort of your own home. The first step is to use products that contain fluoride to help fight against cavities. The second step is to limit your snacks that contain a large amount of sugar. Step three is to eat a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. The final and most important step is to avoid any form of tobacco. These steps will improve your oral hygiene along with your overall health.

4. Why should I have dental x-rays taken?

Your dentist takes a full set of dental x-rays early into the doctor-patient relationship. This helps to examine and record the patient’s mouth’s hidden areas for any issues that need comparing against changes that can occur between appointments. Most patients have bite wing x-rays every year and a full mouth series every 4 to 5 years. However, patients with a higher risk for dental problems may need them every 6 to 18 months.

5. How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?

When you have a beautiful white smile, it gives you an incredible boost of confidence. Most patients have some form of discoloration from over the years of drinking coffee, wine, using tobacco and even different forms of medication. There are many ways to improve the whiteness of your teeth such as, professional in office teeth whitening, composite bonding or the application of veneers to the affected teeth, which provides a more permanent solution.

Remember at your next dentist appointment here are a few questions to ask. Feel free to schedule a free new patient consultation with us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today and don’t forget to follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry to stay up to date with all the cool things our office does in this beautiful city of Philadelphia!

April 29, 2019
2 months ago

It is very important to maintain healthy gums so you don’t get gum disease. Gum disease happens when you develop plaque that builds up underneath your gum line. Plaque contains bacteria which can cause your gums to become infected leading to gum disease and tooth decay. If you are noticing that your gums are becoming inflamed, red, tender, bleeding or swollen you may be at risk for gum disease. The good news is that gum disease can be reversible if you follow these 5 steps to maintain healthy gums.

1. Brush & floss.
Flossing is very important to do at least once a day and brushing at least twice a day. People tend to forget about flossing and then the plaque that is missed from brushing can get into your gum line and start the process of gum disease. You can floss in the morning, in the day, at night it doesn’t matter just make sure you are doing it at least once a day.

2. Regular check ups and cleanings.
Going to your dentist every six months for your dental check ups and cleanings are extremely important. Our dentist and hygienists can spot early detection’s of gum disease and can treat it before it becomes more serious. A professional cleaning from one of our excellent hygienists is the only way you are going to remove tartar from deep underneath your gum line.

3. Stop smoking.
There are many reasons to quit smoking and now there’s another one, gum disease. When you smoke it weakens your immune system which makes it harder for you to fight off gum disease. Also smoking slows down your healing process so if your gums do become infected it will take a lot longer for your gums to heal.

4. Fluoride toothpaste.
Using toothpaste with fluoride can help reduce gum disease. When you are buying your toothpaste make sure that there is an ADA seal on it because then you know it’s approved by the American Dental Association.

5. Therapeutic mouthwash.
A therapeutic mouthwash helps reduce plaque buildup and can prevent or reduce any chance of gingivitis. These mouthwashes are typically available over the counter and will help you prevent gum disease by keeping your oral hygiene healthy.

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By doing these 5 steps regularly to maintain healthy gums you will prevent any chance of gum disease and keep your smile as healthy as it could be. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 to schedule your routine dental cleaning with the best hygienists in Philadelphia!

April 22, 2019
2 months ago

Most people don’t realize that there is a link between high blood pressure and your oral health. Did you know that roughly 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure? That’s 75 million people putting themselves at a greater risk of heart attacks and or strokes. If you’re confused on what is causing your high blood pressure, take a look in your mouth and see if there is any tooth decay or if your gums are sore, receding, or even bleeding. This could be the cause. Your mouth is a perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria. If you have gum disease there’s an increased risk for the harmful bacteria to get into your bloodstream through your infected gums. Researchers believe that this can lead to high blood pressure because of the plaque buildup in your arteries. This doesn’t necessary mean that gum disease will cause high blood pressure this just means that it can be a risk factor for high blood pressure.
How to prevent gum disease? It is important for you to brush for at least two minutes a day, two times a day and preferably while using an electric toothbrush. If you’re a patient of ours at your next appointment ask us how you can win a Quip electric toothbrush!

After you brush your teeth the second time make sure you floss as well. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth because you miss all the tiny particles that get stuck in between your teeth which can cause plaque buildup. Finally, make sure to visit your dentist for routine cleanings and check-ups to catch any oral health problems early and to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

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How to prevent high blood pressure? Eating healthy is very important, but everyone knows this you just need to stick with it. So, eating unhealthily doesn’t become a habit. Along, with eating healthy you need to exercise regularly to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Finally, do not smoke! Smoking causes so many health problems including high blood pressure. There are a ton of risk factors that can cause high blood pressure, some may be things we can’t help like genetics and some may be choices we make. Overall, by maintaining your healthy teeth and gums you eliminate this risk factor that may be causes you to have high blood pressure. Make sure to schedule your routine cleanings with us by calling 215-568-6222 because it is important to have great oral hygiene and maintain healthy teeth and gums for life!

April 15, 2019
2 months ago

April showers bring May flowers. While it’s raining this month it’s the perfect time to come visit Philly Dentistry and get ready for the Summer months ahead. April is Oral Cancer Awareness month and the public awareness in the United States is low when it comes to the subject. Every day 132 new people are diagnosed with oral cancer. It’s important to have your dentist give you a screening for oral cancer so that they can catch any early signs. Drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco are still the main cause of oral cancer, but doctors now suggest that the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) which is spread through oral sex could surpass drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco as the main risk for mouth cancer. At Philly Dentistry during your exam and cleaning we will give you a free oral cancer screening to make sure there are no harmful signs of anything.

Early signs of oral cancer can vary depending on how long the symptoms last. If you are experiencing any of the following signs for longer than 2 weeks you should visit a doctor.

  • Hard time swallowing or chewing.
  • Any lumps or soreness in the mouth area, throat or lips.
  • Red or white patch in the mouth.
  • Hard time moving your jaw or tongue.
  • Unexpected weight loss.
  • An ulcer that does not heal or continues to bleed.
  • Soreness, pain or lumps anywhere in the mouth or lips.
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    The chance of surviving oral cancer is greatly improved if you catch it early, which is why it is so important to get your oral cancer screenings at Philadelphia Dentistry. As a new patient of ours you will receive our free new patient consultation. What this includes is a personal consultation with one of our amazing doctors, a full dental exam, oral cancer screening, gum disease screening, 4 bitewing X-Rays, bite analysis and a color evaluation for teeth whitening. Cancer effects everyone, whether it’s someone you know, a family member or a friend it’s nothing to take lightly. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and we will be happy to help you schedule a consultation and give you an oral cancer screening. If you are not completely satisfied or convinced that you received the most thorough and informative exam by the most caring and dedicated professional dental team offering the very latest in dental technology, then your exam is on us, there will be no charge to you. Call us today 215-568-6222.
April 1, 2019
3 months ago

Is there an age limit on getting healthy straight teeth? A very common question our patients ask our staff is, “am I too old for Invisalign?” Some patients even said they never thought to bring Invisalign up at their appointment because they assumed they were too old to get it. If you never had braces when you were younger and now you think it may be too late to get them, have no fear! If you have healthy teeth there is NO age limit on getting Invisalign.

In fact, getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth benefits anyone at any age. Straight teeth are healthy teeth and healthy teeth never go out of style. Being in your 40s, 50s, and even 60s and wanting braces doesn’t seem very appealing to anyone, but with Invisalign your clear aligner trays are practically invisible. You can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Invisalign!

The Invisalign process starts with one of our great providers giving you an Invisalign scan with the iTero scanner. This scan will show you what your teeth will look like after Invisalign, before you even start your procedure. By having this scanner in our office, we can start your treatment sooner than any dental office in Philadelphia.

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Every patient is a little bit different depending on how much straightening needs to be done. However, our excellent doctors and providers will work with you and let you know exactly what time frame you can except with your Invisalign treatment. Our goal at Philly Dentistry is to help you be more confident in your smile at any age.

Invisalign is affordable for all ages. It’s an investment in your smile, confidence, health and happiness. At Philadelphia Dentistry we are an Invisalign Gold+ Provider which means we have done the most Invisalign cases in Philadelphia. Since we have such great experience you can end up paying $1,500 to $2,000 less than what most orthodontists charge for the same exact treatment! We offer an all-inclusive cost which means you won’t have any surprises with additional charges like most other offices do. There are many different ways to pay for your treatment at Philly Dentistry. We have flexible payment plans including CareCredit and GreenSky to help you make Invisalign a reality for you.

Don’t hesitate any longer, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and we can see if Invisalign is the right choice for you. As a new patient you’ll receive a free exam and x-rays along with a free Invisalign scan to see if Invisalign is the best option for your specific smile.

March 18, 2019
3 months ago

Maybe one of the biggest questions of all time, are we alone in the universe? What is the meaning of life? Electric or manual toothbrush? Now, the last question may just be the most important question of them all, should we be using an electric or manual toothbrush?

It’s not so much which toothbrush is better for you, it’s important to follow a healthy routine of brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, changing your brush ever 3 months and most importantly visiting your dentist for check-ups every 6 months. Whatever toothbrush helps you better those routines you should use to maintain healthy teeth & gums for life.

There’s a new, simple electric toothbrush that helps you maintain those healthy routines and it’s called Quip! Quip’s electric toothbrush has a timer for 2 minutes with 30 second intervals and has 1 mode instead of 8 like most electric toothbrushes. Quip vibrates instead rotates giving your brush the perfect amount of vibrations to give your teeth a great cleaning! Another awesome thing about Quip is when you buy a Quip toothbrush, they send you replacement heads every 3 months for only $5! It’s important to replace your brush every 3 months because of the bacteria that grows on it over time. As a nation 75% of us don’t replace our brush every 3 months. I get it though, most of us don’t think about replacing a brush because we have more important things on our mind, but Quip automatically sends you a new one right to your door. That’s one less thing you have to worry about and one healthier mouth to look forward too.

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At Philadelphia Dentistry we love making the experience fun and comfortable for our patients. We now are making games for our patients to play to have a chance to win one of these cool Quip toothbrushes! Our dentists recommend Quip toothbrushes because the 2-minute timer and vibrating bristles encourage our patients to brush better by creating these healthy habits. So, if you’re an oral hygiene rock star and brush your teeth everyday, twice a day for 2 minutes, floss, replace your brush every 3 months and visit your dentist every 6 months than it doesn’t matter which toothbrush you use. If you need a little help and guidance with your dental routine which most of us do, than Quip is a great toothbrush to use because it helps install those healthy habits without you even knowing it. If you’re a patient of ours don’t forget to look for the Quip games at both our checkouts for a chance to win this toothbrush everyone is talking about!

March 11, 2019
3 months ago

Display ads are a good way to advertise to a large audience at low cost. You can maximize your PPC campaign effectiveness by strategically targeting the demographics and schedule of your audience. This article is written by Andy King and shows how to “daypart” the ad schedule of a display campaign.

What is Dayparting?
Dayparting is the process of scheduling your ads to run on certain days or time of day to better target your audience. Dayparting can ensure your ads are run only during business hours, or when people are most likely to click. Dayparting can improve your CTR and thus your quality score.

Display Ads
Display ads are banner ads that run on the Google affiliate network (see Figure 1). Display ads are typically used for branding and traffic building. They are like billboards along a highway, you are reminding viewers that there is a dentist or lawyer in the area. So, display ads typically have lower click-through rates (CTR) than search ads, where people are searching for something specific. However, if you run the numbers and experiment, you’ll find that display ads can be competitive with search ads in the right situation.

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Figure 1: Example Display Ad from PhillyDentistry.com

Display Versus Search Ad CPA
Let’s take a look at some performance metrics to see how display ads stack up against search ads. The average CTR is much lower (about 5.5X lower) for display ads, averaging 0.35% for display, and 1.91% for search (Volovich 2018). However, the average cost per click (CPC) is much lower (about 4.3X lower) for display ads, averaging $0.63 for display, and $2.69 for search ads (Irvine 2018). The average conversion rate is about 4.9X higher for search ads, averaging 3.75% for search ads, and 0.77% for display ads (Gabbert 2018). So, the cost per acquisition (CPA) for search is slightly lower than display on average (CPA = CPC/Conversion Rate), or $0.71 CPA for search ads, and $0.81 for display. But this is an overall average, with the right high-converting landing page in the right industry display ads can actually be cheaper per conversion than search ads. We have found that with an effective landing page, display ads can provide relatively low-cost conversions for clients. Typically, companies will run their display ads 24 hours a day, but there may be a better way.

Dayparting Display Ads
Running your display ads 24 hours a day is a good way to get cheap traffic and if done right, leads. However, when you look at the actual data you may find, especially for local businesses, that people tend to click and convert less in the overnight hours. That is what we found with one dental client (see Figure 2). Looking at the data by hour (in Google Ads click on Schedule -> Hour) reveals that no conversions were had from 1 to 9am EST (see Figure 2). Running ads during the witching hours was burning money, but getting no conversions.

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Figure 2: Display Ad Schedule Conversions by Hour

To edit your ad schedule in Google Ads from the campaign level click on “Ad Schedule” then the edit button. You can have up to 6-hour range targets per campaign.

Conclusion
Dayparting your PPC ads can make your campaign more efficient. By scheduling your ads to show when people are more likely to click and convert you can improve your CTR, quality scores, conversion rate, and ROI on your advertising spend.

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