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December 2, 2019
4 days ago

Sensitive teeth is not fun to deal with and can make it difficult for you to eat and drink. When you have sensitive teeth, you can experience sharp tooth pain that is sudden and temporary. The pain typically occurs when your teeth are exposed to hot, cold, acidic or sweet foods and drinks. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth continue to read on for some solutions when dealing with sensitivity.

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First, here are a few reasons why your teeth may be sensitive. If you have recently had your teeth whitened this could be the cause of your sensitivity. Most people want to whiten their teeth so they can remove stains to achieve a brighter whiter smile. Many people don’t realize when they whiten their teeth this can be the cause of their tooth sensitivity. The main ingredient in many teeth whitening treatments is peroxide which can irritate the tooth nerve.
Another reason for sensitive teeth can be from brushing your teeth too hard. By brushing too hard you can wear down your tooth enamel which will cause the dentin to become unprotected. Brushing too hard can also make your gums recess and the roots exposed. This is why our dentists recommend that you use soft-bristles when you brush.

Not flossing at least once a day can cause your teeth to become sensitive as well. Just like brushing twice a day you also need to floss once a day. This prevents any plaque buildup on your teeth which will reduce your chances of gum disease, tooth sensitivity and receding gums.

Most people grind and clench their teeth during the day or while they sleep. This is mostly caused by stress related issues that you’re dealing with in your every day life. You may not even know you’re grinding or clenching your teeth at night, but if you’re waking up with a sore jaw or headache chances are you are grinding and clenching. By grinding or clenching you are wearing down your teeth which can even cause them to chip or crack. This also causes damage to your tooth’s enamel which will make your teeth more sensitive to hot, cold, sweet and acidic foods and drinks.

Your diet can also play a big role in your tooth sensitivity. If you are a regular acidic drink and food consumer this can cause your enamel to wear down. This will increase your chances of tooth sensitivity. Now to the best part, solutions to tooth sensitivity. Chances are if you’re reading this then you have sensitive teeth. Here are some solutions to help you out with any discomfort.

Our dentists might recommend dental sealants as one of the solutions to your sensitive teeth. Dental sealants are a thin resin coating that your dentist can paint onto your teeth to help with your sensitivity. Remember that it’s important to know that dental sealants are a temporary solution for your sensitive teeth and will wear off eventually.

If you are a grinder or clincher this solution is for you. A night guard will protect your teeth from grinding and clenching against each other and will reduce your tooth sensitivity. Not only will a night guard reduce your tooth sensitivity it will also decrease any headaches or jaw pain you are experiencing when you wake up.

Another option our dentist and hygienist might recommend for you is a fluoride varnish. This fluoride varnish or gel is extremely concentrated fluoride. We will apply this to your teeth to help reduce any pain or discomfort from your sensitivity and it can also help to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
If your teeth are sensitive because the roots are exposed then our dentists might recommend using a bonding agent to cover the roots surface. For this type of sensitivity our dentist will apply the bonding agent over the exposed part of the root to cover the exposure and to help reduce any pain.

If all of the above options do not work for you then our dentists might recommend that you need a root canal. During your root canal our dentists will remove the soft nerve tissues inside your tooth that’s causing your pain. Now that you know some of the common causes and solutions for treating tooth sensitivity it’s important to talk to your dentist about any concerns you may be dealing with so they can address the problem before it worsens. Give us a call today to schedule a free new patient consultation and let us help you get out of any pain 215-568-6222. Send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or if you want to send us a message on social media feel free as well @PhillyDentistry thanks for reading!

November 25, 2019
2 weeks ago

We all know that brushing twice a day and flossing once a day helps fight against cavities, but there are other tips that you can do to help protect your teeth and gums even more. Brushing and flossing effectively removes plaque, bacteria which makes your gums stay healthy. Dentistry has come a long way and now we know more ways to help prevent cavities. Check out some tips below on how to help prevent cavities.

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1. Fluoride. As a kid growing up, I remember my elementary school teacher giving us fluoride tablets every day. I never knew what they were for, but I liked eating them. Fluoride is great in strengthening the enamel and root surfaces of the teeth to make them stronger. Although, most toothpaste now a days has fluoride in it and there is also, depending on where you live fluoride in the water. Our hygienists recommend a fluoride varnish treatment at least twice a year to help protect against cavities. A fluoride varnish is a higher concentration of fluoride that helps prevent cavities by making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars in your mouth. If you’re someone who has a higher decay rate and gets cavities more often then we will recommend a prescription fluoride toothpaste that can be used daily when brushing.

2. Baking soda. Brushing with baking soda helps neutralize the acid and bacteria in your mouth. Baking soda is one of the least abrasive things you can brush with. It’s also a natural tooth whitener and will keep your breath much fresher! It’s simple, all you need to do is just wet your toothbrush, place some toothpaste on your toothbrush, put some baking soda on it and finally brush for two minutes.

3. Xylitol. Xylitol is a fancy word for sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener which can be found in many forms, such as gum or candy. Xylitol can help stimulate saliva and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth that is causes you to get cavities.

4. Brushing and flossing. Yes, everyone knows this, but it’s the most important. This helps to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. By brushing twice, a day and flossing once a day will help remove any plaque buildup or bacteria that can cause cavities. If you need some trick and tips about flossing check out our hygienist, Rachel explain the importance of flossing in this video here.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in quite some time it’s time to give Philly Dentistry a call for all your dental needs. We are a general and cosmetic dentistry so if you just want your normal cleaning and check-ups or if you want a brand new smile with porcelain veneers, we have your back for everything! 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on social media @phillydentistry.

November 11, 2019
4 weeks ago

There are so many different types of teeth whitening techniques, whether its DIY teeth whitening or in-office whitening it’s hard to keep track. When you whiten your teeth, you want to keep them white as long as you can and in this blog, I’ll give you tips and tricks to maintain white teeth after teeth whitening. Don’t forget to take advantage of our November monthly special of $169 custom-made bleach whitening trays and get that smile you always wanted.

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Teeth whitening is one of the most popular services in dentistry. Everyone wants a nice white smile and everyone wants to maintain a nice white smile. Here are a few simple ways to prevent staining after your whitening treatment.

*Drink plenty of water during the day.
*Rinse your mouth right after you eat or drink.
*Try to avoid staining drinks like coffee, wine and tea.
*Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco.
*When drinking acidic beverages drink through a straw.
*Eat foods that are good for your teeth such as, strawberries, apples, leafy greens and celery.

In addition to the tips above it’s important to maintain a healthy oral routine to keep those pearly whites, white. By brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day you will maintain a healthy white smile. Another very important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life is to see your dentist for your routine cleanings and check-ups. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while it’s time to give Philly Dentistry a call and schedule a free new patient consultation 215-568-6222. Shoot us over an email at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on social media @phillydentistry.

November 4, 2019
1 month ago

Everyone knows that brushing and flossing is the best way to help fight against any cavities and to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Everyone knows this, but not everyone follows these simple rules. These 2 rules have been around for a long time, but as dentistry advanced so did different ways of fighting against cavities. Here are some tips of ways you can help prevent cavities.

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1. Brushing your teeth with baking soda. Baking soda helps defuse the acid that is in your mouth. Baking soda is great to brush with because not only will it help you fight against any cavities it’s also a natural tooth whitener that will keep your breath smelling fresh. It’s very simple to use as well, all you need to do is wet your toothbrush, place a pea size amount of toothpaste on and then dip your toothbrush in some baking soda and then brush for 2 minutes.

2. Using fluoride is great for your teeth because it strengthens the enamel and roots of your teeth to make them stronger. Most toothpaste nowadays has fluoride in and depending on where you live there is fluoride in the water you’re drinking. At Philly Dentistry we recommend that we use a fluoride varnish treatment on you at least two times a year. This will help prevent cavities by making your teeth more resistant to acidic food and drinks.

3. Xylitol. Sounds fancy, but is just a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener and can be found in many forms such as gum or candy. Xylitol helps stimulate saliva which will inhibit the growth of bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities. A warning about Xylitol is that is can cause an upset stomach so we recommend 5 grams a day.

4. Finally, the most obvious tip is to brush and floss daily. This helps you maintain healthy teeth and gums for life, by removing the plaque and bacteria that gets stuck from eating. By not brushing and flossing you’re allowing that food to sit on your teeth all day which becomes harder and harder to remove and will eventually turn into cavities. This is why it’s so important to brush and floss. Brushing an hour after you eat each meal will help ensure that you are getting rid of any of that harmful bacteria and that it’s not sitting on your teeth all day. It’s also important to not brush right away after a meal because that can cause damage to your tooth’s enamel so our dentists recommend an hour after eating. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and we can help you set up an appointment so you can achieve a happier and healthier mouth.

October 28, 2019
1 month ago

Gum disease is also known as periodontists or periodontal disease and is very common with adults. You may be wondering now what is it? How do I get it? And is it preventable?

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Gum disease is formed when plaque isn’t removed from brushing, flossing or seeing your dentist for your regular cleanings and check-ups. Bacteria in plaque produce toxins that can infect gum tissue which causes redness, irritation and bleeding. As gum disease worsens your gums will pull away from your teeth which creates pockets. Over time, these pockets can become deeper and when they become deeper, they fill with bacteria and toxins which then destroys gum tissue and bone. This most likely will result in tooth loss.

The initial stages of gum disease can be painless. This is why it’s so important to visit your dentist regularly because you can have gum disease and not even know it. By visiting your dentist on a regular basis, they will be able to catch any early signs of gum disease and be able to treat it right away so it doesn’t worsen. Early gum disease can be treated by our amazing team of hygienists. At Philly Dentistry we call it a deep cleaning which involves scaling and root planning that will remove the buildup and bacteria below the gum line to begin the healing process. After this treatment the gum disease can be kept in check by brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings with our Philly Dentistry team.

Some causes of gum disease can be from poor oral hygiene by not brushing or flossing daily. Smoking tobacco regularly, hormonal changes, illnesses, medications, family history and even stress can all cause gum disease. The symptoms of gum disease are:

*Redness
*Swelling
*Tenderness
*Bleeding
*Recession
*Painful chewing
*Deep pockets between teeth and gums
*Loose or shifting teeth

Studies suggest that gum disease could be connected to inflammatory conditions such as, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Kidney Disease and some forms of cancer. Ways to prevent this disease are to brush and floss daily, visit your dentist regularly, reduce the stress in your life, eat a well-balanced nutritious diet and finally stop smoking. Regular cleanings and checkups by our dental team are extremely important to keep your gums healthy. So, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us an email info@phillydentistry.com to get scheduled for your routine cleaning and check-up. While you’re at it give us a follow us on Instagram @PhillyDentistry and don’t forget to brush and floss daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

October 22, 2019
1 month ago

Are you grinding or clenching your teeth when you sleep? Most people don’t know that they’re doing it until they wake up with a sore jaw or headache. Nearly, 70 percent of people grind or clench their teeth from some type of stress or anxiety in their life. Grinding or clenching your teeth is also known as Bruxism and symptoms can include headaches, muscle aches, TMJ or temporomandibular joint discomfort, stiffness of your shoulders and neck, and sleep disorders.

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Stress and anxiety are just two causes of grinding your teeth, but some other causes that you may not have been aware of are smoking, drinking heavy amounts of alcohol, caffeine, and depression. Although, there is little evidence to directly backup any of these causes, the Bruxism Association categorizes these as all possible causes of teeth grinding and clenching. When not treated these causes can damage and eventually lead to the loss of your teeth.

Luckily, for the 70 percent of people that grind and clench Philadelphia Dentistry offers a custom made night guard that protects your teeth from grinding and clenching. A night guard is custom made to fit perfectly on the top of your teeth so your teeth don’t grind or clench with the bottom teeth. By wearing your night guard you will reduce the chances of your teeth falling out from damage. Also any symptoms you may be having due to grinding will be drastically reduced or even completely disappear from wearing your night guard when you sleep.

If wearing a night guard is not the right choice for you, there are other options to consider reducing stress and anxiety. One way is to practice relaxation techniques before going to bed. These relaxation techniques such as, meditation and psychoanalysis can help you manage your stress levels. Even hypnosis is used to stop clenching and grinding and has been found to have positive long term effects. People often use a combination of these relaxation techniques to put an end to teeth grinding.

If you are experiencing any of these problems and you think you may be grinding or clenching your teeth at night, schedule a free new patient consultation with Philly Dentistry. You’ll have the best dentists in Philadelphia give you an evaluation and get you back to being happy and healthy for life! Call us today at 215-568-6222.

October 14, 2019
2 months 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 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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