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August 19, 2019
6 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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!

July 15, 2019
1 month ago

I’m sure you’ve met someone with a dental crown, either your friends, family and even dentists have them. A dental crown is basically a “cap” that sits over the surface of your damaged tooth and serves to restore the complete structure of the tooth and all it’s functions. There are 2 reasons why you might need a crown on your tooth.

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The first reason would be a cosmetic reason. A cosmetic reason would be to restore the esthetics of the crooked teeth. You can cover up a tooth you do not find appealing, for example if a tooth is out of place or stained badly, you can cover it up with a porcelain crown to make it look like your natural teeth to give you a beautiful smile makeover.

The second reason and probably most important would be functional reasons. For example, if you have a weakened tooth you would need to get a crown to protect it from anymore damage. This means if a tooth is cracked, a crown can be used to hold the tooth together. Another example, is if you have a heavily filled tooth from a cavity. This means if you’ve had a large filling or the fillings have been filled too many times on different sides of the tooth, the structure of the tooth will become weakened and will need a crown to support it. Next, would be a single tooth restoration which means if you’re getting a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth a crown will be needed in order to be placed over the implant to give it full support. Finally, if you have a root canal your teeth become weak after the root canal treatment. Therefore, a dental crown will be needed to be placed over the tooth to restore it to full strength. Check out what some of our patients said about getting a dental crown at our office!

“Philadelphia Dentistry is truly at the top of their game. Today I went in for a crown and it was the most pain-free experience ever. The procedure was quick and efficient which is important to me given how busy I am. Everyone in the office does a great job explaining each step in the dental procedure and why they are doing it. The entire staff is always friendly and accommodating and the office makes effective use of the latest technology. For example, they send you emails and text messages to remind you of appointments. If you are looking for a new dentist, I suggest you give Philadelphia Dentistry a look!”

“I came to Philadelphia Dentistry after they were highly recommended in order to make a crown for my implant. After doing my own research I also learned that they specialize in cosmetic dentistry and I have a gap in-between my two front teeth that had started to open up again about 3 years ago, even after wearing braces to correct it. I was interested in getting that fixed and at my consultation I was told about bonding the teeth together in order to close the gap. I just had the bonding done today with Keila and my teeth look PERFECT! You can not even tell that I had anything done, it just looks like I was born with this smile. On top of that, they did the molding for my implant in order to create the crown which I will be going back for in two weeks. The whole procedure from start to finish was painless and quick. Every staff member I have met so far, as well as Dr. Cirka himself, are so welcoming and friendly, I feel like I have known them for years. They really take the time to explain everything and they always have a smile on their face. I am really happy I chose Philadelphia Dentistry for my dentistry needs.”

Those are just two of the many patients we help every day with all their dentistry needs. Give us a call today for a free new patient consultation and see if a dental crown is the best option for you. Smile more with Philly Dentistry!

Call 215-568-6222 and have healthy teeth and gums for life!
Email: info@phillydentistry
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July 8, 2019
2 months ago

When you’re on vacation all you can think about is having fun. We get it, it’s easy to forget about keeping good dental habits when you’re soaking up the sun, drinking your favorite drink with your toes in the sand. Here are some tips about how to keep your smile healthy while you’re on vacation.

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First thing, with any vacation is to get everything ready and shove it all into your suitcase. Sometimes it’s easy to forget some important things like your toothbrush and toothpaste. With all the excitement about your vacation those two things are the easiest to forget. When you pack your toothbrush and toothpaste don’t forget about your floss and mouthwash. Those two things are even harder to find and more expensive depending on where you’re vacationing to. Most people forget to apply sunscreen on their lips. Your lips are part of your mouth and are easily ignored while soaking up that sun all day.

The second thing to remember while on vacation is to keep and stick to a daily routine. The thrill of your vacation and what adventures you may encounter next may cause you to get out of your dental hygiene routine. Make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day. You’re doing a ton of fun things on vacation, but it’s important to take out 5 minutes of your day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Watching what you eat and drink. It’s vacation it’s a time to cut loose and have a great time! Often times people get carried away and eat and drink a ton of sugary products. Sugar is one of the worst things for your teeth. Some tips to help your teeth from those sugary products would be to use a straw when drinking anything sugary so, it doesn’t directly hit your teeth. After you drink something sugary try drinking some water in between to rinse your mouth so the sugar doesn’t stick to your teeth the whole time. Another tip is to pack some healthy snacks when you’re out and about. This doesn’t only save you money, but makes you eat healthier rather than getting that sugary dessert. Still eat that sugary dessert if you want, just make sure you follow it up with some water to rinse away most of the sugar and don’t forget to brush away the rest of the sugar later that night before you fall asleep.

The final tip is to get a routine checkup from your dentist before you go on vacation. It’s important because you don’t want to end up having something go wrong on vacation like a toothache or needing a root canal. By getting a routine checkup your dentist can see if there are small problems that can turn into something large over time…over your vacation time! No one wants to go to a random dentist on vacation, it could ruin your entire trip! So, remember these tips for your next vacation and give us a call at 215-568-6222 and trust the best team of dentists in Philadelphia.

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Email: info@phillydentistry.com

July 1, 2019
2 months ago

During the whole month of July take advantage of our monthly special of $500 off Invisalign! Invisalign is the new way to straighten your teeth without the embarrassment of having metal braces. With Invisalign you have clear aligner trays that snap on and off of your teeth allowing you eat and drink whatever you please, when you please. The trays are made from a clear plastic- like material that most people hardly notice. Depending on how much your teeth needs to be straighten, each tray is worn up to 1-2 weeks. Each tray will slightly move your teeth closer to the end goal of a perfect smile. Before you decide to get Invisalign we will give you a free iTero Invisalign scan in our Center City, Philadelphia office. This scan will show what your smile will look like after Invisalign, before you even start your treatment.

Another common questions our patients ask is how long will Invisalign take? This is a case by case situation and will be different for each patient depending on how much straightening their teeth need and how good they are about wearing their trays for at least 22 hours a day. On average, a common patient can except the case to last a year. If your case includes bite correction then you can expect it to take a little longer than average.
You’re probably thinking now, what is it like wearing the trays? At first like anything new it takes some time to get used to. For the first week you can assume that you will speak with a little bit of a lisp. This is common for most patients because they are just getting used to wearing the trays and talking with them. In no time you’ll be used to wearing them and at times probably forget you have them in.

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When you are done with Invisalign and your teeth are looking perfect, your doctor will remove any attachments on your teeth and do another scan. After the scan they will make a clear removable retainer for you to wear at night only. This retainer will ensure that your teeth stay straight, as long as you continue to wear it each night. The great thing about Invisalign is that you are in charge of your success. The more compliant you are with your Invisalign treatment the faster you will finish and your results will look great!

Give us a call today and come in for a free new patient consultation. Don’t forget when you call to mention that you would like to get a complimentary iTero Invisalign scan and see for yourself just how perfect your teeth could be. 215-568-6222 and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram & Facebook to stay up to date on our office!

June 24, 2019
2 months ago

One of the best ways to restore your smile to something that you are confident with is dental bonding. Dental bonding is one of the most popular services here at Philadelphia Dentistry because it is fast and affordable. If you are unfamiliar with dental bonding it is defined as placing a simple attachment of composite resin to the surface of your tooth or teeth that you want fixed to give it an all-natural, healthy look.

If you are dealing with issues like gaps or spaces between your teeth, teeth that are too short or chipped, tooth discoloration and even broken teeth, then dental bonding can change your life! At Philly Dentistry, we can almost always do same day treatment for dental bonding and get you that smile you’ve always wanted. When you come in to our Center City, Philadelphia office one of our excellent doctors will take a look and let you know exactly what the best option is for you to restore your smile. If it’s bonding then we will fix your smile as soon as possible! Your dental bonding has the strength to last up to 10 years as long as you take care of it just like your natural teeth. Patients should avoid chewing anything hard like candies, ice and other possibly harmful foods.

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The process of dental bonding is very simple. Our doctors will show you a shade guide to make sure that the composite resin being used will match exactly to your natural teeth. They will then apply, mold and shape the resin to your teeth for a natural looking perfect smile. The composite resin is then hardened by a special light and then finally polished and smoothed for a flawless finish.

Give us a call today to see if you are a candidate for dental bonding and get that smile you have always wanted! 215-568-6222. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with our office!

June 17, 2019
2 months 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. 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
3 months 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 months 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. 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

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