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Category: Gum Disease

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 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!

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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.

April 29, 2019
6 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
6 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
6 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.
January 15, 2019
9 months ago

Did you know in the United Stated 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 have lost all their teeth? It’s mostly caused by gum disease, tooth decay and sometimes injury. It’s important to take care of your teeth because each tooth plays a vital role. Your teeth help you chew your food, speak clearly and of course show off your smile! When you lose your teeth and don’t replace them it can change the whole structure of your mouth, changing your appearance for the worse. Losing more than one tooth can cause your bite to shift onto your other teeth and over time will shift your teeth into where the missing teeth were. Not only will your teeth shift, but it will also be easier for plaque to build up in those missing spots which can result in gum infections that will lead to more missing teeth. Luckily, for you Philadelphia Dentistry has teeth replacement options so you can have an all-natural looking smile that you are proud to show off.

At Philadelphia Dentistry we offer several different options such as, implants, fixed bridges, full dentures and removable partial dentures. When you come in for your free new patient consultation one of our experienced doctors will give you a free exam and let you know which option, they think is best for your specific case.

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1. Dental implants. Dental implants are a very popular option at Philly Dentistry for replacing missing teeth. Implants look and feel like your own teeth because we make sure we pick the best option that matches your natural teeth. Typically, implants are best used for replacing a single tooth, but can also be used to replace several teeth. The implant is a small titanium post that goes into the bone socket of the missing tooth and then the new tooth is securely placed on the post to give you a natural look so you can smile proud again.

2. Fixed bridges. Bridges are typically used to replace several missing teeth and are supported by implants or the teeth surrounding the gap. They are made from metal that is covered in porcelain and will give you a great natural smile.

3. Full Dentures. Known as conventional dentures they are an entire set of artificial upper and lower teeth. They are held in place by suction and may feel a bit awkward at first, but once you get used to wearing them you won’t even notice anything.

4. Removable partial dentures. Partial dentures are used to replace a limited number of teeth which are attached to a plastic base supported by the gums and your remaining teeth. These partial dentures can be taken out for cleaning and are usually less expensive than implants or bridges.

At Philly Dentistry our goal is to help Philly smile more, one patient at a time. If you have missing teeth or end up losing a tooth, have no fear because we have all the options to help you get that beautiful smile back. Don’t hesitate to call us today and schedule a free new patient consultation 215-568-6222.

February 19, 2018
2 years ago

You should be visiting the dentist on a regular basis every 6 months for checkups and cleanings, but if you haven’t been to the dentist in some time, here are 5 signs that you need to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

1. If your teeth are in any pain at all you should never ignore it. Whether it’s a toothache or tooth sensitivity this could be the first signs of a cavity. It is important to get this taken care of right away because it can result in a larger cavity causing more problems to your oral health and costing you more money in the long run.

2. Gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding should not be a normal occurrence in your oral hygiene and should be checked out by a dentist right away. This could be signs of periodontal disease. We know sometimes gum bleeding could be caused by aggressive brushing and if you think this may be the case you should still see a dentist just to make sure it’s not gum disease. If you notice a “pimple” like absence on your gums it is a dying nerve which could cause you extreme pain. Other times, it could be completely symptom free. So, if you see anything that looks like a “pimple” on your gums you need to see a dentist immediately.

3. If you notice hard, crusty deposits on the surface of your teeth that means you have tartar build up from not brushing or flossing as often as you should. By not visiting the dentist on a regular basis can cause tartar build up as well. The bacteria in your mouth builds up creating tartar which then is calcified to your teeth and could lead to future tooth loss. So, if you notice any tartar build up on your teeth, schedule a cleaning to get it taken care of right away.
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4. Do you notice you have bad breath even if you brush, floss, and use mouth wash? Well this could be a sign of something more serious, such as advance gum disease or even tooth infections. If that embarrassing odor or bad taste doesn’t go away you should schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can to get it checked out

5. When you wake up in the morning does your jaw hurt? This might be a sign that it’s time to come to Philadelphia Dentistry for an evaluation. The reason your jaw is hurting could be from teeth grinding during the night, temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, an abscessed tooth, or even a misaligned bite. If you are experiencing any of these signs please feel free to reach out to our dentistry to schedule an appointment. If you are a new patient your exam and cavity detection x-rays are on the house. So don’t hesitate if you are experiencing any of these 5 signs give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we’ll get you scheduled as soon as possible.

January 30, 2018
2 years ago

Reason 1: When brushing your teeth people often forget it’s also just as important to brush your tongue. When you eat and drink, little particles of bacteria stay on your tongue just like your teeth. So your tongue needs the same care to maintain great dental hygiene. By not brushing your tongue is almost like not brushing your teeth at all, so you can see how crucial your tongue is to your oral health. A layer of bacteria forms in your mouth after you eat or drink anything causing you to have bad breath. You may think just using mouthwash instead of brushing your tongue will have the same results, it doesn’t. If you wake up with “morning breath” or have a thin white layer on your tongue, but you brush, floss, and use mouthwash on a daily basis you should see your dentist as soon as possible because you may have something more serious like periodontal disease or tooth decay rather than just bad breath.

Reason 2: When you have a layer of bacteria on your tongue it blocks your taste bud receptors causing you to not taste as well as you should. So yes, by cleaning your tongue your food will taste so much better!

Reason 3: Brushing helps your immune system. The bacteria left on your tongue from not brushing can go directly to your stomach causing you to get sick. Think about when you wake up in the morning, sometimes you have a “weird” taste in your mouth. Now, think about after eating your breakfast sometimes you may feel a little sick. Well, this could be from the bacteria from your tongue going down to your stomach with the food you’re eating. This could also lead to an upset stomach or even a stomach ulcer. This is just another reason why it is very important to keep your tongue clean from harmful bacterial.

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Now you’re probably thinking what is the proper way to brush your tongue? It’s pretty simple; brush side to side, back and forth, and then finish with rinsing with water. Tip: Make sure you don’t over brush or brush too hard on your tongue because it could break the skin. Another important tip is to buy a toothbrush with a tongue cleaner on the back of the toothbrush. Dentist’s recommend this because the brush is specifically used for your teeth, not the tongue, but if you don’t have a tongue cleaner on your brush you could use your toothbrush until you get a tongue cleaner. Just be sure to clean your toothbrush thoroughly to get the bacteria off. If you are not a fan of the toothbrush with a tongue cleaner you could find inexpensive tongue scrapers at most drug stores.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 215-568-6222 and schedule an appointment with our great doctors who can answer all your questions and get you back to being happy and healthy.

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