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January 6, 2020
3 weeks ago

Electric cigarettes and vaping have been all over the news recently because of their harmful affects on the body, but are they terrible for your dental health as well? This topic is all over the news today because everyone thought that e-cigarettes and vaping were the much safer alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products. Instead of inhaling all the dangerous chemicals that are known to be associated with tobacco products, vaping and e-cigs were thought to have cut illness risks since they didn’t have all the same chemicals.

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As of 10/08/2019 there have been nearly 1,299 lung injury cases associated with the use of e-cigs and vaping products across the United States and from those cases there have been 26 confirmed deaths associated with these products. There is current research going on now at the University of Rochester Medical Center connecting vaping and damaged gum tissue. These researchers suggested that e-cigarettes and vaping are “equally damaging to the gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes.” If you’re not ready to quit yet here are a few ways to help you better your oral health. Doctors understand that going cold turkey isn’t always as easy as it seems, but there are several different things you can do to at least minimize your current use of vaping or using e-cigarettes.

1. Monitoring your oral health. This will require you check for any signs of irritation or damage to your gums, teeth and the surrounding tissues. Some signs to look for are receding gumlines or your gums are bleeding. Some other signs can include loose teeth and bad breath.

2. Reduce your use. If you can’t just stop and go cold turkey then consider slowly decreasing your use. If you are using your e-cig or vape many times a day, try cutting it back to only two or three times. Once you’ve accomplished that, do the same thing and cut it in half to only one or two times and then finally you can put it away for good.

3. Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. This will ensure and help monitor your oral health. There is only so much you can do from home, so seeing your dentist regularly will make sure that there were no serious affects caused from vaping. The most important thing is to be honest with your dentist so they know and can give you advice for any potential issues that can come later on from using your e-cig or vape.

If you haven’t been to the dentist in awhile and are afraid you may be experiencing some issue from smoking e-cigarettes, vape pens or regular tobacco cigarettes then it’s time to give Philly Dentistry a call at 215-568-6222. We will take care of all your dental needs in the comfort of our Center City, Philadelphia location. Don’t forget to follow us on social media to stay up to date with all the latest news in our office. Thanks for reading.

December 23, 2019
1 month ago

If your 2020 New Year’s resolution is to get healthy you should first take a look at your mouth. Your oral health has a great deal with your overall health. Your oral health affects your whole-body health including your energy levels, digestion, weight loss and mental health.

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The impact of poor oral health starts when someone isn’t brushing or flossing properly which leaves a sticky deposit called plaque on your teeth. When plaque is left on your teeth it builds up and goes in the gum line causing you to get an infection or gum disease. This bacteria can enter your bloodstream and be carried throughout your body affecting your overall health. Bad oral health can lead to conditions like, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory tract infections and depression have been linked to gum disease.

When you develop gum disease it can affect your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar and this can affect your overall energy levels. Another reason your energy levels will go down is because your immune system is constantly fighting against the infection and your body’s energy resources are being used to fight this battle resulting in you becoming tired and worn out. If you want your energy levels to raise in 2020 then remember to brush twice a day and floss daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.

Your oral health affects your weight as well. There is a close connection between your oral health and that weight you’re trying to lose. When your gums are inflamed from gum disease this causes stress in your body which causes metabolic and circulatory problems that affects your attempts to lose weight. By maintaining a good oral health routine, you will be less stressed and be able to lose that weight you’re trying to.

Oral health and your digestion are connected as well. The digestive process starts in your mouth and a proper diet is important. One of the inevitable effects of gum disease is tooth loss. When you have fewer teeth it’s harder to chew our food well which makes it harder to digest your food. Another issue is if you have ulcers in the stomach which are often credited to bacterial infections in the stomach lining. The bacteria that collects in your mouth when gum disease is present can be the same bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

Everyone wants to feel the best they can both physically and mentally. It’s a proven fact that people with poor oral health are more likely to have emotional and self-image problems. This isn’t very shocking because think about when you have bad breath or stained teeth you don’t feel good about yourself and are embarrassed to talk to anyone. When you have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile you feel great with your head held high ready to take on the world. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 and we can schedule you for a free new patient consultation so our accomplished doctors can give you that smile you’ve always wanted in 2020.

November 25, 2019
2 months 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.

October 28, 2019
3 months 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.

September 23, 2019
4 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.

September 9, 2019
5 months 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
5 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
5 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
9 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
9 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!

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