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October 14, 2019
6 days 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!

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 16, 2019
1 month ago

Traveling is a part of life, whether you’re just traveling for a weekend getaway or you’re going on a month-long adventure, your teeth are coming with you. Your bags are packed and you have everything you need, but do you have everything you need to maintain your oral health?

It can be easy to get out of your oral hygiene routine when you travel. After all, you’re on vacation and excited to have fun and let’s be honest your oral hygiene is not that fun, but it is very important. Here are some dental tips to maintain your healthy teeth and gums while you’re traveling.

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1. Pack your dental necessities. Your dental necessities are your toothbrush, floss and mouthwash and don’t forget your night guard if you’re a grinder or clencher which most people are.

2. Plan ahead. If you plan on traveling make sure you schedule a dentist appointment before your trip to make sure nothing is wrong before you go away. It wouldn’t be fun to be somewhere far away and need to go to an unfamiliar dental office.

3. Keep floss close to you. Keeping floss in a bag that’s always with you can help when you’re eating some great food on your trip, but don’t forget to use that floss because that food you forget about in-between your teeth is now turning into plaque and can cause you to get a cavity. That’s why it’s important to floss daily to remove any plaque in-between your teeth.

4. Protect your toothbrush from germs. You should always use a protective cover for your toothbrush to ensure germs and bacteria are not getting on your toothbrush before you brush your teeth.

5. Let your toothbrush breathe. Going off of the fourth tip it’s important to cover your toothbrush to protect it from germs, but you also want your toothbrush to be able to dry so it’s not wet which can breed bacteria. Make sure your toothbrush is dry before you cover it.

6. Flight tips. While flying make sure you drink lots of water and avoid sticky sugary snacks. Also, while you’re up in the air chew sugar-free gum.

7. Avoid any dental ruins. Examples would be to not chew on any ice, hard candies and anything that is hard so your teeth do not chip or crack.

8. Water warning. Make sure you check that the water is safe before you drink it while on vacation. Depending on where you go the water may not be safe to consume, but you may be unaware of it so, make sure you are asking someone local if the water is safe to drink. If the water is not safe to drink use bottled water to brush your teeth.

Enjoy your next vacation and remember these dental tips while traveling to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. Give us a call at 215-568-6222 to schedule a free new patient consultation to ensure you’re healthy for your upcoming travel adventure.

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!

Email: info@phillydentistry.com
Phone: 215-568-6222
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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.

July 15, 2019
3 months 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!
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July 8, 2019
3 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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July 1, 2019
4 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 17, 2019
4 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

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