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    January 22, 2021
    13 hours ago

    Millions of people suffer from bad breath. In most cases, this problem stems from the tongue and gums. Bad breath can cause you to feel embarrassed, but it is a more common problem than you think. We are here to give you some tips about how to prevent bad breath. We want you to feel confident!

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    1. Make sure you are brushing.

    It is imperative to make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day! You should brush in the morning when you wake up, and at night time before you go to bed. By doing this, you are ensuring the proper removal of plaque and debris stuck in your teeth. Getting rid of the yucky stuff will make it difficult for bacteria to grow in your mouth, which would eliminate bad breath.

    1. Floss daily.

    Flossing on a daily basis will remove the debris that your toothbrush can’t reach. Now, the toothbrush does a great job, but sometimes it just needs some extra help with floss. Flossing gets into the deeper parts of your smile, allowing you to remove all leftover debris.

    1. Don’t forget the tongue.

    Most people brush their teeth and think they are done. However, your teeth are only one part of your mouth. Scraping or brushing your tongue will remove any built-up residue that is hiding in the taste buds. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

    1. Rinse your mouth.

    Remember that if a dental issue is a reason for constant bad breath, a mouth wash will just cover the smell and not fix it. However, it does help to use a mouth wash when completing your oral hygiene routine. Mouth wash gives you an instant fresh breath smell!

    1. Visit your dentist.

    You need to be visiting your dentist twice a year to maintain good oral health. When dealing with chronic bad breath, you should visit your dentist first to rule out any other dental issues. It is better to catch things early! Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to schedule your FREE new patient consultation.

     

    January 12, 2021
    2 weeks ago

    It’s a brand-new year, which is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. Do you want to quit your bad smoking habit? If this sounds like you, then keep reading. In this article, we will be talking about dental hygiene tips for smokers that can help you turn your smoker’s teeth into healthy teeth!

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    1. Stop smoking

    It might not be exactly what you want to hear, but this is something you need to do in order to get the best results for your teeth. Smoking causes a number of health problems, but a lot of time the effects it can have on your mouth are overlooked. When you are a smoker, you are twice as likely to get mouth infections compared to non-smokers. Additionally, as you know, smoking causes damage to your enamel and staining.

    1. See your dentist

    It is imperative for you to stay on top of your dental visits. Since being a smoker makes you more susceptible to oral health issues, you need to keep up with your bi-yearly dental visits. These visits are important because it will allow your dentist to scope out any issues earlier rather than later. These visits will also help possible staining and keeping your breath fresh.

    1. Brushing and flossing twice a day

    Brush and floss your teeth when you wake up in the morning and again before you go to sleep at night. By doing this, you are removing any debris that could wedge itself in your teeth throughout the day. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is the rule of thumb, but if you can squeeze in brush and floss time after any meal, that would be ideal!

    1. Healthy eating

    Smoking isn’t the only thing that causes staining. Different foods and drinks cause teeth discoloration as well. To reduce the chance of staining, take up a healthy eating lifestyle. Eat and drink in moderation, but watch out for acidic treats like coffee, soda, and candy, as they can do the most damage.

    We want you to make 2021 the year you turn your smoker teeth into a brighter, healthier smile! Here at Philadelphia Dentistry, we will provide you with the best care and education to ensure that you optimize your oral health care. Check us out on social media to see all of our photos! We are on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

    December 22, 2020
    1 month ago

    This crazy year is finally coming to an end. There were many highs and some lows, but all in all 2020 gave us the privilege of getting our city healthy. In addition to getting our patients healthy, we enjoyed educating patients on good oral health care. Let’s go through some of our favorite blog posts published this year, as they are timeless and always a good read!

    Oral and Mental Health

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    When people think about their health it is normal to categorize it. We categorize our mental health with our feelings, our oral health with our mouth, our physical health with our body, etc. However, it is important to remember that all of these categories make up our overall health. They all work together to keep us healthy. Specifically, let’s dive into the correlation between our oral health and mental health…

    DIY Whitening vs. In-Office Whitening

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    Nowadays, there are so many whitening options whether it’s doing it yourself whitening or in-office whitening. Mostly everyone wants a nice white smile to give them better confidence in their everyday life. In this blog, you’ll learn the difference between DIY whitening and in-office whitening to decide which option is best for you…

    Celebrities with Veneers

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    Not everyone is born with a perfect smile. We see all over the media celebrities who appear flawless. These celebrities seem to have it all, but that is far from the truth. It wasn’t until their dentists came and saved their teeth that they looked picture perfect. So, with the help of the right dentist, this means that you can have the same perfect smile that these celebrities have too. In this article, we will be diving into a list of celebrities who have gotten veneers. Some of these before and after comparisons will shock you…

    Why Get Invisalign?

    Invisalign is the modern way to straighten your teeth over those big metal embarrassing braces we all had as a kid or teenager. Invisalign’s custom-fitted, clear aligner trays are made specifically for you. Every 2-3 weeks you will receive a new set of trays until your treatment is finished and your teeth are perfect. Here are seven advantages for Invisalign over braces…

     Calling All Coffee Lovers

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    It’s no secret that coffee means a lot to people. For some, having a morning coffee is the most important part of the day. The smells, warmth, and tastes that coffee releases are incomparable. I think it’s appropriate to say that most people value coffee as a necessity. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but coffee comes with a price. Teeth stains are the worst. The delicious drink can cause yellowing discolorations, so it is important to know how to prevent that. We are here to tell you that you can still enjoy your favorite drink AND keep your teeth healthy. Here are some ways you can prevent coffee from staining your smile…

     

    October 23, 2020
    3 months ago

    The month of October is National Dental Hygiene Month! In honor of the national month, we are going to showcase our team’s hygienists. Our hygiene team consists of Rachel, Jen, Sara, and Alyssa. Tooth be told, our hygienists are rock stars!

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    Rachel has been with our team since 2019. She serves on Pennsylvania’s Dental Hygiene Association as the Administrative Chair for the Southeast component. She enjoys the continued growth that she gains from her educational courses, as well as her involvement in the state’s professional organization. Her focus is making sure that all patients understand the connection between oral health & systemic health, while motivating them to live a healthy lifestyle. During her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family & friends, running outside, reading & going to yoga. This past year she welcomed her new baby girl, Bridget Marie, into the world!

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    As a Dental Hygienist with over 24 years of experience and a member of our team for over 13 years, Jen is fortunate that she loves what she does. She is licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Coming to work every day gives her the opportunity to help people and make a difference in their lives by keeping them healthy and happy.

    Besides providing the most gentle and thorough care, she is able to build good relationships with her patients, bringing a great rapport to the dental chair and giving them confidence and comfort in the care they are receiving. When Jen is not at work, she likes to take spin class, travel, and spend time with her husband and two daughters at the beach. They also like going to the city and seeing shows.

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    New to the City of Brotherly Love, Sara joined our practice after moving from California. She was born and raised in Oklahoma and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. In 2018, she received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Oklahoma. Sara graduated with academic honors and was inducted as a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society. One of her strongest motivations for being a dental hygienist is that every day she is making a positive impact in the community, one person at a time. She is grateful for the opportunity to treat people with empathy and compassion and ultimately build bonds of trust. Sara has a great sense of satisfaction knowing that she is helping her patients maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. When she is not working, Sara enjoys exploring and learning more about the city of Philadelphia, hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family!

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    Alyssa graduated from Harcum College in 2015. Her main focus is making patients feel comfortable in a dental setting, by educating them on their oral health care needs and helping patients maintain a healthy smile. She considers the mouth to be incredibly important in the systemic function and overall well-being. Alyssa is a resident of Philadelphia. In her free time, she loves to travel, workout, snowboard, and spend time with her family, friends, and pup, Archie!

    Give us a call at (215) 568-6222 to book your next cleaning appointment with Rachel, Jen, Sara, or Alyssa! We are all looking forward to seeing you soon.

    October 13, 2020
    3 months ago

    BOO! It’s spooky season. Everyone’s sweet tooth comes out during October. Halloween is right around the corner and you see candy everywhere. There’s candy in the breakroom at work, your parent’s kitchen, and filling the grocery store aisles. It’s no secret that candy isn’t the best thing for your teeth. However, when eating it in moderation, have you ever considered the best kinds to eat? Let’s talk about the best and worst candy for your teeth so you are prepared for this Halloween!

    Hard Candy

    Hard candy is one of the worst kinds of candy for your teeth. This type of candy requires you to suck on it to enjoy the taste. Unfortunately, sucking on candy causes sugar to coat your teeth. The longer you suck, the more sugar is coasted on your teeth! In addition to the sugar coats, there is a significant danger of breaking a tooth when eating hard candy. Crunching on a hard candy could result in a trip to the dentist with a broken tooth.

    Sticky Candy

    Sticky candy takes the gold as the worst candy for your teeth. Often, they stick to the surface of the teeth making it difficult for your saliva and toothbrush to remove it. All in all, the longer this candy sticks to your teeth, the bigger chance for teeth damage. To reduce the risk for cavities, eat sticky candy in moderation, and try to brush immediately after eating!

    Sour Candy

    Airheads, Sour Patch Kids, and Skittles all fall under the sour candy category. These candies tend to be sticky, covered with sugar, and acidic. Acidic candy increases the risk for enamel damage which allows cavities to form. Be mindful the next time you are eating sour candy so that your teeth stay healthy.

    Chocolate

    We have good news…chocolate is the best kind of candy for your teeth! It is the best option because chocolate is easily washed off the surface of your teeth. Your saliva saves your teeth from the chocolate sitting and causing cavities. So, do you want to get even more technical? Dark chocolate contains less sugar then regular chocolate, so if you like dark chocolate you are eating the very best candy for your teeth!

    We want you to enjoy the holidays and eat candy without being worried. The best way to ensure a healthy mouth is to visit the dentist twice a year. At Philadelphia Dentistry, our team of smile professionals can keep your teeth top notch. In addition to cleanings and other services, we value education. Schedule an appointment to learn more about how to enhance your dental care. To make an appointment with us, give us a call at (215) 568-6222 or email info@phillydentistry.com. To get connected with us, follow us on social media. We post cool stuff! Our handles are linked below.

    IG: @phillydentistry

    Facebook: @PhiladelphiaDentistry

    Twitter: @DrKenCirkaDMD

    September 13, 2020
    4 months ago

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    Feeling comfortable with your dentist is so important. You’re trusting someone to take care of your health, therefore you should always feel confident in your doctor. There are so many factors that go into choosing the right dentist. Luckily, there are action steps you can take that will help you along the process. Let’s go through some of the basics when choosing a good dentist.

    1. What are your needs?

    When finding a good dentist, you need to consider what your dental needs are. Why are you going to the dentist? Do you need annual cleanings? Are you interested in cosmetic dentistry? Do you have a dental emergency? The reasons are endless, but you need to determine your wants and needs. This will allow you to focus on finding dental offices that specialize in exactly what you are looking for. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we specialize in cosmetic dentistry, preventive dentistry, general dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We have all the bases covered!

    1. Ask people you trust for referrals.

    Think about your friends, family, and co-workers. Who has a nice smile? The next time you are with them, ask them about their dentist. If they have all good things to say about their dental experiences, you are on the right track for finding your dentist. Our office offers “Care to Share” cards for all of our patients. These cards make it easy for our patients to share their experiences with us to all of their friends and family.

    1. Get a referral from your physician.

    Ask your doctor or local pharmacist what dentist they would recommend. It is understood that these medical professionals have investigated all the dentists in the area. This means that they would be a good source for referrals.

    1. Check out online reviews.

    Start by searching “dentists near me.” Once you do this, a huge list of dentists in the area will appear. Click on the review tabs and read through patient recommendations to hear about different experiences. This will help answer some questions you might have or even eliminate some potential offices off your list. Philadelphia Dentistry is rated 4.9 stars on Facebook, 4.8 stars on Google, 4 stars on Yelp. We take our patient’s reviews very seriously and always try to improve based on feedback.

    1. Surf their websites.

    Checking out a dental office’s website will answer a lot of questions. Most websites include information about services, costs, insurance, etc. The best websites will even include video testimonials and before/after photos from real patients. Sometimes seeing the results of a dental office can help you make the best decision. You can see all of our results, information, and services here on our website. You can also check us out on social media @phillydentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

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    June 25, 2020
    7 months ago

    Do you find yourself constantly smirking in photos because you don’t want to show your teeth? Are you not 100% happy with what you see in the mirror? You might be a good candidate for a Smile Makeover. What is a Smile Makeover? A Smile Makeover is a dental procedure that works to give you a healthier and more attractive smile. Say goodbye to all of your dental insecurities.

    What’s so important about a smile?

    Naturally, every human feels a sensation of positivity when they see others around them smile. Smiles make us feel comfortable. Smiling can also boost our own health. Studies show that simply smiling can boost moods, lower stress, and possibly prolong your life. Therefore, smiles are good for everyone!

    What exactly do Smile Makeovers fix?

    Smile Makeovers fix aesthetic issues and function issues. For instance, if your teeth are dull, chipped, worn, oddly shaped, or cracked, a smile makeover can fix that. Those are all aesthetic issues that can cause low confidence. You shouldn’t let your insecurities get the best of you though, especially when there are ways to fight back. If you are experiencing pain, tooth loss, decay, or infection, a smile makeover can fix that too. There is no reason anyone shouldn’t be able to go about daily tasks without any pain or issues. That’s where a smile makeover can come to the rescue.

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    Gain back your confidence.

    Having problems with your teeth is the worst, especially if you are feeling discomfort. It’s time to stop overthinking pictures. The days of low self-confidence are over. It is now your time to take control and become confident again.

    Get Connected!

    Get social with us! Follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

     

     

    June 15, 2020
    7 months ago

    When people think about their health it is normal to categorize it. We categorize our mental health with our feelings, our oral health with our mouth, our physical health with our body, etc. However, it is important to remember that all of these categories make up our overall health. They all work together to keep us healthy. Specifically, let’s dive into the correlation between our oral health and mental health.

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    The Facts

    Studies show that two-thirds of toothache reports came from people who were suffering from a mental health issue. Research also shows that 50% of people who suffered from depression, classified their teeth as average or poor. A review of many studies found a strong correlation between gum disease and mental health illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

    Behavioral Changes

    So, with those facts, you might ask why there is this scientific link. The link comes from the behavioral effects of mental illnesses. Anxiety, depression, and stress can cause people to subconsciously change their behavior. For example, a person with depression usually loses interest in activities, which ultimately causes impairment in daily life tasks. More specifically, a person with depression can be inconsistent with brushing their teeth, maintaining a good diet, and visiting the dentist. Another example can be made with anxiety. People who suffer from anxiety are more likely to grind their teeth.

    Biological Effects

    In addition to possible behavioral effects, mental illnesses can affect our oral health due to biological reasons. There is a hormone called ‘cortisol’ that impacts our body when we feel a lot of stress. When the hormone levels increase, the immune system gets weaker. When this happens, it can result in vulnerability to gum disease. Another biological effect can occur due to medications. Often people with mental illnesses are prescribed medications to cope with their illness. These medications can cause a dry mouth. This dry mouth can mean that plaque, bacteria, and debris aren’t getting rinsed properly. This ultimately means there is more opportunity for cavities to form.

    Fight Back

    Thankfully, when mental illnesses affect our oral health, there are things to do that can help. Finding a good dental practice that considers your overall health is the first step. At Philadelphia Dentistry, we value the health and safety of all of our patients. Patient care is our number one priority. Therefore, booking an appointment with us will ensure your mental health is not affecting your oral health.

    Let’s Get Social

    To stay connected with us, follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry on Instagram, @PhiladelphiaDentistry on Facebook, and @DrKenCirkaDMD on Twitter!

    August 5, 2019
    1 year ago

    Could your face or jaw pain indicate TMJ?

    Do you find that your jaw feels sore upon waking up?  Do you have a hard time chewing or does your jaw feel “stuck” when you open or close your mouth?  Do you suffer from migraines or sore teeth?  If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.  The pain source is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones in your skull.  Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders.  The pain resulting from TMJ can be almost intolerable, but luckily there is more than one treatment option and relief is attainable and affordable.

    What is an NTI and what is it used for?

    An NTI is one of the only FDA approved dental devices used to combat migraine headaches without surgery.  NTI stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition and it is a plastic device that fits on the back teeth, meant to stop the headaches and facial pain that are symptomatic of clenching.   The NTI works by relaxing the muscles and reducing the force of the clenching and minimizing the pain from the source.  Using an NTI while you sleep, you can see relief from headaches, neck pain, sore jaws and related pain.

    Nightguard vs. NTI

    There are some patients who do more grinding versus clenching and are better served with a custom nightguard which we professionally make in our lab. We discourage patients from trying an “over-the-counter” nightguard because they can actually cause you more harm than good. An improperly made nightguard may damage your joint, cause facial pain or increase headaches. Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon or Dr. Smith will see exactly what will work to help you with your symptoms.

    In Philadelphia, Dr. Cirka, Dr. Jeon and Dr. Smith have treated thousands of dental patients who suffer with migraines and worn teeth. You may find that with regular use of your NTI or nightguard, you’ll be more productive throughout the day because your pain is reduced and you feel more comfortable with less tension and stress.

     

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    September 16, 2017
    3 years ago

    Recently at Philadelphia Dentistry we began using an iTero digital scanner that allows us to do impressions for our patients without impression material and trays. It has been great for our staff and also for our patients as there are many advantages to digital impressions over traditional impressions.

    An important advantage to note is the efficiency of workflow. The production is streamlined from the laboratory back to us because the digital scan is sent immediately to the laboratory and they are able to review the case within 24-48 hours. What this translates to for patients is less time in their itero scanner1temporary acrylic crowns which is great for the patients.

    An additional benefit dentistry gains from digital impressions is the fact that they can be repaired. This is not the case for traditional impressions. With a traditional impression if there is ever an air bubble or a distortion in it, the patient must go through another impression again. For a digital impression, the dentist and assistant are able to easily pinpoint the area that needs redone, scan that specific spot again, and the scanning software is able to stitch it together with the previously captured data.

    When a digital scan is sent to the lab it also allows the dentist and the lab technician to communicate directly with each other about the case. If there are any issues then they can be handled immediately and patients do not have to wait.

    Another great thing about digital impressions is the ability to show fine details that the naked eye can miss. This precise level of accuracy will aid in the dentist’s work and create a better product for the patient.

    Finally, perhaps the BEST part about taking digital impressions, is how much easier it is for patients! No more gagging, strange tastes, or messy faces full of impression material.

    Call us at 215.568.6222 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon and Dr. Stephanie Smith. They can talk to you more about your dental health in addition to digital impressions. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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