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April 15, 2019
3 days 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.
April 8, 2019
1 week ago

Are you too embarrassed to smile because of your teeth? Are they crooked and misaligned? Well, there is a solution and it’s called Invisalign. During the whole month of April take full advantage of our monthly special of $500 off your Invisalign treatment along with free teeth whitening custom bleach trays! Invisalign is the best way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of those old fashion metal braces. Invisalign has clear aligners that align your teeth perfectly straight so you have a healthy bite and a beautiful smile. Here’s what our patients had to say about their Invisalign experience with our office.

“If you are thinking about getting Invisalign then get it at Philadelphia Dentistry. These folks are awesome. Super friendly, professional, and the results were amazing. I highly recommend them. Don’t even think about going to look anywhere else. Just do it. YOU will not be disappointed.” –Jeff S.

“This entire practice is phenomenal, from the front desk staff, to the hygienists, and of course Dr. Meier! If you would’ve told me five years ago that I’d be ENJOYING coming to the dentist, I would think you were crazy! But this whole practice, Eva, Malikah, Dani, and Dr. Meier especially, are the most caring, gentle, and knowledgeable people in the industry. I trust them implicitly and have never been happier with my smile and the health of my teeth. After several years as a dental patient here, I finally took the plunge and began Invisalign. I was afraid it would hurt, that it would be a pain in the neck socially, and that it would be unaffordable. Now that I’ve finished Invisilign I can say NONE of those things were an issue! A 3/10 in discomfort at most, socially was NBD at all, and with CareCredit I’m easily able to pay it off monthly. If you’re considering Invisalign, you must see Dr. Meier! Your only regret is that you hadn’t done it sooner!!” –Robyn B.

“I love love love this place. They are so welcoming and warm. They made me feel comfortable about getting Invisalign. The process was easy. I would recommend them any day.” –Rashida S.

“I have been going here for about 10 years. I have always been very, very happy with the service, friendliness and expertise. I’m finishing up my Invisalign, and things have gone extremely well with it.” Lynn R.

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At Philly Dentistry we are a provider for Invisalign which means we see a great amount of patients specifically for Invisalign. If you’re curious to learn more about the process of Invisalign you can check it out here. Or if you would like to read more testimonials about Invisalign from our patients you can do so by clicking here. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and come in for our free new patient consultation and let’s find out if Invisalign is the right choice for you. Smile more this Spring with Philly Dentistry!

April 1, 2019
2 weeks ago

Is there an age limit on getting healthy straight teeth? A very common question our patients ask our staff is, “am I too old for Invisalign?” Some patients even said they never thought to bring Invisalign up at their appointment because they assumed they were too old to get it. If you never had braces when you were younger and now you think it may be too late to get them, have no fear! If you have healthy teeth there is NO age limit on getting Invisalign.

In fact, getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth benefits anyone at any age. Straight teeth are healthy teeth and healthy teeth never go out of style. Being in your 40s, 50s, and even 60s and wanting braces doesn’t seem very appealing to anyone, but with Invisalign your clear aligner trays are practically invisible. You can have the smile you’ve always dreamed of with Invisalign!

The Invisalign process starts with one of our great providers giving you an Invisalign scan with the iTero scanner. This scan will show you what your teeth will look like after Invisalign, before you even start your procedure. By having this scanner in our office, we can start your treatment sooner than any dental office in Philadelphia.

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Every patient is a little bit different depending on how much straightening needs to be done. However, our excellent doctors and providers will work with you and let you know exactly what time frame you can except with your Invisalign treatment. Our goal at Philly Dentistry is to help you be more confident in your smile at any age.

Invisalign is affordable for all ages. It’s an investment in your smile, confidence, health and happiness. At Philadelphia Dentistry we are an Invisalign Gold+ Provider which means we have done the most Invisalign cases in Philadelphia. Since we have such great experience you can end up paying $1,500 to $2,000 less than what most orthodontists charge for the same exact treatment! We offer an all-inclusive cost which means you won’t have any surprises with additional charges like most other offices do. There are many different ways to pay for your treatment at Philly Dentistry. We have flexible payment plans including CareCredit and GreenSky to help you make Invisalign a reality for you.

Don’t hesitate any longer, give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and we can see if Invisalign is the right choice for you. As a new patient you’ll receive a free exam and x-rays along with a free Invisalign scan to see if Invisalign is the best option for your specific smile.

March 25, 2019
3 weeks ago

At Philadelphia Dentistry we are proud to say we are an Invisalign Gold+ Provider, which means we do a great amount of Invisalign cases each year. We are the largest dentistry in Philadelphia and we do the most Invisalign cases than any other dental office. By doing the most cases our doctors have the most experience when it comes to Invisalign. Take advantage of our office deal and take $500 off your Invisalign treatment. There are many reasons to get Invisalign, but here are few of the most important reasons Invisalign is the best new way to straighten your teeth.

The main reason orthodontics was invited was to give you a good bite and that is exactly what Invisalign will do for you. Invisalign’s goal is to improve your oral health so you don’t live with any pain or problems. By doing Invisalign you’ll improve your overall health along with creating a beautiful straight smile.

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Invisalign can fix any jaw or neck pain you may be dealing with. Patients that are affected by grinding their teeth suffer with jaw and neck pain. By wearing the Invisalign aligners over the course of your treatment is a great way for patients to deprogram the muscles involved in grinding their teeth and relieve any symptoms.

When your teeth are straight, they are easier to clean. So, when your teeth are properly aligned from your Invisalign treatment you will get a better clean when you brush daily and go to your routine check- ups at Philly Dentistry. When your teeth are crowded, bacteria will get in-between your teeth and will be harder to remove which can lead to cavities and other dental problems. Remember straight teeth equals healthy teeth!

Invisalign aligners can double as a protective gear that you can wear the rest of your life. By wearing your aligners, you can prevent any grinding at night. Invisalign aligners can also be worn during any sporting events to protect your teeth from any accidents. Invisalign not only straightens your teeth for your overall health, it also gives you that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. When you do Invisalign with us at Philly Dentistry we give you complementary custom-made bleach trays to whiten your smile whenever you want in the comfort of your own home. There’s no better time than now to get that perfect smile. Give us a call today to schedule your free new patient consultation and see if Invisalign is the best option for you. 215-568-6222. Email: info@phillydentistry.com

March 18, 2019
1 month ago

Maybe one of the biggest questions of all time, are we alone in the universe? What is the meaning of life? Electric or manual toothbrush? Now, the last question may just be the most important question of them all, should we be using an electric or manual toothbrush?

It’s not so much which toothbrush is better for you, it’s important to follow a healthy routine of brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, changing your brush ever 3 months and most importantly visiting your dentist for check-ups every 6 months. Whatever toothbrush helps you better those routines you should use to maintain healthy teeth & gums for life.

There’s a new, simple electric toothbrush that helps you maintain those healthy routines and it’s called Quip! Quip’s electric toothbrush has a timer for 2 minutes with 30 second intervals and has 1 mode instead of 8 like most electric toothbrushes. Quip vibrates instead rotates giving your brush the perfect amount of vibrations to give your teeth a great cleaning! Another awesome thing about Quip is when you buy a Quip toothbrush, they send you replacement heads every 3 months for only $5! It’s important to replace your brush every 3 months because of the bacteria that grows on it over time. As a nation 75% of us don’t replace our brush every 3 months. I get it though, most of us don’t think about replacing a brush because we have more important things on our mind, but Quip automatically sends you a new one right to your door. That’s one less thing you have to worry about and one healthier mouth to look forward too.

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At Philadelphia Dentistry we love making the experience fun and comfortable for our patients. We now are making games for our patients to play to have a chance to win one of these cool Quip toothbrushes! Our dentists recommend Quip toothbrushes because the 2-minute timer and vibrating bristles encourage our patients to brush better by creating these healthy habits. So, if you’re an oral hygiene rock star and brush your teeth everyday, twice a day for 2 minutes, floss, replace your brush every 3 months and visit your dentist every 6 months than it doesn’t matter which toothbrush you use. If you need a little help and guidance with your dental routine which most of us do, than Quip is a great toothbrush to use because it helps install those healthy habits without you even knowing it. If you’re a patient of ours don’t forget to look for the Quip games at both our checkouts for a chance to win this toothbrush everyone is talking about!

March 11, 2019
1 month ago

Display ads are a good way to advertise to a large audience at low cost. You can maximize your PPC campaign effectiveness by strategically targeting the demographics and schedule of your audience. This article is written by Andy King and shows how to “daypart” the ad schedule of a display campaign.

What is Dayparting?
Dayparting is the process of scheduling your ads to run on certain days or time of day to better target your audience. Dayparting can ensure your ads are run only during business hours, or when people are most likely to click. Dayparting can improve your CTR and thus your quality score.

Display Ads
Display ads are banner ads that run on the Google affiliate network (see Figure 1). Display ads are typically used for branding and traffic building. They are like billboards along a highway, you are reminding viewers that there is a dentist or lawyer in the area. So, display ads typically have lower click-through rates (CTR) than search ads, where people are searching for something specific. However, if you run the numbers and experiment, you’ll find that display ads can be competitive with search ads in the right situation.

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Figure 1: Example Display Ad from PhillyDentistry.com

Display Versus Search Ad CPA
Let’s take a look at some performance metrics to see how display ads stack up against search ads. The average CTR is much lower (about 5.5X lower) for display ads, averaging 0.35% for display, and 1.91% for search (Volovich 2018). However, the average cost per click (CPC) is much lower (about 4.3X lower) for display ads, averaging $0.63 for display, and $2.69 for search ads (Irvine 2018). The average conversion rate is about 4.9X higher for search ads, averaging 3.75% for search ads, and 0.77% for display ads (Gabbert 2018). So, the cost per acquisition (CPA) for search is slightly lower than display on average (CPA = CPC/Conversion Rate), or $0.71 CPA for search ads, and $0.81 for display. But this is an overall average, with the right high-converting landing page in the right industry display ads can actually be cheaper per conversion than search ads. We have found that with an effective landing page, display ads can provide relatively low-cost conversions for clients. Typically, companies will run their display ads 24 hours a day, but there may be a better way.

Dayparting Display Ads
Running your display ads 24 hours a day is a good way to get cheap traffic and if done right, leads. However, when you look at the actual data you may find, especially for local businesses, that people tend to click and convert less in the overnight hours. That is what we found with one dental client (see Figure 2). Looking at the data by hour (in Google Ads click on Schedule -> Hour) reveals that no conversions were had from 1 to 9am EST (see Figure 2). Running ads during the witching hours was burning money, but getting no conversions.

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Figure 2: Display Ad Schedule Conversions by Hour

To edit your ad schedule in Google Ads from the campaign level click on “Ad Schedule” then the edit button. You can have up to 6-hour range targets per campaign.

Conclusion
Dayparting your PPC ads can make your campaign more efficient. By scheduling your ads to show when people are more likely to click and convert you can improve your CTR, quality scores, conversion rate, and ROI on your advertising spend.

March 4, 2019
1 month ago

It’s a special time of year for us Philadelphians when the cold weather washes away and brings the enjoyable warm weather into our city. With spring in the air, you notice more people smiling. Don’t let your teeth hold you back from smiling this year. During the whole month of March, you can change your smile completely with our monthly special of buy 6 veneers and get 2 for free.

If you struggle with stains on your teeth that won’t go away or your teeth are misaligned, but you don’t want to take the time to get braces, veneers are the perfect solution for you. With 2 easy appointments at our Center City, Philadelphia office you can have that smile you always dreamed about. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin just like a contact lens and are custom made to give you an all-natural beautiful looking smile. The veneers are placed over your natural teeth and bonded on by our experienced dental team. At Philly Dentistry we have done the most veneer cases in Philadelphia which means we have the most experience than any other dental office. We have professional athletes, celebrities and musicians that come to our office to get a beautiful smile makeover with porcelain veneers.
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What you can expect when getting porcelain veneers. First, you will come to our office for a free new patient consultation so the doctors can evaluate your smile and we can give you the best results to match your natural teeth. If porcelain veneers are the right choice for you, we will then make impression of your teeth so your veneers are custom made for your unique smile. After we get your veneers back from our trusted lab one of our great doctors will prep you by removing around ½ millimeter of your tooth enamel. After that is done they will bond the veneers by placing a special cement on the veneer and then placed on your tooth. Porcelain veneers can last up to 15+ years and are stain resistant as long as you take care of your teeth by going to your routine cleanings and checkups every 6 months.

So, what are you waiting for? This is the year to smile more and there is no better time than now. Give us a call today to schedule a free new patient consultation and achieve that smile you’ve always wanted with Philly Dentistry 215-568-6222.

February 25, 2019
2 months ago

Tooth sensitivity can be a terrible experience. Whether it’s from drinking something hot or cold to something sweet, about 40 million people just in the United States alone experience some type of tooth sensitivity, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. If you are one of the 40 million people experiencing tooth sensitivity here are a few home remedies you can do to relieve the pain.

1. Salt water rinse. This is something simple you can do from your home because the salt acts as an antiseptic which will help reduce any inflammation from the sensitivity. You should use a salt water rinse 2 times a day by adding one-half to three-fourths tablespoon of salt to a glass of semi warm water and mix well.

2. Use desensitizing toothpaste. This toothpaste helps with sensitivity from the compounds (potassium nitrate) that help block nerve endings from pain. After using a few times, the sensitivity of your teeth will go down.

3. Honey & warm water. Many people don’t know that honey can be used as an antibacterial agent. Honey and warm water can speed up the healing process and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm water and then take a spoonful of honey and by doing this you will help endorse oral healing.

4. Green tea. Green tea is well known for its health benefits such as cancer and cardiovascular prevention. For tooth sensitivity make sure to use unsweetened green tea as a mouthwash 2 times a day to help strengthen your teeth and also reduce any inflammation you may be having.

5. Capsaicin. This compound is found in chilli peppers along with many other hot peppers. The capsaicin is what makes the peppers spicy and has been used to treat burning mouth syndrome because it reducing any pain or inflammation from tooth sensitivity. By using capsaicin as a gel through mouth rinse it may burn at first, but no worries it will eventually reduce any pain after a couple uses.

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Although, these are just a few home remedies that can take away the pain for a little while it is important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once, limit yourself to acidic foods and drinks and most importantly see Philly Dentistry for your regular dental check-ups and cleaning. Call today to schedule an appointment 215-568-6222.

February 18, 2019
2 months ago

When you’re injured in an accident, one of the first things you need to do is see your doctor to have your injuries diagnosed and to get the treatment you need. You should also head to your dentist shortly afterward to have your dental injuries diagnosed – even if you don’t feel you’ve suffered a dental injury. This is because some kinds of dental injury, like tiny fractures in the teeth, can sometimes go unnoticed at first. Left untreated, these small issues can become substantial ones.

Your Philadelphia personal injury attorney can refer you to a dentist who is qualified to diagnose and treat your injuries. Talk to him or her about seeking dental healthcare and pursuing compensation for its cost through your personal injury claim.

Ways your Teeth and Mouth can be Injured in an Accident

There are many different ways your teeth and mouth can be injured in an accident. These include:

  • Tooth intrusion. This is when a tooth is slammed into the jawbone, which can cause the tooth to “die” by damaging its interior pulp;
  • Cracked teeth;
  • Fractures in a tooth’s roots;
  • Injuries to the jawbone;
  • Teeth being knocked out; and
  • Chipped teeth.

Some of these injuries are relatively minor, like chipped teeth. Others, like tooth intrusion, can have serious complications like the shortening of the affected tooth’s roots. Even seemingly minor conditions like cracked teeth can have a big impact on your life, like making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold foods and negatively impacting your self-image. In extreme cases, losing one or more teeth can permanently alter your appearance, and not just by leaving gaps in your smile. Your facial structure can change when it does not have your teeth to support your skin and muscles.

Dental Procedures you Might Need After an Accident

After diagnosing your dental injuries, your dentist will recommend appropriate treatments for them. You might need to have one or more teeth capped, filled, or removed. You might also need to undergo a root canal and in an extreme case, oral surgery.

Get the Dental Healthcare you Need Now

Many of us aren’t as urgent about getting dental healthcare as we are about seeking medical attention for other types of injuries. This type of mindset can lead to long-lasting dental problems and injuries going untreated, potentially putting you at risk of suffering new injuries. One reason for this is that dental care is expensive, and many Americans do not have dental coverage.

Do not let your concerns about the cost of dental care keep you from getting the care you need. When a dental problem also poses medical risks, it may be covered by medical insurance. Additionally, you can pursue compensation for your out-of-pocket dental care costs through your personal injury claim if you choose to file one. Talk to your lawyer about pursuing compensation for these expenses, because you deserve to make a full recovery after suffering an accidental injury.

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February 11, 2019
2 months ago

Did you know that tooth decay is the 2nd most widespread health condition in the United States next to the common cold? At some point in your life you will most likely get a cavity, but how do you know for sure it’s a cavity? Even when you’re not experiencing any pain that does not necessarily mean you are cavity free. In the early stages of tooth decay, you may not experience any pain. This is why it’s important to visit the dentist regularly because if caught early the dentist may be able to reverse your tooth decay and prevent a cavity.

woman in painHere are some signs to look for if you think you may be experiencing a cavity. If you have continuous or impulsive pain in your tooth you should see your dentist right away before it worsens. When experiencing hot and cold foods or drinks and you are experiencing tooth sensitivity there is a good chance you have a cavity and should visit Philly Dentistry to help get you out of any discomfort. If you notice any black, brown or white stains on the surface of your teeth those could be signs of a cavity. Finally, check your teeth for any visible holes because a cavity is a hole in the tooth so if you notice any of these symptoms of a cavity you should give Philly Dentistry a call right away so the problem does not get any worse 215-568-6222.

How to prevent a cavity is pretty much common sense, but people still get them every day. To remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth it is important to brush twice a day while using toothpaste that contains fluoride and don’t forget to floss at least once a day too! Other prevention techniques to fight away cavities is to eat a well-balanced diet and most importantly going to see your dentist every 6 months for your routine cleanings. These routine check-ups can catch any early signs of a cavity forming before it turns into a much more serious, painful problem. Remember dentistry is not expensive, neglecting the problem is.

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