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June 24, 2019
2 months ago

One of the best ways to restore your smile to something that you are confident with is dental bonding. Dental bonding is one of the most popular services here at Philadelphia Dentistry because it is fast and affordable. If you are unfamiliar with dental bonding it is defined as placing a simple attachment of composite resin to the surface of your tooth or teeth that you want fixed to give it an all-natural, healthy look.

If you are dealing with issues like gaps or spaces between your teeth, teeth that are too short or chipped, tooth discoloration and even broken teeth, then dental bonding can change your life! At Philly Dentistry, we can almost always do same day treatment for dental bonding and get you that smile you’ve always wanted. When you come in to our Center City, Philadelphia office one of our excellent doctors will take a look and let you know exactly what the best option is for you to restore your smile. If it’s bonding then we will fix your smile as soon as possible! Your dental bonding has the strength to last up to 10 years as long as you take care of it just like your natural teeth. Patients should avoid chewing anything hard like candies, ice and other possibly harmful foods.

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The process of dental bonding is very simple. Our doctors will show you a shade guide to make sure that the composite resin being used will match exactly to your natural teeth. They will then apply, mold and shape the resin to your teeth for a natural looking perfect smile. The composite resin is then hardened by a special light and then finally polished and smoothed for a flawless finish.

Give us a call today to see if you are a candidate for dental bonding and get that smile you have always wanted! 215-568-6222. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with our office!

June 17, 2019
2 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

June 10, 2019
3 months ago

Smiling is a powerful thing and it usually is the result of something positive that is happening in your life. Whether things are looking up or looking down, the power of smiling can help you in many ways. When you show off those nice pearly whites you raise chemicals in your body that can help produce positive emotions, even when you’re feeling down in the dumps. Even forcing a smile when times are tough can help you get through a difficult situation.

Here are a few ways smiling can better your life.

By smiling more you are reducing the stress in your life. Even if you’re the happiest person in the world everyone deals with some type of stress. You’re probably thinking why in the world would I smile in a stressful situation, but that may be exactly what you need to help get through it. A study by Psychological Science, Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman discovered that smiling will reduce your heart rate during a stressful encounter. When you smile something called serotonin is released which is a natural stress reducer in the brain. This study shows that even if you have to force a smile in a stressful situation that will help you out in difficult situation.

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This is a no brainier, but smiling will increase your happiness. It’s simple when you smile, you’re most likely happy. A neurologist, Dr. Isha Gupta states that when you smile it creates a chemical reaction in your brain that produces dopamine. When you are depressed you have low dopamine levels and when you are happy your dopamine levels are high. Life can throw you challenges good or bad, but if you take on those challenges and obstacles with your head held high and a smile on your face then you will have a better perception of what is going on.

Did you know that smiling can improve your pain tolerance? Although, smiling on its own is not scientifically linked to a higher pain tolerance, but adding a smile or laughter to your pain will make your discomfort a little better. After reading this blog you now know a little bit about how powerful your smile can be. If you are not happy with your smile then it’s time for a change. It’s never too late to get that smile you always wanted. Whether it’s a general cleaning and check up or something cosmetic, Philly Dentistry is the place for all your dental needs. Give us a call today at 215-568-6222 or send us an email at info@phillydentistry.com and if you’re feeling ambitious you can follow us on social media @phillydentistry to stay up to date with all the news at our office. Thank you and keep on smiling Philadelphia!

June 3, 2019
3 months ago

Summer time is for smiling and if you are not satisfied with your smile, it’s time to come to Philly Dentistry! During the whole month of June take advantage of our monthly special of $1,000 off your set of 8 veneers. Porcelain veneers can completely change your smile for the best. If you have any dental problems like stains, chips, cracks, gaps, or even slightly misaligned teeth then veneers can take those imperfections and turn your smile into perfection!

First things first, what are porcelain veneers? Think about how thin a contact lens is and that is how thin your porcelain veneer will be. They are extremely thin, but extremely strong and can last up to 15 years, if you have good oral hygiene and make sure you’re getting your routine cleanings and check-ups every 6 months. Each veneer is custom-made to improve your specific smile so you have the best natural looking smile makeover. The thin porcelain veneers will go over your original teeth to improve any dental problem you may be suffering with, it’s that easy!

Are porcelain veneers right for me? If you are interested in treating your smile with a more permanent solution then veneers are a great choice for you. The only requirement a patient needs to get porcelain veneers is that they are healthy enough to support them. So, if a patient has any cavities or gum disease, they will need to be treated for that before they can get the porcelain veneers.

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Check out what our patients had to say about us and their porcelain veneers, “I wanted to take a brief moment to express how happy your work has made my life. A few months ago, you outfitted my teeth with porcelain veneers in your dental office in Philadelphia. Getting porcelain veneers was undoubtedly the most important and rewarding decision I have ever made in my life. I was so unhappy with the appearance of my teeth and the first impression they made on people. Today, that has all changed. After the procedure, my family could not believe the difference and immediately noticed how much more I smile. My friends could not quite put their finger on what had changed but only that I looked great and always seemed happy…I do not believe that I could have made a great Best Man speech without the confidence I have been given having such a wonderful smile. I do not think I will ever truly be able to convey how happy I am and what you have been able to do for me. Eternally grateful.”

Schedule your free new patient consultation with Philly Dentistry today to see if you are a good candidate for porcelain veneers. In just 2 easy visits you can completely change your smile into your dream smile. Don’t be embarrassed anymore with your teeth, we are here to help make Philly smile, one patient at a time! Call today 215-568-6222.

May 28, 2019
3 months ago

It’s common for patients to have a fear of the dentist office and in this blog, I want to tell you some tips on how to overcome your fear of the dentist office. First things first is to admit to your dentist that you have a fear. Let our office know when you call to set up your appointment so the staff is aware and they can make your visit enjoyable. Our amazing dentists will listen to your questions and concerns and help you overcome any fears you may have so that you are comfortable at our Center City office.

By discussing your fear with your dentist, they will work with you to make your experience as comfortable and relaxed as possible. The patient is always in control of what is happening to them at our office. When the dentist knows what is making you fearful, they can work with you and do treatments and procedures that have the lowest possible anxiety associated with them so you are comfortable the entire time. Overcoming this fear has to be on a step by step basis so the patient can slowly overcome their distress associated with dental offices.

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Another way to overcome the fear of the dentist is to work with your dentist to come up with a plan for your treatment. Talk with them and set up an agreement that will allow you take as much time that you need so your fear will slowly disappear. By doing this you are not being rushed into anything you’re not ready for. Our doctors understand that patients can get fearful at times during their appointment, so by making a specific plan with your dentist will help you overcome that anxiety and or fear you may have.

At Philly Dentistry, it is our goal to make our patients feel comfortable and at ease. From our kind and gentle Philadelphia dentists, Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Mimi Jeon & Dr. Stephanie Smith to our talented hygienists and support staff, our focus is on the patient. We are dedicated to giving you the best dental treatment in Philadelphia in a caring and relaxing atmosphere.

So, have no fear, Philly Dentistry is here! Give us a call today at 215-568-6222. Email us at info@phillydentistry.com or follow us on social media to stay up to date with the latest dental news in our office @PhillyDentistry

May 20, 2019
3 months ago

Often times patients are nervous or afraid to ask their dentist questions about their oral health. It’s important to ask questions if you are unsure of something or you are experiencing any problems, so your dentist can address them right away. Here are some of the top question’s patients should ask their dentist.

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1. How often should I get a dental checkup?

Your dental health varies from person to person, but the American Dental Association recommends adult patients should visit a dentist once or twice a year even if their mouth is in excellent condition. This allows the patient to get their teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist on a regular basis and ensures that any potential problems are identified right away.

2. What is tooth sensitivity and why do I have it?

Patients with tooth sensitivity feel pain when they consume anything from hot to cold and anything sweet or acidic. The reason they are feeling sensitivity is because they have thin tooth enamel. When a patient has thin tooth enamel, they have less protection on their tooth which exposes them to extreme temperatures. Having sensitive teeth can be the result of receding gums, tooth grinding during sleep, chipped or fractured teeth, tooth whitening, orthodontics and fillings. If you are experiencing any pain or sensitivity at all let your dentist know and they can help reduce your sensitivity.

3. What are the best ways to practice good oral hygiene at home?

Good oral hygiene at home is extremely important. It’s crucial to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss once a day. Here are some tips to become an oral hygiene expert in the comfort of your own home. The first step is to use products that contain fluoride to help fight against cavities. The second step is to limit your snacks that contain a large amount of sugar. Step three is to eat a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables. The final and most important step is to avoid any form of tobacco. These steps will improve your oral hygiene along with your overall health.

4. Why should I have dental x-rays taken?

Your dentist takes a full set of dental x-rays early into the doctor-patient relationship. This helps to examine and record the patient’s mouth’s hidden areas for any issues that need comparing against changes that can occur between appointments. Most patients have bite wing x-rays every year and a full mouth series every 4 to 5 years. However, patients with a higher risk for dental problems may need them every 6 to 18 months.

5. How can I improve the whiteness of my teeth?

When you have a beautiful white smile, it gives you an incredible boost of confidence. Most patients have some form of discoloration from over the years of drinking coffee, wine, using tobacco and even different forms of medication. There are many ways to improve the whiteness of your teeth such as, professional in office teeth whitening, composite bonding or the application of veneers to the affected teeth, which provides a more permanent solution.

Remember at your next dentist appointment here are a few questions to ask. Feel free to schedule a free new patient consultation with us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today and don’t forget to follow us on social media @PhillyDentistry to stay up to date with all the cool things our office does in this beautiful city of Philadelphia!

May 13, 2019
3 months ago

If you are unhappy with your current smile, then you are most likely researching cosmetic dentistry procedures. At Philly Dentistry, we offer numerous cosmetic treatments to fix any problems you may be suffering with. Have you ever thought about getting porcelain veneers to fix your smile? Here are the six most common signs that porcelain veneers are the right choice for you.

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1. Do you have chipped, cracked or broken teeth?
There are a few options to fix problems like broken or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are a great option to fix this common dental problem. Our accomplished doctors will customize your veneers to match perfectly with your natural teeth to give you that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

2. Are you unhappy with your smile?
If you’re reading this right now there’s a good chance, you’re unhappy with your smile. Whether it’s crooked, chipped, gap, or stained teeth to name a few common problems our talented cosmetic dentists will get you smiling again! All you need to do to fix your smile is schedule a free new patient consultation so our doctors can give you an exam to see which cosmetic procedure would work best with your specific smile.

3. Do you have a gap or gaps between your teeth?
Having gaps big or small in between your teeth can leave you feeling embarrassed while covering your mouth every time you smile. No one wants to feel that way and to fix these gaps you can choose to get porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers give you a natural looking smile that will make you proud to smile again. At your appointment our doctors will evaluate your smile to determine if veneers are the best option for you, over other treatments like tooth bonding and Invisalign to close your gaps.

4. Do you have extremely stained or discolored teeth?
Many patients try over-the-counter whitening methods without much success. Some patients report some slight changes in the whiteness of their teeth, but nothing too dramatic. When your teeth are extremely stained, sometimes even in office professional whitening will not make much of a difference. For patients like this, we recommend porcelain veneers. Many patients get veneers for a whiter, more uniform smile to get completely rid of any type of stains.

5. Are your teeth misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped?
If you have some minor alignment issues with your teeth than veneers can resolve the problem easily. For more extreme alignment issues we recommend getting Invisalign to straighten your teeth. For patients who have uneven or irregularly shaped teeth, veneers can be the best option. Our doctors will work with you to customize the size, shape and color of your veneers to give you that smile you’ve always wanted.

6. Are your teeth worn down?
Over time your teeth can get worn down typically from teeth grinding or clenching, known as bruxism. When you grind or clench on a regular basis, the tops of your teeth can become flat and dull over time. This can result in more dental problems if not handled properly. For any patient who have worn down their teeth, porcelain veneers can restore the appearance of your teeth and provide more stability for your dental health.

So, give us a call at 215-568-6222 and schedule your free new patient consultation with one of our excellent doctors who have over a combined 60 years of experience in dentistry! With the most experience with veneers in Philadelphia, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a reason professional athletes, movie stars, musicians and many more trust us with their smile! We want to give you that perfect smile you have always dreamed about. Smile more with Philly Dentistry!

P.S. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with how cool our office is @PhillyDentistry

May 6, 2019
4 months ago

At Philadelphia Dentistry we offer different teeth whitening procedures and during the month of May we have an amazing monthly special of $169 custom made bleach trays! What’s better than having the option to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home? If you deal with tooth sensitivity then this whitening procedure is the best option for you.

When you come in for your appointment one of our great providers will take impressions of your teeth so your trays are custom made specifically for your smile. After we make your whitening trays you will be given bleaching gel and instructions on how to use them so you can whiten your teeth whenever you feel necessary.

As a patient of Philly Dentistry we give you the complete control of your teeth whitening process which means the results will depend on how dedicated you are and how carefully you follow the instructions. When done correctly you can expect results to be about 6 shades whiter than they were before! The instructions are very simple, once a day you will use your custom made whitening trays for 10 minutes for 7 to 10 days and the results can last up to 2 years!

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As a current patient or new patient you may be wondering if professional teeth whitening works for everyone? If your teeth are stained from drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes, medications, or just poor oral hygiene then professional teeth whitening can most likely whiten your teeth quickly and successfully.
However, there are some rare cases in which teeth whitening is not the best option for the health of your teeth. One of our accomplished doctors will exam your teeth before any whitening procedure begins to make sure you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. In some cases patients teeth are just naturally dull in color which has nothing to do with stains or aging. If you think this may be you, don’t worry at all we offer many different options to whiten your teeth like porcelain veneers. Another case may be that you were born with very thin tooth enamel which can make your teeth yellow even if you have great oral hygiene and brush and floss daily. In these cases we work with the patient to make sure they are given the best and healthiest option to improve their smile.

Don’t hesitate to get that smile you deserve! This offer is only valid for the month of May so give us a call today at 215-568-6222 and let’s get that smile bright and healthy for the summer months ahead!

April 29, 2019
4 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
4 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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