National Dental Hygiene Month

The long stretch of October is National Dental Hygiene Month! Out of appreciation for the public month, we are going to exhibit our group’s hygienists. Our hygiene team comprises of Rachel, Jen, Sara, and Alyssa. Tooth be told, our hygienists are rock stars! Rachel Rachel has been with our group since 2019. She serves on Pennsylvania’s Dental Hygiene Association as the Administrative Chair for the Southeast segment. She appreciates the education that she gains from her instructive courses. Her center is ensuring that all patients comprehend the association between oral well-being and foundational well-being, while at the same time inspiring … Read more…

The Best and Worst Halloween Candy

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 Candies Hard candy is one of the worst kinds of candy for your teeth. This type of candy requires you … Read more…

In Need of a Good Dentist?

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Trusting someone to take care of your health is a big deal. Therefore, you should comfortable with that person. Many factors go into choosing a dentist. Luckily, there are things you can research that will help the process. Let’s talk about some of the basics when choosing a good dentist. 1. Needs? When finding a good dentist, you need to consider what your dental needs/wants are. What kind of dental appointment do you need? Do you need annual cleanings? Are you interested in a consultation for cosmetic dentistry? Do you have a tooth emergency? The reasons are endless, it’s important … Read more…

ZOOM! Special

August Special During the whole month of August, we welcome you to take advantage of our $100 off Zoom teeth whitening special! The ZOOM! treatment is used by professionals all around the world to whiten the discoloration in the patient’s teeth. There are many reasons why you might be experiencing teeth discoloration. For example, tooth discoloration can come from drinking coffee, soda, red wine, or smoking. In addition, as you get older, your teeth can naturally become darken with time. Zoom’s 1-hour whitening treatment can solve all of these problems. Cleaning Before your whitening treatment, it is important to have … Read more…

Debunking Myths

There are a number of dental facts that the general public doesn’t know the truth about. For example, people tend to think if their teeth don’t hurt, they must be healthy. This common misconception leads patients to suffer sometimes in the future. In an effort to set the record straight, let’s dive into some myths. “I brush my teeth fast and hard so the plaque is removed faster and better.” Brushing your teeth harder or faster can sometimes be bad for your teeth. The notion of “brushing your teeth” is often mistaken for “scrubbing your teeth.” Scrubbing is not the … Read more…

Porcelain Veneers – Am I A Candidate?

Patients often come into our office wondering if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for their smile. At Philadelphia Dentistry, Dr. Ken Cirka and Dr. Jessica Meier are highly trained in cosmetic dentistry and will study your unique smile and let you know if porcelain veneers are right for you and if they are the correct first step in your treatment. Similar to building a house, the foundation is the most important consideration to begin with. At your cosmetic consultation Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier will do a complimentary examination and cavity detection x-rays to first determine the health of your teeth and your gums. If any work is needed to get healthy … Read more…

Exercise and How it Affects Your Dental Health

Exercise has numerous positive impacts on your health. It helps with stress relief, muscle strength, combating health conditions, and loads more. What many patients do not know is how exercising can affect their dental health. During intense exercise people will often be breathing through their mouths. Mouth breathing can dry out the mouth and reduce the flow of saliva. A dry mouth is an environment where bacteria will increase and grow. People that suffer from dry mouth are very much at risk for cavities and so heavy exercise can put them at higher risk for tooth decay. Another issue that those … Read more…

Should you kiss your pets? Whose mouth is cleaner?

There are a lot of people that believe their dog and cats mouths are cleaner than their own. There are other people that believe the saliva from a dog is actually a disinfectant and can help kill bacteria. Finally, there are those that are totally grossed out by kissing their pets and are worried that it could in fact make them sick. Looking into this deeper, there are a couple of things to keep in mind that are detailed below. There are a lot of bacteria in both the mouths of humans and in animals. Keep in mind that not … Read more…

Piercings and Tattoos In Your Mouth – What Are The Risks?

Patients will often ask about piercings and tattoos in the mouth and how it could affect their teeth. In addition to affecting your teeth, there are a lot of potential issues that could pop up from oral piercings and tattoos that affect your overall health, not only in the mouth. As body piercing and tattoos become more popular, it is important to understand the risks associated with them as well as to know what these risks are. Below I will detail six potential problems of piercings and tattoos in the oral cavity that you should be aware of: Harm to … Read more…

Is Chocolate Bad for You and Your Teeth?

Patients will often ask Dr. Meier and Dr. Cirka, “Is chocolate bad for my teeth?” This question pops up even more often around the holiday seasons. Patients are many times surprised by the positive effects that chocolate will have on our health in general and the fact that it actually is a much better option for a sweet than sticky candies or sugary drinks. There are a lot of positives effects of chocolate on your health overall, especially when considering how eating chocolate releases endorphins. Endorphins are hormones specifically designed to help us feel good. Endorphins are released in times … Read more…