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Spring Dental Tips

Your smile deserves it, too.

Philadelphia Dental ImplantsSpring has sprung – well, at least we think so. After what seems to have been a very long week filled with lots of teeth-staining coffee, tea and hot cocoa, it’s time to brighten your smile and for a good teeth cleaning. At Amsterdam Dental, we agree and also have a few other tips to pass along.

  • Get a new toothbrush
    As you clean out draws and stow away the winter garb, remember to replace old and worn toothbrushes. Why? When the bristles wear down, they are no longer able to reach the small crevices and can leave food particles behind. Also, toothbrushes are prone to retain infectious agents that can cause colds and viruses. Therefore, in addition to regularly replacing your toothbrush every three months, it’s a good idea to grab a new one after any cold or flu.
  • Mouthwash can expire
    Like everything else we eat and drink, mouthwash does have a shelf like. It’s indicated right on the bottle. Not only does outdated mouthwash taste bad but it will lose its effectiveness. Check yours to be sure it provides the best possible breath freshening, plaque removal and tooth decay prevention.
  • Stock up on floss
    Did you know it is recommended that 18 inches of floss to maximize the benefits? That’s a foot and a half every time you floss and literally 45 feet per month! It may sound like a lot but after wrapping the “string” around your fingers, an inch or two is needed to that actually do the work. Since brushing alone is not enough, make sure you never run out.
  • Set a date in the dental chair
    Brushing and flossing is great but a visit to the dentist for an exam, check up and preventative treatment is highly recommended. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry getting a professional cleaning a least twice a year can have a significant impact on your long term oral health. So, while checking the calendar to meet up with relatives or friends, remember to visit your dentist too!

For more FAQs and other dental tips, visit http://amsterdamdentalgroup.com/faqs or contact any member of our team.

Overcoming Dental Fear

Halloween can be spooky.

But we’ve got some sure fire ways to alleviate dental fear.

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Studies show that nearly 75% of people in the U.S. fear going to the dentist. While women are more likely afraid than men and younger people have greater apprehension, they all have one thing in common – some level of fear. At times, it can lead to avoiding even routine oral hygiene appointments and have a detrimental impact on your overall health.

With the varying levels of fear and possible root cause, it is often hard to know what will truly help put someone at ease. In fact, the likelihood of eliminating fear altogether is rather slim. However there are some helpful tips that can make a difference.

  1. Don’t go alone
    One valuable tip is to bring a family member or friend along who doesn’t share this same fear. It’s comforting to have a familiar and trusted someone at your side even in the treatment room.
  2. Find a distraction
    Dentists are well aware of the great number of patients who are afraid and create an environment with TVs, music and other distractions. If unsure, you can also bring your own headphones to try.
  3. Breathe deep
    Relaxation techniques can go a long way in reducing the fear when sitting in the dental chair. Whether it is slow deep breaths or tensing and relaxing certain muscles, such efforts really help.
  4. Calming effects
    The use of sedatives, including local anesthetic, laughing gas and even IV sedation, has become common. Trained dentists can recommend the most appropriate option based on your needs.
  5. Choose wisely
    All dentists like to claim they cater to those most afraid. The only way to be sure is to know your dental professional and the staff. They should talk to you first even before sitting in the dreaded dental chair.

So when the ghosts and goblins are out this month, know you’re safe when you need dental care. If you have questions or concerns, contact Amsterdam Dental Group or your dentist.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_fear and https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/dont-fear-the-dentist#1

Do you have sensitive teeth?

sensitive teethStep One: Determine the Cause

For those who have sensitive teeth, a scoop of cold ice cream or sip of hot coffee can be painful. But good news! The condition is treatable. It’s just a matter of determining the cause.

As with dental health in general, proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing the pain from sensitive teeth. However there are situations where additional treatment is needed. To give a little background… Healthy teeth have three layers – enamel, cementum and dentin. Enamel protects the crowns above the gum line; cementum shields the tooth root. Dentin is the least dense and last layer of defense shielding the nerves and cells within the tooth. When dentin is exposed or unprotected, pain from sensitivity can result.

So what are some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth? Tooth decay is often top on the list, followed by the wear and tear of worn fillings, eroded enamel or fractured teeth. More serious conditions, such as gum disease and tooth root exposure, may also be the basis for sensitivity. Depending on the cause, there are several treatment options dental professionals might recommend.

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. Specifically created to block sensations between the tooth surface and the nerve, regular use of such toothpaste can reduce sensitivity.
  • Fluoride gel. This in-office treatment strengthens tooth enamel in order to protect dentin and reduce the transmission of sensations to the nerve.
  • A crown, inlay or bonding. If the cause is tooth decay or wear and tear, one of these corrective methods may be the best course of action.
  • Surgical gum graft. When the root is exposed due to the loss of gum tissue, surgical grafting can be used to restore protection and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. This is generally the last recommended option and one that would be used in cases of severe or persistent sensitivity when other treatments have not shown results.

If you have any questions or experience such symptoms, contact Amsterdam Dental Group or your dental professional.

Reference: www.mouthhealthy.org/en

The Focal Point: A LOOK BACK / A LOOK AHEAD

As the curtain closes on a busy year, there’s more in store for 2017

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Looking back on 2016, this was a busy year at Amsterdam Dental Group – a practice merger, a partner merit award and a complete office expansion and renovation. All this as we launched MIDI computer guided implantology, our well-defined technique using minimally invasive dental implants. Here are some highlights.

  • Amsterdam Dental Group announces its merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. in Paoli, PA, which closed on March 14th. The two groups share a long history of unprecedented dental care and fostering the best possible patient experience.
  • In May, practice partner Jeffrey S. Ingber, DMD received the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Award of Merit in recognition of his loyalty to the school, excellence in the profession of dentistry and community involvement.
  • The summer marked the completion of our Paoli office expansion boasting a new look, new amenities and new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care. With twice the square footage, it’s an ideal blend of science and art embracing all the newest advances.

So what is in store for 2017? Quite a bit. This spring, we will be bringing on a new associate dual trained in periodontics and prosthodontics and our own Dr. Harold S. Baumgarten will be honored with the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Award. The practice as a whole will continue advancing MIDI and exploring the latest advances to improve patient experiences and results.

Inside The Paoli Office – A Sneak Peek At What Lies Ahead

Paoli OfficeThis spring more than flowers are blooming at Amsterdam Dental Group; our office in Paoli is in full growth mode. Sparked by the merger with Family Dental Associates, P.C. earlier this year, we are expanding our Main Line facility at the Metric Building, 1800 East Lancaster Pike in Paoli, to do more than accommodate an increase in staff and patients. It will bring new meaning to state-of-the-art dental care.

Comfort and convenience are deep-seeded traditions at Amsterdam Dental Group and this commitment is evident in each element of the expansion process. Anticipated to open in June of 2016, here are just a few hints at what is to come…

  • Virtually twice the square footage and double the number of operatories
  • A more spacious reception area with endless amenities, including wi-fi and fully-stocked refrigerator
  • The latest in advanced technology with Cone Beam CT scanner and Panorex x-ray for improved diagnostics

Take a look …

But we don’t want to giveaway all the secrets. Just know this… whether you visit our Center City or suburban facility, your dental experience will begin the moment you step inside our office doors and well before sitting in the dentist’s chair.

Success Stories From The Best Dentists In Philadelphia

When it comes to something as important as choosing the best dentist possible, a strong track record of patient success and satisfaction is extremely important. You want to know that you’re placing your dental health in the hands of experienced, compassionate and capable dental professionals. Trust the testimony of patients who have been there. With the best dentists in Philadelphia, you can take comfort in a background of success and excellence, whatever dental procedure or treatment you require: 

  • Tooth Restoration — Paulpaul chiolo

A cracked or chipped tooth doesn’t have to interrupt your life. When Paul broke an upper front tooth, he needed treatment fast. Appearance is important to Paul’s line of work and first impressions are critical to his business. Paul needed the medical skill and artful precision of Philadelphia’s best dentists to repair his smile. His tooth was bonded so seamlessly that Paul can’t even locate the break anymore. Now when Paul smiles, he exudes the confidence and professionalism that his career demands.     

  • Freedom From Pain — Marlamarla phillips

Don’t let chronic tooth pain deprive you of enjoyment. Marla suffered from loose teeth, short roots and tooth pain for most of her life. She needed a dentist who understood the unique challenges of her case and possessed the experience to help her manage them. With Philadelphia’s best dentists, Marla developed a treatment plan that included crowns on her upper teeth. Thanks to the area’s most skilled dental professionals, Marla was cured of her chronic condition. Today, Marla’s smile is beautiful, healthy and pain-free.

  • Comprehensive Treatment Plan — Andiandi morris

Find a dental group that addresses your chronic dental problems with a clear and comprehensive treatment plan. Andi battled chronic dental issues her whole life. She practiced good oral hygiene but still suffered from an array of conditions which required expert care and attention. Only the best dentists in the Philadelphia region offered the kind of specialized treatment needed for a case like Andi’s. She underwent multiple root canals, dental implants, crowns and an ongoing hygiene maintenance program as part of a continuing treatment plan. Today, Andi’s chronic problems have been managed and she is enjoying an optimally healthy mouth.

  • Regular Dental Maintenance — Nikiniki ververelli

Don’t let neglect undo years of expensive dental work or orthodontia. After four years of wearing braces, Niki was concerned that her teeth might shift back to their original position. Fortunately, Niki was referred to the best dentists in the Philadelphia area and she established a regular visitation schedule. The experts at Amsterdam Dental Group armed her with better education on how to care for her teeth at home and scheduled her for regular cleaning and examination every six months. With Philadelphia’s best dentists, Niki’s ensures that her smile stays beautiful and healthy.

To write your own success story, call 215-568-8130 or contact Amsterdam Dental and make an appointment with Philadelphia’s best dentists.

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