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Dental Risks Rise With Warm Summer Temperatures

Tips to avoid an unplanned visit to the dentist

Dental RisksAs we kick off the first day of summer, it’s important to remember that as temperatures rise so too do dental-related hazards.

One of the most common general warm weather risks is dehydration but not all fluids can help. In fact, what you drink may actually have an adverse effect and increase the chance of tooth decay. Drinking lots of water will protect against plaque-causing bacteria. Choosing fluoridated tap water will further improve resistance and can strengthen enamel compared to carbonated options. So, hit the kitchen sink.

Other threats result from popular summer fun and these seasonal activities can put your smile at risk.

  • Swimming
    Exposure to pool water chemicals and the higher than normal pH levels result in organic deposits on teeth. This is especially true for those who swim more than six hours a week. “Swimmers’ calculus” as it is known, are hard deposits that create yellowish-brown or dark brown stains most frequently on the front teeth.
  • Scuba Diving
    For the millions of sea-lovers who enjoy diving deep each summer, “diver’s mouth syndrome” is all too common. It is a result of air pressure changes and intense biting on necessary air regulators. Symptoms such as jaw joint, gum tissue and center of the tooth, can be quite painful.
  • Contact Sports
    Whether an organized or friendly pick-up game, sports like soccer, softball and even touch football can cause costly mouth and face injuries for those with extensive dental work or braces. Wearing mouth guards and face masks are a good first line of defense and will help prevent mouth cuts, jaw injuries and tooth damage.

No dental tips list would be complete without these words of wisdom. With greater activity and vacation fun on the horizon, summer is also a time when many lose sight of proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly should not be overlooked. Contact a dental professional or member of our team to schedule routine cleanings and care.

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.

Heart Health and Dental Care

Keeping your best interests at heart

Last year during American Heart Month, we highlighted the connection between periodontal disease and overall health. One of the most often discussed is the effect on heart disease. What is less frequently highlighted is the relationship between various cardiovascular conditions and dental treatment.

So this year, we at Amsterdam Dental Group want to focus on the care and precautions important for patients suffering from the many types of heart disease. This can include reviewing medications, measuring blood pressure and even delaying treatment. But nothing is more important than open communication to provide the best possible care.

Here are some common conditions and related dental treatment.

  • Heart Attack
    After a heart attack, dental treatment should be delayed at least six months. Since cases, conditions and medications differ, most dentists will want to consult your physician as it may impact the method of treatment as in the case of blood thinners and cautions related to dental surgery or extractions. Another is to ensure oxygen and nitroglycerin is on hand during appointments.
  • High Blood Pressure
    There are a number of possible oral side effects to high blood pressure medications – dry mouth, altered taste, gum overgrowth and faintness. Although most will safely interact with anti-anxiety drugs and local anesthesia, it is important for your dentist to be made aware of any prescriptions. For those suffering with this condition, a baseline blood pressure should be taken at the start of each visit and monitored throughout the procedure.
  • Angina
    Dental treatment will vary for stable and unstable angina sufferers. Stable angina generally does not require special circumstances except having oxygen and nitroglycerin on hand. For those with unstable angina, only emergency dental care should be undertaken during which your heart should be monitored continuously.
  • Stroke
    There are various long-term effects caused by a stroke and some can impact oral health care. To help, special toothbrushes and floss holders are available along with fluoride gel and saliva substitutes. Denture wearers may require adjustments. Although routine dental care is safe, it is recommended to bring a copy of recent bloodwork and have your dental and medical professionals consult prior to in depth dental procedures.
  • Congestive Heart Failure
    In general, there are usually no special guidelines for those with congestive heart failure (CHF), yet your dentist may choose different alternatives based upon prescribed medications. For those with more severe CHF, dental chair position should be modulated to avoid possible fluid build-up in your lungs. Patients should refrain from sitting up quickly, which can cause light-headedness. In some cases, dental treatment may be best suited in a hospital setting.
  • Pacemaker Wearers
    Patients with a pacemaker should avoid non-emergency dental care for several weeks after implantation. Once cleared, it is important to review any possible interactions between your dentist’s electromagnetic devices and pacemakers. The dental staff can check this in advance with a call to the manufacturer and your dentist can plan accordingly.
  • In the end, the interrelationship between heart health and oral health cannot be untangled. They often go hand in hand. The best advice is to open the lines of communication between your dentist and physician – both who will have your best interests and care at heart.

    For more information, please contact any member of the Amsterdam Dental staff or your dental professional.

    Source: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/heart-disease/cardiovascular

Dr. Cross – Checking in from the DVAO 2016 ANNUAL MEETING, PHILADELPHIA

A gathering of world-class clinicians, periodontists, oral surgeons and others with a shared interest in Implant Dentistry

So, you may be asking … “What (or who) is DVAO?” It’s the Delaware Valley Academy of Osseointegration – an organization committed to the rapidly emerging discipline of Implant Dentistry. The group represents a combination of periodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, general dentists, residents and graduate students learning from each other in an open, collegial environment. 

Held at the HUB at Cira Center in Philadelphia, there are a number of reasons to attend the DVAO annual meeting. We get to meet world-class clinicians, share the latest advances, exchange best practices and grow the knowledge base of our field.

At the forefront of this year’s scientific session was the biological management of soft tissues around dental implants and its potential impact on the long-term success of dental implants – a topic I find of interest. Dr. Tomas Linkivicius, a prosthodontist and pioneer in the field from the Institute of Odontology at Vilnius University in Lithuania, discussed his work on vertical tissue augmentation and the implications for marginal bone maintenance.

As I listened to Dr. Linkivicius, I was struck in that his existing study protocols did not include atraumatic, flapless, guided or immediate implant placement techniques currently utilized at the Amsterdam Dental Group. This represents a great opportunity to bring our MIDI procedure to the forefront with world opinion leaders in periodontics and fixed prosthodontics. It also can help improve upon more traditional approaches to delayed implant therapy. I personally look forward to collaborating in future research with Dr. Linkivicius and this subject.

What lies ahead? As DVAO continues to advance multidisciplinary collaboration and discovery among experts in the field of implant dentistry, look for me and others within our practice to be present work and research at this meeting in the near future. Together, we will create and implement educational programs, funded research programs and advancements all to benefit patients of all ages. For more information visit: www.DVAO.org

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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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How To Select The Best Dentist In Philadelphia: 5 Key Criteria

best dentist in philadelphia, best dentist, dental care, tooth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, full mouth reconstructionWhether you just moved to The City of Brotherly Love or you’ve lived here for years, finding the best dentist is important. After all, the health and appearance of your smile plays a huge role in your self-confidence and wellbeing. You can’t afford to put your trust in just any cosmetic dentist. So, whether you are looking for tooth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers, a simple smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction, how do you choose the best dental care provider?

Here are five key criteria to help you choose the best dentist:

Education — Make sure the dentist you choose:

was educated and trained at a top dental school

keeps up with continuing education programs

has advanced training in specialty care (e.g. is a periodontist and/or prosthodontist)

has a long-standing dental practice

is a dental school professor

is familiar with the latest industry knowledge and trainings

Emergency Preparedness — Your dentist should be ready to handle any dental care emergencies you may have. That means being prepared with a comprehensive plan of action for treating you in the event of a dental crisis.

Friendliness/Customer Service — The best dentist’s staff should be friendly, making you feel welcome from the moment you step into the reception area. No one wants to deal with a rude office staff…it sets the tone for your entire visit. Make sure you trust the dental staff to meet your expectations.

Reviews/Recognitions — Do some research into what others have said about the dentist you are considering. Take a look at local professional or business organizations’ reviews. See if the media has recognized the dentist in local publications like Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Dentist List.

Rapport — This last criteria is hard to quantify but may be the most important of all. Make sure you have confidence in the dentist, especially if you want him caring for your teeth for years to come.

Looking for the best dentist in Philadelphia or Paoli, PA? Look no further. Amsterdam Dental Group is the region’s premier dental practice.

To learn more about our unique approach to dentistry or to schedule a consultation, email Amsterdam Dental or call 215-568-8130.

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