TOOTH DECAY DECODED BY TOP PHILADELPHIA DENTISTS

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You floss everyday, brush by the book (2-3 times per day, 45 degree angle, 2-3 minutes) and still find yourself with a mouthful of cavities every six months. Meanwhile, you have that friend who brushes once a day, only flosses the day of their check up and is told, “Great job, keep it up, no cavities here!”

While this is wildly unfair, you are not alone. Some people just have bad teeth, genetically speaking. In fact, billions of people worldwide suffer from tooth decay. It’s the most common chronic disease out there. More and more research is being done to find out “why?” in the growing field of “genetic dentistry.”

Mary L. Marazita of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dentistry told CNN that 60% of the risk for tooth decay seems to stem from genetics. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics, outlined the five areas where genes play a large role in tooth decay.

#1 Tooth Enamel

This is the most obvious factor in the genetics of tooth decay. Your tooth enamel is primarily determined by genetics, thereby automatically leaving you at an advantage or disadvantage (depending on your gene pool). Softer enamel makes it easier for bacteria to move in and takeover your teeth.

#2 Sweets

Scientists have identified variations in genes that indicate different levels of “sweet preference.” It seems if you gravitate towards sweets, you are all the more likely to develop tooth decay. Having a sweet tooth is certainly not the only factor in tooth decay, it’s just one piece of the genetic puzzle.

#3 Taste Ability

This area measures the variety of things you can taste, not just if you have a predisposition for certain flavors, but if you can even distinguish specific flavors. In a recent study performed by Chemical Senses, participants gave their feedback on the taste of cilantro. While many enjoyed it, others stated that it literally tasted like soap. That response indicates they are missing the gene variant that can perceive the flavor of cilantro.

The study found that if you possess a more varied genetic taste ability, you are less likely to develop tooth decay. Scientists are still unclear as to why this directly impacts the likeliness of tooth decay. Some believe this wider variety in taste leads to less consumption of sweets, but this has yet to be proven.

#4 Saliva Strength

Through different studies, scientists have discovered that some peoples’ saliva is better at metabolizing foods than others. Those with stronger saliva are better at metabolizing calcium, potassium and other elements important to healthy teeth.

#5 Microbiome

From your tongue to the surface of your teeth to under your gums, your mouth alone has multiple communities of bacteria (known as your microbiome). This is very normal, however studies found that your body’s immune response to these communities affects your risk of developing tooth decay. It’s simply another factor determined by genetics.

The Other 40%:

You’re probably wondering about the other 40% that determines your susceptibility to tooth decay. The answer is akin to that devil on your left shoulder and the angel on your right, soft drinks and fluoride.

Yes, other factors like smoking habits, dental care availability, culture, brushing frequency, etc. all play into that 40%, but the single biggest factor scientists found is the consumption of sugary drinks. Even just one sugary treat can hurt if you are already at a genetic dental disadvantage. Surprisingly, tea, coffee and alcohol are all worlds better for your teeth than soda.

That angel on your shoulder though, is fluoride. It can be the difference in your level of tooth decay, even if you are genetically bound for tooth aches. You can get doses of it in your city water, toothpaste and most importantly, when you come see us every six months!

Be sure to set up your six month checkup! If you haven’t already, call us today (215) 564-1025!

TOOTH-COLORED RESTORATION: FOR A MORE NATURAL FILLING

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We can appreciate that there are many things about a trip to the dentist that people dread. One of those things being fillings, specifically shiny, metal filled fillings. Not only is this an uncomfortable, albeit necessary, procedure, but it also leaves teeth looking different. People can spot a metal filling from a mile away! Okay, so that may be an exaggeration, but for those with metal fillings (or amalgams) in their teeth, it certainly feels that way.

If inserting a metallic mixture into peoples’ teeth seems slightly archaic, that’s because it is. There are records dating dental amalgam back to the T’ang Dynasty in China (618-907 A.D.) and Germany around 1528. However, amalgam didn’t make its way to the United States until about 1833 via two Frenchmen, the Crawcour brothers.

Early amalgam contained a mixture of silver from coins and mercury. This sparked a lot of controversy within the United States. The first, and only at the time, U.S. dental association, American Society of Dental Surgeons, urged dentists to abstain from using mercury fillings.

This association disbanded sometime later and was replaced by the American Dental Association which does not feel there are any health hazards associated with dental amalgam that contains a small amount of mercury. Silver fillings today still contain some mercury, which continues to cause some controversy. However, the only countries to ever ban the use of mercury in fillings are Denmark and Sweden back in 2008. While it is a totally acceptable practice, there is another option to the age-old use of metal fillings.

Here at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia, our top notch dentists perform Tooth-Colored Restorations. This process is done to restore our patients’ teeth with tooth-colored fillings, as well as inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers. The complex composite material and zirconia/silica combination used for this process takes on a natural, white tooth tone, so you don’t have to worry about flashing those metallic fillings when speaking, eating or smiling.

Tooth-colored restorations bond to your teeth, helping to prevent any filling leaks or potential cracking and/or breaking of the tooth. What’s most impressive is that it functions like your natural teeth. They are 95% as strong as a healthy tooth, compared to silver fillings which are a dismal 40-45% as strong.

Composite-inlays and onlays are used when a decayed tooth needs more help than just a filling, but less than a crown. Not to worry though, with our color restoration practices, it will also look natural! We use inlays when the decay is within the indented top part of your tooth (also known as the cusp). An onlay is used when it involves one or more cusps. This technique strengthens the structure of a tooth by up to 75%. Also, they can last up to thirty years which is a significant portion of time.

No matter the severity of your cavity, there’s no longer a real need for metal in your mouth. Our Tooth-Colored Restoration process can help support and strengthen your decayed teeth, on top of helping them get back that natural look.

For more information on Tooth-Colored Restoration, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (215) 564-1025!

TOP 10 HOLLYWOOD SMILES—ALL THANKS TO VENEERS

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In the land of Hollywood where careers hinge upon looks, a smile is everything. When under the limelight, even the most handsome devils and gorgeous gals find they could use some dental work. Here are 10 celebrities whose flawless and unforgettable smiles are all thanks to veneers:

George Clooney - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

George Clooney

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Tom Cruise - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Tom Cruise
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Gordon Ramsay - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Gordan Ramsay

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Demi Moore - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Demi Moore

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Celine Dion - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Celine Dion

Photo Cred: Daily Mail UK

Zac Efron - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Zac Efron

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Hilary Duff - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Hilary Duff

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Catherine Zeta Jones - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

Catherine Zeta Jones

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David Beckham - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

The Beckhams (David & Victoria)

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Victoria Beckham - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

While the benefits of veneers are mostly cosmetic, there’s no shame in wanting to better your smile. After all, there’s real value in a great smile. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that 45% of Americans believe the smile is a person’s most attractive feature. The AACD also found that when it comes to first impressions, 48% of America believes the smile is the most memorable part of meeting someone, compared to 25% who feel someone’s first words are the most memorable.

 

People typically get veneers to conceal discolored or stained teeth that just won’t respond to whitening treatments. Veneers not only help to cover up current stains, but work to prevent future ones. They are stain resistant, especially for coffee, tea and cigarettes.

 

Veneers also conceal cracked or chipped teeth and cover up gaps or misalignments. Usually veneers are made in a color to match your teeth or, if you wish, one that’s even whiter. It is very difficult to discern veneers from natural teeth, so there’s no chance of your smile looking fake or unnatural.

 

Most veneers are ceramic or porcelain and are wafer-thin. The veneers process begins with one of our dentists taking a mold of your tooth or teeth. Next, we send it into a dental lab where they create the properly sized, unique-to-your teeth veneers. Your veneers usually arrive back at our office within 5-10 business days. At this point, we bring you in to attach the veneers to the front surface of your tooth or teeth.

 

Shortly after we place your veneers, you will have to come in for a follow-up appointment. However, after that, your veneers won’t require any special care. Just be sure to keep up with your usual brushing and flossing—oh and of course, regular visits with us!

 

Great smiles spark confidence. They help generate good feelings and help with stress release. Not only that, but they’re contagious! Flashing your pearly whites will bring joy to both you and others. If getting veneers sounds like the right option for you, then call us today to schedule a visit: 215-564-1025!

THE 6 MONTH RECALL, WHY YOU NEED TO SCHEDULE.

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Why is your dentist calling you and mailing you cards telling you it’s been 6 months and they miss you? Well the 6 month recall has become a standard in the field of dentistry, and there is a reason for it. Simply put, the 6 month recall is the best way to ensure early detection on any issues that might effect your oral health. This includes cavities, periodontal disease and oral cancer. You’re not just visiting the dentist for a cleaning every 6 months, you’re seeing a highly trained individual who knows how to look for early indicators and prevent issues that could become more serious.

The 6 month recall is also an opportunity to have a dentist and hygienist evaluate your brushing technique, are you flossing? You should be flossing. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions and have a dental professional educate you on the latest dental techniques and practices. The removal of tartar is another benefit because once plaque has hardened and becomes tartar  it can’t be removed by just brushing, a professional knows just what to do. I know you might think you brush regularly enough, but did you know it only takes about 26 hours for plaque to harden? Just over a day!  With the 6 month recall you’ll also get the chance to have a fluoride varnish which helps strengthen your teeth further preventing cavities and decay. You want a beautiful smile and we want you to have one, a healthy one.

If you needed more reason it’s also important to note that should something be detected, a cavity, gingivitis, excess tartar or anything that could become a bigger problem, this visit is the one where we find the issue and start taking action to prevent it from becoming more serious. Should something be detected, this standard visit is where we work on a treatment plan to make sure you’re always going to have a beautiful, healthy smile.

Don’t let your oral health fall by the wayside. Keep up with those 6 month recalls and commit yourself to a healthy smile for life!

If you’re looking for a Philadelphia dentist, please give us a call today to book your appointment: 215-564-1025.

TREATMENT PLANNING, YOUR PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHY MOUTH.

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Each of our patients at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia are unique and have unique needs to achieve optimal oral health. For this reason, we create personalized treatment plans for each and every one of our patients. What is a treatment plan? Think of it as a prescription that the dentist writes to address your oral health needs. Treatment plans are a list of actions that are necessary for you to take based upon the conditions that are present in your teeth and gums. It acts as a schedule with the order of treatment that you will need to fix any problems and to prevent further damage.

To create a treatment plan we start with thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums, identifying any conditions that are present which may need to be treated. Once these conditions have been identified then it’s time to list them and discuss ways to intervene and even identify treatment alternatives. As an example, we see many patients who grind their teeth, when this wear is detected during an exam or cleaning, we will instruct you to take preventative measures. We’ll explain to you what types of things can cause grinding and what sort of serious damage can be caused by it. We may add to your treatment plan that you should get impressions for a night guard, or maybe even treatment plan alignment as your solution if your teeth are not aligned.

Treatment plans are especially important to follow just as prescribed, your dentist wants you to reach your optimal oral health goals. Our job is to make sure you’ve got a healthy mouth but the only way that works is if you’re committed to the plan of action set in your treatment plan. We can’t stress enough that a treatment plan isn’t a list of ‘suggested’ actions, it’s a list and schedule of actions required by a doctor to prevent more serious issues. Tooth loss, bone loss, further decay, gum disease, oral cancer are just some of the serious problems that can be prevented by committing to the treatment plan given to you. We want you to smile confidently knowing that you’re taking your oral health seriously!

Remember that your mouth is the gateway to your body. Your oral health is very important to your overall health and the best way you can get a great start on living a healthy lifestyle is by committing to the treatment plan prescribed to you by your doctor.

Call too book an appointment with us today: 215-564-1025.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR SMILE, PREVENT GUM DISEASE.

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As the temperatures rise many of us kick it into high gear with our Spring cleaning tasks. Letting in some fresh air and getting rid of the dust and dirt that’s been gathering in our homes over the winter.

Since we’re both people AND dental professionals at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia we wanted to take a moment to remind you that your smile might need a Spring cleaning too! If you’re due for your 6 month cleaning, if you have not had a dental exam in some time or if you have noticed any signs of early stages of gum disease (periodontitis) or gum inflation (gingivitis) it’s time to Spring clean that smile!

You may be surprised to know that, according to the American Dental Association 75-80% of adults have or will have some form of gum disease. Often, because gum disease can be painless, the problem is overlooked and can become severe, but because until the later stages there isn’t always pain associated with the issue, many don’t seek treatment. This is why those 6 month exams with your dentist are important, it’s much easier to prevent the issue with regular oral care and early detection.

Signs of gum disease:

  • Constant bad breath
  • Red, puffy, swollen gums
  • Gum bleeding during brushing
  • Receding gums – teeth appear ‘longer’
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus oozing from teeth and gums

If you notice any of these, see a dental professional. If you’re looking for a Philadelphia dentist, call us – shameless plug – 215-564-1025.

When these signs are present scaling is an option for treatment. Scaling is the process of removing tartar from the surfaces of teeth. It’s a non surgical way to treat gum disease (periodontitis) and a commonly recommended treatment when gum disease is mild but not severe. Thinks of scaling as a deep cleaning for your teeth, one that helps the gum disease from worsening. This is a procedure we offer and recommend at Premier Dentistry to treat mild periodontitis.

Once again, make sure when you start tidying up for Spring that you consider Spring cleaning your smile! Call your dentist today and schedule a cleaning and exam.

DR. SHAHRAM SHAMLOO A 2014 TOP DENTIST IN PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE

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We are so proud that our very own Dr. Shamloo , DMD was voted 2014 Top Dentist in Philadelphia Magazine, in the field of General Dentistry.

Philadelphia Magazine received 5,000 votes from 614 Dentists in Philadelphia and the surrounding 7 counties to make up the Top Dentist of 2014 list. After this extensive survey of dental professionals, ‘votes’ were reviewed and the results were published in Philadelphia Magazine.

Dr. Shahram Shamloo a 2014 Top Dentist in Philadelphia Magazine - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

SIMPLE WAYS TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH BEFORE THE WEDDING

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We know how important a gorgeous smile is for a bride and we wanted to share some tips on keeping your smile bright. Teeth whitening has long been sought after by brides who are preparing to walk down the aisle, so I asked around our office for whitening tips and got some really great advice from our Doctors and hygienists. Here’s some teeth whitening insight for you brides, bridesmaids, grooms and groomsmen to keep your pearly whites extra white for the nuptials.

TEETH WHITENING BEFORE WEDDING

Drink everything through a straw. 5 out of 5 dental professionals in this office offered this as their first thought on keeping or making teeth whiter. A simple step and certainly one I see put into practice daily here at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia. Walk into our lunchroom at any given time and you’ll see those mugs and cups with straws hanging out. If you’ve got your date nailed down, or are still in the early stages of planning, be sure to make this a habit to help keep your teeth whiter.

Avoid dark foods and beverages that may stain your teeth. I know this one sounds awful, no more red wine, and dark chocolate isn’t great either. Some other popular foods to avoid when you’re looking for a brighter smile are berries, tea, coffee, deep colored sauces (yep this includes tomato sauce), and acidic foods and drinks (sports drinks). Steer clear of these if you’re hoping to avoid deepening stains on your teeth.

Rinse and brush after eating. Take a few moments after a meal to swish with some water and then give your teeth a light brushing to remove residue that could lead to stains. Use a soft bristled tooth brush, always.

Try out a whitening toothpaste. Often times you’ll see gradual results from a whitening paste. Some of these remove surface stains caused by smoking and coffee. A few of these pastes contain blue covarine which gives the immediate impression of whiter teeth, but really this is an optical illusion.

Peroxide and baking soda. It’s an old trick, but it works much like the whitening pastes. The added bonus is that you can find directions all over the internet, How to Whiten Teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide on sites such as WikiHow for example. You’ll remove those surface stains, but you’re not going to be able to eradicate those that are deeper than the surface of the teeth.

KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System. The other tips and tricks are things you can try at home, but even those aren’t going to drastically change your smile. If years of eating and drinking have darkened your smile why not try out something that really works and with a bit of at home maintenance, can be a permanent solution?

Did you know that brides-to-be get free cosmetic consultations here at our office? Don’t hesitate, give us a call and let us help you achieve your dream smile on your dream day.

Simple Ways to Whiten Your Teeth Before the Wedding - Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia in Center City

NEED A REASON TO SMILE, HOW ABOUT A FREE IPAD?

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Yes, you read that correctly! Here at Premier Dentistry of Philadelphia we’re on a mission to give Philadelphia a reason to smile! Our first campaign on our #AReasonToSmile mission is introducing you and your family to invisalign teen. You’ve probably heard about invisalign and maybe you’ve considered it for yourself or a family member and we want to see if we can make it a reality for you.

With everything going on in a teen’s life, we know that the limitations of traditional metal braces are inconvenient. Don’t eat this, don’t eat that…not a problem for invisalign teen wearers, you won’t have to miss out on popcorn at the movies or chewing gum (make sure it’s sugar free though- hey we’re dentists, we care about your teeth).

Schedule an appointment today and if you become a new invisalign teen patient we’re going to give you even more of a reason to smile! How about we give you a beautiful set of chompers AND a free iPad Air with wifi 16GB*?  Like I said, we’re into giving out smiles!

 

Call today for your consultation: 215-564-1025

We look forward to giving you another reason to smile Philadelphia!

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*Must qualify and start invisalign teen treatment to receive free iPad Air.

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