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Can’t Fool Santa or the Dentist

Posted by Chris Raines on Dec 20, 2016 4:18:41 PM

naughty-nice.jpgHe's making a list,
He's checking it twice,
He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
And he knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake


We’ve all heard the Christmas song, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespi.  This Christmas classic, first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934, cautions children to behave because Santa can magically perceive whether they are naughty or nice.

20161220_100703 copy.jpgSome people try to hide their dental habits from the dentist.  They try to hide their irregular and haphazard oral hygiene by brushing their teeth vigorously right before their dental appointment.  Oral hygiene habits cannot be concealed. Built up stain and food impaction are visible tell-tale signs of poor dental hygiene.  Poor dental hygiene will eventually result in tooth decay, cavities, gum disease tooth loss and can even affect overall physical health.

The dentists at Pi Dental Center recommend brushing after every meal, cleaning between the teeth with dental floss, water flosser or Proxabrush and scheduling oral hygiene cleanings and examination at least twice a year.  Oral hygiene instruction can help patients improve their oral hygiene techniques.

Pi Dental Center’s dentists and hygienists are your partners in dental health, helping you to make sure that your teeth are as healthy and attractive as they can be. Call to schedule your dental hygiene visit.

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Oral Hygiene Maintains Investment in Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 1, 2016 5:36:17 PM

Cutting back on good oral hygiene is like growing a tiny seedling into an enormous monster.Dental implants are a significant investment and maintenance of those implants is mandatory. Cutting back on good oral hygiene is like growing a tiny seedling into an enormous monster. A small issue can result in a much larger problem.

Prevention is key. Proper daily oral hygiene, with in-office prophylaxis by a registered dental hygienist with an examination by a qualified dentist helps to ensure a healthy mouth and implants.Remember to maintain good oral hygiene.

Dr. James Rutkowski, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology* addressed dental implant maintenance in an editorial in this month’s issue. He said, “When everything is going well, patients can “slack off.” His editorial stressed that, “as patients get older, they sometimes develop other health issues and take more medications, which affect their oral health.” Poor hygiene maintence and missed recare appointments can turn small manageable issues into larger problems and even lead to failed implants.

During each oral hygiene visit, the patient’s medical history will be reviewed and updated.  Dental implants, teeth, and gum tissues are evaluated, noting soft tissue inflammation and bone loss.  Proper home care routine is reviewed and oral hygiene instruction is provided.

The American College of Prosthodontists recommends prophylaxis and dental examinations be performed every 6 months. The organization suggests that higher risk patients have these treatments on a 3 to 4 month schedule. This higher risk classification is based on age, systemic health, periodontal health, medications, and the patient’s ability to perform self-care.

Maintain your dental investment. Ask your dentist or hygienist if your hygiene regimen is adequate. If you are due for an oral hygiene visit, please give us a call or click here to schedule.

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* Special Thanks to: James L. Rutkowski, DMD, PhD, Editor in Chief, Editorial, Journal of Oral Implantology, DOI: 10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-Editorial. 4201.

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Tags: dental implants, oral hygiene, american college of prosthodontists, dental examination, dental investment

More Mobile Phones Than Toothbrushes? Fact or Fiction

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 3, 2016 2:14:28 PM

More Mobile Phones Than Tooth Brushes? Fact or Fiction

Did you ever hear there were more mobile phones than toothbrushes?  We wondered whether this startling statement was actually true. The Mobile Marketing Association of Asia originally reported this data, stating that, ‘out of 6 billion people on the planet, 4.8 billion have a mobile phone while only 4.2 billion own a toothbrush’ Link to article. 

Jamie Turner of 60 2nd Marketer attempted to determine the validity of this statement.  A Google search using the phrase, “number of mobile phones worldwide,” showed that there are 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide. Yet, the true number of phone owners is more complicated than it seems. In some parts of the world, people have more than one subscription. When this variable was considered, the number of mobile phone owners dropped to 4.2 billion. 

Mr. Turner had even more difficulty determining how many people own toothbrushes. Colgate reported having 34 percent of the market share in manual toothbrushes. Oral-B stated the yearly toothbrush market is $5 billion. By calculating the cost of toothbrushes on Amazon, he determined an average cost to be $3.00 in the US, but closer to $1.55 worldwide.

Ultimately, Mr. Turner concluded that approximately 3.22 billion toothbrushes were sold last year. And although it is almost impossible to determine the actual numbers of toothbrushes or mobile phones, the statement that there are more mobile phones than toothbrushes seems to have some validity. 

3.22 BILLION TOOTHBRUSH OWNERS < 4.0 BILLION MOBILE PHONES OWNERS

Regardless of the exact number of toothbrushes or mobile phones, the real issue is the state of people's oral hygiene and dental health. Is oral hygiene protocol satisfactory to maintain good oral health? 

Recently, ABC News broadcasted an Associate Press story claiming that the medical benefits of dental floss are unproven and challenged the dental profession's recommendation to floss daily.

The American Dental Association has affirmed flossing as an essential part of tooth and gum care and has a web page outlining the benefits of flossing along with an instructional video.

Do the doctors and dental hygienists at Pi Dental Center recommend flossing? 

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Board Certified Prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center states, "For most dental implant patients, a toothbrush and Waterpik may be the most ideal method for oral hygiene.  For those with natural teeth, brush and flossing is recommended. Flossing not only removes debris between teeth, but if done properly, could provide positive stimulation to the gingival tissues."

Daily oral hygiene home care can include dental floss, oral irrigators, proxabrushesConnie Hartranft, RDH at Pi Dental Center, affirms, “As a Dental Hygienist who has worked in the field for over twenty years, I do find it surprising that there are limited long term studies on the effectiveness of flossing.  It is accepted that brushing reduces the sticky matrix, filled with bacteria known as plaque on teeth and gums when done properly. Brushing, however, cannot reach the areas between the teeth and slightly below the gum line where quite a bit of bacteria accumulates.  After spending countless hours treating patients, I feel that I have the practical knowledge to state there is a definite difference in the health of the gums and teeth when flossing is done properly in conjunction with brushing.” 

Ms. Hartranft continues, “Many dental hygienists and dentists agree that flossing is not the only way to remove plaque. Other aids include interproximal brushes, water flossers, air flossers, interdental sticks and end tufted brushes. I continue to strongly recommend the importance of removing plaque between teeth to our patients, whether through flossing or other interdental aids.”

Registered dental hygienist, Dolly Kituskie, suggests that patients brush at least twice daily, in the morning and evening. She goes on to recommend replacing the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.  Using a soft toothbrush is advisable.  Things like floss, mouthrinse, interdental cleaners and tongue scrapers help to reduce plaque and control malodor.  The teeth and oral cavity should be checked by your dentist at least twice yearly. People with periodontal disease or those who are prone to cavities, should see their dental hygienist three to four times a year.

An individualized home care regimen should be developed by the oral hygienist and patient.  A dental cleaning should include oral hygiene instruction to ensure that the patient is using the correct technique.  Routine dental checkups help the patient determine that their home care regimen is sufficient to maintain their dental health.

Please feel free to call us at 215-646-6334 or contact us via the web, if you are due for oral hygiene or have a question.

 

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Tags: Dental Hygienist, oral hygiene, teeth, periodontal disease, toothbrushes

Pi Dental Center Holds Photo Caption Contest

Posted by Chris Raines on Jan 25, 2016 10:19:54 AM

Pi Dental Implant Center Photo Caption Contest Winners

Pi Dental Center recently held a photo caption contest. Patients, social media followers from Facebook, Twitter and newsletter readers were invited to submit captions for a photo featuring a Budweiser horse. Over thirty-four humorous, creative and imaginative captions were submitted.

Our Pi team voted for their favorite captions. First place winning clever quote, “Just say "Neyyyy" to Tooth Decay.......!!!,” was submitted by Darren Rapp. Honorable mention went to Tammy Eichelberger for her whimsical music reference, “Watch me NAE NAE..Watch me..Watch me.” Each winner received a prize package in the mail.

OTHER SUBMITTED CAPTIONS:

  • I'd sure look better if I had my teeth cleaned at Pi Dental!
  • I Got My New Smile At The Pi Center.....And It Didn't Hurt A Bit!!!! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
  • Hey Doc, You forgot my side teeth.
  • No Horsing Around....go to PI Dental for Your Beautiful Smile!
  • What do you mean I should make an appointment with Pi Dental!!
  • Dr. B., Thanks so much for the implant supported smile. Though I think I misunderstood you when you said I'd be a little hoarse afterwards.
  • Toothless happiness, forever!"
  • Holy Horses! Hope you have a Happy Holiday!
  • Seasons Greeting from our Stable to Yours
  • Straight from the horse’s mouth wishing everyone a "Happy New Year
  • Pi Dental Center has given me my confidence back. I can laugh again!
  • Giddy Up! Let’s go!
  • Look, Ma, no cavities!!!! (Remember that old TV commercial??? LOL)
  • NEW TEETH..IN ONE DAY
  • I said BAH HUMBUG!!
  • Vertical Maxillary Excess • You said 'Open wide'!
  • Look at my new choppers, aren't they grand!!!!
  • I LOVE PI DENTAL :) • Of course I floss!
  • Just check 'em and be done with it!
  • Dr. Balshi has patients in every state -- Now it's time to have patients in every STABLE!"
  • No horsing around get your dental exam at "Prosthodontics Intermedica" it the greatest place around!
  • Ma! The hay! Now!!
  • HEY!! Don't be horsing around with your dental care or you'll look like this!! Get on over to Pi and let Dr. Balshi and his staff make you proud to smile like this!!
  • Someone needs to tell this horse--that he overdue for dental hygiene visit ---looks like he needs a good cleaning!!!
  • Maybe some implants too!!!
  • Poster Horse for Zoom Whitening…
  • Look Ma, no cavities now that I've been to PI Dental • I should have gone to PI.
  • Steve Harvey is announcing the next Kentucky Derby? Now that is as funny as me going somewhere other than PI to get my molars replaced! • I believe, I believe!
  • Loving my all-on-16 procedure!

The photo (above) was taken in December, when the famous and majestic Budweiser Clydesdale horses paraded through nearby Ambler.

Thank you to all who participated in this awesome event. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. Please stay tuned for upcoming contests and activities at Pi Dental Center.

Pi Dental Center offers progressive, innovative dental solutions giving patients of all ages beautiful smiles. "We build attractive, custom smiles…no horsing around!" Call us if you are looking to find a dentist or need dental care at 215-646-6334 or email piteam@pidentalcenter.com to learn more.

 

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Tags: tooth whitening, bone loss, dental surgery, dentures, smile makeover, oral hygiene, fresh breath, dental health

From Halitosis to a Dazzling “Breath of Fresh Air”

Posted by Chris Raines on Dec 3, 2015 4:52:54 PM

Rigorously follow the oral hygiene routine that you and your dentist discussed!

Did you ever notice that someone’s breath was so bad that you wondered if they could actually be unaware of it? Some people really don’t know they have bad breath.  They’ve probably become desensitized to it.

Bad breath is embarrassing, affects a person’s social life and can even have a negative impact on their career and job prospects. Many factors can cause bad breath and there are several proven methods to ensure that the mouth is “a breath of fresh air.”

The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene.  When food particles are not properly removed, they become embedded along the gum line, between teeth and on the surface of the tongue. The deteriorating food particles can produce gum inflammation and a bacterial infection which can result in cause an unpleasant odor.

Gum (periodontal) disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Persistent bad breath or bad taste can be warning signs of gum disease. Bacteria cause toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If this disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Several diseases and illnesses can cause bad breath. Respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, liver or kidney problems and some autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome are associated with bad breath. A number of medications are prone to produce an unpleasant taste or odor or cause dry mouth, which in turn leads to bad breath.

Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can cause bad breath because saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque, and wash away debris that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, this debris can decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be a side effect of various medications, radiation and chemotherapy, salivary gland problems and breathing through the mouth.

Poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries (cavities) can cause halitosis.

Alcohol consumption and tobacco use both dry out the mouth and cause bad breath. Smoking damages the whole body at the cellular level, including the mouth.  Smoking increases the risk of gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental problems.

While most people are aware that foods that contain garlic, onions and strong spices cause a mouth odor, sweets do so as well. Sugar feeds the bacteria that cause bad breath. 

The caffeine in coffee dries the mouth, helping bacteria to flourish and increasing bad breath.

Dieting and fasting can also cause bad breath by causing the body to break down fat, which produces chemicals called ketones that have an odor.

Tags: oral hygiene, dry mouth, fresh breath, dental health, dental cleaning, halitosis

MI Varnish For Caries Prevention for At Risk Dental Patients

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Aug 14, 2012 9:52:00 AM

MI Varnish For Caries Prevention

MI Varnish is used to reduce tooth decay and sensitivity in people of all ages.  It enhances tooth enamel, boosts fluoride levels and is ideal for all patients at risk for caries.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs states, “Fluoride Varnish applied every six months is effective in preventing tooth caries in primary and permanent teeth of children and adolescents.”

Oral HygieneMI Varnish is applied to the teeth in the dental office. The difference is that MI Varnish represents a new generation Fluoride which is more effective, safer, and more pleasant for the patient than the gels and foams. It is not messy and comes in a fresh strawberry flavor.

Please discuss MI Varnish with your dentist at your next visit or with the patient relations representative when you schedule your next appointment at Pi Dental Center.

 

 

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TEL:  215-646-6334

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Tags: caries prevention, Dental fluoride, oral hygiene, dry mouth, tooth decay and fracture