What your dentist needs to know

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 19, 2019 2:22:50 PM

A Word Cloud illustration showing the words used in blog, "What your dentist needs to know."At Pi Dental Center, our goal is to deliver beautiful smiles and make your office visit as comprehensive and worthwhile as possible. In order to provide you with effective dental care, we need a complete dental and medical history. Here are some of the things that we will need to know when you become a patient.

Your Complete Dental and Medical Health History:

What dental treatment did you receive in the past and were your dental experiences positive?

Are you a dental phobic? Let us know if you have anxiety in the dental office. We are experienced in successfully treating patients with all levels of dental phobia.

Following dental treatment, you may need a prescription for pain relievers, so we need to know any medical allergies.

Your medical history impacts your dental condition. For example, acid reflux can erode tooth enamel. People who have diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease, cavities and tooth loss.

What medications are you taking? Stomach ulcer meds can cause dry mouth and blood pressure lowering meds can cause inflammation, bleeding and ulceration of the gums.

Do you smoke? Smoking has a negative impact on your entire body including your mouth. If you smoke, we highly recommend that you quit. We can provide helpful information to help you quit smoking.

Your Lifestyle and Habits:

What are your dietary and social habits? Do you have a sweet tooth?

Alcohol consumption and drug use can have a serious impact on your dental health. Soda consumption increases acid levels in the mouth.

What are your oral hygiene habits? Perhaps we can improve your hygiene regimen.

Your Goals and Expectations:

Knowing your goals and expectations will help us to provide you with a personally customized treatment plan. What are your goals and expectations for your dental treatment? What do you expect your teeth to look like when treatment is completed? What is your budget and are you considering financing treatment?

If you are planning to have dental surgery, do you have a support system at home? On the day of surgery, will someone be available to transport you?

On the day of treatment, let us know how you are feeling. Knowing your state of mind will help us to make your visit pleasant.

The prosthodontists at Pi Dental Center deliver captivating smiles so that you can smile with confidence. Call to discuss your dental needs and schedule your dental appointment for a diagnostic evaluation. We look forward to helping you.

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Patient Turns 102: Advanced Dental Treatment For Elderly People

Posted by Chris Raines on Nov 6, 2018 10:33:01 AM

Pi Dental Center's 102 year old patient has been coming here for treatment for 30 years.

Howard is 102 years and he has been coming to Pi Dental Center since 1988!

Last week Howard visited our office for his scheduled oral hygiene appointment. With the exception of one dental implant, he still has all of his natural teeth. By following a rigorous oral health care regimen with routine dental office visits, Howard has maintained excellent oral health.

With diligent oral hygiene and regular office visits, people can sustain their dental health for a lifetime. A healthy mouth helps to ensure overall health and quality of life. Howard is proof of this statement.

A healthy appetizing diet is essential to physical health. People who have good chewing function are able to eat a nutrient-rich and varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. This is particularly true for the elderly. When people who are elderly are able to enjoy a meal in public, they are more sociable, satisfied, able to maintain their body weight and stamina, and are generally happier.

Many patients in their seventies, eighties and nineties believe that they are too old to have advanced dental treatment like dental implants. People reason that, because they might not live many more years, it wouldn’t be cost effective to restore their mouth. Howard had his dental implant placed 25 years ago, at the ripe age of 77, and it has served him well since then.

Age is not a contraindication for dental implants. In addition, with modern medicine, people are living longer than ever before. People who replace their dentures with implant-supported teeth improve their quality of life.

If you would like to learn about dental treatment options for yourself or a family member, give us a call. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic care facility that is qualified to provide advanced dental treatment for elderly people. We can be reached at 215-646-6334. Or, if you prefer to contact us via the Internet, click the box below.

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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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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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