Interesting Dental Tips and FAQ's
11. 14. 2013
Lemonade? Gatorade? How could they hurt my teeth?
Everyone knows the corrosive actions of soda and how it can eat through the enamel on your teeth. But did you know that lemonade drinks and sports & energy drinks are FAR more harmful to your teeth?
Researchers have found that non carbonated drinks such as energy drinks and lemonade can be up to 11 times more erosive than cola! Many contain high levels of citric acid, which lead to the disintegration of enamel on your teeth.
My advice: think twice before you sip one of these drinks. If you do drink them, please consider following up with a glass of water to rinse
10. 22. 2013
should i go to a cosmetic dentist or general dentist?
You should always go to a qualified dentist who maintains the overall health of your teeth and gums on a bi-annually basis, but if you are unhappy with your smile and feel that improving the appearance of your teeth would benefit you, then finding an experienced cosmetic dentist who is certified in dental implants, porcelain veneers and who provides professional teeth whitening prodcuts is a great idea.
My office provides both genral and cosmetic dentistry. Please feel free to get a smile consultation and remember to schedule your dental checkup!
10. 01. 2013
weight loss is as easy as a toothbrush and paste!
Many articles recently have mentioned a quick and effective tip in the fight of obesity - to brush after a meal. It makes sense. Most of us have cravings for food that are hard to ignore. The easiest way to solve a craving is to reach for the food that you can't seem to get out of your mind. But, for a large portion of Americans, this is not the healthy answer!
An easy way to decrease a food craving is to brush your teeth. After brushing, we are less likely to want an overly salty or sweet food. Drink a gass of water after you rinse and you can forget about the cinnamon roll!
9. 20. 2013
what do nanodiamonds have to do with teeth?
Researchers in California have discovered that extrememly tiny diamonds - or nanodiamonds - could be used to promote bone growth and affect the durability of dental implants.
Nanodiamonds are created as by-products of conventional diamond mining and refining operations. They are SMALL! approximately 4-5 nanometers in diameter and shaped like soccer balls. Scientists from the UCLA School of Dentistry and Department of Bioengineering, along with Northwestern University and the NanoCarbon Research Institute in Japan, have potentially found a way to nanodiamonds to improve bone growth and combat osteonecrosis (a potentially debilitating disease where bones break down due to reduced blood flow).
read the entire article at the Science News Daily
8. 27. 2013
How the new "affordable health care act" will effect your dental coverage
Much of what the news is covering about the federal health reform has been focusing on doctor visits and hospital stays, but a new article in the Baltimore Sun goes over the specifics in dental care - although specific to Maryland, it shows the oiptions that can be available including pediatric dental care which will be a required essential health benefit.
For more information - read the article at the Baltimore Sun
8. 19. 2013
BPA - May Damage Tooth Enamel in young children
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound which is used in some plastics and resins. You may find it in various products in your kitchen such as: food containers, water bottles, babies' bottles. It is also dound on the protective film inside of many food tins and drink cans.
Recently, researchers in France have discovered that the enamel on teeth of rats treated with low and daily doses of BPA, have been damaged. And further analysis of the damage shows many common characteristics with a newly identified pathology of tooth enamel called, MIH (Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation) that primarily affects the first molars and permanent incisors. MIH affects approximately 18% of children between the ages of 6 and 8.
For more information on this read the article at science daily
8. 14. 2013
How much do braces cost?
Did you know that my office is an Invisalign preferred denatal office? This means that we specialize in Invisalign Invisible Braces Treatments and have been specifically chosen by Invisalign.
Many people wonder what the cost of Invisilign braces is.... here is a very handy online calculator to help!
8. 09. 2013
New technology making dental implants possible for diabetics and people with bone deficiencies
On my post below, I describe the benefis of smile makeovers with dental implants. But some people are at risk for a low sucess rate of bone integration and therefore not good candidates. Some of these people include the elderly,diabetics, people with osteoporosis, smokers. Because of their health issues, they may not be eligible to receive dental implants as their bones may be unable to correctly integrate the new prostheses which replace the tooth root.
But, researchers in Spain have recently developed a dental implant coating using a novel biodegradable material which dramatically increases the sucess rate of adhesion.
Read more about this breakthrough at ScienceDaily.com
If you are interested in dental implants, please contact us.
8. 03. 2013
Dental implants ... right for you?
You should always consult with your dentist about the risks and benefits of dental implants. Dental implants have changed dramatically over the past several years and now the options for having a great smile in a short amount of time are greater than ever.
Our dental office has the latest tools in dentistry like 3-D imaging whcih is a computer generated model of your teeth. This way, we can make precise implants and show you what your smile will be like after the process is completed.
Most of these procedures take a few visits and look amazing! Please visit our Philadelphia dentist office today and have a free cosmtic dental consultation to provide you with the best options to give you that hollywood smile!
7. 30. 2013
A FRIENDY reminder
For all of my college aged patients... before you head back to college, please remember to schedule a teeth cleaning as your bi-annual visit. Having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year is recommended for a healthy smile!
We now have two very convenient locations to choose from in center city and on South Street.
7. 10. 2013
Veneers by lumineer
Cosmetic dentisty is so advanced! A dental veneer can literally transform your appearance. In 2 visits to our office we can give you a natural looking smile that will last for over 20 years AND did I mention that this is a pain-free procedure? Our dentist office is one of the few Philadelphia area dentist offices that has an in-house lab to make custom implants and veneers fast and affordable. Call our office for more info
New Center City Philadelphia Location
2 Penn Center #1906, 1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia PA 19102
5. 30. 2013
emergency dentist philadelphia
It's summer again! We always see an influx of dental emergencies in our office from sports injuries. Baseball and softball injuries to the mouth or teeth are common and include tooth trauma, lost teeth, cracked teeth or cuts to the inside of the mouth. Please take the necessary precautions when playing sports. By wearing a mouthguard, you can prevent traumatic injuries to your teeth. If you experience an injury, please call us.
New Center City Philadelphia Location
2 Penn Center #1906, 1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia PA 19102
Call our office if you have an emergency and need a dentist in Philadelphia: 215.557.6668
5. 17. 2013
Looking for a new dentist office in philadelphia ?
We have just opened a brand new office in Philadelphia. The address is
New Center City Philadelphia Location
2 Penn Center #1906, 1500 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia PA 19102
Phone: 215-557-6668This new location features the latest in dental technology in a spa-like atmosphere. We have one of the best views in the city! Stop by for a peak at our new office, you'll get all the great dental care we have always offered along with the latest cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, smile makeovers and so much more. A new smile awaits you :)
Stop by our office or call us: 215.557.6668 to schedule a dental exam.
5. 09. 2013
Can you brush your teeth too hard?
YES! Take a look at the bristles of your manual toothbrush...are they spread out from the normal shape of the brush? If so, then you are brushing your teeth too hard. Many people think that brushing your teeth with more pressure will clean your teeth more effectively but that is simply not the case. You can cause the enamel to wear off of your teeth and cause your gums to recede by doing this. If your teeth are sensitive, make sure you are using a soft bristle brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste. Using a gentle touch will clean your teeth just fine. Always make sure to use dental floss for cleaning in-between your teeth as well.
Stop by our office or call us: 215.627.1995 to schedule a dental exam. Directions
4. 04. 2013
A note about cleanliness
Recently we have all heard the horrific story in the news about Dr. W. Scott Harrington, the Tulsa-based dentist whose questionable safety and hygiene practices came to light March 29, 2013. This is a truly unfathomable situation which has put a lot of people at risk. The responsibility that a dentist and his/her office staff of keeping a medical office clean, sanitized and safe should not be taken lightly. We want to let all of our patients know that we keep our office and equipment completely sterilized. Your safety and comfort is our number one concern. <
What causes a toothache?
A toothache can be a minor ache or sensitivity but sometimes it can be a throbbing pain! Tooth decay is often the cause of a toothache. But it is very important that you have a complete oral exam to determine the cause of your pain. While tooth decay is the most common, there are other causes as well, including: infections, gum disease, tooth grinding, trauma to your teeth from an accident or an abnormal bite which is creating pain. Even a sinus infection or earache can cause pain in your teeth and when we are stressed, our facial muscles tend to tense up which can result in a pain that feels like it is stemming from your teeth. If you have pain, please contact my office and come in for an exam. Your health is our number one priority andan oral exam is the first step in preventative care. <
what is cerac?
Welcome to the future of dentistry! Our Philadelphia Dentist Office offers the latest in cutting edge technology and one of the most significant techniques is the new CERAC 3-d tooth restoration process. A digitial 3-d image is taken of your chipped, broken, decayed or damaged tooth. The computer software creates a digital, design of your tooth's shape, color and texture and all within one visit, our office can create a custom tooth colored onlay or veneer. The ceramic mold is fitted and creates a highly durable and natural looking tooth.
Call our office to find out more about this amazing process. FAST results for a beautiful smile. <
Supporting Morris animal refuge
We are supporting the efforts and great people of the Morris Animal Refuge by sponsoring them at their annual fundrainsing event. The 2013 Fur Ball, held on Saturday, February 16th at the University of the Arts will be fun for all.
This year's 1960's theme: "All you need is love" features an open bar with 60’s inspired cocktails, gourmet cuisine by 12th Street Catering and a DJ playing groovy tunes from a decade that thrived on spreading love to all!
Please help support this wonderful cause and hope to see you there!
For more info about the 2013 Fur Ball click here.
all natural teeth whitening solutions
Many of my patients have asked how to maintain their bright white smile after they have had a professional teeth whitening in my office. If you are looking for ways to whiten your own teeth, there are a few solutions that can either maintain or whiten that are all natural and found in your fridge! A professional teeth whitening procedure in my dental office is by far the fastest and most dazzling solution. It is painless, fast and works much better than at-home teeth whitening kits. We use ZOOM!
What are some of the foods that can help whiten your teeth?
Not only can milk strengthen your teeth from the calcium it contains, but it can also whiten them and keep teeth healthy.
Apples contain an acid that will decrease stains and also while eating an apple, the skin can dislodge some of the debris found in-between teeth whitening toothpaste
Lemons used to whiten your teeth should be used very sparingly! They contain an acid that if rubbed on your teeth can whiten but it can also work adversely by wearing away at enamel and exposing dentin which can result in sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Stop by our office or call us: 215.627.1995 to schedule your professional teeth whitening.
should i replace my toothbrush after having the flu?
The flu is big in the news recently and many of my patients have been asking me what to do after they have recovered from the flu concerning their toothbrush. It is generally safe to use your toothbrush after you've recovered although it is recommended to change your brush every few months. A good way to sterilize your toothbrush if you've been sick (or another person in your house has been sick with the flu) is to submerge it in a few inches of boiling water. This will kill any bacteria that has found it's way to your brush! Another simple way to sterilize your toothbrush is to put it in the dishwasher. Keep your hands clean when sick with the flu!
The takeaway? The American Dental Association states:
Although studies have shown that various microorganisms can grow on toothbrushes after use, and other studies have examined various methods to reduce the level of these bacteria, there is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects.It seems that from this statement the ADA can not claim any evidence linking bacteria on your toothbrush to unsafe health effects. So, don't run out to the store to buy a new toothbrush because of the flu, unless it has been a few months and you need one anyway! <
diabetes and dental health
In this holiday season we are all guilty in overindulging. Eating all the rich foods and sweets for the next few weeks has become a tradition. I have seen many patients developing diabetes and am asked frequently about the link between diabetes and dental health problems. The American Diabetes Association has stated that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those living with diabetes. People living with diabetes are more susceptible to gum disease and in return, gum disease may potentially affect blood glucose levels therefore contributing to the progression of developing the disease. Diabetics are at a higher risk for oral health problems including: gingivitis & periodontitis. By keeping good blood glucose levels, visiting your dentist every 6 months, drinking plenty of water, avoiding smoking and practicing excellent oral hygiene, diabetics can control the effects of diabetes on their teeth.
Stop by our office today, or call us: 215.627.1995 to schedule your dental exam.
what is a dental veneer?
I've recently had many patients asking me what a dental veneer is. A dental veneer is a very thin, custom made shell, made from either porcelain or resin materials. This shell is bonded to the surface of a tooth that has been chipped, worn down, excessively discolored, irregular in shape or appearance, or uneven. With today's new technology, a dental veneer can be matched perfectly to other teeth making it almost impossible to detect.
If you are wondering whether a veneer would be a good option for your smile, I am always here to answer any of your questions. A great smile is in your future!
Are you searching for an experienced dentist in or around the Philadelphia area? We are here - stop by our South St. office today, or call us: 215.627.1995
some thoughts about all that halloween candy
Every year I cringe at the thought of all of those bags of candy being eaten by young and old alike. When eaten in moderation, candy and chocolate is fine but when your child eats candy every day it can have an impact on his/her teeth. Chewy candies can become lodged in-between teeth and candy eaten at night without a proper brushing can result in tooth decay and cavities.
My advice is to limit candy and make sure that you or your child has properly cleaned and flossed their teeth before going to bed. Rinse with a mouthwash and promote extra flossing to ensure that any candy or sugary chocolate is cleaned from teeth and gums.
If you live in center city Philadelphia and looking for a dentist, please call our office : 215-627-1995
brushing your teeth : electric toothbrush or manual?
We have seen an influx of toothbrushes on the market recently. Many of these are new electric toothbrushes that can cost upwards of $100! Many of my patients have asked me whether they should invest in a Sonicare or Oral B electric toothbrush or just the old-fashioned kind. My answer?
For a thorough cleaning I suggest using both. Yes, it can be beneficial to splurge for one of the new electric toothbrushes, they guarantee that you will spend enough time on each region of the mouth and for patients that brush too hard (or too soft for that matter) they are gentle and thorough. I believe that by having a "manual" toothbrush, you will be more apt to doing a freshen-up brush. Taking a last-second trip out of town is easier when you can throw your toothbrush in an overnight bag and not have to worry about electric chargers.
One thing I can't stress enough is the importance of flossing your teeth. Electric toothbrushes are not the solution to avoiding a good floss!
What to do in a dental emergency
I hope you never need to have an emergency dental visit, but if the situation occurs, here's what to do.
First, decide if it truly is a dental emergency. If you are:
- experiencing a considerable amount of pain
- a dental bridge or crown has come loose
- seeing a lot of swelling and redness
Please call my office 215-627-1995. You should not have to suffer through these instances.
If you live in Philadelphia and need a qualified emergency dentist, please call Dr. Eidelson.
When to choose Invisalign over traditional braces
Today there are many choices when having to straighten your teeth. Invisalign was developed to aesthetically look great and provide excellent and long lasting results. They are fully removable, custom made thermoplastic tray and allow you to brush and floss thoroughly as well as eat without them interfering. Traditional braces can prove to be quite a challenge in this respect, as they are attached to your teeth during the treatment period. As with traditional braces, patients with Invisalign will come in every 4-6 weeks to monitor the progress and make any needed adjustments.
Am I a candidate?
There are several things to consider when choosing Invisalign. Positive results only happen when the patient commits to wearing the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours per day. On average, a treatment period can last up to 12 months, but it really has to be determined by an experienced dentist who is certified by Invisalign. Other special situations include patients who have veneers or considerable bridgework on their teeth, all which should be evaluated by an Invisalign preferred provider. Please do not chose to go to a dentist who is not fully trained and certified by Invisalign!
If you live in Philadelphia and are looking for a qualified, 2012 Invisalign Preferred Provider, please make an appointment to see Dr. Eidelson. He will advise the best treatment plan for your unique situation and help to to achieve a better smile.
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