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For a lot of us, the new year means making resolutions to look better, get healthier, be happier, or improve life as a whole. Whatever specifics your resolutions may include, don’t overlook the chance to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry from Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim.

There’s a lot to say about a healthy, beautiful smile. Some people are lucky to have been born with one. Others have to battle against genetics, accidents, or aging. When time, or life itself, takes a toll on your teeth, your confidence can dwindle and it’s common to begin hiding your smile. However, you don’t need to hide forever. Chesheim Dental can help.

Our Erdenheim cosmetic dentistry options can get you smiling again, help boost your confidence, and fulfill your New Year’s resolution to look better, feel better, and be happier. Whether you need a professional whitening to brighten your smile, veneers to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth, or a complete smile makeover, we’re here to make it all possible.

There’s never been a better time to get healthy and confident for life. If you’re ready to stop hiding and start smiling, give us a call to schedule an appointment today. We’ll work with you to find the best cosmetic dentistry treatment for you. This is the year, ring in the New Year with a new smile from Chesheim Dental Associates.

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In addition to following a good home oral healthcare routine of flossing and brushing, maintaining biannual dental checkups at Chesheim Dental Associates is the best thing you can do for the health of your smile, and your body.

When you stop in for your six month appointment, we’ll check for any signs of gum disease, oral cancer, cavities, broken teeth, damaged fillings, and more. We’ll also conduct a thorough cleaning and polish and floss your teeth for a clean, fresh mouth.

While we obviously love to keep your teeth and gums healthy, visiting us at least every six months doesn’t only help your smile, it can also help protect your overall health

Oral health issues, like gum disease, can lead to whole-body problems such as cancer, strokes, heart disease, and other scary health problems. By maintaining regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Erdenheim, you can help catch any potential problems before they start or before they have a chance to affect the rest of your body.

Visiting Chesheim Dental Associates at least twice a year is essential to your oral healthcare routine. If you’re at risk for certain dental issues, we’ll sometimes recommend that you see us more often to ensure that we’re being proactive with your health.

If you’re due for a checkup and cleaning, give our Erdenheim dental office a call to schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to see you!

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At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we hear this question often, “Is flossing really that important?” The short answer is, “Yes, flossing is that important.” And here’s why.

Flossing is a crucial part of having a healthy mouth and healthy gums. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends daily flossing in order to achieve optimal oral health. By properly flossing, you’re able to remove food particles, plaque and bacteria that forms between teeth, something that brushing alone can’t do.

While brushing is a very important to the well being of your mouth, to get the healthiest mouth possible, it should be paired with flossing. A proper brushing-flossing combination reduces your risk of cavities and gum disease, and makes your Erdenheim dentist very happy!

Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums

  • Floss before brushing your teeth

  • Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion

  • Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline

  • Repeat on the opposite tooth

  • Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each set of teeth

  • Finish up with a proper brushing

Even if you brush twice a day and floss daily, it’s still important to maintain regular visits to your dental office in Erdenheim. Due for a checkup or professional cleaning? Don’t worry. Call Chesheim Dental Associates today to schedule your appointment today.

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Toothpaste

We all know that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day – but how do you know if you’re using the right toothbrush and toothpaste? At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we think it’s important, not only to keep up with brushing your teeth, but to also make sure you know if you’re using a good toothbrush and toothpaste.

Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different size mouths. For larger mouths, a full-head toothbrush may be preferred, whereas if your mouth is smaller, you may opt for a compact head or even a youth toothbrush. Either way, your toothbrush should be able to fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to easily reach all areas.

The type of bristles a toothbrush has is directly related to how well your toothbrush is cleaning your teeth without causing damage. We recommend using a soft-bristle toothbrush, not only because they bend more easily to access those hard-to-reach places, but also because they are less damaging than hard bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation and can even damage the tooth surface.

The type of toothpaste you use is also important to your oral health. Here are a few key things to look for to make sure your toothpaste is giving your smile the best clean.

First, you need like the flavor, texture, and the toothpaste overall. Choosing a paste that you enjoy helps encourage you to brush everyday, twice a day.

Another way to make sure you’re using the right toothpaste is to look for the all-important ingredient of fluoride. Fluoride has been proven to protect tooth enamel from decay and is crucial to a healthy mouth. In fact, according to the Academy of General Dentistry, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40%.

Besides fluoride, toothpastes are also made to cater to individual needs and can include speciality features like helping with sensitivity, tartar control, whitening, and breath-freshening.

Using the right toothbrush and toothpaste is important to your at-home dental hygiene routine, but there’s more to maintaining optimal oral health than simply using the right products at home. Keeping up with regularly scheduled professional cleanings and checkups are crucial to ensuring a healthy mouth. If you’re due for a professional cleaning or checkup, call our Erdenheim dental office to schedule your appointment today!

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Yikes! You broke a crown. And the part of having it restored you like the least is biting into that mass of impression goop – it makes you gag every time and it has to stay in your mouth for what feels like hours. Worse, sometimes the impression for something like a dental crown has to be taken twice. Not anymore! Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim now has the iTero intraoral digital scanner to make getting any restoration – like your crown – as easy as 1,2,3!

iTero Technology:

1. Creates precision images for incredibly accurate restorations

2. Eliminates the gooey discomfort of impressions

3. Shortens your appointments and eliminates the need for return appointments

It all adds up to a better better, more comfortable restoration process. So about that broken crown… come see us for a goopless experience!

iTero – More Than Just Crowns

Chesheim Dental Associates has invested in iTero technology to save you time and make restorations and other dentistry much easier and more comfortable. Since the iTero makes any procedure more accurate, we use it to replace conventional impression taking methods and improve the quality and effectiveness of crowns, porcelain inlays and onlays, porcelain veneers, implant restorations and Invisalign treatment.

The Benefits of iTero

Instead of putty molds that are messy and not always accurate, we take a digital scan of your bite that creates an intricate 3D image in real time. With iTero, the only thing that touches your teeth is the tip of a hand-held wand. The digital impression is complete in approximately three to five minutes. No waiting for the putty to dry, and no re-molding. And best of all, the digital impression can be sent electronically to our partner labs so your restoration will fit better and last longer.

If you need a crown – or any other restorative or cosmetic dental procedure – call our dental office in Erdenheim. We can make your smile look and feel great with no gagging involved!

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Toothbrush

We all know that it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day — but how do you know if you’re using the right toothbrush? At Chesheim Dental Associates in Erdenheim, we think it’s important to not only keep up with brushing your teeth, but also to make sure that you know what makes a good toothbrush, and that you’re using the right one.

Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different mouth sizes. For larger mouths, a full-head toothbrush may be preferred whereas if your mouth is smaller, you may opt for a compact head or even a youth toothbrush. Either way, your toothbrush should be able to fit in your mouth comfortably and allow you to easily reach all areas.

The handle of your toothbrush is also an important component to consider. While it’s important that the shape of the toothbrush is comfortable for you, it’s also necessary to make sure that the handle length and shape allows you to fit the toothbrush easily into your mouth and back to your molars, maintaining steady control.

While certain aspects of choosing a toothbrush are personal preferences, like size, shape, and color, other parts of a toothbrush shouldn’t be so subjective.

The type of bristles a toothbrush has is directly related to how well your toothbrush is cleaning your teeth, without causing damage. Chesheim Dental Associates recommends using a soft-bristle toothbrush, not only because it bends more easily to reach those hard-to-reach places, but also because it is less damaging than hard bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation and may even cause damage to the tooth surface.

At our dental office in Erdenheim, we not only recommend using a toothbrush that has the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal, but also maintaining regularly scheduled hygiene visits and check ups. If you’re due for a professional dental cleaning, give Chesheim Dental Associates a call today. We love to see you smile!

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In our last two blogs, we discussed what gum disease is, its symptoms, and how it can affect the rest of your body and your overall health. All of us at Chesheim Dental Associates also want you to know that despite how scary periodontal disease is, it is actually very easy to prevent.

There are two main ways to prevent gum disease that are simple and inexpensive daily habits – brushing your teeth and flossing. By brushing your teeth for 2-3 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and by flossing regularly, your chances of developing gum disease greatly decrease.

How else can you keep your gums healthy?

In addition to brushing and flossing, there are several other ways that you can keep your gums, and your body, healthy.

  • Eat a balanced diet that limits sticky sweet foods

  • Don’t smoke. In fact, tobacco use increases your risk of gum disease by six times!

  • Visit your Erdenheim dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings

Visiting our dental office in Erdenheim regularly is a great way to keep an eye on your oral health and also to spot any trouble areas before they have a chance to become big problems. If we do happen to find active gum disease, don’t worry. Although gum disease is a scary thing, it is easily treatable with early detection.
So if you’re due for a checkup or if you have concerns about the health of your gums, call your Erdenheim Dentists at Chesheim Dental to schedule your appointment today. Together we can stop gum disease and help keep you healthy.

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Gum Disease

In our last blog, we discussed what periodontal (gum) disease is, some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate the disease, and how important it is to come see us at our Erdenheim dental office as soon as possible if you’re experiencing any of those symptoms. Today we’re going to tell you why a quick diagnosis and early treatment of periodontal disease is so important.

Your gums are the window to your overall health. They not only let us know if there is an issue in your mouth, they can also indicate other problems within your body. And when they’re infected, they can make you more susceptible to serious health issues and diseases.

In fact, people with gum disease are more prone to strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, among other severe health concerns.

How can a disease in your mouth cause problems in the rest of your body?

There are four main ways that periodontal disease can lead to other serious health concerns.

  1. Bloodstream – Chewing food injects infectious bacteria into your bloodstream, which is then carried throughout your body.

  2. Breathing – Periodontal bacteria can be breathed into the lungs and increase the chance of lung disease.

  3. Transmission – Periodontal infection can be transferred directly from spouse to spouse and parent to child through a simple kiss.

  4. Immune System – Gum disease can lower your immune system, making you less effective at fighting off infections.

While we know that gum disease can lead to serious medical problems and diseases, at Chesheim Dental Associates, we also know that early diagnosis and proactive treatment can keep gum disease from causing any of these major health concerns. That’s why keeping up with your regularly scheduled visits is so important.

If you’re due for an exam, call our Erdenheim dental office today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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You know we’re always happy to see you at Chesheim Dental Associates. We think of you as part of our extended family, so we’re truly concerned when we see patients with periodontal disease, or what we usually call “gum disease.”

When gum disease is in its early stages, you might not even be aware that there’s a problem. In that case, your gum disease may go untreated and progressively get worse. If that happens, then your gums are harder to treat, and your teeth and overall health can be at serious risk.

What Is Gum Disease?

If you read or hear anything about gum disease, you probably run across different terms that all sound like the same thing. Let’s start with some of the basics.

  • Periodontal disease and gum disease are the same thing. It’s an infection of the gums, the tissues that are holding your teeth in place.

  • Gingivitis is the mildest form of periodontal disease, and when you might not spot the symptoms yourself. Your gums become red and swollen, and may bleed easily when brushing or flossing. You may think some bleeding is natural when you’re cleaning your teeth—not true! It’s one of the first signs that you should call our dental office in Erdenheim for a checkup and to have us assess the health of your gums.

  • Periodontitis occurs when the dental plaque that forms on your teeth begins to spread below the gum line. The bacteria in plaque irritate your gums and cause inflammation, and that’s when the gum tissue can break down. This can cause loose teeth, or even the loss of one or more teeth.

Healthy teeth and gums are important building blocks for good overall health and well being. They’re one of our first priorities when you’re here for checkups. If you’re due for a regular visit, or have any questions or concerns, give our Erdenheim dental office a call to schedule a visit.

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It is important to your dental health to visit the dentist every 6 months for a thorough checkup and cleaning. But perhaps even more important is the preventive measures you take every day, including what you eat and drink and your oral hygiene regimen.

Your diet can have a dramatic effect on your oral health. Think of it this way: if it is bad for your diet, it is not good for your teeth. For example, energy drinks, like Red Bull have been found to damage tooth enamel, greatly increasing the risk of cavities and increasing tooth sensitivity. Once enamel is gone, it can’t be replaced.

Other “foods” that are bad for your teeth are sticky snacks – think fruit chews, caramels or other chewy candy. These treats can loosen dental restorations. And if you have a restoration that is already loose, chewy candy can pull it right out. Hard candies are also bad for your teeth. They linger in your mouth for a long time, allowing sugar to coat you teeth. Sour candies have a high acid level that can damage tooth enamel. Even gummy vitamins that you take to be healthy can be damaging to your teeth for these very reasons.

But if you think you just have to be wary of simple sugars, like candy and soda, think again. Even complex carbohydrates turn into sugar in your mouth . . . sugar that bacteria can use to produce acid and damage teeth.

In addition to carefully monitoring what goes in your mouth is actually taking care of your mouth with your home oral hygiene regimen. You should thoroughly brush your teeth with a quality, fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. You should also floss daily. We also recommend using a fluoride rinse and an oral irrigator, like the HydroFloss or WaterPik, for an even deeper clean at home.