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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Diet Plays into Dental Health

You are what you eat. Therefore, if your diet isn’t up to par, chances are, neither is your oral health. Oral health and nutrition go hand-in-hand and Dr. Michael Eisenbrock of Bensalem Dentistry is here to explain how. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, sugars, and starches largely contribute to the production of plaque acids that attack tooth enamel and cause decay. So if you refuse to give up your junk food, be sure that you’re visiting us at least twice a year for routine cleanings.


When it comes to your oral health, just like weight loss, your body will see positive results when the right foods are consumed. If you favor cookies, candies, and starchy snacks, make wise choices, or limit the number of snacks you eat. Foods that protect your teeth include nutritious foods such as vegetables, plain yogurt, or a piece of fruit. It also helps to drink plenty of water and (as always) brush your teeth twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, and floss at least once a day.


If you have questions or concerns about your oral health status, please give us a call. To learn more about services we offer, visit www.bensalemdentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Eisenbrock at Bensalem Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, call 215-638-9952. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dental Phobia

It’s one thing to avoid going to the dentist because you have a bit of anxiety, but it’s another thing to put off the health of your mouth because you have a massive phobia of the dental chair. Dental phobia is a serious condition that can leave a patient feeling panic-stricken and terrified. At Bensalem Dentistry, Dr. Michael Eisenbrock promises to make you feel comfortable every step of the way, but if you suffer from this condition, you may want to discuss sedation options.


There are many reasons a person might fear the dentist. Perhaps you had a traumatizing experience as a child, or you fear the pain that a routine cleaning may cause. We understand that it’s easier said than done, but the process of dental work does not need to fill you with terror. Want to know what’s scarier than visiting the dentist? Having your teeth fall out because you never discussed your fears with your dentist. If you suffer from dental fear, no matter the severity, we encourage you to reach out to us so we can discuss your concerns. This way, you can mentally prepare for what’s to come.  


If you would like to discuss your fears with our dentist, please give us a call. To learn more about services we offer, visit www.bensalemdentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Eisenbrock at Bensalem Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, call 215-638-9952. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Makeover Your Smile with Veneers

Dr. Michael Eisenbrock and the staff of Bensalem Dentistry are always answering patient’s questions about how they can improve the appearance of their smile.  There are several cosmetic procedures available to correct tooth color or alignment, but the best way to give your smile a whole new look is with veneers.  Veneers are made from a thin ceramic shell and allow you to make a dramatic change to the appearance of your smile and still look natural.


Patients with cosmetic issues like staining, cracked or chipped teeth, and even crooked teeth and small gaps can achieve a brilliant smile with veneers.  The process can even be completed in as little as two visits. First, you and your dentist will discuss the shape and look you want for your new smile.  Once your teeth are prepared for the treatment, an impression of your teeth is taken. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the custom product is made.  Ask us about options for a temporary smile to wear while your custom veneers are fabricated.  On your final visit, the veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth for you to wear for a lifetime.    


To learn more about veneers and all the services we offer, visit BensalemDentistry.com for more information.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Eisenbrock at Bensalem Dentistry in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, call 215-874-4042.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HPV and Oral Cancer Month

Oral pathology is one of our biggest concerns for our patients at Bensalem Dentistry. Because April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we want to provide up-to-date information about changes in how doctors are thinking about cancers of the mouth and throat. Last year, new oral cancer diagnoses associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV) for the first time outpaced those associated with alcohol and tobacco use.

There is no way of detecting HPV in the mouth. Even if there were, it may not be useful to do so, because there are almost two hundred strains of HPV, of which only nine are known to cause cancer and only one is known to cause throat cancer. HPV usually settles in the back of the mouth and top of the throat, a region called the oropharynx, which is difficult to observe in a way which is not extremely intrusive to the patient. Even if tissue samples were to be scraped from the throat, the tissue is so creviced that random samples would probably not catch infections.

Patients should be aware that simply because they do not smoke does not mean they are not at risk for oral cancer. They can help us catch it by requesting a screening if they notice pain, numbness, or swelling in their throat, jaw, or ears. Though oral cancer rates have risen due to HPV, the virus is treatable, which is why fatalities have continued to decline.

Dr. Michael Eisenbrock runs Bensalem Dentistry at 3554 Hulmeville Road, Suite 111, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 19020. To schedule an appointment, call 215-874-4042 or visit BensalemDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.

WaterLase

Bensalem Dentistry is excited to be using the latest dental technology for our patients. WaterLase is an incredible development in the tools dentists use, and has many benefits to patients as well.  The WaterLase device uses a precise laser combined with a continual spray of water, and can be used on both hard and soft tissue (teeth and gums). When used on the gums, the WaterLase causes little to no bleeding and less swelling after the procedure. The precision that can be achieved by using WaterLase is important for your teeth as well because the laser can target only decayed tissue without compromising the healthy tooth that remains.

Patients who experience anxiety at dental appointments should also try this less invasive and virtually painless method. The WaterLase is so versatile that dentists can complete more work in a single session.  This means less anesthetic for the patient and can even eliminate the need for anesthetic in some cases.  The powerful and precise technology helps dentists achieve great results without causing trauma to the mouth, which results in less pain and recovery time for the patient. Even anxious patients can relax as the WaterLase goes to work, replacing the intimidating drill with a combination of laser and water power.

WaterLase can change the future of your dental appointments, so contact us to make that change. Dr. Michael Eisenbrock runs Bensalem Dentistry at 3554 Hulmeville Road, Suite 111, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 19020. To schedule an appointment, call 215-874-4042 or visit BensalemDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.

Sedation Dentistry

At Bensalem Dentistry we know far too many patients put off dental work because of an anxiety or fear about the procedure. Some patients have had painful or traumatic dental appointments in the past that give them fear, and others may have sensitive teeth or a sensitive gag reflex that makes dental work dreadful. These are not reasons to put yourself at risk by leaving dental issues untreated!
We are equipped to offer sedation to anxious patients, and strive to make the process as comfortable as possible for each patient. In addition to using local anesthetic in the area of a procedure, we have the following options available for sedation:
  • ·        Nitrous Oxide, also called laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient and causes a sleepy euphoria before the patient drifts off
  • ·        Oral Conscious Sedation, or taking a sedative orally before the procedure, keeps the patient awake but they remain completely relaxed and experience no pain
  • ·        Anxiolysis, also administered by taking a pill orally, is most recommended for anxious patients
  • ·        IV Sedation delivers medicine straight into your blood stream to work quickly, and the level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure
Bensalem Dentistry can help anyone experience anxiety-free dental appointments. Dr. Michael Eisenbrock runs Bensalem Dentistry at 3554 Hulmeville Road, Suite 111, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 19020. To schedule an appointment, call 215-874-4042 or visit BensalemDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.

The Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

A little over a year ago, the American Association of Orthodontists issued a public service announcement regarding the dangers of do-it-yourself orthodontics. That announcement was back in the news earlier this year in the wake of a survey the Association conducted on its members which found that 13% of them had treated someone who attempted orthodontics on themselves. As providers of orthodontics at Bensalem Dentistry, we understand the complexity of misalignment corrections and wish to impress upon our patients the necessity of professional supervision.

The length of orthodontic treatment is not an attempt to milk the patient for payments. Teeth are living bones, and moving them requires them to be moved through other living bones. Shifting teeth too quickly will compromise the strength of the jawbone, leaving the teeth loose and at risk of falling out or migrating to their former position.

Many DIY substitutes for wires are also dangerous. Applying elastic bands, floss, and so forth, directly around teeth is likely to put too much pressure on them, restricting their blood supply. Without brackets, these binding materials will likely slide into the wearer’s gum pocket, requiring professional tools to remove.

The services we provide are meant to ensure a lifetime of oral health. Please visit us if you have misaligned teeth instead of doing something which will cost you much more.

Dr. Michael Eisenbrock runs Bensalem Dentistry at 3554 Hulmeville Road, Suite 111, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, 19020. To schedule an appointment, call 215-874-4042 or visit BensalemDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.