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Monday, 24 March 2014 19:42

You Get What You Pay For!

 

You get what you pay for …

While we all like to save on spending costs, there are some places where paying for quality matters. What price can you put on your health? Ask someone who has a serious illness and they will tell you if you don’t have your health, you have nothing..

Years ago we made a decision to work to help our patients get the best quality dental care possible. Years of education and training has allowed us to reach the top of our field. This has been recognized by our profession by the awards received and by our patients by their comments and testimonials. But more importantly we recognize our long relationships with patients and their stable dental health.

If you are concerned at all, please feel free to contact the office at 215-735-8844 or visit our YouTube channel.

Warm regards,

Carl Steinberg

Monday, 17 February 2014 19:05

Cold Weather And Your Teeth!

Most of us are getting tired of the snow and cold this winter season. The very cold temperatures chill our bones but also create an increase in tooth related pain and sensitivity.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry nearly 45 million Americans experience tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is a discomforting sensation in one or more teeth and can be triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks, or even breathing cold air. The discomfort caused by tooth sensitivity can range from an irritation of the tooth to sharp, sudden, and severe shooting pain that is felt deep inside the tooth.

A normal response to cold, hot, etc. is where the sensation will go away within five seconds. If you are still aware of the feeling after that time period it may be more than just a sensitive tooth.

Sensitivity can come from worn teeth, receded gums, cracks and chips in teeth and defective dental work. All of these allow the stimulus (cold,etc.) to reach the inner part (dentin) of the tooth that has nerve endings.

Once the stimulus is gone, the sensation should go as well....unless there is more than just a sensitivity issue.

So if the sensitivity persists it is best to get the situation evaluated.

We are always glad to help. Catching a problem early can lead to an easier fix.

And as the spring approaches, not only does it warm our hearts, but it also warms our teeth!

 

Carl Steinberg

Monday, 20 January 2014 14:34

Are We Accepting New Patients?

 

Are you accepting new patients?  YES!!, YES!!, YES!!!

Our office hears this question regularly so I felt it was time to address it publicly.   Many physicians with crowded waiting rooms can feel overburdened.  Their patients who have a long wait past the appointment time may sense this as well.

Our reception room has only four seats and is only filled when a patient brings a friend or family member with them.  We are prompt and respect each patients appointment time so waiting is at a minimum.  Many patients do come early to sit and have coffee and read a magazine or chat with staff. It is nice to see someone so comfortable in our dental office.

I realize that perception is reality.  We want the perception of our dental practice, which is the reality as well, that we are caring for patients in a warm, friendly, highly skilled environment.  We have the time to take our time with each patient so we can provide both optimal long lasting care and an outstanding experience.

Our current patients know that we are there for them both clinically and emotionally.  Many have been in our practice for decades and we are privileged to treat and know several generations of families.

So, if you know someone that would like the personalized quality care that our office is known for, please refer them and we will welcome them with open arms!

 

Best,

 

Carl Steinberg

 

Monday, 06 January 2014 19:24

Can Dental Visits Be Enjoyable?

Imagine this…. Someone goes back to work after a dental appointment and a co-worker asks, "Where were you?" "I was visiting my dentist." "Oh my, I hate dentists. How can you be so happy?" And the person replies "Are you kidding? I love my dentist! They take such good care of me." The co-worker stares at them in amazement.

Many dentists think the secret to a successful practice is possessing wonderful dental skills. While I believe that providing top notch dentistry is important, what trumps that is what patients see and feel with their experience in the office.

You will notice that you are greeted by our friendly staff as if you were an old family friend. Our welcoming environment lets you know that you will be in trusted caring hands. Every effort is made to address your needs.

Our team is the best reason to choose our office for your care. They indeed are our most valuable asset for you. Many hours are spent on their dental training so we are able to provide you with dentistry that can last a lifetime. But the care and compassion is what shines. We are having fun.

The three minute office video tour below shows what our dental experience is like. Enjoy. Office Music Video Tour

Carl Steinberg

Thursday, 02 January 2014 13:14

Happy New Year 2014!

On behalf of myself and our entire dental team, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for trusting us with your dental health care.

As 2013 ends and 2014 begins I wanted to share some of our thoughts. Our goal is and always has been to provide you with the best up to date dentistry available and the warmest, welcoming, comfortable experience from the moment our phone rings through the time your visit is completed.

2013 was highlighted by the release of our office music video (the link is below). It has been welcomed with great support and has accomplished its goal of sharing in a three minute video the experience of our office visits and the beauty and detail of our dentistry.

We welcomed Angel Eckels to our staff who with the rest of our team works to ensure a 5 star dental visit.

The Academy of General Dentistry honored me this year with its Life Long Service Recognition award. This prestigious award has been granted to only 24 dentists in the state of Pennsylvania.

2014 will continue our commitment to exceptional patient care and relationship. Our computer systems will be updated to provide you with state of the art electronic communication abilities. From the quickness of our digital xrays to the details of our beautiful digital photography, the ability to see and communicate better provides for better patient care.

We will continue to work to create ideas to make your visits as seamless and comfortable as possible.

Finally, I was asked to join the first Spear Study Club in downtown Philadelphia. This club is a multi-specialty group designed to be challenged by the most difficult of dental cases and find lasting solutions.

I am very grateful that you have trusted our office the privilege of providing you with health care. Along with our entire team, I would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

 

To view our office music video tour, please click here!

 

Best wishes,

Carl Steinberg

Going to the dentist shouldn’t be to just check your teeth and gums.  Regular dental visits should included a comprehensive exam of the patient in front of them.  Often times life threatening diseases such as diabetes, cancer and sleep apnea can be detected from signs and symptoms in your mouth.

Diabetes may show early oral signs  such as gum disease that is inappropriate with the level of the patients care.  Taste alteration, shifting of teeth and inflammation of gums and oral tissues are some other signs that may raise a concerned eyebrow.  Denture patients may notice an increased incidence of thrush and oral candidacies.
At every new patient exam and at every hygiene visit an oral cancer screening is performed.  Skin of the exposed head and neck is evaluated for any areas that present a change from normal structure.  Inside the mouth we evaluate all of the tissues as well.   I am amazed at how many people who have been in dental practices never have been screened prior to our visit.  When someone looks at the rear aspects of your tongue, the most common site for oral cancer, people usually remember.  While not an uncomfortable part of the exam, people do remember and is it common for a regular patient to stick their tongue out knowing that part of the exam is about to begin.   Maybe they just like sticking their tongue out at me?
Sleep apnea untreated can be a deadly disease.  Often the signs of sleep apnea show itself and can be misdiagnosed as tooth grinding.  Taking the time to sort out the signs and symptoms can differentiate the two.
We commonly get people who were told they grind there teeth a dentist when in fact the wear was caused by other factors.
Other medical concerns like eating disorders and drug  and alcohol abuse are also commonly noticed orally.
It is important that your dental office has the time to take their time with you.
If you would like more information or a complimentary screening, please call the office and mention this Blog.
Additionally, the office music video tour below will give you a good idea of the type of dental practice we aspire to be.
Dr. Carl Steinberg
1628 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:23

Oral Health and Summer Time

 

As we find ourselves in the heat of summer staying well hydrated is essential. But, there are people who have dry mouths all the time. These people do not find it easy to keep their mouths hydrated and lubricated.


Dry mouth (xerostomia) is caused by a decrease in the amount of salvia in the mouth when the salivary glands do not work properly. The salivary glands help keep your mouth moist, which helps prevent decay and other oral health problems.


Dry mouth may be a sign of a serious health condition or may occur when a person is upset or experiences stress. Studies show that up to 400 medications, prescriptions and over-the-counter, can contribute to symptoms associated with dry mouth. The most common troublemakers are antihypertensives, antidepressants, painkillers, tranquilizers, diuretics, and antihistamines.


You want to prevent dry mouth if possible because it causes difficulty in tasting, chewing, or swallowing. It also allows plaque to build up on your teeth faster, leading to a higher risk of cavities. In certain cases, a lack of moisture can make your tongue become very sensitive, causing a condition called burning mouth syndrome.


Saliva helps wash away cavity-causing bacteria, provides enzymes to help digest food, protects teeth from decay, and keeps oral tissues healthy. Without saliva you would lose your teeth much faster.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental care are your best bets to help keep this as stable as possible. There are saliva substitutes and aids that can be helpful.

Please call to discuss any questions you may have.

Drs. Steinberg and Weger

215-735-8844

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 19:18

The Importance of Long Relationships

The longest relationships start with the first date.  That is true for people who have been married for 30 years as well as patients in our practice that we have had the pleasure of providing dental care for.

First and most important is that your dentist and dental staff should be listening to what your concerns are.  It is very important that you feel comfortable with your dental office and all the staff.  You should get to know them and they should get to know you.    There should be enough time set aside for you so you feel welcomed.

So, what should happen during a dental visit?  Your care should be complete, thorough and personalized.  Whether it be an initial exam, a cleaning visit or comprehensive dental care, you should feel confident that you are being well cared for.  You should be informed of what is going to be done before you start.  Afterwards a review of what was done and any post operative instructions should be discussed.  And finally a brief discussion of what will occur at the next visit.

You should leave that first visit feeling confident that you are in the right place.

There are different qualities in most things we encounter in life.  What level of quality do you want?

More details of types of dental visits to follow with future blogs.  Also, more info can be found at www.DentistryinPhiladelphia.com or contact us directly at 215-735-8844. You can also view the video of Dr. Steinberg by clicking here.

Carl Steinberg

 

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:36

Great Costume Doc!

While you may think that a dentist in full gear is a scary Halloween costume, there are good reasons that they are dressed that way.

 

The bug-eyed glasses, while very stylish, are actually surgical telescopes. Dr. Steinberg uses six times power magnification. Looking through the telescopes allows him to see incredible detail. There is an old saying, “the better you can see, the better you can do”.

 

The headlight which is a battery operated LED light allows the field of vision to be flooded with a high level of brightness. It is focused on the same area that the surgical telescopes are designed to see. So no matter where the focal point may be, that area is bright and clearly visible. Comparing the headlight to an old overhead light is literally night and day. Not only does it allow Dr. Steinberg to see better and work better, but it also tells our assistants where the focus of the work is being performed so they can aid in the care of our patients.

 

Surgical masks aid in the prevention of inhaling airborne matter. Both the doctor and patient are mutually protected.

 

I remember many years ago when I first started to use magnification. I was visiting Dr. Mark Krupnick’s office. His quote to me regarding magnification was, “If a dentist wasn’t using magnification while working on me, I wouldn't walk out of the dental chair, I would run!”

 

State of the art dentistry allows us to see and work better. It allows us to use our care, skill and judgment to provide optimal care and help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

 

If you have and questions, please feel free to call 215-735-8844 or visit our website at www.DentistryinPhiladelphia.com

 

Carl Steinberg

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 15:19

Eight Benefits to Brushing Your Teeth

Eight Benefits of Tooth Brushing – That Have Nothing To Do With Your Teeth!

 

We are all aware that brushing your teeth on a regular basis prevents cavities and keeps you smiling. But there are many other surprising benefits, including these eight that don’t have to do with your teeth!

 

1. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, participants who did not brush on a regular basis had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia compared to those who did brush. So don’t forget to brush!!

 

2. A study in The American Journal of Medicine found that regular brushing decreases the chance of stroke! Wow - two very serious diseases can be curtailed with good oral hygiene. And the list goes on…..

 

3. As any dentist, hygienist or physician can tell you, regular brushing (and flossing) helps to prevent gum disease. But you may not know that along with causing stinky breath and unattractive smiles, gum disease is a major indicator of heart disease and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.

 

4. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that increased brushing decreases the risk of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and COPD. Why? Bacteria which form on the teeth make their way into the lungs and respiratory tract, wreaking havoc along the way.

 

5. Dental researcher Dr. Caitia Gazola has shown that having healthy teeth and gums increases the chances of having healthy babies, while dental disease can cause underweight pre-term babies. And men – you aren’t off the hook! We strongly suspect that not brushing your teeth regularly can exclude you from the whole pregnancy process!

 

6. Prevention magazine has reported that regular brushing can help you maintain a healthy weight! Why? Brushing your teeth indicates to your brain that mealtime is over. Plus – food just doesn’t taste as good with squeaky clean teeth!

 

7. Okay guys – here’s your turn. Several studies have shown that men with poor oral hygiene are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction. Scared yet???

 

8. Have a heart – a healthy one that is! The American Journal of Medicine has linked dental health with heart attack risk.

 

So if clean teeth, fresh breath, a beautiful smile and fewer cavities aren’t enough, here are eight reasons why brushing your teeth on a regular basis can save your life! Plus let’s face it – going around with a big piece of tomato stuck between your chompers in not the most attractive look in the world!

 

Just as important as brushing your teeth is doing it correctly. And if you are not getting regular dental cleanings, your efforts aren’t nearly as effective.

At Drs. Steinberg and Weger’s office, we care about your dental health and your medical health too!!

 

If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, please call us right away at 215-735-8844. We are here to help you!!

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