Chew Your Way to a Healthier Smile

Tooth Decay and Sugar Free Gum, Chester Springs, PABelieve it or not, the right type of chewing gum can actually help your teeth stay healthy! The American Dental Association (ADA) has approved chewing gum as a tool to fight tooth decay. Of course, this should be sugar-free gum, but there are a few choices out there that are not only harmless but actually good for you. Talk to Dr. Jason Petkevis during your next visit to our Chester Springs PA office to find out exactly how chewing gum can keep your teeth healthy.

Why?

Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which is particularly beneficial after eating. When we eat, cavity-creating particles can potentially be left behind on the teeth. Over time this could lead to plaque build-up in those places that are hard to reach with your toothbrush such as in the back of the mouth and between teeth. More saliva in the mouth helps wash away the food particles, and it also contributes more phosphate and calcium to the mouth to strengthen tooth enamel. Reducing the buildup of plaque on your teeth and building stronger enamel means fewer cavities!

What?

Of course, a lot of chewing gum available on the market is loaded with sugar, which Dr. Petkevis does not recommend. Too much sugar feeds oral bacteria living on the plaque in your mouth, which increases the risk of cavities. If these bacteria are well-fed, they multiply faster, and the bacteria will eat away at tooth enamel and eventually create cavities. Avoiding sugar helps your teeth and your overall health, as well. Instead, you should choose a sugar-free gum that is ADA-approved. You can check the packaging for the ADA seal for this designation. Gums with this seal contain artificial sweeteners that do not contribute to cavities.  Doing this assures you that your chewing gum is sugar-free and actually beneficial to your oral health.

When?

Chewing ADA-approved sugarless gum after eating has been clinically shown to help prevent tooth decay due to the increase of saliva flow to the mouth. However, chewing gum is only meant to be one tool of many to prevent tooth decay. Always brush your teeth at least twice daily, floss once at least once a day, and make regular appointments with your dentist. Chewing gum does not have to be harmful but it can’t replace these other very important steps in your oral hygiene routine! If you have any questions about your oral health, don’t hesitate to call 610.400.1459 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Petkevis. It's suggested that you always consult with your dentist before starting any new dental regiment. Regular examinations and cleanings at your dental office are the best way to maintain your oral health and catch serious oral health issues early to avoid painful and complicated procedures.

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How Do I Manage My Dental Fear?

Do you suffer from dental fear or anxiety? Whether your dental fear stems from a past experience or a fear of losing control, our team at Dental Distinction can work with you to help you get the dental care you need. Dr. Jason Petkevis leads a team of highly trained, compassionate professionals. We work with you to ensure you are safe, comfortable, and relaxed throughout your treatment. Don't let dental fear be the reason you oral health suffers. In this blog post, we will discuss some simple ways to keep you relaxed during your dental visit. Visiting the dentist doesn't have to be scary if you are under the care of a trusted, experienced dentist; visit our Chester Springs, PA dental office for the dental care you need.

Tips For Managing Dental Fear

  • Bring a friend t0 help keep you relaxed during your dental visit. Bring a friend with you for moral support.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your dentist questions. If you want to know more about your treatment or the type of tools used, ask your dentist.
  • Sedation dentistry may be right for you. Sedation dentistry can be used to keep you relaxed and calm throughout your treatment. Sedation dentistry is also helpful for patients with a strong gas reflex or patients who need multiple procedures during one visit.
  • Try deep breathing techniques to help keep you relaxed. Try finding deep breathing techniques that work for you.
  • Try listening to music or an audiobook to take your mind off your procedure.
  • Ask your dentist if you can take a break when you start to feel anxious. Taking breaks may help you stay calm throughout your visit.

Schedule An Appointment

Visit our Chester Springs dental office for the dental care you need. Dr. Petkevis is a trusted, experienced dentist who is committed to improving your oral health.  To schedule an appointment, call or request an appointment online.

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What Do I Do If I Chipped My Tooth?

What do i do if i chipped my tooth chester springs pa Chipping a tooth is a common occurrence amongst patients of all ages. Some patients don't even realize they chipped a tooth until well after the tooth has been damaged. If you chip a tooth, it is imperative that you schedule a visit to our Chester Springs, PA dental office as soon as possible. The longer you wait to repair a chipped tooth, the more likely you will experience further tooth damage. In advanced cases, a chipped tooth may lead to an exposed nerve which may cause discomfort, pain, or tooth sensitivity. If applicable, patients should keep the chipped portion of the tooth and store it in a moist plastic bag. be sure to bring it with you to your appointment. Dr. Jason Petkevis is a family dentist in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Dr. Petkevis offers a full range of restore, general, and cosmetic dentistry services to address patients with chipped, fractured, and broken teeth. If you have a chipped tooth, visit our Chester Springs, PA dental office for the dental care you need. Dr. Petkevis can work with to find the right solution for your specific case.

Solutions For A Chipped Tooth

Reoccuring Tooth Damage: If you consistently experience chipped teeth, you may be suffering from an underlying dental concern. Broken teeth may be a result of an imbalanced bite, TMJ disorder, or teeth grinding. Dr. Petkevis has completed extensive training in identifying and treating TMJ and other bite disorder. An imbalanced bite can cause stress on certain teeth, causing them to weaken and break over time. Dr. Petkevis will work with you to identify any underlying dental concerns and create a solution based on your needs. Treatment options may include bite equilibration (reshaping the teeth), orthodontics or other restorative treatments to rebalance the bite. One Time Tooth Damage: For patients who have experienced trauma or an accident that has resulted in a chipped tooth, Dr. Petkevis may recommend general or cosmetic dentistry treatment to restore your smile. Depending on the location and extent of damage, Dr. Petkevis may recommend dental bonding, dental crowns, or porcelain veneers, to restore your smile.

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 610.400.1459 or schedule an appointment online.

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Get Straighter Teeth With Invisalign

Invisalign is an effective tool used to address a wide range of orthodontic issues. Invisalign utilizes clear, removable aligners to effectively straighten crooked or misaligned teeth. Invisalign treatment is similar to traditional braces, except Invisalign does not require brackets, wires, or metal to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign aligners are made from clear, hard-soft plastic that provides a more comfortable, discreet treatment. Invisalign can be recommended for teen and adult patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Dr. Jason Petkevis is a Chester Springs Invisalign provider. If you want to learn more about Invisalign, visit Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA.

All About Invisalign

Invisalign can be used to shift the teeth into proper alignment gradually. Invisalign is used to address a wide range of orthodontic concerns including:
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crooked teeth
To determine if Invisalign is right for you, Dr. Petkevis will perform a comprehensive exam. During your comprehensive exam, Dr. Petkevis will decide if your orthodontic issues are caused by an underlying dental concern. Not only is it important for Dr. Petkevis to straighten your smile, but it is also important to achieve a healthy, functional smile. Benefits of Invisalign
  • Removable aligners
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Reduced gum tissue and soft tissue irritation
  • Straighter teeth
  • Clear aligners
  • Reduce the risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay
  • Predictable results
  • Personalized treatment planning that addresses your dental needs
  • Discreet, comfortable treatment

Schedule A Consultation

Dr. Petkevis offers consultations for Invisalign treatment in our Chester Springs, PA dental office. We can work with you to determine if Invisalign treatment is right for your dental needs. To learn more about Invisalign treatment, contact Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, VA. To schedule an Invisalign consultation, call 610.400.1459 or Request an appointment online. We welcome patients to visit our Chester Springs dental office for personalized, effective solutions to address their dental concerns.

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It’s Oral Cancer Awareness Month

oral cancer screening chester springs pa Oral cancer may sometimes be hard to identify. It is important for patients to visit the dentist twice a year for preventive care visits. During the preventive care visit, Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis can carefully examine your mouth, cheeks, gums, and throat for any signs of oral cancer. Dr. Petkevis is a trained dentist who has experience identifying and treating complex dental problems. Regular oral cancer screenings can be life-saving for some patients, so Dr. Petkevis suggest that patients visit our Chester Springs dental office. Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the oral cavity and may present itself in a variety of symptoms. Symptoms of oral cancer may include:
  • a sore throat
  • white or red patches in the mouth
  • sores or lesions in the mouth or lips
  • lumps in the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat
  • difficulty moving the jaw
  • pain or tenderness in the jaw
  • numbness in the tongue or lips
If you notice any changes in your oral health or any of the symptoms listed above, please schedule a visit to our Chester Springs dental office. Dr. Petkevis can work with your to determine if you are at risk for oral cancer. If needed, Dr. Petkevis will work with your healthcare specialist to coordinate the appropriate care for your needs.

Schedule An Oral Cancer Screening in Chester Springs, PA

Preventive dental care can help patients receive the early diagnosis needed to improve their quality of life. If you haven't visited the dentist in the past six months, you may benefit from a preventive care visit. If you would like to schedule a screening, call 610.400.1459 or schedule an appointment online. 

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Celebrate National Dentist’s Day

National Dentist's Day is celebrated every March to highlight the hard work your dentist does to help keep your smile healthy! Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis is committed to providing the highest standard of dental care to each of his patients to ensure their teeth are strong and healthy. Dr. Petkevis takes the time to address your needs and create a treatment plan that will help promote long-lasting, stable results. In this post, we would like to share what some of our patients are saying about their visit to Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA.

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Petkevis and our dental care team strive to provide an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable and well-informed. We take our time to address your dental needs and work with you to find the ideal solution for your smile.
I have spent many years looking for a dentist that I felt I could trust. After trying many in the area, I came across Dental Distinction and it couldn't have been better timing. I required several appointments over the span of a month and a half and every appointment went seamlessly. The office staff is great and Dr. Petkevis is very thorough in his explanations. The office itself offers many perks such as tv and massaging chairs to add comfort. I highly recommend Dental Distinction. - Theresa A. I have always had a great experience at Dental Distinction. The office provides a comfortable atmosphere with friendly staff who make a considerable effort to work with my schedule. Dr. Petkevis is very professional but has a relaxed demeanor and is always up to date with the latest trends in dentistry. He is also very thorough, as he considers broader health issues associated with dental hygiene and goes above and beyond what I have experienced at other dental offices. - Antonio S. Dr. Petkevis and the staff at Dental Distinctions are top notch! Extremely professional and friendly. Dr. Petkevis always explain my options in advance and walks me through each procedure. The office is very clean and a relaxing environment. Highly recommended practice! Sara S.  

Schedule An Appointment

At Dental Distinction, we understand that dentistry isn't a one size fits all industry. We work with each patient to create personalized solutions that address the aesthetic, function, and health of your natural smile. Dr. Petkevis and our dental care team are committed to helping each of our patients improve the health of their smile. If you would like to explore your options or schedule an appointment, contact Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA.

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Get Porcelain Veneers in Chester Springs, PA

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis offers custom-made porcelain veneers in Chester Springs, PA. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin, translucent shells that cover the front and sides of the teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to correct gapped teeth, discolored teeth, damaged teeth, and small misalignment issues. Dr. Petkevis will examine your teeth to determine if porcelain veneers are the right cosmetic solution for you. Dr. Petkevis also offers lumineers and composite resin veneers.

What To Expect: Porcelain Veneers

During your consultation, Dr. Petkevis will discuss your dental goals and thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if dental veneers are right for you. Receiving dental veneers usually requires 2-3 visits to our Chester Springs dental office. Dr. Petkevis will begin by removing a small amount of tooth enamel from the teeth. He will then take impressions of your teeth to create your custom dental veneers. Once the impressions are made, they are sent to a lab for fabrication. Creating dental veneers may take anywhere from 2-3 weeks so Dr. Petkevis may fit you for temporary veneers during the waiting period. Once you dental veneers are completed, Dr. Petkevis will carefully attach them to the front and sides of the teeth and check the quality and fit. Dental veneers can be a natural looking, long-lasting solution to a wide range of dental issues. If you don't want to commit to dental veneers, dental bonding may also give you the results you desire. Visit our Chester Springs dental office to explore your options. Dr. Petkevis can work with you to create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Schedule An Appointment

Dental veneers can give you the smile makeover you've been dreaming of. As a highly trained dentist, Dr. Petkevis takes his time to craft beautiful, long lasting smiles. If you want to see if dental veneers are right for you, you can visit our Chester Springs dental office. Patients can call our office to set up an appointment or schedule an appointment online.

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Treating Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment Chester Springs PA Finding the right solution to treat gum disease can be beneficial for your oral health as well as your overall health. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health and cause advanced dental problems in the future. In advanced cases, gum disease can cause deep pockets to form on the gum line which may result in shifting teeth, and eventually tooth loss. At Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA, general dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis offers complete, advanced dental care for patients with gum disease. Catching gum disease early allows patients to have a wider range of treatment options and also may minimize the chance of needing invasive treatment. If you are experiencing any signs of gum disease, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Petkevis. Patients can contact our Chester Springs dental office or schedule an appointment online.

Signs of Gum Disease

The signs of gum disease vary from patient to patient. Some patients may experience minimal symptoms, while another patient may experience the majority of the symptoms. During your visit, Dr. Petkevis will examine your gums, you can disclose any symptoms you may be experiencing, and you can also ask any question you have regarding your oral health. Symptoms of Gum Disease:
  • Swollen or irritated gums
  • Bad breath
  • A toothache
  • Bleeding gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Red, or discolored gums
  • Shifting, or lose teeth
  • Missing teeth
None of the symptoms listed above are an indication of a great oral health standing. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, you may need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Petkevis. Dr. Petkevis will be able to examine your smile and determine which treatment is best for you.

Treatment Options For Gum Disease

Dr. Petkevis offers a wide range of periodontal therapy services to treat patients with early and advanced stages of gum disease. Dr. Petkevis will examine your smile and determine which treatment best suits your needs. Depending on your needs, Dr. Perkevis may recommend one or more of these treatments to improve the health of your smile.

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Did You Know These Habits Could Damage Your Teeth?

Everyone has habits, but did you know some of those habits could be harming your teeth? In dentistry, our goal is to help protect your teeth and prevent the development of complex dental problems in the future. Restorative dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis has years of experience correcting teeth that have been damaged due to bad habits. As one of the leading dentists in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Petkevis is committed to helping patients achieve a healthier smile. Dr. Petkevis works with each patient to address any dental concern and provides a treatment that is right for them.

Habits That Can Damage Your Teeth

  • Biting Your Nails: Nail biting can put pressure on your teeth and even wear them down over time. In advanced cases, nail-biting may lead to crack or chipped teeth.
  • Incorrectly Brushing Your Teeth: We know that brushing is great for your teeth. Brushing helps remove harmful bacteria in the mouth that can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. However, if you are incorrectly brushing your teeth, you can cause damage to your teeth and gums.
  • Teeth Grinding: Teeth grinding can put pressure on the teeth, causing cracked or chipped teeth in the process. Teeth grinding can even cause symptoms like headaches, jaw pain, and shifting teeth. Teeth grinding can seriously affect the function of the jaw, so it is important that you visit our Chester Springs dental office for a comprehensive exam.
  • Using the teeth as a tool: Using your teeth to open cans or packages can damage your teeth in the long run. Using your teeth as a tool can lead to fractures, cracks, or chips in the enamel.

Schedule An Appointment

Being aware of these habits can help keep your teeth protected. Also, scheduling routine preventive care exams can help Dr. Petkevis find any signs of teeth damage and provide a treatment plan to improve your smile. If you need schedule an appointment, patients can contact our Chester Springs dentist office or schedule an appointment online.

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Solutions For Damaged Teeth

Oral cancer awareness month, Chester Springs, PA Chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth can happen to anyone at any age. Patients may experience tooth damage due to poor oral hygiene, trauma, and age. No matter the reason, cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis offers solutions for patients with damaged teeth. In order to treat your smile effectively, it is important to understand what caused your tooth damage. Dr. Petkevis performs a comprehensive exam to determine if any underlying problems have to lead to chips, fractures, or cracks in the teeth. If treatment is needed, Dr. Petkevis will work with you to plan out a treatment that works for you. Damaged teeth may lead to:
  • Cavities
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Infection
  • Tooth decay
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Tooth loss

Solutions for Damaged Teeth

Finding a solution for your damaged teeth can prevent a more complex dental problem from developing. When finding the ideal solution for your needs, Dr. Petkevis take into account your dental goals, your concerns, your overall oral health, and your lifestyle. To repair damaged teeth, Our Chester Springs dental office offers dental bonding and dental crowns.
  • Dental Bonding: Dental bonding helps seal out tooth decay. The bonding material can be molded, shaped, and color match to resemble your natural teeth. Dental bonding can be an ideal solution for patients with minor chips and cracks.
  • Dental Crown. Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain for their durable and able to resemble your natural teeth.  A dental crown acts as a cap that fits securely on the tooth.
Our Chester Springs dental office offers a range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to repair damaged teeth. Dr. Petkevis believes that prevention is key in dentistry. We like to inform patients of the proper practices to keep their smile healthy and avoid the development of complex dental problems and dental concerns. We suggest that patients visit our Chester Springs dental office twice a year for preventive care visits. During preventive care visits, Dr. Petkevis will perform an exam to thoroughly check the teeth, gums, jawbone, and mouth for any signs of dysfunction. Dr. Petkevis may be able to catch any early signs and prevent tooth damage in the future.

Visit Our Chester Springs Dental Office

We offer a range of dental services to improve the quality of your smile. If you are suffering from damage teeth, schedule an appointment with cosmetic dentists Dr. Petkevis. Patients can contact our Chester Springs dental office to schedule an appointment.

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