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1 day ago

Rittenhouse Smiles

🎈Happy Birthday to you ~Shalu 🎼! We hope you enjoyed your day of treats! We love you & appreciate all you do for us & the office. ❌⭕️🎈#teamlove #dentalfamily #rittenhousesmiles ... See MoreSee Less

🎈Happy Birthday to you ~Shalu 🎼! We hope you enjoyed your day of treats! We love you & appreciate all you do for us & the office. ❌⭕️🎈#teamlove #dentalfamily #rittenhousesmiles

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Happy Birthday Shalu!

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3 weeks ago

Rittenhouse Smiles

We are ready to see you now!💀Apparently this patient has been waiting since prior to the pandemic. Wilson, our therapy dog senses his need to be comforted.

Here’s to finding and creating laughs & smiles from all of us at Rittenhouse Smiles💀🦷😷😄.

#rittenhousesmiles #weloveourpatients #topdentist2020 #topdentist2019 #phillymagtopdentist #3Ddigitaldentistry #wilsonthetherapydog #teamlove #mydentalfamily #worrylesssmilemore #brushtwiceflossonce
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We are ready to see you now!💀Apparently this patient has been waiting since prior to the pandemic. Wilson, our therapy dog senses his need to be comforted. 

Here’s to finding and creating laughs & smiles from all of us at Rittenhouse Smiles💀🦷😷😄. 

#rittenhousesmiles #weloveourpatients #topdentist2020 #topdentist2019 #phillymagtopdentist #3Ddigitaldentistry #wilsonthetherapydog #teamlove #mydentalfamily #worrylesssmilemore #brushtwiceflossonceImage attachment

2 months ago

Rittenhouse Smiles

Dentistry is far more than just cleaning teeth or removing cavities. It can change lives by:
✅changing someone’s self-confidence to smile more
✅improving the digestion system by allowing one to chew more efficiently
✅allowing more air to the respiratory system by improving the position of teeth which gives a better position for one’s trachea (⬇️sleep apnea).

This patient is 29 years old. For the last 10 years he was simply told by other doctors “you need surgery”. I met him in July 2018. At this young age, the pt had no pain and the body learned how to cope with the jaw malformation. His first visit was a long discussion of my findings and my concerns about the long term effects as he aged if nothing was done. Through gaining trust and introducing him to my trusted team of specialists he said yes to this surgery called “Lefort I”. His upper jaw (maxilla) was surgically moved 7.5mm forward.

Today, he had his first post-op visit and my surgeon’s (Dr. Shachika Khanna) text can be seen below. My entire team was overjoyed. Proudly, our office style is small & intimate. We get to know all of our patients on deeper levels then just treating their teeth. We want them to feel safe & we want to understand their goals. This patient was no different and he knew the treatment was necessary because we all voiced it in a caring non-pressure way. It took two years for him to say yes, but as you can read in our surgeon’s text below he was filled was Happy Tears today❤️🦷#drcronin #drkhanna #drtejjythomas #rittenhousesmiles #weloveourpatients #topdentist2020 #topdentist2019 #phillymagtopdentist #digitaldentistry #wilsonthetherapydog #teamlove #mydentalfamily #worrylesssmilemore #brushtwiceflossonce
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Dentistry is far more than just cleaning teeth or removing cavities. It can change lives by:
✅changing someone’s self-confidence to smile more
✅improving the digestion system by allowing one to chew more efficiently
✅allowing more air to the respiratory system by improving the position of teeth which gives a better position for one’s trachea (⬇️sleep apnea). 

This patient is 29 years old. For the last 10 years he was simply told by other doctors “you need surgery”. I met him in July 2018. At this young age, the pt had no pain and the body learned how to cope with the jaw malformation. His first visit was a long discussion of my findings and my concerns about the long term effects as he aged if nothing was done. Through gaining trust and introducing him to my trusted team of specialists he said yes to this surgery called “Lefort I”. His upper jaw (maxilla) was surgically moved 7.5mm forward. 

Today, he had his first post-op visit and my surgeon’s (Dr. Shachika Khanna) text can be seen below. My entire team was overjoyed. Proudly, our office style is small & intimate. We get to know all of our patients on deeper levels then just treating their teeth. We want them to feel safe & we want to understand their goals. This patient was no different and he knew the treatment was necessary because we all voiced it in a caring non-pressure way. It took two years for him to say yes, but as you can read in our surgeon’s text below he was filled was Happy Tears today❤️🦷#drcronin #drkhanna #drtejjythomas #rittenhousesmiles #weloveourpatients #topdentist2020 #topdentist2019 #phillymagtopdentist #digitaldentistry #wilsonthetherapydog #teamlove #mydentalfamily #worrylesssmilemore #brushtwiceflossonceImage attachmentImage attachment

2 months ago

Rittenhouse Smiles

Dear Friends of Rittenhouse Smiles,

As many of you know, we re-opened on May 26, 2020. During the shutdown, my team & I remained engaged via Zoom calls, kept up daily and continue to do so with the most recent updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Health (DOH) and the American Dental Association (ADA). I have maintained a membership with the ADA for most of my 16 year career as a full member across the national, state and local city clubs.

I made it my daily mission during shutdown to acquire every PPE recommended, even though there were shortages, to keep my team and everyone entering the office safe. These included N95 masks with an additional Level III surgical mask layered on top, face shields, gowns, gloves & surgical caps among other additions. Shortly before opening, I was on a Zoom call with several other local dentists for a monthly study club meeting and realized quickly that not all my colleagues were able to acquire all of these items. I felt fortunate my efforts were fruitful and my team was very grateful.

The one recommendation that I did not follow from the ADA when I reopened on May 26th was to charge a PPE fee to each patient. Before jumping on the bandwagon, I felt it was important for me to show you, my patients, that additional costs for PPE was not going to be at the forefront of my return.

Since May, I decided to absorb the mask price increase and accepted it as a business expense. This past week, we placed our monthly order for masks and gloves. In previous months, we’ve experienced a slight increase in pricing from 3% to 15% with these items every month since May. This week we discovered that our cost on gloves bought directly from the manufacturer increased by 40%. We called around to a few of our dental supply distributers and they confirmed the recent price explosion. First masks and now gloves as well as many other essential protective & preventive items.

The pandemic is bringing the notion of “supply and demand” to life as we know it. Thus, it is unfortunate but needed for us to now do what many offices have done for months and begin to charge a $15 PPE fee/visit. I’ve been told that a few of the insurance companies are accepting it as a coded charge and are paying for it between $15-$25. Please know, as soon as any fees on these items drop back to normal rates we will remove it.

In summary, we are not saying that we are charging simply because we have to wear more PPE then before, but rather we are charging due to the recent information given to us on a huge price increase on these important items.

As always, we are here to answer any questions. Thank you for your understanding and your continued support and trust in our entire team to treat you in a very safe environment, to deliver great dentistry & to continue to do what we love. We truly appreciate it.

Kindest thoughts,
Dr. Cronin, Dr. Zangalaze & the entire Rittenhouse Smiles Team
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3 months ago

Rittenhouse Smiles

⭐️Fun Dental Facts for those relaxed Sunday readers🦷⭐️

🦷Americans buy more than 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.

🦷Coconuts are a natural anti-bacterial food and can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease and cavities.

🦷Halloween is the biggest candy-selling holiday, followed by Christmas, Easter, and Valentine's Day.

🦷25% of adults DO NOT brush twice a day. This increases their risk of developing tooth decay by 33%.

🦷Roughly 75% of school children worldwide have active dental cavities.

🦷48% of young adults have untagged themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile.

🦷90% of a bad breath smell originates in the mouth.

🦷People who smoke are 2-7 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-smokers.

🦷It was customary during the middle ages to kiss a donkey if you had a toothache.

🦷Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.

🦷Roughly 25% of American adults have no teeth.

🦷The average human being produces 100,000 gallons of saliva during their lifetime.

🦷Tooth decay is the second most common disease, second only to the common cold.

🦷People prefer blue toothbrushes to red ones.

🦷Teeth start to form in utero before we are born.

🦷Almost 65 million American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Of this number 38.4% are women, 56.4% are men.

🦷Expectant mothers with poor oral hygiene are 7X more likely to deliver premature and low birth weight babies.

🦷95% of American adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease.

🦷People with periodontal disease are 2X more likely to develop heart disease.

🦷People who drink 3 or more cans of soda daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than people that don't drink soda.

🦷The first toothbrush with bristles was made in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses, and badgers were used.

🦷Replacing a toothbrush after illnesses helps prevent the potential for re-infection.

🦷It takes 43 muscles to frown. It only takes 17 to smile.

🦷61% of adults are attracted to somebody by their smile alone.

🦷An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it also makes you 3X more likely to develop dental decay.

🦷By drinking one can of soda daily, the average American gains 15 lbs each year.

🦷The human tongue is as unique as a fingerprint. No two people have the same tongue print.

🦷There are more bacteria in the human mouth than there are people on the Earth.

🦷The average woman smiles 62 time a day. The average man? Only 8 times.

🦷Kids laugh roughly 400 times a day. The average adult laughs only 15 times per day.

🦷In North America, over 3 million miles of dental floss are purchased annually.

🦷A fossilized T-Rex tooth can weigh up to a pound.

🦷In 200 A.D., the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells, and honey to clean their teeth.

🦷A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, yet it can contain over 25,000 teeth.

🦷A single can of soda contains 10-12 teaspoons of sugar. The recommended daily dietary intake of sugar is 4 teaspoons.

🦷According to a survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone.

🦷In the 1800s, blacksmiths and barbers also served as dentists.

🦷Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.

🦷The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood's famous "American Gothic" painting was actually the artist's dentist.

🦷Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year.

🦷Americans spend $100 billion a year on hair care products, and only $2 billion a year on dental care products.

🦷Contrary to popular belief, George Washington's famous dentures were not made from wood. His four pairs of custom choppers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead, and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth.

🦷The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called "fairy floss."

🦷The earliest known dentist was Hesi-ren, an egyptian "doctor of the tooth" who lived around 3000 B.C.
The saying "cat got your tongue" originated 2500 years ago in ancient Assyria where conquered soldiers and criminals had their tongues cut out and fed to the king's cats.

🦷Cavities in teeth have been filled since the earliest of times with a variety of different materials, including gum, stone chips, and even turpentine resin.

🦷The lifespan of a taste bud is about 10 days. The five known tastes detected by taste buds are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and umami. Umami was identified in 1908 by a Japanese research and the chemical responsible for it is monosodium glutamate.

🦷60% of people don't known that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack - especially in women.

🦷Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.

The average toothbrush contains about 2500 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush. The tufts are folded over a metal staple and forced into pre-cored holes in the head and fused into the head with heat. The handle is made of at least two materials, usually plastic and rubber.

🦷The grips used for the handle are: precision, power, spoon, oblique, and distal oblique.

🦷90% of system diseases have oral manifestations.

🦷Sugar Facts: Chemical manufacturers use sugar to grow penicillin. A teaspoon of sugar after a hot curry with extinguish the furnace in your mouth. A spoonful of sugar added to a vase will prolong the life of freshly cut flowers.

🦷In the 1800s, people who had false teeth in England ate in their bedrooms before gatherings and events at the dinner table. This unique Victorian tradition protected them against the embarrassment of having their teeth 'fall off' while dining.

🦷Dolphins use their teeth to grab only, not to chew, as dolphins' jaws have no muscles.

🦷Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.

🦷In 1905, dental assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first dental hygienist.
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⭐️Fun Dental Facts for those relaxed Sunday readers🦷⭐️

🦷Americans buy more than 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.

🦷Coconuts are a natural anti-bacterial food and can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease and cavities.

🦷Halloween is the biggest candy-selling holiday, followed by Christmas, Easter, and Valentines Day.

🦷25% of adults DO NOT brush twice a day. This increases their risk of developing tooth decay by 33%.

🦷Roughly 75% of school children worldwide have active dental cavities.

🦷48% of young adults have untagged themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile.

🦷90% of a bad breath smell originates in the mouth.

🦷People who smoke are 2-7 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-smokers.

🦷It was customary during the middle ages to kiss a donkey if you had a toothache.

🦷Tooth enamel is the hardest structure in the human body.

🦷Roughly 25% of American adults have no teeth.

🦷The average human being produces 100,000 gallons of saliva during their lifetime.

🦷Tooth decay is the second most common disease, second only to the common cold.

🦷People prefer blue toothbrushes to red ones.

🦷Teeth start to form in utero before we are born.

🦷Almost 65 million American adults have some form of periodontal disease. Of this number 38.4% are women, 56.4% are men.

🦷Expectant mothers with poor oral hygiene are 7X more likely to deliver premature and low birth weight babies.

🦷95% of American adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease.

🦷People with periodontal disease are 2X more likely to develop heart disease.

🦷People who drink 3 or more cans of soda daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than people that dont drink soda.

🦷The first toothbrush with bristles was made in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses, and badgers were used.

🦷Replacing a toothbrush after illnesses helps prevent the potential for re-infection.

🦷It takes 43 muscles to frown. It only takes 17 to smile.

🦷61% of adults are attracted to somebody by their smile alone.

🦷An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it also makes you 3X more likely to develop dental decay.

🦷By drinking one can of soda daily, the average American gains 15 lbs each year.

🦷The human tongue is as unique as a fingerprint. No two people have the same tongue print.

🦷There are more bacteria in the human mouth than there are people on the Earth.

🦷The average woman smiles 62 time a day. The average man? Only 8 times.

🦷Kids laugh roughly 400 times a day. The average adult laughs only 15 times per day.

🦷In North America, over 3 million miles of dental floss are purchased annually.

🦷A fossilized T-Rex tooth can weigh up to a pound.

🦷In 200 A.D., the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells, and honey to clean their teeth.

🦷A snails mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, yet it can contain over 25,000 teeth.

🦷A single can of soda contains 10-12 teaspoons of sugar. The recommended daily dietary intake of sugar is 4 teaspoons.

🦷According to a survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone.

🦷In the 1800s, blacksmiths and barbers also served as dentists.

🦷Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.

🦷The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Woods famous American Gothic painting was actually the artists dentist.

🦷Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year.

🦷Americans spend $100 billion a year on hair care products, and only $2 billion a year on dental care products.

🦷Contrary to popular belief, George Washingtons famous dentures were not made from wood. His four pairs of custom choppers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead, and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth.

🦷The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called fairy floss.

🦷The earliest known dentist was Hesi-ren, an egyptian doctor of the tooth who lived around 3000 B.C.
The saying cat got your tongue originated 2500 years ago in ancient Assyria where conquered soldiers and criminals had their tongues cut out and fed to the kings cats.

🦷Cavities in teeth have been filled since the earliest of times with a variety of different materials, including gum, stone chips, and even turpentine resin.

🦷The lifespan of a taste bud is about 10 days. The five known tastes detected by taste buds are: bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and umami. Umami was identified in 1908 by a Japanese research and the chemical responsible for it is monosodium glutamate.

🦷60% of people dont known that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack - especially in women.

🦷Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.

The average toothbrush contains about 2500 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush. The tufts are folded over a metal staple and forced into pre-cored holes in the head and fused into the head with heat. The handle is made of at least two materials, usually plastic and rubber. 

🦷The grips used for the handle are: precision, power, spoon, oblique, and distal oblique.

🦷90% of system diseases have oral manifestations.

🦷Sugar Facts: Chemical manufacturers use sugar to grow penicillin. A teaspoon of sugar after a hot curry with extinguish the furnace in your mouth. A spoonful of sugar added to a vase will prolong the life of freshly cut flowers.

🦷In the 1800s, people who had false teeth in England ate in their bedrooms before gatherings and events at the dinner table. This unique Victorian tradition protected them against the embarrassment of having their teeth fall off while dining.

🦷Dolphins use their teeth to grab only, not to chew, as dolphins jaws have no muscles.

🦷Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.

🦷In 1905, dental assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first dental hygienist.
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