June 2020

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Why Retirees Love Philadelphia: The City of Brotherly Love

Discover why Philadelphia is a fantastic place to retire and enjoy this new chapter in your life.

Finding the perfect spot to enjoy your retirement isn’t an easy task. If you’ve been thinking about relocating to a different city, Philadelphia is a fantastic place to consider. With an over-65 population of 13.7% (18.2% for the state), many retirees are already experiencing the joy of living in this beautiful region.

Check out these 7 reasons why retirees love living in The City of Brotherly Love.

1. Compared to other major cities and nearby states, the cost of living here is much lower.

For retirees looking for an affordable big city to call home, Philadelphia is a great choice. The basic cost of living is much less compared to, say, New York City or major cities in Florida. Pennsylvania also doesn’t have a tax on retirement income if you’re over the age of 59.5 years. This means no taxes on your 401(k) or Social Security income. In addition, once you turn 65 you are eligible for property tax rebates.

2. Relocating to a retirement community in Philadelphia is a very enjoyable process compared to other cities.

Seniors looking to move into a retirement community will find plenty of options to choose from in Philadelphia. The well-known Acts Retirement-Life Communities has six campuses located in the Philadelphia area. You can also find other similar styles of retirement communities within city limits. If you’d rather live entirely independently, you’ll also be happy to know that the median price for a single-family home is only $224,600!

3. Outdoor lovers will find that Philadelphia offers an endless number of activities and places to explore.

Staying active really boosts your health, and the number of places to explore in and around Philadelphia makes it easy to spend time outdoors. From strolling through Fairmount Park to tackling a challenging hike in the Wissahickon Valley Park, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures.

Take a look at this list of the 30 best parks in Philadelphia. You can find some other non-park destinations in Philadelphia here.

4. We may be known for Philly cheesesteaks, but our city is home to a fantastic melting pot of different cuisines.

Our city may have made Philly cheesesteaks a worldwide sensation, but that’s not all we offer in terms of food. For retirees looking for a city that offers a range of different cuisines, including some exotic options, Philadelphia definitely delivers. We have everything from fine dining to food truck festivals, and delicious barbecue to Caribbean delicacies.

If you’re looking to try something new, here’s a top picks list for food and drink in Philadelphia.

5. Pennsylvania is beloved by history buffs and Philadelphia is right in the action when it comes to landmarks and museums.

Pennsylvania is well-known as a vacation destination for history buffs. Philadelphia is very close to many landmarks and historical destinations, including the Liberty Bell and Valley Forge. Retirees who appreciate both history and modern achievements will enjoy visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the nearby Hershey Park.

Did you know that even our local zoo is steeped in history? The Philadelphia Zoo was the first true zoo in the United States and it’s opening was halted by the Civil War.

6. Philadelphia has a fantastic healthcare network, complete with some of the best hospitals in the nation.

As a retiree, something important to consider is the healthcare within the city you’d like to relocate to. Luckily, Philadelphia has an incredible healthcare network. Some of our nation’s top-rated hospitals are located here. Whether you’re in perfect health or you’re currently facing health issues, the doctors and hospitals in Philadelphia will get you the care you need.

7.  In addition to doctors, Philadelphia has a number of highly skilled prosthodontists and dentists waiting to help you.

We can’t forget about Philadelphia dentists! Oral health is important your whole life, but it’s especially crucial for retirees who may also be experiencing tooth loss, tooth pain, and missing teeth. Philadelphia has a number of fantastic dentists, both for general and highly advanced prosthodontic care, including Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center.

Put your best smile forward with an appointment at Bentz Dental Implants.

If you’ve recently relocated to Philadelphia or you’re a long-time resident, the team at Bentz Dental Implants offers the best in dental and prosthodontic care.

Dr. Bentz and his staff provide gentle, compassionate dental care using the latest in dental technology. We specialize in restorative and prosthodontic treatment using dental implants, All-On-4, dentures, crowns, and more. We also offer standard preventive care for our patients. Bentz Dental can truly be your go-to dental office for all aspects of your oral health.

To schedule your appointment, please call our office or fill out our online request form.

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Retirement Tips: 10 Tips for Your Best Health and Life as a Retiree

Living life to the fullest in retirement.

As of April 2020, there were 45.6 million retired workers receiving Social Security benefits. That amounts to almost 14% of the U.S. population.

If you’ve recently retired or are planning to soon, you’re in good company. You’ve worked hard and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. But, retirement is not without its stressors. You’ll need to adjust to a different schedule while balancing your finances and discovering new interests.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to stay happy and healthy in retirement. Read on for 10 retirement tips that can help you thrive in your golden years.

1. Create a routine.

Before retiring, you might have longed for leisurely mornings with nowhere to be. After all, you deserve some downtime and relaxation after 40 years of rushing off to work. As the weeks go by, all that downtime might make you feel aimless and anxious. A routine can bring structure back into your life. Your routine can be as simple as waking up and eating breakfast at the same time each day or going on a morning walk. It might take some time to discover what suits your new lifestyle, but you can always change your routine if it’s not working for you.

2. Find your purpose.

Your next task as a retiree is to find your life’s purpose outside of work. Without a career to focus on, it’s a great opportunity to come up with a new mission statement for your life. It’s the ideal time to discover what you’re truly passionate about. It could be volunteer work, spending time with your grandkids, gardening, or working on home projects. You’ll feel happier and more energetic when you feel a sense of purpose each day.

3. Eat a healthy diet.

You are what you eat! If you want to stay healthy and have lots of energy in retirement, you need to eat a healthy diet. That means lots of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats.

If you’re not used to cooking three meals a day at home, you can find a ton of delicious healthy-aging recipes online. If you enjoy what you eat, you’re less likely to make poor food choices. Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge every now and then, just enjoy in moderation.

4. Prioritize your dental health.

Dental health can affect everything from your self-esteem to your ability to enjoy food. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your mouth and teeth in retirement. It also has a major impact on your overall health; for example, gum disease can raise your risk of heart disease by 20%.

Whether you have a missing front tooth or there’s other dental work you’ve been putting off, retirement is a great time for dental function restoration. You’ll have a more flexible schedule and more time to recover. A smile makeover will also boost your confidence, which will make you feel happier and healthier.

5. Stay active and get regular exercise.

When you’re creating your retirement routine, make time for exercise. It will keep your muscles and bones strong and healthy. Plus, exercise is a great mood booster.

Try low impact exercise like walking, swimming, biking, or practicing yoga. If you have trouble staying motivated, consider joining a local gym or signing up for a fitness class. It’s also a great way to make new friends. If exercise hasn’t been a part of your life, retirement is the perfect time to form a new healthy habit.

6. Nurture your relationships and stay social.

When you’re busy with work, it’s easy to lose touch with friends and family members. Retirement is the perfect time to reconnect and even make new friends.

Our social lives aren’t just important for our emotional well-being, they’re vital to our overall health. In fact, living without social connections is just as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Whether it’s through a weekly phone call, a standing lunch date, or a book club, there are lots of ways to stay social.

7. Set goals for yourself.

During your working life, you probably had goals like getting a promotion or paying off your car loan. Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you should stop setting goals. Setting goals gives you something to work towards and look forward to. Whether your goal is to plan your dream vacation, learn Italian, or renovate the kitchen, you’ll feel happier when you have a goal in mind.

8. Take care of preventive and maintenance health care.

With volunteer work, spending time with loved ones, and going on vacations, you might feel too busy to go to your regular checkup appointments. But, it’s important to make time for these wellness checks. Make sure to get regular dental cleanings and your yearly physicals. With up-to-date health records, your doctor will be able to catch problems early.

9. Address health issues when they come up.

If your doctor notices any health issues or you’re having symptoms, don’t brush them off. Minor problems can get worse if you don’t address them. Don’t ignore TMJ symptoms or TMJ pain, headaches, or back pain. Without treatment, they can lead to more pain and even permanent damage. You can often solve these pain problems holistically. Reach out to your dentist, massage therapist, or chiropractor for treatment.

10. Take time to enjoy life.

The key to a happy and healthy retirement is to enjoy the little things and stay positive. Retirement is a major milestone and you should celebrate your accomplishment. Enjoy the little things like a delicious meal, sharing laughter with friends, and relaxing in nature. Retirement is your time to thrive, relax, and find new purpose, and go on some fun adventures.

Include these retirement tips in your daily routine.

Retirement is a major life change, so it might take some time to adjust. Hopefully these retirement tips will give you some guidance in this new chapter of your life. Whether you’re looking for laser dentistry, dental implants, or complete restoration, Bentz Dental Implant and Prosthodontic Center can help. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, request an appointment with us today.

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Philadelphia Summer Parks, Trails, and Markets—Stay Safe and Have Fun!

Outdoor spaces to enjoy this summer.

The temperature is rising and the days are getting longer. This can only mean one thing: it’s almost summertime in Philadelphia!

Now that Philadelphia has transitioned into the “yellow” phase, gradual re-openings have begun to occur, even though there are still limitations on public gatherings and many businesses remain closed.

In the meantime, there are still plenty of ways you can get out and enjoy your city this summer! Today, we’re sharing a few of our favorite spots to soak up the sun, learn about nature, and make new memories along the way.

Pack a park picnic.

One of the best-kept secrets about Philadelphia is that amid the skyscrapers and historic buildings, there are plenty of parks that offer a beautiful respite from the hustle and bustle.

One of the largest and well-known ones is Fairmount Park. Spanning an impressive 2000 acres, this massive urban park features gentle trails, shaded forests, and plenty of gorgeous waterfront views. In fact, it’s so big that most people refer to it by its east and west sides.

As you explore the grounds, you’ll discover plenty to see and do. This interactive map details 50 unique experiences in East Fairmount Park alone! When you need to get some fresh air, pack a picnic lunch, and find a pretty spot to spread out. Just remember to practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and wear a mask to protect those around you.

For a change of scenery, you can also check out Benjamin Rush State Park. Philadelphia County’s only state park is located on the northeast side of the city and offers excellent hiking, biking, and wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Hit the trails.

You don’t have to be a professional mountain climber to enjoy the many hiking opportunities that Philadelphia provides. Many of the city’s trails are gentle, accessible, and easy enough for beginners.

For instance, the Lincoln Drive Trail and Wissahickon Creek Gorge Loop Trail, both at Fairmount Park, are rated as “easy” and feature rewarding vistas, including waterfalls, dams and historic bridges.

Another local favorite is the Cynwyd Heritage Trail. Located 20 minutes from the city in nearby Bala Cynwyd, the 1.8-mile trail runs between the Westminster Cemetery and the West Laurel Hill Cemetery. As you travel across it, you’ll find overlooks, boulder climbing walls, natural wetlands, and views of the Schuylkill River. The trail is currently still open, though the Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail request that all visitors wear a mask and practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Visit a farmer’s market.

The grocery store shelves might be a little more empty lately, but that gives you even more reason to visit your local farmer’s markets!

The Philadelphia Farm to City initiative operates 12 seasonal markets around the city.  Many of these have been open or are re-opening soon with limited hours and conditions. At all of these, you can find fresh, local fruit, produce, meats, artisanal goods, and more. You can stay up-to-date on the latest openings by following the Farm to City Facebook page.

In addition to social distancing and wearing a mask, Farm to City managers also ask all patrons to stay behind the ropes at each produce stand and refrain from approaching if someone is already in line. By following these simple regulations, you can shop local, support small businesses, and enjoy farm-fresh produce, all at the same time!

Go camping.

Looking for another way to get outdoors, enjoy nature, and spend time with your family? Overnight camping is a great way to explore more of the natural wonders that Philadelphia has to offer.

Now reopened, the Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA is a great way to enjoy a rural retreat right in the heart of the city. Depending on how rustic you want to go, you can take your pick from a variety of accommodations. These range from pull-through RV sites and tent sites to deluxe cabins and new glamping tents. To ensure everyone’s health and safety, there will be amended check-in procedures at the campground, and amenities will be limited.

Want to stick a little closer to home? You can always head to the backyard! Set up a tent, roast some marshmallows, and make-believe that you’re roughing it in the wilderness. All the while, you’ll be staying within feet of a hot shower, air conditioning, and your own bed.

Venture out confidently.

As we begin to slowly ease back into our regular routines, is your smile ready?

This summer, boost your confidence and press the “reset” button by booking a smile makeover consultation with our team! Our innovative All-on-4 procedure can provide a full dental restoration using only four dental implants, giving you a new and beautiful smile in just one day.

We can also help you find relief from dental discomfort, including the pain associated with TMJ, so you can smile boldly and enjoy every day to its fullest without worrying about pain in your jaw, face, or neck.

With so much to see and do around the city, a beaming smile is the best accessory you can have as you take it all in. After a few months of hunkering down, being able to get outside and move around should give you plenty to grin about.

Stay smart, be safe and look great this summer.

These are only a few of the ways you can make sure you’re ready to embrace everything this season has to offer. Take the time to optimize your mental, physical, and oral health before revving up for a summer of activity. Along the way, remember to listen to your body and be gentle with yourself.

It’s also important to remember that although Philadelphia has transitioned from a “red” to a “yellow” code, the COVID-19 threat still exists. Anywhere you go, remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, and avoid touching your face. If you’re over 50, try to limit your outings and stick to family gatherings to stay as protected as possible.

We’re here for you and your family and can’t wait to see your beautiful smiles! Book an appointment today and let’s connect.

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A Healthy Mouth Means a Healthy Body—Health in Retirement and Beyond

Your mouth plays a major role in your overall health.

Your immune system is always at work, protecting your body from invaders and keeping you healthy. As you near retirement age, your risks for various oral and overall health issues increase, so it’s wise to begin educating yourself on what you can do to stay healthy. Two of the most important influences on your immune system are also some of the most neglected: your spine and your mouth.

Thankfully, this is changing as doctors begin to recognize and educate patients about the important role that your spine and mouth each play in your immune system and in helping to maintain your short- and long-term health. If you’re hoping to give your immune system a boost, here’s a breakdown on how focusing on maintaining a healthy mouth will help you maintain a healthy body. You’ll also find tips on what you can do to improve your oral health for years to come.

Understanding the role of your oral health in the health of your entire body.

It’s easy to think of your mouth as isolated from the rest of your body. The truth is that it’s just as connected as your stomach or your heart is. When your mouth is unhealthy, it affects the rest of your body, sometimes in quite surprising ways. You can inhale oral bacteria, introducing it into your lungs and increasing your chances of getting respiratory illnesses like pneumonia. You may not realize that it can also find its way into your bloodstream, where it can cause a wide range of health problems.

A few of these problems include potentially life-threatening infections in other parts of your body.  These include high blood pressure, an increased chance of heart disease or stroke, difficulty controlling existing cases of diabetes, and even pregnancy complications. Additionally, your oral health has a direct impact on your immune system. There’s evidence that oral bacteria attack immune cells directly, destroying their ability to defend your body against damage. This results in constant low-level inflammation and can give other diseases, and potentially even cancer, the chance to take root.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the key to a healthy mouth.

Thankfully, the secret to keeping your mouth healthy is relatively simple: practice good oral hygiene and visit Dr. Bentz every six months for a preventative appointment. Good oral hygiene is as simple as brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes twice a day.  Also make sure that you floss and use mouthwash at least once a day. If regular floss is difficult for you to hold, try using a water flosser instead. These simple daily habits are often enough to protect your oral health from major issues, though it’s also wise to make sure you’re also sticking to a healthy diet.

There are pre-existing health conditions that can increase your likelihood of suffering from cavities or gum disease. Make sure you discuss these issues with Dr. Bentz. He can help you decide if you need to take additional steps to protect your oral health, such as seeing him more frequently or using a specialized mouthwash. Putting in the little extra effort to care for your teeth on a daily basis and visiting the dentist regularly is worth it. It is much easier—not to mention less expensive—than needing major dental treatments like a root canal, tooth extraction, or dental implant down the line.

Replacing lost teeth restores their functionality, health, and appearance.

In addition to affecting the appearance of your smile, losing a tooth has both immediate and long-term impacts on the functionality and health of your teeth. It becomes harder to bite off or chew food on the affected side of your mouth. If you lose multiple teeth and start avoiding eating healthy but hard foods like fruits and vegetables, this can even impact your diet and overall health. Additionally, losing a tooth directly results in oral health issues like bone loss in your jaw and your teeth shifting to fill the gap. This makes them harder to clean and therefore vulnerable to cavities and gum disease.

Thankfully, replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant restores the appearance of your smile, stops your teeth from shifting, and is the only tooth replacement option that prevents bone loss in your jaw. Since it’s embedded in your jaw like a natural tooth root, dental implants also make eating feel completely natural. You don’t have to worry about how you’re biting into an apple or steak with implants.

You might find yourself saying, “That sounds great, but how much do dental implants cost? Are dental implants near me affordable?” The truth is that although dental insurance rarely covers dental implants, there are options to afford your care. Medical insurance sometimes covers part of the cost of implants.  There are also services like CareCredit that help you pay for your treatment in affordable monthly payments instead of all at once—all with little to no interest. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants will never need to be replaced; they’ll last your entire lifetime.

Kicking TMJ pain to the curb can improve your diet and quality of sleep.

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, helps you eat, speak, chew, and even swallow.  Because of this, chronic pain in the joint can affect a surprising chunk of your everyday life. In addition to causing you daily jaw pain, temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can cause chronic headaches and neck pain, make it difficult to eat, and keep you awake at night. All of these elements can greatly impact your overall health, especially since eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep are both closely tied to how well your immune system functions. Don’t force yourself to suffer through these symptoms or give them time to get worse. Contact Dr. Bentz about them right away. Dr. Bentz can help you figure out what activities trigger your TMJ pain and can help you identify the source of the issue, trying a range of treatments like exercises to help you reduce or eliminate your pain.

Dedicating yourself to keeping your mouth healthy by maintaining great oral hygiene and treating any dental issues that arise quickly is an important part of keeping yourself healthy as you age. If you have any questions about your oral health, dental implants, or TMJ pain, feel free to call our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bentz at any time.

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