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The Secrets to Whiter Teeth

September 5th, 2014

white teethHave you ever met someone who said, “I wish my teeth weren’t so white?” We’re going to go out on a limb and say that it’s probably never been said. Nearly everyone wishes that they had a brighter, whiter smile. It’s one of the first things that people notice about you when you walk in a room and one of the things that sticks in their mind after they’ve met you. Besides having your teeth whitened, there are a few things that you can do at home to keep those pearly whites nice and bright. Check out our list of tips below.

Tips for Whiter Teeth

  1. Remember to Rinse – One thing that people take for granted is rinsing. We advise rinsing your mouth with water after every meal. You should also find a fluoridated mouthwash that you can use once per day to get the spaces that are easy to miss when you’re brushing and flossing. It’ll help to remove debris, avoid decay, and freshen your breath all at the same time.
  2. Watch your Diet – Did you know that your diet has just as much to do with the health of your teeth as your overall body health? Eating foods that are high in sugar or starch helps create more plaque. That plaque eats away at your teeth and can start removing your white enamel. Eating fruits and vegetables will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, which helps keep your teeth white as well. You should also avoid dark drinks such as coffee and red wine.
  3.  Visit your Dentist – Having your teeth cleaned regularly will help keep them whiter. Brushing and flossing are great for your mouth, but they aren’t a fix-all solution. You still need deep cleaning every 6 months to a year to make sure that your mouth is healthy. If the color of your teeth is bothering you, you should also let your dentist or dental hygienist know that at your appointment. They can give you some extra suggestions for keeping your teeth white.

Professional Teeth Whitening

When all else fails, having your teeth professionally whitened will ensure that you have a bright smile. Drs. Leikin and Baylin are proficient in teeth bleaching and teeth whitening procedures. To find out more about how these procedures work and which one will work best for you, contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: 7 Years Younger

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

What are the Benefits of Choosing a Dentist with Pediatric Experience?

August 29th, 2014

pediatric dentistFinding a dentist that will treat everyone in  your family can be a difficult task. You need to make sure that you find someone who has experience treating patients of all ages, especially if you have young children. Some dentists claim to be family dentists, but actually have little experience with children. At Catonsville Dental Care, we know the importance of making sure that all of our patients get the best treatment possible. Dr. Baylin even has magic tricks that he does to help ease your child into the world of dentistry! Still not sold on finding a dentist for your family that’s experienced in pediatric dentistry? Check out some benefits.

Reasons to Find a Pediatric Dentist

Become comfortable with your dentist. Children need routine to be comfortable with certain things. If they start seeing their dentist from the time that they’re very young, they’ll be accustomed to that dentist and feel comfortable sitting in the dentist’s chair for regular cleanings and more. As they get older, fear of the dentist is less likely to occur. Most fears start in childhood, so it’s best to quell the fear before it ever starts.

Your dentist will know your children’s dental history. Starting with a dentist and continuing to see them for life means that your dentist will know your child’s entire dental history. This is important, especially if your child eventually needs braces or needs advising when his or her adult teeth come in. Your family dentist will know what your child needs to do going into adulthood and can follow through with a course of treatment from about 6 months old all the way through your child’s life.

The dentist knows how to work with children. This is by far and away the most important point that we can make. Working with children isn’t like working with adults, physically or psychologically. Children have different needs when they’re in the chair than adults do. We take into account age, personality, and oral health whenever we see your child. We like to take the time to meet and get to know him or her so we can make their time in the dentist’s office comfortable and pleasant!

Catonsville Family Dentistry

School is back in session and it’s time to get your child in for his or her checkup! While you’re in, make an appointment for yourself as well. We make the process quick and simple for you so that everyone in your family can enjoy healthy mouths! You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Harris Dental

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

The Importance of Routine Teeth Cleaning for Catonsville Residents

August 22nd, 2014

routine teeth cleaningIf you don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with your teeth, you probably aren’t going to rush to make an appointment with your Catonsville dentist. That’s no surprise, especially since most people aren’t fans of going to the dentist in the first place. Did you know that you’re less likely to have to visit your dentist for pain if you get routine cleanings instead of only going when something hurts? Scheduling regular teeth cleanings (about every 6 months) with your Catonsville dentist can help keep your mouth healthy – as well as offer quite a few other benefits.

Advantages of Routine Teeth Cleanings

  • Have a whiter smile – A whiter smile can lead to lots of things. Many people express that they have higher self-esteem when their teeth are at their whitest. Your smile is also one of the first things that people notice about you. If it’s bright, white, and clean, people are going to take notice! This can be useful on dates and even for interviews.
  • Prevent oral cancer – While cleanings themselves do a lot to promote a healthy mouth, they can also help you avoid oral cancer or at the very least detect it early. Oral hygienists and dentists can detect oral cancer early on. It’s much better to have regular teeth cleanings that help prevent late stage cancer than to find out when it’s too late. To learn more about the signs of oral cancer, please visit this website.
  • Encourage better breath – Nobody wants to have bad breath. It can be an instant repellent. Did you know that poor oral hygiene is the cause of bad breath more times than not? Having your teeth and gums cleaned will help remove the bacteria that cause bad breath. Regular cleanings can ensure that your breath isn’t offensive to those around you.
  • Maintain your health – We’re not just talking about oral health, though that’s very important. A regular cleaning will help promote overall health, as well. Almost everything that goes into your body enters through your mouth – think about that for a second. It’s also good to keep in mind that poor gum health has recently been connected to problems such as heart attack and stroke.

Routine Cleanings from Doctors Leikin & Baylin

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Advanced Dental Care

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

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Back to School Dental Tips for Catonsville Students

August 15th, 2014

back to school dental checkupIt’s that time of year again! The days are starting to cool off and the aisles of every store are stocked with back to school supplies. When you’re looking at your school supply checklist, don’t forget that there’s another checklist you need to take care of as well. Back to school time is a great time to take care of all those important annual appointments that your kids need taken care of – including a routine dental cleaning. Check out the following tips for getting your kids’ teeth ready for back to school time!

5 Tips for Back to School Dental Care

  1. Schedule routine cleaning – Your child should have a routine cleaning every 6 months to a year and right before school starts is a great time to get it done. You’ll be able to take care of any cavities or problems that have developed over the summer and set up fluoride defenses for the upcoming holidays.
  2. Replace toothbrushes – When bristles on toothbrushes start to fray, it’s time to replace them. You should also make a point to either clean or replace them every few months as they could become bacteria ridden and dangerous for your child to use. Always be sure to get soft bristled tooth brushes to protect teeth and gums.
  3. Purchase a sports mouthguard – If your child participates in any sports, now is a good time to get a mouthguard to avoid potential mouth injuries that could cause pain or loss of teeth. Sports are unpredictable and kids tend to play hard, which makes them more prone to injury. Consider getting a custom fit mouthguard for comfort and ease of wear.
  4. Talk to your student about healthy dental hygiene practices – It’s important to talk to your student every year about remembering to keep their dental hygiene in check. Remind them of the importance of brushing and flossing daily, as well as eating mouth healthy foods. When packing lunches, try to avoid sugary foods.
  5. Remember retainers – If your student has just gotten their braces off, it’s time to remember the retainer. Most retainers are clear and fairly inconspicuous, but kids will frequently avoid wearing them. Make sure that all of that money and time put towards braces doesn’t go to waste by encouraging your child to wear his or her retainer this school year!

Routine Cleanings with Doctors Leikin and Baylin

If you haven’t already, please make an appointment for your students to see your Catonsville dentist. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Advanced Dental Care

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

Your Catonsville Dentist Explains What Causes Cavities

August 7th, 2014

catonsville cavityKids aren’t the only ones who get cavities (though they tend to corner the market on how many cavities they get). Many adults also get cavities on a fairly regular basis. In fact, approximately 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity in their permanent teeth – unfortunately, 23% of them go untreated. Untreated cavities and decay can cause infections and other problems if they’re allowed to fester for long enough. One of the goals of dentists is to lower the amount of cavities that children and adults present with. The best way to prevent cavities is to know how they’re caused and what you can do to avoid getting them.

What Causes Cavities?

Tooth decay is the primary cause of cavities, so the more appropriate question is what causes tooth decay?

  • Sugar – You’ve heard that sugary drinks and candies can cause cavities and tooth decay – it’s most certainly true, but it’s not the sugar itself that causes the problem. The bigger problem is that the sugar leaves substances that bacteria like to eat. They can cover your teeth in acid, which will eventually break down your teeth and cause decay. Try eating sugar free candy or doing your best to avoid sugar altogether.
  • Acidic Foods – Fruit juice and citrus fruits are the worst for this. The best way to avoid letting them cause decay is to immediately brush after you eat or to chew gum with xylitol. Gum does double duty. It helps to get the food that’s stuck off of your teeth (and from in between) and also helps you produce more saliva. Your saliva works as an agent to combat acid left on your teeth.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene – It doesn’t matter how well you eat if you’re not taking care of your mouth. Brushing your teeth makes it difficult for bacteria and plaque to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. It can help harden them and leave a protective layer of fluoride that plaque has a hard time getting through. Brushing and flossing regularly will help you keep your teeth longer and avoid cavities.
  • Age – There’s obviously nothing you can do about this one, but it’s important to note that you can develop cavities as a result of getting older. Most older adults are surprised to find that they’re more susceptible to cavities since the common conception is that children are the most likely to develop them. Older adults lack saliva, frequently have some type of gum disease, and occasionally take medications that cause enamel to break down.

Having Your Cavities Treated

If you’re suffering from mouth pain and think it’s the result of a cavity, you need to see your Catonsville dentist ASAP to get it taken care of. Tooth decay can lead to more tooth decay, which can eventually cause you to lose your teeth altogether. Please make an appointment to see your Catonsville dentist if you feel that you have a cavity. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: How Stuff Works, NIDCR

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

Breaking Down A Root Canal with Your Catonsville Dentist

August 1st, 2014

root canalThe last thing that you want to hear your Catonsville dentist say is “you need a root canal.” That is, if you’re like most people. A lot of people have a deeply ingrained fear of root canals because of stories they’ve heard from other people or just because the two words together sound awful in reference to your teeth. We promise that root canals aren’t as bad as they sound. The key is knowing what a root canal is, why you need one, and how we perform it. It’s like people that have test anxiety – if they don’t know exactly what’s coming, they’re more likely to stress out over the details. We want to make your root canal as comfortable as possible and to do that, you need to know the process.

How are Root Canals Performed?

Root canals may not be as complicated as you’d think. Root canals are performed when you have a significant amount of decay or an infection (where else?) in the root of your tooth. Decay that goes down that far can be significantly more painful that surface decay that can be repaired with a normal filling. That’s why we do root canals. Check out the steps of a root canal.

  • X-Rays – The first thing that your Catonsville dentist will do is take an x-ray of your tooth to find out how bad the damage is and what exactly needs to be done. After the x-ray and before the treatment begins, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. You may also opt for sedation dentistry at this point to make the experience more comfortable.
  • The procedure – Your dentist will place a dental dam around the tooth receiving the root canal to avoid getting saliva in the tooth. There may also be a dental assistant using “the straw” to keep excess saliva out. The dentist will remove the decay from the pulp-y part of your tooth at this point. This is the part that people find painful if your mouth hasn’t been properly anesthetized. Your dentist will then clean out the area and make sure that there’s enough space for a good filling. He or she will fill the tooth and you’ll then receive a crown to make sure that the filling doesn’t go anywhere.
  • Healing – Once all of that is taken care of, you’ll be sent home to heal. There shouldn’t be much residual pain, but if your mouth is particularly sensitive, you may be prescribed medication. Over-the-counter pain medication does the trick for most. You may schedule a follow-up visit, but if everything is normal after a few days, you should be all set!

Single-Visit Endodontic Treatments from Leikin & Baylin

Getting the whole procedure over with in one visit will make everything even easier for you. If you know that you need a root canal or are having severe tooth pain, please make an appointment to see your Catonsville dentist. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

 

Implant Dentistry and How It Can Help You

July 25th, 2014

implant dentistryHaving dentures can be cumbersome for some people – especially those who don’t want to have to worry about taking their teeth out every night and letting them soak while they sleep. The whole process can be tedious, frustrating, and even uncomfortable. While dentures are useful for some people, others prefer dental implants as an alternative to having removable teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants Over Other Treatments?

Implants simulate your natural teeth. One thing that most people who have dentures don’t like is that they don’t function like regular teeth. They can slip around if they don’t fit perfectly and they can even cause severe discomfort. Dental implants won’t change the way you eat or talk and should be comfortable once they finish healing. Your facial structure can actually change with dentures, whereas implants will provide you with enough support for your bones to remain in their proper place.

Protect what’s still healthy. When you fully remove your teeth, you don’t leave enough structure for the rest of your teeth to hang on to. Your jawbone can begin to deteriorate, which is not only painful, but bad for the rest of the teeth in your mouth. Since dental implants essentially simulate regular teeth, you won’t have this problem with the implants.

Don’t worry about problems with the tooth down the line. The only issue that you might have is chipping or discoloration. Your tooth implant won’t deteriorate or incur cavities because of the material that it’s made of. You’ll still need to take good care of your mouth and make sure to brush and floss regularly to keep them a nice color and avoid infection. You may also have your own teeth surrounding the implant, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them healthy.

You’ve got good, reliable teeth in your mouth. Implants are proven to last. You won’t need to replace them, except in serious circumstances, and you can rest easy knowing that they’re not going to deteriorate. You won’t have to stress about a filling falling out or a root canal not entirely doing its job. Your implants will help you carry on with a normal life with teeth that look and feel like your natural teeth.

Implant Dentistry Process

Dental implants take some time and require a few different appointments. You may need to go under general anesthesia or at the very least, ask for sedation dentistry. It’ll help keep you calm and make the process go by quickly and easily during the implant. The implant is a three-step process, so you’ll want to be sure that you get along with and trust your Catonsville dentist. When you’re ready to start on the journey to dental implants, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: AAID-Implant.org, OSSEO

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

What is the Process for Getting Dentures?

July 18th, 2014

catonsville denturesSometimes teeth can’t be repaired. As we get older, plaque and bacteria find ways to eat away at our teeth and gums. Dentures become the only option for some people; they aren’t a bad option, though. They can actually give you a better smile than your natural and they aren’t capable of decaying or breaking down over time. It’s also quite possible that you’ll only have to get a partial denture set rather than a full set, depending on your needs.

The Difference Between A Full Set of Dentures and a Partial Set

  • Full Set – When you receive a full set of dentures, all of your teeth have to be removed. There is a healing period of about 3 months after your teeth are pulled and when you get your permanent or “conventional” dentures. In the meantime, you’ll get a set of immediate dentures that you can use to eat and talk normally. Your teeth and gums will shrink considerably between the time that you get your teeth pulled and when you’re fitted for your permanent dentures.
  • Partial Set – Partial sets are sometimes referred to as bridges, since they bridge gaps in your teeth. Your partial set allows you to keep some of your teeth, but helps replace any teeth that aren’t healthy enough to be fixed. They also help you to avoid any infections or problems from setting in to your still healthy teeth that are next to them. When unhealthy teeth are next to healthy teeth, it can actually cause serious problems. Partial sets make it easier to eat and speak normally and promote oral health.

How Are You Fitted for Dentures?

First, your dentist will take a mold of your natural teeth and gums to make sure that your dentures will fit comfortably once you’re ready to wear them. Molds can be a little uncomfortable, but it’s better to know for certain that your dentures are going to fit well in your mouth.

Your teeth will be extracted once the mold is taken. Make sure that you follow all of the directions given by your dentist after the extraction so that you can remain comfortable and pain free during the healing process. You’ll talk to your dentist about the shade, size, and shape of teeth that you want so you can be comfortable with your new teeth for an extended period of time.

Finally, you’ll go through a fitting process. Chances are that when your initial set comes in, there will need to be a little bit of adjustment. Your dentist can shave certain parts down and make your set of dentures more comfortable for you. You’ll likely need future adjustments as your mouth changes, but a set of dentures can last you up to 10 years if you take very good care of them.

Dentures from Leikin & Baylin Dental Care

Your dentures are an investment in your future. Make sure that you only trust them to the best. When you’re ready to start on the journey to dentures, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Polident, WebMD

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

What Causes Gingivitis?

July 11th, 2014

Good dental care is not just limited to taking care of your teeth. Taking proper care of your gums is essential to the overall health of your mouth and to the prevention of certain diseases. Gingivitis is one of the most common, and preventable, gum diseases that you can develop. In order to know how to prevent gingivitis, you’ll need to know what causes it. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here to help and tell you the top reasons behind gingivitis.

The number one cause of gingivitis is poor dental hygiene. When you brush your teeth, you remove layers of plaque and particles from their surfaces. Left untreated, those substances can infect your gums, leading to gingivitis.

Some causes of gingivitis are outside of your control. When your body experiences fluctuations in hormone levels, especially during puberty or pregnancy, your gums increase in sensitivity, meaning that even with proper dental hygiene practice, they are more susceptible to gingivitis. Illnesses too can contribute to the development of gingivitis. Inefficient immune systems can’t fight off the infection in your gums, and so gingivitis can happen more rapidly.

In addition to not taking proper care of your mouth through normal dental hygiene practices, other lifestyle choices can contribute to gingivitis. Smoking in particular weakens the gum tissue and puts it at a higher risk of becoming infected.

If you think you might be at risk for gingivitis, pay attention to the signs. Gum bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, as well as swollen or red gum, bad breath, tooth shifting, and receding gums. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, seek out your Catonsville dentist today!

Catonsville DentistsIf you have any questions about Catonsville dentists and gingivitis or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Source: WebMD

Facts About Professional Teeth Whitening

July 3rd, 2014

teeth whitening factsThink that professional teeth whitening is just for movie stars and celebrities? Think again. Over the past couple of decades, teeth whitening has become popular with most people. Everyone wants the iconic Hollywood straight, white smile. It’s not always easy to get, though, and you should be careful about how you achieve the perfect smile. If you choose to whiten them at home, you could do more harm than good. Over the counter whitening products can be dangerous for your gums and won’t even get the job done if you don’t know how to use them perfectly. It’s much safer to have your teeth professionally whitened by your Catonsville Dentist. Check out these facts about professional teeth whitening.

  • It’s fast and safe – Whitening your teeth at home can be a really long process that involves wearing whitening trays for a few hours every day. It’s inconvenient, the whitening agent usually tastes awful, and the chemicals can harm your gums if they sit for too long. Professional whitening systems are meant to be quick and efficient. Your Catonsville dentist knows how long it takes for you to get the color that you want. You won’t be sitting in the chair with whitening trays for an unnecessarily long time.
  • Certain stains are removed more easily than others – It is true that some stains won’t come off your teeth, but those are usually the ones associated with trauma to your tooth. Stains that are caused by food, plaque, or tobacco will usually come off pretty easily. Teeth that have a yellow hue are the easiest to whiten, while those that are darker may be difficult to whiten entirely without a few sessions in the chair.
  • Teeth whitening is long term – This does mean that it’s not permanent. It’ll last you quite a while, though, if you make a point to take care of your teeth after you’ve gotten them whitened. Maintaining a good oral healthcare routine will help you keep your teeth white for years or even months. Avoid foods that stain your teeth or make sure to brush/floss/rinse right after you eat or drink them. Red wine, coffee, and tea are the biggest culprits for discoloration. The less of these that you consume, the better your teeth will look over time.

Professional teeth whitening will help give you a boost in self-esteem and is a great option for adults who want to have an exceptional smile. If you have any questions about Catonsville professional teeth whitening or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Source: Your Dentistry Guide, WebMD, The Health Site

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