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Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

February 13th, 2015

tooth-covered-fillingsWhen you think of cavities, you think of little children who have snacked on too many pieces of candy. The reality is, cavities can happen at any age. Your teeth become more fragile as you age, and you are always at risk. While earlier dentistry relied on metal amalgam fillings, technology has made tooth-colored fillings a standard. Tooth-colored fillings aren’t just great for appearances though; they have many health benefits.

In past years, dentists used metal amalgam fillings as the go-to solution for your average cavity. These fillings were created out of a mixture of available metals. Today’s tooth-colored fillings are made of porcelain or composite resins.

The color

Your smile can be your biggest source of confidence when it is white and flawless. It can be your biggest source of insecurity once imperfections are thrown into the mix. Metal amalgam fillings look like you would expect. The dark metal presents a stark contrast to your pearly whites. Porcelain and composite resins on the other hand, are made to match the color of your teeth. Once they are set in place, you won’t even notice they are there. Metal fillings can also stain your teeth over time creating a gray look. This is not a problem you’ll face with tooth-colored fillings.

The method

The structure of the materials used for tooth-colored fillings is more similar to the natural material of your teeth. Whereas metal fillings were placed on top of the tooth as a method of protection, tooth-colored fillings bond to your tooth and actually help to rebuild and strengthen the structure. Even more compelling, in the process of placing a metal filling, a larger amount of healthy tooth can be compromised. Porcelain and composite resin fillings preserve more of your natural tooth’s structure.

Other benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Over the course of a metal filling’s lifespan, the material is subject to expansion and contraction caused by temperature change. As the filling changes, it can create cracks in your tooth. This can be extremely damaging. This is not an issue associated with tooth-colored fillings. On top of that, metal amalgam fillings often contain high levels of toxic compounds like mercury. The unpredictable nature of metal amalgam fillings is troubling to many. Tooth-colored fillings are safer for your teeth and much more predictable over time.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about tooth-colored fillings, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

 

Dealing with a Chipped Tooth

February 4th, 2015

chipped-toothImagine this scenario: you’re walking into your office and hit a patch of ice. You slip, and when you catch yourself you bite down very hard. You feel something hard in your mouth and your front tooth feels a little jagged. When you take a look in the mirror it becomes dreadfully clear that you have chipped your front tooth.

In this situation you may be tempted to head straight back into your car and call the dentist for an emergency appointment, but with a chipped tooth, this isn’t always necessary.

Evaluate the chip

When you chip your front tooth, you can be sure that it isn’t going to look pretty, but that doesn’t mean it is a major disaster, or that your cosmetic dentist can’t make you look like new.

Take a second and notice whether or not you feel any pain. If you do you may actually have a dental emergency on your hands. Your tooth could be fractured or it’s possible that you have sustained nerve damage. You should contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

If you are pain-free, your chip may be mostly a cosmetic issue and you don’t need to treat your predicament as an emergency. You should still try to see your dentist within a few days and consider calling for a little extra assurance and advice.

Manage your tooth

Start by rinsing your mouth out with warm water to clear out any debris and expose any bleeding. If you are in pain, aspirin or an ice pack can help you manage it until your dentist can help you out.

If you won’t be heading into the dentist for a bit, it is most important that you don’t chip your tooth any further. This means you have to be extra careful when you are eating. Avoid hard food and be conscious of how you are chewing.

What will your dentist do?

Depending on the severity of the chip, your dentist may simply be able to just smooth out the area and polish it. Larger chips may require a filling, cap, or bonding. This is a fairly simple process that usually won’t be very painful. If your tooth is severely chipped or cracked, you may have to undergo a root canal procedure.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about night guards or teeth grinding, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

Caring for your Night Guard

January 27th, 2015

gum shieldIf you have a teeth grinding problem, your night guard is your best friend. With the help of this nifty little device, you can help alleviate headaches and keep your teeth healthy. Your night guard sees daily use and works in dirty conditions for long hours. As such, it is important for the health of both you and your night guard, to take good care of it. The cleaner you keep your night guard, the more likely it is to last a long time and provide the protection you need from your detrimental nightly habits.

Storing

When you get your custom dental night guard, it comes with a protective case. The first step in night guard maintenance is to use it. Whenever your night guard is not in your mouth it should be in its case. This ensures that if you knock it off of the counter or drop it, your night guard won’t be so susceptible to damage.

Night guards should be stored in cool dry places. The bathroom often seems like the most logical choice for storage, but when you shower, the room becomes excessively warm and moist. A better alternative is to keep it on or in your nightstand.

Cleaning

There are many ways you can go about cleaning your night guard. Because it spends hours in your mouth, your night guards can develop bacterial growth and strange smells. Each morning when you remove it, practice simple maintenance by rinsing it with cool water or mouth wash before storing it for the day. Another option is to brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste like you would your teeth.

Though your daily cleanings will ensure that your night guard doesn’t get too gross, a weekly deep cleaning is still a good idea. This can be done with a bit of mild soap and cool water or store bought mouth guard cleaning tablets.

It’s also important to give your night guard container a good cleaning every so often. Remember to do this by making it a part of your weekly night guard cleaning.

Inspecting

While performing your weekly cleaning make sure to give your night guard a good examination. Look for cracks, worn down areas, and other damage. Bring your night guard with you when you go to the dentist so that a professional can give it an even more thorough check up.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about night guards or teeth grinding, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

 

Teeth Whitening: The top foods and drinks that are staining your teeth

January 20th, 2015

teeth-whitening-stains

One sip of red wine and you have got a bright red smile as a reminder that your pearly whites are in trouble. It’s no secret that drinks like red wine and coffee are causing your teeth to yellow with every gulp, but dark coloring is not the only factor affecting your smile.

What causes stains?

Though it is incredibly hard, tooth enamel is not incredibly smooth. Enamel is full of ridges, pits and cracks that provide perfect hiding places for the pigments that go along with some of our favorite drinks and foods. Certain foods and drinks can even worsen the state of your enamel, causing even worse staining.

What foods and drinks should be avoided?

While most people are aware that coffee and red wine can stand in the way of your teeth whitening dreams, there are plenty of lighter looking foods that find their own sneaky ways to stain your teeth.

It turns out white wine can be just as volatile for your teeth as red wine. While the lighter hue is not as noticeable as deep red, the acidity of the wine can cause enamel erosion making your teeth much more vulnerable to other offenders.

Another acidic trouble maker that people don’t often think of is soda. While it seems logical that dark colored cola is problematic, you might think you’re in the clear if you stick with a lightly colored one. The truth is that the acid in any soda can make it tougher to maintain a newly whitened smile.

Popular condiments like soy sauce, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar are all threats that you might not consider when you sit down to lunch. The brown and red coloring of these products can easily stick in the crevasses of your enamel.

Fruits are hailed for their rainbow of shades and health benefits, but their sugary juices can wreak havoc on your teeth, especially when you’re dealing with things like pomegranates and blueberries. Sticking to raw fruits is a better way to get your fruit for the day while maintaining your bright smile.

How can you enjoy these foods without worries?

Asking someone to cut their daily cup of coffee or skip that glass of wine with dinner is quite a lot to beg of someone. Instead, enjoy a glass of water with your damaging drinks. Alternate sips of coffee with sips of water. This will help rinse away some of those nasty dark pigments.

For pesky teeth staining condiments, try snacking with crunchy lettuces or celery. These foods can act as a natural tooth brush, scrubbing stains and your troubles away.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about teeth whitening, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should I Invest in Invisalign?

January 15th, 2015

Straightening your teeth can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be. Investing in Invisalign for your cosmetic dentistry needs is the smartest thing you can do for your teeth. Why? Just like braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth and corrects any other issues with your teeth, but without all the restrictions and inconveniences that come along with braces. Invisalign is rising in popularity in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, and here’s why!

Invisalign Freedom in Food Choices

No gum, no caramel, no hard candy, no whole apples. These are just a few of the many restrictions that come with braces. Wires can snap at any moment, even if you follow the rules perfectly. With Invisalign you can eat whatever foods you want, because all you have to do is remove the device to eat.

 Comfort

Invisalign is made of smooth plastic that fits to your teeth as opposed to the sharp wire and metal pieces of braces. When considering what type of orthodontics comfort is key. Invisalign for your cosmetic dentistry needs is the best way to alleviate as much of the uncomfortable aspects of straightening your teeth while still effectively correcting your smile.

 Keep Your Teeth Clean

With Invisalign you can easily remove the device whenever you want, which includes for your regular teeth cleaning habits. Being able to brush and floss normally while using Invisalign encourages not only straight teeth, but also clean teeth. With braces there’s so many extra steps required to properly clean teeth, which are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, but also difficult. Especially in teens, it is difficult to keep up with an effective cleaning routine with braces so Invisalign is often the cleaner choice.

 Perfect for Forgetful Teens

Braces cannot only foster poor teeth cleaning habits for forgetful teens, but they can also be easily broken and expensive to repair. With Invisalign Teen, there are six free replacement aligners available if your forgetful teen loses or breaks the device.

Cosmetic dentistry to straighten your teeth is inevitable for a lot of people so why be uncomfortable and inconvenienced for months? With Invisalign you get the same effective process of straightening and correcting your smile, without the restrictions of braces.

 Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about Invisalign, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

 

Source: www.invisalign.com

 

Is Relaxation Dentistry Right for Me?

January 9th, 2015

A little anxiety before sitting down in the dentist’s chair is a natural feeling to have. But for some patients, that little bit of anxiety begins weeks before the appointment and only gets worse as the appointment grows closer. It may even grow to the point where the patient skips their appointment altogether, too nervous to go through with even a routine cleaning procedure! While many factors could cause this kind of fear, finding a solution for it is essential to ensuring you get the dental care you need to maintain a healthy mouth. Your Catonsville dentist is here to explain one possible solution: relaxation dentistry.

relaxationdentistryAm I a Good Candidate for Relaxation Dentistry?

If you have had a longstanding anxiety when it comes to your dental visits, then you may have already considered the possibility of relaxation dentistry. While this approach to dental appointments and procedures is not for everyone, it may be for you if you have a highly-developed fear of dentists or needles, if you have had a particularly traumatic dental experience in the past, if your teeth and gums are extremely sensitive, or if you do not react strongly to the local anesthetics sometimes used in dental procedures.

What Does Relaxation Dentistry Entail?

Relaxation dentistry is designed to help patients achieve a peaceful state of mind going in to their dental appointment. If you use this method, you will be given a pill to relax and after establishing your comfort level, your dental team will proceed as usual with your appointment. Relaxation dentistry not only eliminates discomfort during the procedure, but afterwards you will be able to leave the dental appointment with minimal discomfort as well.

If you think that relaxation dentistry could be the right choice for you, call your Catonsville dentist today!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about relaxation dentistry, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

New Year, New Smile? Learn About Cosmetic Dentistry

January 2nd, 2015

The beginning of the New Year is as good a time as any to start planning some changes for the better in your life. Now is the perfect time to leave behind bad habits, negative attitudes, and unhealthy behaviors and start fresh! And what else should you be leaving behind in 2014? How about yellowed teeth, crooked smiles, chips and gaps? Make 2015 the year of your brand new smile with cosmetic dentistry services from your Catonsville dentist! Read on to find out more.

cosmetic dental workCosmetic Dentistry Helps You Start the New Year Out Right

Oftentimes, people feel that there is nothing they can do to change a smile they do not feel comfortable or confident with. They may have tried every whitening toothpaste on the market, but years of staining cannot be erased at home. They may have resigned themselves to crowded, crooked teeth or gapping. But what these people do not realize is that there is an option for them: cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry dedicated to helping you get a smile that you can be proud of with straight, even, bright white teeth.

Tooth enamel staining can occur from years of poor oral hygiene habits, from smoking, or even from some medications, but no matter what the cause is, cosmetic dentistry can help. Professional teeth whitening can lift away yellow and brown stains, leaving you with the white smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Cosmetic dentistry can also work to fix teeth that are misaligned and crooked. Straightening these teeth with Invisalign and other procedures helps correct your bite and give you a gleaming smile! You can even fill in gaps between your teeth with the help of cosmetic dentistry; ceramic crowns and bridges work to fill in those spaces and boost your confidence in your teeth!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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: How to Care for Dentures

December 19th, 2014

To get the most out of your dentures, our team here at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care has put together a list of tips to maintain the health of your dentures and mouth. Remember: oral hygiene is important!

Denture Care For good denture care:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating: you can simply run water over them to remove food debris and other loose particles. You might also want to make sure your dentures have a soft place to land if you drop it by accident – fill the sink with water or put a towel on a hard surface for added protection.
  • Brush your teeth: even though your dentures are there to replace or protect your natural teeth, you still want to practice good oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth.
  • You should also brush your dentures at least once a day. You can soak them or brush them with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque, and other deposits. If you do use adhesive, make sure to clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove anything that remains. Remember: denture cleansers are meant to be used externally and not in your mouth!
  • Most dentures will require an overnight soaking to remain moist and keep their shape. You can put the dentures in water or in a mild solution, but for best results, check with your Catonsville dentist to find the right solution for you. Before you put the dentures back in your mouth, be sure to rinse them first!
  • Schedule regular dental checkups: your Catonsville dentist can give you more details on how often you should be visiting the office to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned, as well as ensure that your mouth remains healthy.

If you experience any irritation or your dentures become loose, please call us right away so you can avoid further irritation, sores, or infection.

If you have questions about dentures, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

 

Why Do My Teeth Need Fluoride Treatments?

December 11th, 2014

You have seen advertisements for fluoride toothpaste and seen it used routinely at your dentist’s, but do you actually know the importance of regular fluoride treatments? They have much more significance than you may think. Your Catonsville dentist, who will incorporate fluoride as a preventative dentistry measure, is here to explain why treating your teeth with this special mineral can make a huge difference to your oral health as a whole.

fluoride treatments What is Fluoride and How Does It Keep Teeth Healthy?

 Your teeth’s enamel is made up of minerals that protect your teeth from damage and decay. As you eat, however, plaque can form on the enamel’s surface and start to break down those minerals in a process aptly known as demineralization. This can easily lead to tooth decay and make your teeth weak and susceptible to damage. In order to maintain a healthy mouth, you have to reverse this process and “remineralize” your teeth with the help of fluoride treatments. Why are special treatments necessary? While fluoride does occur naturally in some types of food and in water, it is best to supplement those smaller levels by using fluoride as a part of your regular cleaning at your Catonsville dentist’s to ensure you are getting the maximum amount of protection.

 What Kinds of Fluoride Treatments Are Available to Me?

Fluoride treatments can come in a wide variety of forms. Toothpastes fortified with fluoride can be used to remineralize teeth, as can mouth rinses, gel applications, and even prescription tablets for those who need an extra dose.  Not only is fluoride a preventative treatment that can stop decay from happening, but if applied correctly, it can even reverse the effects of tooth decay in its early stages!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about fluoride treatments and tooth decay, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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: Root Canals

December 3rd, 2014

Until you need one, you may have only heard of root canals in the context of a scary and painful dental procedure. But this negative reputation that root canals have is not the whole story, and too often it scares patients away from what is, at the end of the day, an absolutely necessary treatment. So before you avoid the dentist’s office in fear of a root canal, read on to find out what a root canal really entails and what your Catonsville dentist has to say about this procedure.

root canalWhen Would I Need a Root Canal?

Your teeth are a complex system of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue, all of which are just as susceptible as any other part of your body to injury or infection. The “pulp” located in the interior of a tooth is one area in particular that can become damaged, and when this occurs, it affects the tooth’s nerves as well and allows bacteria to grow and form an abscess. This is where the majority of the pain associated with the root canal procedure actually comes from: the pain that exists prior to the surgery. Damaged pulp and nerves are extremely sensitive and can cause you a lot of discomfort, so it is important to communicate with your dentist is you have been experiencing a lot of pain. A root canal may be the perfect solution for you.

What Does a Root Canal Entail?

The actual procedure is a fairly routine one that your Catonsville dentist has a lot of experience dealing with. To remove the damaged pulp, a small access hole is drilled into the tooth, and then all of the pulp, bacteria, and any other decayed tissue is scraped away, leaving the area clean and healthy. To protect it from further infection, the tooth is then sealed with a specialized paste and a filling is put in to close up the access hole. If the tooth is so damaged that it needs further restoring, your dentist will discuss options such as crowns or implants with you.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about root canals, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.