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Proper Oral Hygiene Techniques

June 20th, 2014

oral hygieneWe know you’ve been brushing your teeth for years, but it might be time for a new brushing and flossing regimen. People tend to fall into the same daily routine, but brushing your teeth isn’t something that should be done in a quick 30 seconds. Do you think you’re doing great with your oral hygiene? Ask yourself these questions to see if your oral health is up to the standard that it should be.

  1. Do you brush twice daily? It is important to brush your teeth twice a day to clear your mouth of unwanted debris or germs that may have accumulated during the day and while sleeping.
  2. Do you brush for 2 minutes? You should be brushing your teeth for at least 120 seconds to ensure a full cleaning.
  3. Do you floss? Flossing once daily helps to loosen and remove hard to reach plaque before brushing.
  4. Do you floss without your gums bleeding? If your gums are pink and don’t bleed when you floss, that’s great! If your gums do bleed, you may need to reevaluate your cleaning routine.
  5. Do you always have bad breath? If you constantly need a breath mint to cover up the bad breath, you may need to take a look at what you’re doing to maintain a healthy mouth. Constant bad breath shouldn’t be a problem with good oral hygiene techniques.

After asking yourself these questions, have you realized that maybe your oral health and hygiene techniques need an upgrade? Your Catonsville dentists are here to help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while brushing and flossing:

  • Separate your mouth into sections and brush each section for 30 seconds. By focusing on ¼ of your mouth for 30 seconds and then moving to the next section and so forth, it guarantees a full 2-minute brushing!
  • Make sure to brush the gum line. This is where a lot of plaque can build up and irritate the gums.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue! A lot of bacteria build up on your tongue throughout the day. Brushing your tongue also helps to freshen breath.
  • Don’t make flossing just an up and down movement between your teeth. Make sure to wiggle the floss up at the gum line to get underneath where the tooth meets the gums. Plaque and debris can get stuck in places where it’s difficult to brush.

Your dentists at Catonsville Dental Care are oral hygiene professionals. When you become a patient at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care, you will immediately become a member of our dental family. Our team of dentists has over fifty years of experience treating the wonderful patients of Catonsville, Ellicott City, Arbutus and other surrounding areas. We are proud to treat patients from ages 3 to 103. If you’re interested in becoming a patient, or have more questions regarding your daily oral care, call us at (410) 717-1115 or visit our website!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!

Sources: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Oral-Hygiene-Basics/article/What-is-Good-Oral-Hygiene.cvsp

http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Brushing-and-Flossing/article/How-to-Brush.cvsp

5 Advantages of Invisalign

June 13th, 2014

invisalignFact: you’re never too old for braces. Everyone wants a smile that is bright, white, and above all, straight. It’s difficult to get that smile sometimes, though. It can require years of orthodontic dentistry and lots of metal appliances in your mouth – it doesn’t have to, though. Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces for both aesthetics as well as feel. Adults frequently opt out of braces because they don’t want to show a mouth full of metal every time they smile. It can be considered to look juvenile, even though it’s just about getting your teeth where you want them. This is where Invisalign comes in.

  1. Practically invisible – Have you ever seen someone wearing Invisalign? No? That’s probably because they’re really difficult to spot. Hundreds of people have Invisalign success stories to share, but the great part is that you’ll never know that they were wearing them in the first place. Unless you see someone pop them out or have worn them yourself, you’ll probably never even notice that they’re there.
  2. Removable – This is a big perk of Invisalign. Those who have had metal braces will tell you that they’re really uncomfortable to eat around. You’re restricted to certain foods and can still easily get things caught in between the wires and accessories. With Invisalign, you’re expected to wear them about 20 hours per day. You can pop them out in between meals or if you have a presentation to make without worrying about the straightening process being disrupted.
  3. Fixes the problem – Besides braces, there are other options to get straight teeth, such as veneers or other cosmetic dentistry procedures. There’s nothing wrong with cosmetic dentistry, but some people are more comfortable knowing that everything in their mouth is theirs. Invisalign helps shift your teeth into proper placement for a straight smile. You can also use them as whitening trays as you go!
  4. Normal oral health routine – Traditional braces require a modified oral health care routine that usually includes cleaning between brackets and makes flossing very difficult. Since you can pop Invisalign aligners out of your mouth, you can continue brushing, flossing, and using your normal mouthwash as you go – no need for additional appliances or cleaners.
  5. Infrequent dentist visits – When you get traditional braces, you’re required to go to the orthodontist at least once per month to get different wires and replace rubber bands. You’ll receive your Invisalign aligners all at once and switch them about every two weeks as your teeth shift. The technology for Invisalign allows you to control your own destiny with a visit to the dentist every 6 weeks or so, just to make sure everything is coming along right.

Invisalign aligners can help you feel more confident and comfortable with your smile. What are you waiting for? If you have any questions about Invisalign, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Why Invisalign

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

June 6th, 2014

cosmetic dentistryWhen you hear the words “cosmetic dentistry,” you probably think about teeth whitening procedures and veneers – but cosmetic dentistry is more than that. It can help you increase your self-esteem and make you feel better about your look overall. Cosmetic dentistry can also help you take pain away in your mouth and solve oral health issues. Essentially, cosmetic dentistry is the practice of making a smile more aesthetically attractive and also more comfortable for those who have problems with their teeth. There are many different procedures that are considered to be “cosmetic,” some of which may surprise you.

  • Teeth whitening – We mentioned this at the beginning of the blog, and it seems fairly obvious, but getting teeth whitening is a fairly common cosmetic procedure. If you decide to get your teeth whitened, it’s something that you should have done professionally. Over the counter products can sometimes burn your gums – though as we mentioned last week, they won’t actually harm your teeth.
  • Dental implants – These are a great alternative to dentures since they mimic regular teeth, both in the root area as well as the crown. The nice part about dental implants is that you cannot develop cavities in implants. They can be made to match your natural teeth and are comfortable to chew and speak with. Dentures can be difficult to get around, which makes most people prefer implants.
  • Orthodontics – Most people think that orthodontics or braces are reserved for teenagers and adolescents, but it’s becoming more popular for adults to opt to straighten their teeth as well, especially with the introduction of Invisalign to orthodontic procedures. Orthodontics really depends on the situation and person and is generally evaluated on a case-to-case basis.
  • Fillings – This surprises most people as being a cosmetic dentistry procedure, but over the years fillings have come a long way. They started as metal structures and over time have been replaced by plastic that can look and feel like a natural tooth. Today’s fillings bond to your natural tooth and the material is getting better about staying adhered to the tooth rather than popping out over time.

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t all about aesthetics – sometimes it’s really helpful to have a healthy mouth and to encourage a better oral health care routine. Some cosmetic procedures can make it easier to talk, eat, and feel comfortable with your teeth. Dentists Leikin and Baylin offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to help you with your self-esteem as well as comfort. If you have any questions about cosmetic dentistry, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Sources: http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=727http://www.aacd.com/index.php?module=cms&page=586

Debunking Dental Myths

May 30th, 2014

dental mythMyths arise concerning just about everything under the sun. Dentistry and oral hygiene is no different. You should NEVER believe everything you hear. Instead, get the facts from a trusted source, like your Catonsville dentist! We’ve got a few different myths for you that we’ve taken the time to debunk so you can get a better idea of what causes your oral hygiene to decline, what to avoid, and how to improve your oral hygiene.

Bleaching your teeth makes them weaker
This is false. Most people think that since they’re teeth become translucent if they bleach too much that it means they’re teeth are unhealthy. It’s actually just a color change. Bleaching too much CAN be bad for your gums, but it’s not actually going to hurt your teeth. The important thing to remember when you’re getting your teeth whitened is not to do it more than recommended and to always have your teeth professionally whitened. Your dentist will make sure that you’re getting the right treatment for you when you need it.

A pain reliever next to a tooth will fix a toothache
Do not try this at home. Most pain relievers are acidic and can actually give you cavities or make the pain worse. Swallowing a pain reliever will help with a toothache just fine. You should also make a point to see your dentist when you develop a toothache, as you may need a filling or have undiagnosed oral health issues.

A sensitive tooth means that I have a cavity
Not necessarily. Your teeth won’t always be sensitive when you have a cavity either. The two do not go hand in hand. You may just have sensitive teeth and need to find a toothpaste or mouthwash that will help with this problem. You should see your Catonsville dentist first, though, to rule out decay. Another issue is that many people think that if they don’t have pain, they don’t have a cavity. Cavities only start to cause pain in the mouth when they get really bad. See your dentist every 6 months for a checkup anyway.

If my gums are bleeding, I should avoid brushing
Believe it or not, this works the other way around. The only way to get your gums healthy enough to stop bleeding is to keep brushing and flossing to remove the bacteria around them. You need to make sure that you’re brushing and flossing properly and gently to avoid further harming them, though. Take good care of your gums to avoid developing gingivitis.

Oral health is important to your overall health and knowing the difference between truth and myth in the dental world is important! Remember to brush and floss regularly to avoid cavities and visit your dentist at least twice per year for an annual cleaning and checkup. If you have any questions about dentistry myths or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/cavities-myths?page=3, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/5-common-dental-myths.htm#page=2

 

Why a Dentist in Pediatric Dentistry?

May 21st, 2014

Children's DentistryThere are many decisions to be made once you have children in regards to their well-being. Among all of these decisions, choosing a dentist for your child is among the top in importance. You want your children to grow up having a happy and healthy smile, so starting annual trips to the dentist can’t begin soon enough. Once your child has reached a year, you should start considering a dentist visit. You may think that a dentist doesn’t need to specialize with children, that it’s just their teeth. But taking your child to a dentist that has experience with pediatric dentistry can help you child’s oral health for years to come.

When you take your child to your Catonsville Family Dentist, you can rest easy knowing that our dentists will make the experience pleasant and welcoming for your child. An adult dentist will be unaware of how a child might perceive the visit and scare your child. Fear of the dentist at a young age will stop your child from wanting to continue visits and their oral health might suffer from it. At Leikin and Baylin, we make sure to be aware of how a child will perceive us. We will choose our words carefully to make sure your child isn’t scared or intimidated. Let us explain the details to your child, we will know phrases to use so that your child has an understanding of what is happening, but doesn’t think they are in harm’s way. We want your child to feel comfortable and know that going to the dentist is a good thing and not something that should be avoided. Dr. Baylin also specializes in magic tricks, so make sure your child asks to see them.

Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be intimidating, so visit your Catonsville Family Dentist where children’s dentistry is one of our specialties. To make an appointment for your child, call us at (410)-747-1115 today. If you have any questions about our procedures and services, fill out our contact form.

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When to Call Your Catonsville Emergency Dentist

May 19th, 2014

emergency dentistWe have a tendency to think that anything that causes mouth pain is an emergency, and for good reason. Mouth pain can be one of the most miserable types of pain if not treated quickly and appropriately. There are a few things that are ALWAYS designated as dental emergencies, though, since they can cause risk of infection, loss of an entire permanent tooth, or worse. For a dental emergency, you want to immediately call your Catonsville Dentist to avoid some miserable repercussions. So, what exactly does constitute a “dental emergency?”

  • Loss of a tooth – If you have a tooth knocked out or fall out, there are a few things that you need to do before going to see your Catonsville dentist. You should always hold your tooth by the crown and not the root. If you can put the tooth back in your mouth, it is advisable since it’ll prevent the tooth from drying out. Otherwise, try putting the tooth in milk. Call your dentist immediately and try to get in within an hour to save the tooth.
  • Lost filling – Fillings do a pretty good job of taking care of cavities, but occasionally they fall out. There are a few things that you can do if you lose a filling. You can try putting a small piece of sugar free gum (preferably the kind that uses xylitol as a sweetener) in the cavity, or you can buy over the counter dental cement. You should call and make an emergency appointment ASAP.
  • Abscess – An abscess will feel a lot like a pimple on your gum and will likely be very painful. It’ll probably be fairly unpleasant, but you need to bring as much as the infection out as you can as soon as you notice the abscess. Try to bring it out of the sore and then use saltwater to rinse and wash it out of your mouth. Because abscesses are infections, they can cause further health problems for the whole body. Take care to treat abscesses as soon as you notice them.

These are just a few types of dental emergencies. If you chip, break, or otherwise damage a tooth, you should make a point to see your Catonsville dentist immediately. For problems like cavity and mouth pain, make an appointment as close as possible, but don’t stress over making an emergency appointment. If you have any questions about emergency dentistry in Catonsville, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/handling-dental-emergencies

Catonsville Root Canals

May 9th, 2014

Root Canal CatonsvilleDoes the phrase “root canal” make you shiver a little? You’re certainly not alone. Most people have a healthy fear of having a root canal done. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a necessity to make your mouth healthy again. Being told you need a root canal may sound like the worst news you’ve ever heard, but if you know a little bit more about the process and how your dentist can make you comfortable, it may lessen your fear of having a root canal performed.

Why would my dentist suggest a root canal?
If the root of your teeth begins to decay or is infected, you may need a root canal to get the infected part removed. Generally having an infected root and infected pulp inside your teeth will cause a lot of pain. People report that a root canal itself isn’t all that painful, but the time leading up to the root canal can be pretty miserable if you don’t have anything to treat it. The reason you need the damaged pulp removed is because it can cause an abscess, bone loss, and drainage problems. In short, not having the pulp removed can cause a lot of pain.

What can I expect of the procedure?
Your dentist will take x-rays of your tooth and the area around it before giving you at least a local anesthetic. He or she will then isolate the area to make sure that the tooth stays dry during the procedure. Once all of this has been taken care of, you should be relaxed and numb for the procedure to begin. The pulp will be removed very carefully by your dentist before he or she cleans the area. You’ll then have a filling placed into the tooth so your root can remain strong. You may also have a filling put on top of your tooth to act as a crown before you get your actual crown. The process is similar to that of a normal filling for a cavity. The procedure and the healing may take a bit longer than normal, but you’re much better off having the procedure than dealing with the alternative.

Rotting and decaying teeth can cause more problems than just pain. Don’t risk bacteria or infection in your mouth; if you’re showing signs of infection or a problematic tooth, you should call your Catonsville dentist right away. If you have any questions about root canals, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/root-canals, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals-explained.aspx

Why Should I Have my Teeth Professionally Whitened?

May 2nd, 2014

Business seminarTeeth whitening is a practice that has become popular in the past few decades. More and more people want to have the whitest teeth possible, but as we age, our teeth start to discolor. This happens for a couple of different reasons. First, the enamel wears off of our teeth as we age, revealing darker tissue underneath. Second, lots of people drink coffee, tea, and other things that can easily stain teeth. Getting your teeth whitened and having a brighter smile can make you feel better about yourself and help you to be more comfortable this summer! Wondering why else you should have your teeth professionally whitened?

  • Quick results – Getting your teeth professionally whitened by your Catonsville dentist means that you’ll see your results quickly. You won’t have to deal with at home whitening trays or strips, which could take days or even weeks to work. Professional whitening is quick and doesn’t require any extra work on your part, other than maintaining good oral health after the whitening to keep them at the shade you want them.
  • Protect your teeth – Using at home whitening kits can be bad for your gums, teeth, and overall health. You don’t know exactly what ingredients are in them. There’s a good chance that they contain something that you’d rather not actually have on your teeth. When you have your teeth professionally whitened by a Catonsville dentist, you can be sure that your gums are protected and safe from any chemicals.
  • Better results – Professionally whitened teeth will look better than teeth whitened at home. Dentists are practiced and use the best methods out there to give you your brightest white smile. You’ll get a confidence and self-esteem boost from having teeth exactly the color that you want them in a short amount of time. Plus, having perfectly whitened teeth can help you in interviews and other professional situations. A white smile is an easy way to accessorize any outfit.

Taking care of your teeth before and after you have them whitened is still incredibly important. Whitening is only to give you that extra little boost. It’s still necessary to practice preventive dentistry at home to keep your teeth looking pretty and white. Make sure to brush twice per day, floss at least once, and get routine cleanings every six months or so.

At Leikin and Baylin, we know that you want to have a beautiful, white smile. We know exactly how to take care of that and are happy to get you started. Make an appointment today and get your teeth whitened before summer!

If you have any questions about professional teeth whitening, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: http://www.williamsanddaily.com/dental-services/benefits-of-whitening-your-teeth-professionally/

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/lips-smile/whitening-your-teeth?page=2

Catonsville Preventive Dentistry

April 25th, 2014

Healing teethDid you know that you’re supposed to see your dentist at least every 6 months for routine preventive maintenance on your teeth? If you have gum disease or other oral health issues, it may be important for you to see your dentist as often as every 3 months. These trips are all about preventive dentistry: cleanings, cavity checks, x-rays, and more can all be performed as preventive dentistry when you come into the office for a routine checkup. Every wondered more about preventive dentistry? We’ll answer a few common questions involving the process this week!

  • Why do I need preventive dentistry? There are a couple of answers to this question. First, regular cleanings and checkups will help prevent the plaque buildup that can cause cavities and other health issues. Second, for children, lack of preventive dental care can cause problems with growth and development. Seeing your dentist once every 6 months or so should help with this.
  • What does preventive dentistry include? While regular cleanings and visit to the dentist are a main source of preventive dentistry, a lot of preventive dentistry happens at home. You should brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. It’s also recommended to swish with a mouthwash that helps prevent cavities and has fluoride. For children, you should start brushing their teeth and having them see a dentist shortly after their first teeth come in.
  • What are the benefits of preventive dentistry? You may not know this, but the health of your mouth and your teeth can affect your entire well-being. The plaque that sticks to your teeth is the same plaque that can stick to the walls of your arteries and cause blockages that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Practicing preventive dentistry can help prevent plaque from getting to these parts of your body. Preventive dentistry also promotes a white, healthy smile that can help you with confidence and self-esteem. A healthy mouth can do a lot for you!

In order to keep your mouth healthy, you can also eat foods that are low in carbohydrates (which cause the plaque that sticks to your teeth), brush after every meal, and make sure you have fluoride in your water. Home care and in office care are both important. You shouldn’t neglect either, starting from childhood and carrying right on into older age.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family. If you have any questions about Catonsville preventive dentistry, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

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Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/preventative-dentistry#Overview

What are the Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry?

April 18th, 2014

cosmetic dentistryThis is a question that many people ask. For those who have a fear of the dentist, the idea of getting dental work done for cosmetic purposes can seem really foreign or completely out of the picture. It may surprise you to know that there are not only a host of social benefits to getting cosmetic dentistry, but also many health benefits. If you find that your teeth are a shade that you don’t like, different shapes, crooked, or some teeth are missing, you may want to consider all of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry. It could seriously benefit you to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure performed. Check out the different advantages!

  • Confidence – If you opt for teeth whitening, straightening, or veneers, it could give you a noticeable confidence boost. Walking into a room with a straight, white smile will make you feel way more confident than the alternative. Getting your teeth professionally taken care of will make you feel better all around.
  • Career Opportunities – Employers want to know that you value your hygiene and take good care of yourself; after all, you’re going to be working for these people. If you have a straight, white, confident smile, you’re likely to walk into an interview with your head held high. Studies show that people who take better care of their teeth have better chances in interviews as well as social situations.
  • Increased Hygiene – This is one of the great health benefits of cosmetic dentistry. Once you’ve put the time and money into making your smile what you want it, you’re going to have the motivation to maintain it. You’ll be more likely to spend time brushing, flossing, and rinsing than you usually would. A strong oral health care routine is important for your overall health; cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve that.
  • Headache Relief – Believe it or not, but your misaligned teeth can cause severe headaches, as can bruxism. If you have either of these problems and have developed headaches, cosmetic dentistry or dental appliances can help to fix them. Any bite that is not normal will cause you headaches and tooth pain.

Never write cosmetic dentistry off as a simply aesthetic change; it can also help you improve your health as well as your social confidence. If you have any problems that can be addressed by cosmetic dentistry, you should contact Leikin and Baylin Dental Care.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family. If you have any questions about Catonsville cosmetic dentistry or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Source: http://adultdentistryofballantyne.com/6303/the-health-and-social-benefits-of-cosmetic-dentistry/