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What is Bruxism? Tooth Grinding of Course!

January 31st, 2014

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If you are like most people, you probably have no idea what Bruxism is, right? Well, what about tooth grinding? Now that sounds familiar. Well, guess what? Bruxism is tooth grinding! And it affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults throughout the United States.

Bruxism Overview

Do you grind your teeth? No? Well, you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it. Whoa! So be on the lookout for the following symptoms and warning signs:

  1. Your husband, wife, roommate, or parents may hear a grinding sound at night. That could be you grinding your teeth.
  2. Do you suffer from dull morning headaches? Another symptom!
  3. Maybe you notice that your jaw muscles feel tight and painful after you wake up. That could be from grinding your teeth.
  4. What about long-lasting pain in your face? Yup! Another symptom.
  5. Your dentist may notice damaged or broken teeth and dental fillings. Of course, this is only if you visit your dentist regularly. Hint, hint!

Bruxism Treatment

If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will try to get to the root of the issue. They will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your dental health, any increases in stress, and any medicines you may be taking. All could be possible triggers for bruxism. A more detailed exam may follow if your dentist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems.

If not treated properly, bruxism can break dental fillings, damage teeth and tooth enamel, and lead to sensitivity. Fortunately, bruxism is fairly easily treatable. Treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:

  1. If your bruxism is stress-related, professional counseling may help. Or you could try stress relieving exercises and techniques.
  2. If your bruxism is the side effect of medicine, your doctor may switch your prescription.
  3. If your bruxism is the result of a dental issue, your dentist will correct tooth alignment.

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

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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What Causes Cavities and How Can They Be Prevented?

January 23rd, 2014

Did you know that cavities are the most common infectious disease in children? And for the first time in 40 years, cavities, also known as dental caries, are on the rise.Dental examine

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities, as well as other forms of tooth decay, are caused bacteria in the mouth. When the conditions are just right, these bacteria begin producing acids, which contribute to loss of tooth enamel and eventual tooth decay.

Over time, this decay begins to eat away at the living material inside of the tooth. This is what we refer to as a cavity.

How can Cavities be prevented?

Cavity prevention is relatively simple, comprising of routine dental care.

  1. Oral Hygiene: Brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day) are crucial in the prevention of cavities and tooth decay. And remember to take your time. A good tooth-brushing takes at least 2 minutes.
  2. Nutrition: Avoid foods with high sugar content. Sugary foods encourage bacterial growth and acid.
  3. Dentist Visits: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care, including regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, and more!

How are Cavities treated?

  1. Remineralization: The use of fluoride can help reverse the decay associated with shallow cavities.
  2. Fillings: If a cavity is too large to be remineralized, but still small enough to not require more extreme treatments, it may be treated using a filling.
  3. Crowns: If the cavity is more severe, the tooth may be covered using a crown.
  4. Root Canal: If the cavity has extended to the center of the tooth and has infected the nerve, a root canal will probably be required.
  5. Extraction: If the tooth decay is extreme enough, the tooth will need to be removed.

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

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Cavities Making a Comeback

How Can I Get The Most Out Of My Visit To The Dentist?

January 16th, 2014

Most of us only see the dentist every 6 months, if that! Because of this, it is important to get the most out of each and every dental visit. But how?CatonsvilleDental_Nov5

Making the Most out of your Visit to the Dentist

  1. Make a Checklist: It is helpful to make a checklist of items you wish to discuss with your dentist, including tooth pain, problems brushing or flossing, grinding your teeth, etc. Having a checklist will make sure you don’t forget what you wanted to ask.
  2. Update your Medical History: Common medical conditions, such as diabetes, can affect your oral health. Because of this, it is Important to provide your dentist with your complete medical history. The more your dentist knows about your overall health, the better he/she will be able to address your oral health.
  3. Tell your Dentist Everything: You should disclose any medications, supplements, or vitamins you may be taking. Certain drugs can cause dry mouth, which increases your risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
  4. Ask Questions: Never be afraid to ask questions. Ask your dentist about anything you should be doing to improve your oral health.
  5. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland: In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Going to the dentist can be an anxious experience, but at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries.

“A dentist check-up is an essential part of preventive care,” says Leslie Seldin, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

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

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What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?

January 7th, 2014

Dental crowns come in many different materials. The one that is best for you depends on what dental problem you are fixing.Tooth Decay

  • Stainless Steel Dental Crown – a stainless steel crown is often used on permanent teeth as a temporary preventative measure. A stainless steel crown is placed on your tooth while a permanent crown is made from a different material. A stainless steel crown is cost effective and doesn’t require countless dental visits to keep it in place.
  • Metal Dental Crown – metals used include gold, palladium, nickel or chromium. With a metal crown, less tooth structure needs to be removed. In terms of durability, a metal crown is the strongest and can withstand biting and chewing. In addition, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The deal breaker for this type of crown is the color, they work best for molars and other out of sight teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal Dental Crowns – this type of dental crown can be colored to match with your existing teeth for a more natural look. However, sometimes the original metal can show through the porcelain of the dental crown.
  • All-resin Dental Crown – this is a cheaper type of dental crown. The drawback is that it can wear down over time and is prone to fractures.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Dental Crowns or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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What Is A Dental Crown?

January 7th, 2014

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth in order to restore the size, shape, size and strength as well as improve its appearance. When the crown is cemented into place, it fully encases the visible portion of the tooth.Operation

A dental crown may be needed for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common reasons adults need dental crowns are:

  • To prevent a weak tooth from breaking
  • To restore a tooth
  • For coverage and support to a tooth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover up a severely discolored tooth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • For cosmetic modification

Less common, but children may also require dental crowns. A child may require a dental crown for different reasons than an adult. Those reasons are:

  • To save a tooth that cannot be supported by a filling
  • To protect a child’s teeth that are at high risk of decay

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Dental Crowns or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns

How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively

December 29th, 2013

How to Brush Your TeethBrushing your teeth is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene. It is the front line of protection from tooth decay and plaque. It is very important that you know how to properly care for your teeth in order to maintain oral health as well as your overall health. The cleaner and healthier your teeth are, the healthier you’re likely to be as a person. Ever wondered about the proper technique for brushing?

  • Two Minute Time Limit – Make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes. If you don’t achieve this amount of time while brushing, you aren’t taking care of your teeth properly. Use short gentle strokes during this time, and don’t forget to focus carefully on the gum line; that’s where a lot of plaque will build up.
  • Know Where to Brush – Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line to make sure you get all of the plaque off. To brush your teeth effectively, make sure you get the outside, inside, and chewing surface of every tooth. You want to make sure each tooth is cleaned in its entirety to avoid decay.
  • Don’t Neglect the Tongue! – Your tongue collects bacteria just like the rest of your mouth. Make sure you brush your tongue with some toothpaste, as well, to avoid bad breath and kill the bacteria that have settled on the surface of your tongue.

It is important to make sure that you are also using a soft bristled toothbrush with effective toothpaste to get the most out of your brushing. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when it starts to wear down. Toothbrushes are fairly inexpensive and your dentist will generally give you one after your preventive cleaning every six months.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: 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

The What and Why of Receding Gums :: Catonsville Dental Care

December 27th, 2013

When the gum tissue begins to pull away from the tooth, exposing more of each tooth or even the root, this is what is referred to as receding gums. And while this may not seem like the end of the world, gum recession is actually a very serious condition and one of the first warning signs of gum disease. And if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, which could result in tooth loss.

What Causes Gums to Recede?

Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Periodontal Disease: This bacterial gum infection destroys gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds teeth in their place.
  • Brushing your Teeth: Wait, what? Yup, sometimes brushing your teeth can be a bad thing…but only if you are doing it improperly. If you brush your teeth too vigorously or improperly, it can actually wear away the tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede.
  • Genes: Studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease.
  • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in one’s hormones can make the gums increasingly sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
  • Smoking: Tobacco products lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause gum recession.
  • Grinding your Teeth: This can put a lot of force on the teeth, causing the gums to recede.
  • Misaligned Teeth: Similar to grinding your teeth, when teeth do not properly align, excess pressure can be placed on the gums and bones, resulting in receding gums.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: The best way to ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy is to visit the dentist regularly. We recommend every 6 months.

How are Receding Gums Treated?

  • Mild Gum Recession: If not too severe, your dentist may be able to treat your receding gums by deep cleaning the affected area. Sometimes, antibiotics are used in conjunction with deep cleaning to treat any remaining bacteria.
  • Severe Gum Recession: If too severe for deep cleaning to have any effect, gum surgery may be required.

How can One Prevent Receding Gums?

  1. Take good care of your teeth and mouth.
  2. Brush and floss regularly.
  3. Quit smoking.
  4. Eat healthy.
  5. Pay close attention to your oral health and changes in your mouth.
  6. Visit your dentist at least twice a year.

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

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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Habits That Are Bad For Your Teeth

December 19th, 2013

Bad TeethAs people, we tend to fall into some pretty bad habits, several of which can damage our teeth. So do your best to avoid these Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth:

  1. Chewing on Ice: After you are done downing that glass of ice-cold water, what is left? Ice. Why wouldn’t you chew on it? Well, for starters, it is bad for your teeth. Chewing on ice can irritate the soft tissue inside the tooth, causing toothaches. Chewing on ice can even chip or crack your pearly whites. Ouch! So next time you have the urge to chew on some ice, grab that sugar-free gum instead.
  2. Playing Sports without a Mouth Guard: Playing sports is great for so many reasons, including exercise and teaching teamwork. Playing sports without a proper mouth guard is bad for one reason: damaged teeth. Without a mouth guard, your teeth could be chipped, broken, or even knocked out while playing soccer, football, baseball, or any number of other sports.
  3. Grinding Your Teeth: Bruxism, known to the public as teeth grinding, can wear your teeth down over time. Unfortunately, many of us do not even know we have a problem. This is because the majority of teeth grinding occurs at night. If you are experiencing unexplained jaw pain or headaches and suspect you may be grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. Wearing a mouth guard at night can help alleviate your symptoms and protect your teeth.
  4. Opening Packages with Your Teeth: Having trouble tearing that package? Why not use your teeth? Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, that’s why! Your teeth should only be used for eating.
  5. Snacking: Did you know that snacking produces less saliva than an actual meal? This allows food particles to stay put on your teeth for hours upon hours. You can probably guess how bad this is for your teeth.
  6. Chewing on Pencils: Who doesn’t love the taste of a No. 2 pencil? Okay, so maybe we don’t chew on pencils because of their taste. But we do chew on pencils. Often times this happens when we are concentrating or nervous. And, like chewing on ice, this bad habit can have devastating consequences for your teeth.
  7. Smoking: We all know the perils of smoking, right? Well, did you know that smoking can not only discolor your teeth, but also lead to gum disease?
  8. Drinking Coffee: Are you one of the millions of Americans that struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Have you ever uttered the phrase, “just five more minutes?” If so, you probably also rely on everyone’s favorite pick-me-up, coffee. And while coffee may help you through the drudgery of your morning commute, it can also yellow your teeth over time. Yuck!
  9. Avoiding the Dentist: Perhaps the worst habit of all is peoples’ avoidance of the dentist. News flash: brushing and flossing is not enough to maintain healthy teeth. This is why you need to see the dentist every 6 months.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Slideshow: 19 Habits That Wreck Your Teeth WebMD

Myths About Cavities And Tooth Decay Debunked!

December 13th, 2013

Throughout the years, cavities have become the focus of several interesting myths. But perhaps even more interesting is how many of these myths are often mistaken for facts. Because of this blurring between fact and fiction, we at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care decided to play a little game. Let’s see how many of the following scenarios you can correctly identify as Cavity Fact or Cavity Myth.Operation

1) Soft Drinks and Acidic Food can Cause Cavities…Cavity Myth!

However, while soda and acidic foods do not cause cavities, they can cause serious damage to your tooth enamel, promoting tooth decay.

2) Kids are more likely to develop Cavities than Adults…Cavity Myth!

In fact, over the last 20 years, instances of tooth decay and cavities are down in school-aged children, while they are up among senior citizens.

3) Once a Cavity is Treated, Decay Stops…Cavity Fact!

Once it is removed and treated, that particular decay is gone forever. You can, however, develop decay in other areas of the tooth.

4) All Fillings will eventually need replacing…Cavity Myth!

Unless something goes wrong, you can keep the same filling your entire life.

5) Cavities are more likely to develop in Gaps, Cracks, or the Area between Teeth…Cavity Fact!

Cavities are always more likely to develop in areas where bacteria can hide from your tooth brush. This is why flossing is so important.

6) Tooth Sensitivity means you have a Cavity…Cavity Myth!

Tooth sensitivity could just mean you have hypersensitive teeth, or gum recession has exposed some root surface. There are many reasons why a tooth may be sensitive – tooth decay is just one of them.

7) Brushing your Teeth and Flossing Regularly is the best way to prevent Cavities…Cavity Fact!

By flossing and brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of cavities.

8 ) If you have a Cavity, you will know it…Cavity Myth!

Mild tooth decay and cavities don’t cause symptoms. The pain commonly associated with cavities comes from advanced tooth decay, which has caused damage to the nerve.

So how did you do? Were you able to sort Cavity Fact from Cavity Myth?

If you have any questions about Cavities, Tooth Decay and Oral Health, 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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15 Myths and Facts About Cavities

How Should I Take Care Of My Teeth and Gums?

December 4th, 2013

More often than not, we spend so much money on beauty products yet only see our dentist once a year. Quite frankly, oral care doesn’t ask so much from us.

Just brush your teeth and take care of your gums at least twice a day and you will be fine. If you are unsure on how to take care of your teeth and gums the right way, check out these tips.160937547

Gum and Teeth Tips

1.) Get a high quality toothbrush. Poor quality toothbrushes can create unwanted effects on your teeth. Soft end rounded bristles are considered the best type bristles. Make sure when you brush your teeth you reach your back teeth.

2.) Change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Bristles that get bent or splayed out may hurt your gums. Worn out brushes lose their efficiency and can no longer clean well.

3.) Keep a clean canister. Always keep your brush clean and in a canister free from dust and other elements.

4.) Fluoride is key. Use toothpaste or gel with fluoride. This will help prevent the development of dental caries

5.) Be wary of teeth whitening products. I am sure it’s tempting to buy these products but some of these chemicals can be hazardous to your mouth. Consult with Catonsville Dental Care in case you consider using teeth whitening products in the future.

6.) Consider an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are a quick and effective way to brush your teeth. They also fascinate kids too so before purchasing one, consult with us about the right one for yourself and for your little one.

If you have any questions about taking care of your teeth and gums, 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 Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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How to take care of your teeth and gums