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Preventing Periodontal Disease

March 16th, 2015

gum-diseaseYour gums are the glue that holds your smile together, and as such, are more important than you might even realize. We are always taught to take good care of our teeth, but gums get a lot less attention. This is problematic because without healthy gums, your teeth won’t even matter. Gums keep your teeth attached to the bone, and when they become infected with periodontal disease you risk losing your teeth. Thankfully, gum maintenance is not a tough task, and merely requires tweaks to your usual dental hygiene routine. Read the rest of this entry »

Unhealthy Dental Habits

March 9th, 2015

Unhealthy-Dental-HabitsEnamel may be the hardest substance in the human body, but it isn’t bulletproof. They seem so permanent and strong, but in reality, your teeth can become susceptible to some pretty serious damage if you treat them poorly. Most people are well aware of the necessary maintenance that is required for healthy teeth, but don’t realize that a few of their everyday routines are causing trouble. Some dental habits that may seem harmless are actually slowly damaging your precious smile.

Teeth are not tools

Back in the days before humans invented things like scissors, knives, and utensils, teeth may have served as an important tool. Today, we are fortunate enough to have a tool for most daily tasks, yet some people still revert to primal ways. You should never use your teeth to tear anything open. Avoid using your teeth for opening packages, ripping off tags, and unscrewing tough tops. They simply aren’t built for handling that kind of stress and you could weaken, chip, or fracture your teeth.

Let go of stress

When you’ve got extra stress on your mind, it can travel to your teeth. Many people find themselves clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth as a reaction to stress. This can be hard or even impossible to control, but it can also be extremely damaging to your enamel. If you find yourself falling into this unpleasant habit, actively think about relaxing your jaw. If you are conscious of it you have a better chance at breaking the habit. Some people carry that stress into their sleep and grind their teeth while they are sleeping. Night guards are the best way to protect your teeth from this.

Eating habits

What you eat is important but so is how you eat. Crunching ice is a pretty popular habit that is absolutely terrible for your teeth. Not only are your teeth not equipped to break things as hard as ice, but the cold can make your teeth brittle, increasing the risk of fracture. Things like popcorn kernels, seeds, and fruit pits can cause similar troubles. Sucking things like sodas and coffee through straws can be detrimental as well. People often rest straws right at the front of their teeth. This is like injecting sugar right into the area. Instead, keep the straw near the back of your mouth and avoid the risk.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about dental health, 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.

 

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

February 24th, 2015

woman smileNo matter what age you are, crooked teeth can cause insecurity. People notice your smile first, and you want to make a dazzling initial impression. When you start thinking about orthodontia, you’ll have some options to weigh. While traditional braces were once the go-to option, Invisalign is quickly becoming the popular option. If you’re thinking about investing in some smile-straightening magic, consider the benefits of Invisalign.

Benefits of Invisalign

  1. You’ve heard the woeful tales of braces-wearing teens. Braces force you to give up some of your favorite treats for fear that food will get stuck in the wires. With Invisalign, you can literally eat whatever you want. If someone brings caramels into the office, you simply have to pop out your trays, and you are ready to snack.
  2. While braces are often less expensive than Invisalign, they generally take longer to straighten than Invisalign does. You’ll have a mouth full of brackets and wires for an average of two years, and with Invisalign, you may only need six months of correction. Of course, prices and timelines vary depending on the patient.
  3. Invisalign candidates often have a much easier time keeping their teeth and their trays clean. Traditional braces can be quite tough to work around when you’re brushing, and they require a good deal of cleaning. With Invisalign, you can take your trays out, clean them, and care for your teeth very simply.
  4. Both braces and Invisalign can cause some minor aches and pains, but this pain is generally much less of an issue with Invisalign. You will have the discomfort of moving teeth when you get new trays, but it is easily managed. You won’t have to deal with metal poking your mouth or your lip getting caught on your brackets.
  5. Of course, one of the most obvious benefits of Invisalign, is that you can smile with confidence while your trays are busy straightening your smile. Braces aren’t the prettiest addition, but with Invisalign, you’ll barely be able to even see them.

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.

 

 

How-To: Help Your Child Overcome Dental Fears

February 16th, 2015

child-dentist-dearFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time to start teaching your little one about good dental hygiene practices. For many little kids, the prospect of going to the dentist can be terrifying. There are strangers in sterile white coats, pointy metal tools, and scary sounds. With a few tricks and a little luck, February could be the month that your child gets over his or her dental fears.

Make it fun

Dental hygiene is not the most exciting part of your day. It’s a chore that takes up four minutes of your day, and sometimes it can even be a little bit painful and annoying. As parents, it’s best to keep that a secret. To really get kids on the right track with dental health, it has to be fun. Pick a time in the morning and evening to brush your teeth with your child. Set the right example by getting excited about it. Create a build-up to it by saying things like “Only ten more minutes until we get to brush our teeth!”

Children love bright colors, crazy patterns, and flavorful tastes. These are all elements that you can work into your dental routine. You can purchase toothbrushes with your little one’s favorite characters on them and ones that sing or talk. Mint is a perfect toothpaste flavor for adults, but your children might have fun with fruity flavors or something fun like bubblegum flavor. These clever touches will help get your child on -board with dental hygiene.

Overcoming fears of the dentist

Once you’ve got your child enjoying their daily tooth-brushing time, you can start working towards eliminating their fear of the dentist’s office. It’s important for your son or daughter to become familiar with their dentist. If your dentist is a parent-approved familiar face, your child will learn to trust them. Start off by taking your little one to the dentist’s office just to stop by. Interact with the staff and give your child an opportunity to talk to his or her dentist. This will help create positive associations with the office.

With Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, you have the added benefit of extremely friendly dentists. Dr. Baylin even has a few impressive magic tricks up his sleeve that will help your child enjoy the visit that much more.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about family dental care, 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.

 

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.

 

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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.