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What is Periodontal Disease and How can you Prevent it?

May 17th, 2016
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Schedule a cleaning with Catonsville Dental Care. Prevent periodontal disease now!

“Peri” means around and “odontal” means referring to the tooth. Periodontal disease refers to an infection of the structures surrounding your teeth. These include gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. In the early stages of periodontal disease, the gums are affected first. They may become puffy, sore, and bleed when brushing teeth. In more severe forms of periodontal disease, all other surrounding structures become infected as well. It is very important to understand the causes of periodontal disease, the early signs and symptoms, and how to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.

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Bad Breath is Bad News

May 16th, 2016

 

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Bad breath got you down? We can help.

No one likes having bad breath. It’s an easy way to run a date, spoil an interview, or even just bother people on the bus. It can be very embarrassing, but we can help you. You can also help yourself by checking out these tips for in-between checkups. Are you ready to learn more about bad breath and how you can keep it out of your mouth? Let’s do it. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Your Gums Healthy

May 6th, 2016
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Taking proper care of your gums can affect the health of your whole body

Gum disease affects nearly 10 percent of Americans by the time they reach age 64. While this sounds like a relatively low number, it could be you if you fail to take proper care of your teeth now. If you don’t floss every day, for example, and brush at least twice a day, you are at risk. And it’s a bigger risk than you might realize. Poor care of your gums can affect many other facets of your overall health. Read the rest of this entry »

What Are Fibromas and How Are They Treated?

April 28th, 2016
Fibromas

While fibromas are painful, they are generally not serious and easy to treat.

When discussing fibromas, the first and most important thing to keep in mind is that they’re usually benign. Regardless of what they look like or how much pain they might cause, they are in essence relatively minor.

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What Can You Do About Gum Disease?

April 22nd, 2016
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Don’t let gum disease go unchecked and ruin your smile!

Gum disease is a serious issue that, if left untreated, can cause major dental issues down the line. Small symptoms like swelling or redness may be easy to ignore, but they are merely the first warning signs of a far more dangerous problem. Unchecked gum disease can lead to the loosening of the teeth, chronic bleeding, and even mouth sores.

What is Gum Disease?

There are two stages of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.  Gingivitis is relatively mild and very treatable.  Periodontitis, on the other hand, is much more intense and will require the help of a dental professional to treat.

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Do I Need Teeth Whitening?

April 13th, 2016
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Teeth Whitening can be an incredible, life-changing experience.

One of the most popular questions we receive at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care is whether a patient should get a teeth whitening treatment – whether teeth whitening is dangerous, whether it should be done at home at home, whether veneers are a better option and, by far the most popular, how much teeth whitening costs. At Leikin and Baylin, we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about whitening. Read the rest of this entry »

What Do You Need to Know About Sensitive Teeth?

April 7th, 2016
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Got sensitive teeth? There are steps you can take to lessen the pain and, often, to eliminate it entirely.

It happens to a lot of us: We’re living our lives, plodding along as per usual, then, out of nowhere, we bite into an ice cream cone or take a sip of coffee and the pain is enough to make a shy, bald Buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder. Your first thought is that you have a cavity, but you’ve had cavities before, and they didn’t put you on your knees as though you’d been in the company of Ray Lewis in the 2000s. And you’ve been so careful to brush and floss each day! Read the rest of this entry »

How To Choose the Right Mouth Guard

April 1st, 2016

If you’ve been diagnosed with bruxism, your dentist has probably recommended that you use a custom dental guard, which is also called an occlusal splint. Dental guards are not cheap however, and purchasing one from your dentist may cost as much as $500. If the hefty price tag nearly gave you a heart attack, don’t worry, ordering online can reduce this cost to nearly a fifth. Depending on how severe your bruxism is and your specific mouthguard needs, there are numerous mouth guard options online. When you choose a night mouth guard online, it will cost between $100-200 and last from 6 months to 5 years. Keep these things in mind when you choose a night mouth guard.

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Protect that beautiful smile with a good night mouth guard

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Should I Use an Electric Toothbrush?

March 23rd, 2016

It’s that time again. The bristles have gone soft. You need a new toothbrush. Will this time be the time you decide to switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush? Choosing the right one can be difficult, but we’re here to help

MEET THE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

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Will you switch to an electric toothbrush? Or do you prefer a manual toothbrush?

Electric toothbrushes, once a high-priced novelty, have risen in popularity over the past few years. And although they still cost more than manual toothbrushes, users say they’re worth the investment.

WebMD says the electric toothbrush’s 6,000 to 30,000 strokes per minute appear to offer more cleaning power per dollar spent than a manual toothbrush. One manufacturer conducted a study, asking more than 16,000 manual toothbrush users to switch to an electric toothbrush. The results were published in the March 2000 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association:

When asked to monitor their patients’ progress, the dental professionals said the powered brush had a positive effect on the oral health of more than 80% of the patients. Most participants reportedly said their oral health was better after using the device.

ELECTRIC VS. MANUAL – BETTER OR JUST DIFFERENT?

Electric toothbrushes have their drawbacks. Replacing batteries and brush heads can be expensive and time-consuming. Electric toothbrushes are expensive to replace if broken or lost. Some users — especially young children — have expressed sensitivity to the vibration and buzzing sound made by electric toothbrushes. But electric toothbrushes are easier to use: less manual scrubbing is required and some electric brushes run on a timer, letting you know when you’ve brushed long enough.

While manual toothbrushes lack the frills of their electric counterparts, they’re low cost and will keep your teeth clean when used properly. If you’re not sure which type of toothbrush you’d prefer, some manufacturers offer low-cost electric brushes that combine the buzzy cleaning power of an electric toothbrush with the familiar feel and look of a manual toothbrush.

Ultimately, dentists agree that regular brushing and flossing — whether manual or electric — is the key to good dental health.

Catonsville Dental Care

Regularly seeing your Catonsville Dental Care dentist will help to determine if your child’s dental routines need modifications. For more information on pediatric dental care as well as other preventative dental care services, call Catonsville Dental Care today! Call today at 410-747-1115, or submit any questions by visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Benefits of Preventative Dentistry

March 17th, 2016

If you don’t take preventative dentistry seriously, it could cost you between $45,000 $80,000 to have full mouth reconstruction.

But by practicing preventative dentistry, you can protect yourself from these large costs. To help current and potential patients, Catonsville Dental Care wanted to share a quick guide on the many benefits of caring for your teeth. Read the rest of this entry »