Archive for August, 2012

The Importance of Flossing: Oral Health Tips from your Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Every sixth months, you visit the dentist for your scheduled dental cleaning. Every six months, your dentist or dental hygienist tells you that you should floss. And every six months you completely ignore this advice. But why?

The Importance of Flossing

  • Supplement Brushing: Just brushing twice a day is not enough to remove plaque from your teeth. In fact, flossing does about 40% of the work. Each of your teeth has five separate surfaces. So if you don’t floss, you are leaving at least two of these surfaces unclean.
  • Gum Disease: Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is caused by an accumulation of plaque around gums and between the teeth. Flossing is the only way to remove this plaque.
  • Prevent Bad Breath: Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is caused by the metabolism of the plaque in your mouth. As we have mentioned already, flossing is one of the only ways to remove the plaque in between your teeth.
  • Tartar Buildup: Tartar is plaque that has become hard from saliva calcification. While flossing cannot actually remove tarter, it can slow down the accumulation of tartar.

Tips for more Efficient Flossing

  1. Flossing Technique: Using a 15-18 inch piece of floss, slide it up and down in between your teeth, wrapping it around each tooth in a “C” shape.
  2. Blood is Okay: Bleeding can be an indication that your gums are inflamed from an overabundance of plaque. If this is the case, flossing is a must and a little blood is okay. Bleeding a few days after flossing, however, could be a sign of periodontal disease.
  3. Floss Holder: Using a floss holder can help make the process a lot easier on you.

Happy Flossing!

If you have any questions about Flossing and Plaque Buildup, 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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Dental Crowns and Onlays :: Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to encase the visible portion of a damaged or decaying tooth. A crown is a great solution for preventing further problems while preserving much of your real tooth.

Crowns are an effective way to enhance your smile!

What is an Onlay?

An onlay is a variation on the traditional dental crown technique, covering the tooth to a lesser extent.

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

Dental Crowns are used in several situations, including:

  • To protect a weak or decaying tooth
  • To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover misshapen or discolored tooth

How long do Dental Crowns last?

Dental crowns last between five and 15 years, on average, depending on how well you take care of your teeth and adhere to good oral hygiene practices.

Do Dental Crowns require Special Care?

The short answer is no. A dental crown requires no special care. You should treat it the same way you treat your other teeth (assuming you follow good oral hygiene). Be sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use antibacterial mouth wash.

Leikin & Baylind Dental Care provide single visit crowns and onlays with Cerec technology!

If you have any questions about Dental Crowns and Dental Onlays, 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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ADA Attempts to Clean Up American Oral Hygiene

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Though Americans are encouraged from a young age to keep their pearly whites squeaky clean, our track record when it comes to understanding oral hygiene isn’t so spotless. A recently released survey from the American Dental Association (ADA), has revealed that our citizens’ average score on survey questions regarding dental health was a little below average at a “D.”

The questions compiled in the survey were true and false, and a sampling of some of the ones Americans seemed to struggle with dealt with frequency of teeth cleaning, causes of cavities, and the age at which a child should make his or her first trip to the dentist.

The conditions of mouths nationwide should serve as a testament to the lack of knowledge regarding proper dental health care. Ninety percent of Americans between the ages of 20-64 have had cavities in their adult teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Children, too, who have not yet lost their baby teeth, have been found to have mouths crammed with cavities: nearly fifty percent of children between ages 2-11 have cavities.

ADA’s newly launched consumer website, Mouth Healthy, provides important information on preventative dental care and treatments; hopefully, the site will serve as a springboard for Americans in improving their dedication to oral care. To learn more about tooth care, and to see if you’re up to par on dental hygiene, visit Mouth Healthy’s website, and test your knowledge with their dental IQ exam.

Start showing an interest in your dental health today by scheduling a routine visit for preventative care with Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers custom-fitted night guards, the most widely used treatment for bruxism. This device slips over the teeth, preventing contact with the opposing teeth, relieving the pressures of grinding and clenching.

If you have any questions about Preventative Dental Care or Routine Cleaning, 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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Oral Health – Americans Score Badly