Archive for January, 2013

Eating Right is the Secret to White, Healthy Teeth, says WebMD Article

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Brushing and flossing alone is not enough to give you those pearly whites you so desire. According to a WebMD article, Foods for Bright Teeth and a Healthier Smile, the secret to whiter teeth is a “tooth-friendly diet.” Several nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin D, and calcium are essential to good oral health.

Foods to Avoid

Foods to Choose

  1. Sugary Drinks
  2. Candy
  3. Highly-Sweetened Snacks
  4. Starchy Foods
  5. Sugary Breakfast Cereals
  6. Coffee
  7. Tea
  8. Red Wine
  1. Water
  2. Sugar-Free Drinks
  3. Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
  4. Citrus Fruit
  5. Fish & Flax
  6. Cocoa

Good oral health starts with brushing and flossing, but also includes your daily diet. Everything you put in your mouth has some level of effect on your oral health.

Regular Visits to the Dentists at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care, we offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We are a team of caring health professionals and we have set a very high standard for our care. We pride ourselves on the fact that we provide the highest quality comprehensive dental care around.

One more tip. Avoid snacking.

“If you snack all the time, you expose your teeth again and again to foods that can erode enamel,” says Anthony M. Iacopino, dean of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry.

If you do snack, opt for food that is less likely to cause tooth decay.

If you have any questions about 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.

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  1. Foods for Bright Teeth and a Healthier Smile

Oral Care Tips: How to get the most out of your Visit with the Dentist

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

As a general rule of thumb, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year (every six months). But is this enough? What do you do when something happens in between your visits? How do you make the most of your visit with the dentist?

These are all good, valid questions. After all, two dental appointments a year is not a lot. So it is up to you to make the most out of each and every visit.

Oral Care Tips: How to get the most out of your Visit with the Dentist

  1. Make a Checklist: You will undoubtedly have oral health questions come up in between your dental visits. So be sure to write these questions down so you can address them with your dentist. Have you noticed jaw pain when you wake up in the mornings? Have your gums been bleeding when brushing your teeth? Have you experienced tooth pain when drinking hot or cold beverages? These are all concerns that you should keep track of to address with your dentist.
  2. Medical History: Make sure you update your medical history. Believe it or not, certain diseases, like diabetes, can directly affect your oral health. Also, be sure to list any medications you may be taking. Some drugs have side effects, like dry mouth, that can affect your oral health.
  3. What can you do better? Be sure to ask your dentist what you can do better in between visits to improve your oral health.
  4. Go to Leikin & Baylin Dental Care: At Leikin and Baylin, we are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

If you have any questions about 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.

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  1. Tips to get the most out of your dental visit WebMD

We do Sedation Dentistry !

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
If you have any of the following you may be someone who would benefit from sedation dentistry:

Fear of dental treatment

History of traumatic dental experiencesDifficulty getting numbVery sensitive gag reflex or difficulty openingExtremely sensitive teethLimited time to get your dental care completedComplex dental problems; or a need for surgeryAbove average disdain for “getting numb”Embarrassment about your teeth

  • In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
  • Have not received professional dental care in many years, perhaps decades
  • Go from dentist to dentist, or doctors, to renew painkiller prescriptions for dental problems
  • Often make and then cancel dental appointments
  • Make numerous, lengthy phone calls to the dentist’s office
  • Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests
    If you hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care and offices, and you can’t block them out, then you may want to “sleep” while you have your dental work done.

Recent research indicates that the number one reason adults postpone needed dental care is fear. That’s right, not time, not money, but fear! Yet dental decay and periodontal disease don’t strike only those who aren’t afraid to visit the dentist.

How Sedation Works
With safe and proven techniques, patients receive sedative drugs which work rapidly to create a relaxed state that is maintained and monitored throughout treatment. Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry also allows the doctor to complete multiple procedures in one appointment.

With sedation you simply won’t remember or be aware of any of the procedures that are performed. You breathe on your own, unlike hospital anesthesia where a machine breathes for you. It is like sleeping through your appointment!
Sedation Facts:

  • It really works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
  • You will have little or no memory of the experience.
  • You won’t remember any sounds or smells.
  • Complex dental treatments that often require multiple appointments can often be done in as little as one or two! All while you relax.
  • People who have difficulty getting numb will have no problem when relaxed.
  • Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

 

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity? FAQs answered by your Catonsville Dentist

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A cavity occurs as the result of tooth decay, which is the destruction of the tooth structure because of plaque buildup.

When foods containing carbohydrates are left on your teeth for an extended period of time, bacteria living in your mouth begin to digest this food, turning them into acids. Then, the acid mixes with the bacteria, food debris, and saliva to form plaque. It is this plaque that eats away at your tooth enamel, creating cavities.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

Symptoms of cavities include:

  1. Visible holes in your teeth
  2. Toothache
  3. Sensitivity to hots and colds

If you believe you have a cavity, the only way to know for sure is to visit your local dentist, like Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

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

Despite being almost entirely preventable, cavities are the most common infectious disease among children. And, for the first time in 40 years, instances of cavities in children are the rise!

In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin also offer pediatric dental care, ensuring your child feels as comfortable as possible. We make going to the dentist fun for your child!

If you have any questions about Cavities 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.

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Source: Dental Health and Cavities

Smoking and Oral Health: Could Tobacco be the cause of your Gum Disease?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Do you have constant bad breath (halitosis)? Are your teeth yellowed and discolored? Do you constantly battle plaque buildup and tartar? Do you have gum disease? Do you smoke?

The fact is that tobacco and your smoking habit could be the cause of the above oral problems. But that is just the beginning. Smoking can also increase your risk for leukemia, increase the loss of bone in your jaw, lower the success rate of dental implant procedures, and increase your risk for developing oral cancer.

Why is Tobacco so harmful?

Smoking tobacco products, like cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells and affects the attachment of bone and soft tissues to your teeth. This increases smokers’ risk for gum disease and other oral health problems.

Just in case you were wondering, smokeless tobacco products, like snuff and chewing tobacco, are just as bad for your health, containing 28 chemicals known to increase your risk for oral cancer. And a Journal of the American Dental Association study showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to develop tooth decay. So do yourself and your teeth a favor and kick the habit.

Ask your dentist or doctor for recommendations on how to quit.

If you have any questions about Tobacco 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.

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Source: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

What is Gum Disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gum disease is also one of the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.

What are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

  1. Your gums bleed easily
  2. Your gums appear very red and tender
  3. Your gums are swollen
  4. Your gums are pulling away from your teeth
  5. Your teeth feel loose
  6. Your bite feels as if it has changed
  7. You notice puss in between your teeth
  8. You suffer from chronic bad breath
  9. The fit of your dentures has changed

If you notice any of the above warning signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. If this plaque is not properly removed, it will harden into thick deposits known as tartar, which can lead to chronic infections and inflammation.

How is Gum Disease Prevented?

  1. Good Oral Hygiene: The best way to prevent gum disease is to keep good care of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and pay close attention to what you eat and drink.
  2. Regular Visits with your Catonsville Dentists can make all the Difference: At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

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

Happy New Year from everyone here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care!

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Source: Gum Disease – 8 Warning Signs of Gum Disease