Archive for February, 2013

Tips for Preventing Gingivitis from your Catonsville Dentist

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontitis, better known as gum disease. In the earliest stages of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque buildup, which causes the gums to become inflamed. Luckily, at this stage, the teeth are still held firmly in place and there is no irreversible bone or tissue damage. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to gum disease.

Fortunately, it gingivitis prevention is almost entirely under your control.

Tips for Preventing Gingivitis from your Catonsville Dentist

Daily Routine:

  1. Be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, taking 30 seconds for each of the four quadrants of the mouth.
  2. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and your gums. Just like your teeth, these two areas can harbor bacteria.
  3. No oral health routine is complete without flossing. Floss between every tooth, all the way down to the edge of the gum line at least once a day.
  4. Finally, use an ADA-approved mouthwash.

Of course, regular dental visits (every 6 months) are also a part of a good oral health routine. At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have assembled.

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

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

Sources:

How to Combat Gingivitis WebMD

Obesity linked to Gum Disease, according to 2003 Study

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

According to a 2003 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, gum disease (periodontitis) is more common in obese young adults. Gum disease is an infection of the gums, bone, and tissues that surround and support the teeth. Gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gum disease is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults.

Head researcher Mohammed S. Al-Zahrani, MDM and colleagues analyzed the frequency of gum disease in more than 13,000 adults over the age of 18. The results were shocking…

  1. 14% of those analyzed had gum disease
  2. Obese individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 were 76% more likely to have gum disease

Are you at risk for Gum Disease? There is only one way to find out: visit your dentist!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care: Your Catonsville Dentists

At the very least, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, not only will your dentist or dental hygienist clean your teeth, but they will also look for the warning signs of gum disease.

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we 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 Obesity & 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. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Sources:

  1. Obesity Leads to Gum Disease WebMD
  2. News release, American Academy of Periodontology. Journal of Periodontology, May 2003. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Gum Disease.” WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Obesity.”

Guest Blog: Diabetes and Oral Health

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

By Dave Howe

You can read more of Dave’s posts at www.toothbrushsubscriptions.com/blog

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Diabetes sucks. Plain and simple. There are complications that arise from the condition that include heart disease, increased risk of stroke, and kidney disease. Research shows that indeed those with diabetes are at increased risk of contracting gum disease, both gingivitis (early stage gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). Developing research also suggests the relationship between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. Not only does diabetes leave one more susceptible to gum disease, but indeed gum disease can lead one down the path to diabetes. As follows: significant gum disease can affect blood glucose control, which may contribute to the development of diabetes.

For those with Diabetes

Prevention is the name of the game. Make sure to control your blood-glucose levels properly. And make sure to keep a strict, significant and technically proper dental hygiene regiment. This is the only way to fight against the risks to your oral health associated with diabetes. Further, it’s critical to speak with your dentist about your condition. Those with diabetes have special dental needs that your dentist and dental hygienist are well equipped to treat. Keep your dentist informed of your condition and any changes to your health. Keep the dentist informed of any and all medication that you take. And if you need dental procedures that are not an emergency, it’s best to wait until your blood-glucose levels are normal.

Consult with a Professional

To learn more about the correlation between diabetes and oral health consult with a professional. Your dentist and your family doctor should both be able to give you significant and tailored information that will help you stay healthy. Augment their information with your own research – like you are doing now. Finally, if you encounter any of the following symptoms it is best to consult with your dentist as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This bleeding is not normal. Even if your gums don’t hurt, get them checked.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth’s root may show, or your teeth may look longer.
  • Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums).
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other.
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite.
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.

If you have any questions about Diabetes & 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. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

The Truth about the Five Second Rule

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

You have been patiently watching the microwave for the last 3 minutes as your piece of pizza slowly spun, cooking all the while. In the meantime, your mouth began to water. You want nothing more than to take a big bite of that cheesy goodness. Then, as you remove the pizza from the microwave, the unthinkable happens. The plate slips and the pizza falls on the floor. Thank goodness for the Five Second Rule, right?

Wrong!

According to a study conducted by the Hygiene Council, the kitchen floor has more bacteria (830 per square inch) than the trash can (411 per square inch). But that is not the only reason that the five second rule is a farce. The popular rule was first debunked in 2003 when high school student Jillian Clarke, an intern at the University of Illinois, coated tiles with E. coli bacteria and dropped gummy bears and fudge-stripe cookies onto the surface for 5 seconds.

The result: Bacteria did jump onto the food in that short amount of time. Sorry!

There is some truth to the five second rule, however. In 2007, scientists at Clemson University in South Carolina applied “salmonella soup” to tile, wood and nylon carpet and dropped bread and bologna on both. They tested how long it took bacteria to climb onto the food.

The result: The longer the contact with the floor, no matter what the surface, the higher the transfer of germs.

Still, bacteria found its way onto the bread and bologna, even in just five seconds. Both foods picked up between 150 and 8,000 bacteria. This number was magnified 10 times when the food was left on the contaminated flooring for a full minute.

So do yourself a favor. Next time you drop a piece of food on the floor, throw it in the garbage…not your mouth.

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.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source:

  1. Does the Five Second Rule really work? HowStuffWorks.com