Archive for March, 2013

The Ins and Outs of Receding Gums explained by your Catonsville Dentist

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

When the gum tissue surrounding your teeth begins to wear away or pull away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth or even the root, this is known as receding gums. As a result, pockets or gaps form between the teeth and gum line. These pockets harbor disease-causing bacteria and, if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged.

Symptoms of Receding Gums

  1. Tooth sensitivity
  2. Tooth appears longer than normal
  3. A notch can often be felt along the gum line

Receding gums are one of the first warning signs of Gum Disease. But don’t freak out; receding gums are common. However, it is also something that shouldn’t be ignored. If you feel you have receding gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. There are treatments that can repair the gum and prevent further damage.

Treating Receding Gums

  1. Mild Receding Gums: Mild receding gums can often be treated by deep cleaning the affected area, removing plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth and root surface below the gum line.
  2. Severe Receding Gums: If deep cleaning is not an option because of excess loss of bone and pockets that are too deep, gum surgery may be your only option.
  3. Prevention: The easiest way to treat receding gums is to prevent receding gums…

Preventing Receding Gums

  1. Good oral health
  2. Brush twice a day and floss daily
  3. See your dentist regularly
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet
  5. Quit smoking (if applicable)

If you have any questions about Receding Gums 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+.

Don’t Forget: Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will donate $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives this month. So what are you waiting for!?

Sources:

  1. Receding Gums WebMD
  2. American Academy of Periodontology: “Causes of Gum Disease,” “Types of Gum Disease,” “Periodontal Diseases,” “Periodontal Surgery: What Can I Expect?”
  3. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”
  4. Web Dental Office: “Gum Recession.”

Donating $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for Facebook Likes

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will donate $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives from now until May 15th. So what are you waiting for? Head to our Facebook page and click that “Like” button today!

The Catonsville Celebrations Committee has been tasked with the planning of the 4th of July celebration in Catonsville since 1947. The Committee first organized the event as a “safe and sane” holiday for Catonsville residents. 66 years later and the Catonsville Celebrations Committee is still in charge of funding and organizing this great Fourth of July celebration.

Each year on the 4th of July, Catonsville residents flood Frederick Road to watch the annual parade. However, few give a thought to how the parade is funded or organized. They just know that the parade will begin at 3 p.m. and will be spectacular.

You may be surprised to learn that the 4th of July parade and fireworks are funded solely through donations. Every year, the Catonsville Celebrations Committee raises funds without assistance from county or government agencies. All funds received are from YOU, the citizens of Catonsville, Arbutus, Woodlawn and surrounding areas.

The Catonsville Celebrations Committee needs your help. So please like Leikin & Baylin on Facebook today and help us fund this great event. And if you are feeling extra generous, you can Click Here to make an online donation to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee.

Thank You!

If you have any questions about The Catonsville Celebrations Committee 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+.

Dry Mouth Treatment from your Catonsville Dentist

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is exactly what it sounds like. When your body fails to produce the necessary amount of saliva, the mouth becomes dry and uncomfortable. Why is this a big deal? The mouth needs saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Without enough saliva, the mouth is more vulnerable and at risk for gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and infections.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

There are several different causes of dry mouth, including:

  • Side effect of certain medications
  • Side effect of diseases and infections
  • Dehydration
  • Smoking
  • Side effect of certain medical treatments
  • Nerve damage
  • Surgical removal of salivary glands

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?

The most common causes of dry mouth include:

  • Dry feeling in the mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Sticky feeling
  • Frequent thirst
  • Mouth sores
  • Split skin in the corners of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry feeling in the throat
  • Burning or tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Dry, red tongue
  • Dry nasal passages
  • Hoarseness

How can I increase Saliva Production?

There are several steps that you can take to help improve saliva productions, including:

  1. Suck on sugar-free candy
  2. Chew sugar-free gum
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste
  5. Breathe through the nose, not the mouth
  6. Use a room vaporizer
  7. Over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute

Of course, the best treatment for dry mouth will be provided by your dentist.

Dry Mouth Treatment from your Catonsville Dentist

At Laikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence and treats our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Dry Mouth 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. Dental Health and Dry Mouth WebMD
  2. FDA: “Dry Mouth? Don’t delay Treatment.”
  3. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: “Xerostomia (Dry Mouth).”
  4. Academy of General Dentistry: “Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Dry Mouth Sufferers.”

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth with the help of your Catonsville Dentist

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Did you know that one in eight adults has sensitive teeth? According to a new survey published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, one in eight people has over-sensitive teeth.

Dentists in the 37 United States dental offices studied asked their patients if they had recently suffered pain, sensitivity or discomfort in their teeth or gums. Of the 787 patients surveyed, 12% experienced sensitivity that was not due to another problem, such as a cavity, chipped tooth or swollen gums.

“The condition is impacting people’s lives, and they may avoid some foods,” said a research assistant professor at the University of Washington and lead study author, Dr. Joana Cunha-Cruz. “But it’s not like they are feeling pain all the time.”

Pain is often triggered by cold, hot, sweet, or acidic food and drink.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth occur when tooth enamel or cementum, the tissue between the tooth and gum, wear away. This exposes small tubes connecting nerves inside the tooth to triggers outside the tooth, like the aforementioned cold, hot, sweet, or acidic foods and drinks.

“It’s hard to generalize, but probably for people that are visiting the general dentist, one in eight have sensitive teeth that is bothering them,” said Cunha-Cruz.

Who is at Risk for Sensitive Teeth?

Quite simply, everyone is at risk, though certain groups are at an increased risk. These groups include:

  1. Adults between 18 and 44 were 3.5 times more likely than older adults to have sensitive teeth.
  2. Women are 1.8 times more likely than men to have sensitive teeth.
  3. Additional at risks groups include: those with receding gums and those who perform at-home tooth whitening.

“Teeth sensitivity is universal, but some people and cultures could be more at risk depending on their diet, if it is very acidic, and if they drink a lot of wine or alcohol,” said Dr. Richard Trushkowsky, associate director of International Aesthetic Dentistry at New York University.

Are you one of the 1-in-8 adults suffering from sensitive teeth? If so, Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland can help.

If you have any questions about Sensitive Teeth 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 in 8 Adults have Sensitive Teeth WebMD