Archive for April, 2013

Dream On! Sedation Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

If you’ve avoided the dentist out of fear or if you’ve had a traumatic experience, sedation dentistry may be able to help.

Imagine not being afraid to go to the dentist. Imagine being able to complete your dental care in one visit. Imagine having a positive feeling about your dental visit. Imagine being able to chew comfortably and smile confidently. With sedation dentistry, you don’t have to just imagine anymore. Sedation dentistry is now a reality at your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist.

Oral relaxation dentistry proticolas have been used safely for over 30 years. Before starting any dental treatment, your medical history will be reviewed thoroughly. On the day of your appointment, you will take a pill which will relax you. Our specially trained team members will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. During the dental visit you will be monitored closely. After your dental treatment is complete there will be minimal if any discomfort. Also, you will have little or no memory of your visit.

Sedation dentistry isn’t exclusively for patients that have fear of the dentist, it also can apply to people who have a low pain threshold, can’t sit still, have very sensitive teeth, have a bad gag reflex, patients with limited time and those patients who need a large amount of dental work done. The different levels of sedation dentistry are as follows:

  • Minimal sedation – At this level of sedation, the patient is awake yet very relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation – Slurring of words and little memory of the procedure are common at this level of sedation.
  • Heavy sedation – A patient is at the edge of consciousness during this level of sedation, but can still be awakened if needed.
  • General anesthesia – Under general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious.

Anesthesia is safe for most dental patients. However, certain people, such as those who are obese or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should talk to their doctor before having sedation. That’s because they are more likely to develop complications from the anesthesia. Your local Catonsville dentist will go over your medical history and any risks associated with the level of sedation dentistry you may require. Contact us today to inquire about sedation dentistry.

Catonsville Dental Care makes visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Sedation Dentistry 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!?

Source: Sedation Dentistry: Can You Really Relax in the Dentist’s Chair?, WebMD

How to Prevent Gum Disease from your Catonsville Dentist

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Gum disease, otherwise known as Periodontal disease, is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone that surround the teeth. The main culprit of gum disease is plaque; a sticky collection of bacteria that causes the gums to be red and puffy. Over time, the plaque causes the bone to dissolve from around the teeth. This leads to the teeth becoming loose and eventually could require that the teeth be extracted.

Gum disease is in most cases completely preventable. Regular good hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly is usually enough to stall or stop gum disease in its tracks. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, making sure to also brush your tongue, with fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Also, flossing at least once a day can prevent gum disease from happening. One tip is using an osculating electric toothbrush to brush your teeth. This specific type of rotating toothbrush is better at removing plaque than normal types of toothbrushes.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier and tighter to your teeth. But bleeding gums could also be a sign of gum disease, so if it persists you should consult your local Catonsville dentist. Making good food choices is another way to prevent gum disease. Eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar, especially sticky, sweet foods like taffy and raisins. The longer sugar stays in contact with the teeth, the more damage it will do. Avoiding bedtime snacks is also a good way to avoid gum disease.

If you’re wondering if you have gum disease, the symptoms include: bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loos teeth, sensitive teeth and receding gums or teeth that appear longer. Also, it’s helpful to examine your gums and notice any inflammation that may be happening to them.

Ever needed a reason to quit smoking? Giving up smoking is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. Tobacco users are up to six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.

If you have any questions about How to Prevent 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+.

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.

Sources:

Gun Disease Prevention, WebMD

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments, NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)

Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville: A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Raising a baby is tough work. You have so much to think about, from feedings to bathing to…well, everything! As a parent, you are faced with many tough decisions. Dental care doesn’t have to be one of them.

A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

A child should make his or her first visit to the dentist before the age of one. This first visit serves many purposes, including: it helps familiarize the child with the dentist, it helps set up the ground work for a life of good oral care, it helps identify any pressing dental issues, and it is a good way to educate parents about how to care for baby teeth.

Tips for Caring for Baby Teeth

  1. Gum Care: Proper oral care begins for the first tooth even appears. Using a soft, moist washcloth, gently wipe your child’s gums twice a day. It is ideal to do this after feeding and before bedtime.
  2. Baby Teeth: Once teeth have started coming in, you can clean these teeth using a wet washcloth. Then, around age one, you can begin using a slight bit of non-flouridated toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste should not be used until around the age of two.
  3. Flossing: As soon as two teeth touch, you can begin flossing.
  4. Visits to the Dentist: As we have already mentioned, we recommend that infants see a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth comes in. Then, the standard every-six-month dental visit recommendation begins.

Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, our pediatric dental services include: regular dental visits and preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more! Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents.

Catonsville Dental Care makes visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist 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!?

Oral Health Debate: Dental Floss vs. Waterpik

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As we have outlined time and time again, the recommended daily oral health routine includes brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, taking 30 seconds for each of the four quadrants of the mouth; brushing the tongue and your gums, two areas that harbor bacteria; using ADA-approved mouthwash; and, of course, flossing at least once a day. However, some of our patients have begun to ask about substituting a Waterpik for floss. They want to know if this would be beneficial. Well, let’s take a look.

Oral Health Debate: Dental Floss vs. Waterpik

  1. Dental Floss: Floss helps reduce plaque and bacteria from between the teeth, creating a much healthier environment for your teeth and gums. Floss can reach plaque and bacteria that brushing simply cannot.
  2. Waterpik: A Waterpik is a device that shoots a pulsating stream of water at your teeth. A Waterpik uses between 5-90 psi of pressure to help remove food particles from between your teeth.

So which is better?

A Waterpik should never replace dental floss, which is still considered the most effective tool for cleaning the tight spaces between the teeth. Waterpiks cannot reach the plaque and food particles found on the side surfaces of teeth and under the gum line as well as floss. However, a Waterpik can be a nice addition to your daily oral health routine when used in combination with brushing and flossing.

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.

If you have any questions about Dental Floss vs. Waterpik 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!?

Source:

Dental floss vs. water pick: Which is better? Mayo Clinic