Archive for May, 2013

When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

When Should I Replace My ToothbrushBelieve it or not, according to a 2011 study, the toothbrush holder was named the third “germiest” spot in the home. Why? Just think about it. Every time you flush your toilet, your toothbrush is exposed to water droplets, fecal matter, and a plethora of other bacteria. In fact, according to researchers at England’s University of Manchester, an uncovered toothbrush can harbor more than 100 million bacteria. Yikes!

“You don’t store your plates and glasses by the toilet, so why would you want to place your toothbrush there?” asked Gayle McCombs, RDH, MS, associate professor and director of the Dental Hygiene Research Center at Old Dominion University. “It’s just common sense to store your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible.”

Storing Your Toothbrush

  1. Move It: First and foremost, move your toothbrush holder as far away from the toilet as you can. And be sure to wash it in the dishwasher on its high-temperature cycle.
  2. Rinse It: After using your toothbrush, be sure to rinse it off.
  3. Dry It: Bacteria are drawn to moist environments. Because of this, it is important to dry your toothbrush after you rinse it. And contrary to what you may be thinking, it is better to NOT use a toothbrush cover. These covers create a moist enclosed breeding ground for bacteria.
  4. Prop It Up: You should never store your toothbrush on its side. Instead, store it upright. This is where a toothbrush holder comes in handy.
  5. Do Not Share It: Never, ever, ever share your toothbrush. We don’t care how close you are. This is just a bad idea.
  6. Replace It: Finally, the answer to the question you have been wondering about all along; “When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?” The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your toothbrush every 34 months. Around this time, the bristles begin to fray and the toothbrush loses some of its effectiveness.

The ADA and the Council on Scientific Affairs recommend the above methods for storing and caring for your toothbrush.

If you have any questions about our blog,When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?” or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. And don’t forget, we will be donating $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives.

Sources:

  1. Wash Your Hands: The Dirtiest Places Kids Will Find WebMD
  2. The Ugly Truth About Your Toothbrush WebMD
  3. Statement on Toothbrush Care: Cleaning, Storage and Replacement American Dental Association

How to Tell If You Might Need A Root Canal

Monday, May 20th, 2013

There are multiple signs that a tooth may need a root canal. To understand why you may need a root canal, first you need to understand the characteristics of your teeth. Teeth are “tough” on the outside, but inside they have a soft core called a nerve chamber. This inner core is made up of nerve tissue and blood vessels that feed the nerve. If a nerve degenerates completely the tissues die and gangrene develops. The nerve chamber may also become infected in some cases.

A tooth needs a root canal when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. A tooth may be infected if it is sensitive to hot, cold, or chewing, causes pain or swelling, keeps you awake at night, creates a bad taste in your mouth, or you may have no symptoms at all. When a root canal is done, your symptoms will dissipate because the nerve will have been removed from the tooth.

Here are a few tips to noticing if you need a root canal:

  • If you notice toothache pain – A lot of people who need a root canal notice a shooting pain in their teeth first. This is usually exacerbated by the chewing of food.
  • Sensitive to hot and cold – If you’re ultra sensitive to both hot and cold liquids or foods, this is another sign that you may need a root canal. Your teeth may feel extremely irritated even after the food item or liquid is not longer on your teeth.
  • Swollen Gums – If the gums around your infected tooth are swollen or that they feel tender when touched, this is yet another sign that you may need a root canal. Swollen gums can be painful and can cause all kinds of health problems and it is better if you deal with it now than waiting until later.

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If you have any questions about Root Canals 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: How to Tell If You Need A Root Canal, eHow.com

One Week Left: Donating $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for Facebook Likes

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

In case you somehow missed it, Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland is donating $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page gets until May 15th. So head to our Facebook page, click that little “Like” button and tell your friends.

Catonsville Celebrations Committee

Every year since 1947, the Catonsville Celebrations Committee is tasked with not only planning Catonsville’s famous 4th of July parade and fireworks show, but also funding the both events. The fireworks display alone costs $30,000. Marching bands for the parade are another $23,000. And then there are the Spot-A-Pots, insurance, and so much more. In the end, the Catonsville Celebrations Committee and its small group of volunteers is responsible for raising $100,000 for this one day event! So how does the committee do this? Donations!

The Catonsville Celebrations Committee relies on residents and businesses in the Catonsville area to pitch in and keep this great tradition alive. That is why Leikin & Baylin Dentil Care is doing its part to help ensure this fantastic family event happens. And all you have to do to contribute is “Like” our Facebook page. Of course, if you wish to give more, you can donate to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee through DonateCatonsville.org. Every little bit helps!

The Catonsville Celebrations Committee needs your help. So please like Leikin & Baylin on Facebook today and help us fund this great event. Thank You!

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

What to Expect from a Tooth Extraction Explained by Your Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

When you were a child, losing a tooth was cause to celebrate. Not only did it mean you were growing up, but it also meant a trip from the Tooth Fairy. As an adult, however, losing a tooth is far from a reason to celebrate. Still, Tooth Extraction is sometimes necessary. Your Catonsville Dentist explains.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

  1. Orthodontia: Sometimes, a mouth is simply too crowded. When this happens, a dentist may pull a tooth to prepare the mouth for orthodontia to help properly align the teeth.
  2. Not Enough Room: Similarly to the above situation, if there is not enough room for a tooth to erupt through the gum because there is not room in the mouth, tooth extraction may be necessary.
  3. Tooth Decay: When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, extraction may be the only option.
  4. Gum Disease: Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, infects the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. Sometimes, when a tooth is loosened as a result of gum disease, it may become necessary to pull the tooth.

Tips Following Tooth Extraction

Following a tooth extraction, it is important for a blood clot to form to begin the healing process. Because of this, it is important to do the following:

  1. Bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after the extraction.
  2. Apply an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to help reduce swelling.
  3. Avoid smoking.
  4. Do not use a straw.
  5. Do not rinse your mouth out vigorously.
  6. Limit vigorous activity for the next day or two.
  7. Prop up your head when lying down. Lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  8. Avoid cleaning the teeth next to the extraction site.
  9. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. These thin the blood and will prevent clotting.
  10. Avoid hot or spicy foods.
  11. Starting the day after the extraction, gently rinse your mouth with saltwater three times a day and/or after meals.
  12. Resume your normal dental routine after 24 hours.
  13. Use pain medication only as directed.
  14. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed.

Call your dentist right away if you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, or continued swelling after two or three days.

Leikin & Bayling Dental Care: Your Catonsville Dentist

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality comprehensive dental care around. Plus, because most procedures are performed in our office, you will rarely need to leave our watchful eye.

If you have any questions about What to Expect from a Tooth Extraction or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. And don’t forget, we will be donating $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives.

Sources:

  1. Pulling a Tooth (Tooth Extraction) WebMD