Archive for July, 2013

Don’t Delay, Prevent Tooth Decay

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Tooth decay is a common dental ailment, and yet it is easily prevented. So why does it happen?

The Culprits

As it seems is the case with most problems in life, the most enjoyable things are the ones that cause the biggest problems. Tooth decay begins when you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, also known as starches and sugars. That’s right, this includes anything sweet such as cake, candy, and ice cream, as well as your carb-loaded favorites like bread, chips pretzels, and pasta. Bacteria then digest this residue, resulting in a byproduct of acids. These acids then congeal into an appetizing witches brew with bacteria, food particles, and saliva to form everyone’s favorite: plaque. Plaque sticks to your teeth and eats away at the enamel, and pretty soon you’ve got a mouth of teeth filled with more holes than the Albert Hall.

The SolutionTooth Decay

Not to fear. Check out these easy tips that will keep your mouth clean and your teeth impeccable.

Brush and Floss

I’m sure by now you’ve heard this so many times that it goes in one ear and out the other. Where it should go, however, is in your mouth. Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes during each session. At twice a day; that’s four minutes. Add in two minutes for flossing and we’re at six minutes. Six minutes of your day for a healthy, clean mouth? You won’t find a better deal than that. Make sure to replace your brush every two months for maximum tooth cleaning efficiency.

Chew Gum (Sugar Free)

Chewing sugar free gum after a meal will keep saliva flowing in your mouth, which helps to neutralize plaque acids that are doing their best to eat away at your pearly whites. Xylitol, found in many sugar free gums, goes the extra mile by killing plaque bacteria.

Regular Check Ups

Stop in at your friendly neighborhood Catonsville dentist. Come by and they’ll fix you up just right.

If you are concerned about tooth decay, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat 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 Don’t Delay, Prevent Tooth Decay Today 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+.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-decay-prevention

http://dentalcarematters.com/tooth-decay-prevention/

Pediatric Dental Care (Pedodontics) from Your Friendly Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Pediatric Dental CareProper dental care starts at a young age. The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist be right before their first birthday. This helps teach your child, at an early age, about the importance of proper dental hygiene and so much more, including:

  1. Check for signs of baby bottle tooth decay.
  2. Check gums to ensure they are healthy.
  3. Make sure the child’s teeth are coming in correctly.
  4. Dental sealants can also be applied to protect the teeth from bacteria.

Dental Care Tips for Children

  1. Brushing and Flossing: Proper dental care starts with brushing and flossing. Brushing should begin at the appearance of a child’s first tooth and flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other.
  2. Baby Bottle Decay: When sugars, like those found in milk, formula, and fruit juice, are left exposed to an infant’s teeth for an extended period of time, tooth decay, known as baby bottle tooth decay, can occur. This can lead to pain, infection, and the eventual loss of teeth.
  3. Regular Dental Visits: As we have already mentioned, your child should have his/her first dental visit before their first birthday. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that dental care costs were nearly 40% lower over a five-year period for children who received dental care by age one.

Pediatric Dental Care (Pedodontics) from You Friendly Catonsville Dentist

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents. We make visiting the Dentist Fun! Our pediatric dental services include: regular dental visits and preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more!

Make sure the kids ask to see Dr. Baylin’s famous magic tricks!

If you have any questions about Dealing with a Toothache 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+.

Dealing with a Toothache

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Dealing with a ToothacheOuch! Was that my tooth? You may be dealing with a Toothache, an ambiguous term used to describe pain in or around the tooth. And it is not any clearer from there. A toothache can be caused by any number of factors, ranging from a damaged filling and grinding teeth to an abscessed tooth, tooth decay, tooth fracture, and infected gums. The only way to know for sure what is plaguing your pearly whites is to visit your dentist.

Symptoms of a Toothache

  1. Sharp, throbbing, or constant tooth pain
  2. Swelling
  3. Fever
  4. Headache
  5. Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

You should schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1-2 days; your toothache is severe; or you have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland

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

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

To deal with your toothache, the dentist will first obtain your medical history and conduct a physical exam – looking at your mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck – while asking you questions about the pain. When did the pain start? How severe is the pain? Where is the pain located? What makes the pain worse? Does anything make the pain better?

X-rays may be taken as well as other tests, depending on what your dentist suspects is causing your toothache. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the toothache.

If you have any questions about Dealing with a Toothache 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+.

Sources:

Dental Health and Toothaches WebMD