Archive for October, 2013

The Benefits of Flossing & How to Floss Effectively

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Flossing. You know you are supposed to do it, but why?160937547

The Benefits of Flossing

  • Extra Protection: Each of your teeth has five separate surfaces and brushing cannot reach them all. This is where flossing comes into play. In fact, flossing does about 40% of the work.
  • Preventing Gum Disease: Gingivitis and gum disease begin because of an accumulation of plaque on the teeth and gums. And flossing is the only way to effectively remove this plaque.
  • Battle Back against Bad Breath: The primary culprit behind bad breath is the plaque in your mouth. As we have mentioned already, flossing is one of the only ways to remove the plaque in between your teeth.
  • Tackle Tartar Buildup: Tartar is plaque that has hardened to the tooth from saliva calcification. Flossing can help slow down the accumulation of tartar.

How to Floss Effectively

  1. Use a 15-18 inch piece of floss
  2. Slide the floss up and down in between your teeth, wrapping it around each tooth in a “C” shape.
  3. Using a floss holder can help make the process a lot easier on you.

If you have any questions about Flossing, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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The Importance of Mouthwash

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

You hear time and time again that you must brush and floss twice a day. But you don’t always hear that using mouthwash can protect your mouth from bacteria too.iStock_000000297278_ExtraSmall

Mouthwash is often associated with bad breath and though that can hamper ones social life, it’s also linked to improper oral hygiene. Mouthwash also helps gently remove food debris particles that may stick to the enamel.

Right after you brush and floss your teeth, make sure you use mouthwash. Mouthwash has ingredients that target the remaining signs of plaque and can help with those who have sensitive gums.

Strong brushing can lead to discomfort and and mouth wash prevents bacteria from developing in severely irritated areas. Anyone who has had deep scaling, extractions and even oral cosmetic surgery should use mouthwash.

Different types of mouthwash fits different needs. If you have periodantal or gingival problems, consult with Leikin and Baylin Dental Care.

If you have any questions about taking care of your mouthwash, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Mouthwash: Why you need it

What You Need To Know About Tooth Decay

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Tooth decay occurs when bacteria build up in the mouth, creating acids that slowly eat away at the teeth. Tooth decay usually does not cause symptoms until you have a cavity or an infected tooth. If not properly treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, cavities, and the eventual loss of the affected tooth.CatonsvilleDental_Oct8

Preventing Tooth Decay

  1. Good Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing and flossing is the first step in preventing tooth decay.
  2. Eating Right: Do your best to avoid foods with high sugar content.
  3. Regular Dental Checkups: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care, including regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, and much more!

Treating Tooth Decay

The appropriate treatment for tooth decay depends on the severity of the decay.

  • Slight Tooth Decay: In these instances, the use of fluoride may help reverse the decay.
  • Mild Tooth Decay: These are the situations that typically result in cavities. To treat this level of tooth decay, your dentist will drill out the cavity and use a filling to fill the gap.
  • Severe Tooth Decay: Severe cases of tooth decay may need a dental crown or root canal.
  • Extreme Tooth Decay: If the tooth decay is extreme enough, the tooth will have to be removed.

If you have any questions about Tooth Decay or 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.

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Tooth Decay

Invisalign Tips

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we offer Invisalign as a clear alternative to metal braces. For our patients who use the product or are interested in it, we have three easy tips to ensure a smooth orthodontic process.Can Bleaching or Whitening weaken Teeth?

Clean Your Trays Carefully

Because of the regular plaque that gets into your mouth daily, it’s important to keep your Invisalign braces clean. Refrain from using hot water because the heat will distort the aligner. This includes avoiding hot drinks while wearing your trays.

Keep Your Aligners Safe

Take out the Invisalign aligner for every major meal to avoid damaging them as you’re eating. Brush your teeth prior to putting the aligners back in to help keep them from building up plaque. Additionally, keep all previous aligners in a safe place—at some point, your orthodontist may recommend returning to a previous set.

Wear Your Aligners as Much as Possible

It’s important to keep the aligners in place for at least 22 hours per day. Don’t force the aligner to fit into your mouth if you have neglected wearing them, and don’t clench your teeth when the aligner is in place, because it can distort the aligner. If you lose your aligner, then contact your orthodontist immediately.

If you have any questions about Invisalign, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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3 Tips for Ensuring Your Invisalign Treatment Goes Smoothly