Archive for November, 2013

How Can I Protect My Tooth Enamel?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Tooth enamel, the outer layer of your teeth, is the hardest substance in the body. But if not properly maintained, your tooth enamel could weaken. Obviously, some natural wear and tear is ultimately inevitable, but there is still plenty you can do to ensure your tooth enamel stays strong.Dealing with a Toothache

Protecting your Tooth Enamel

  1. Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks: Sugars lead to the production of acids, which can eat away at tooth enamel. Foods and drinks to avoid include: soft drinks, chewy candies, artificial sweeteners, and much more!
  2. Try to Incorporate the Right Types of Foods: Calcium-rich foods help to neutralize acids in the mouth. Calcium also plays an important role in keeping your bones and teeth strong.
  3. Over-Brushing is a No-No: While it may seem like the right thing to do, brushing too hard can actually damage your tooth enamel.
  4. Heartburn can harm your Teeth: Sometimes, with severe heartburn, stomach acids work their way into the esophagus, eventually reaching the mouth. And, as you can imagine, these acids can be detrimental to tooth enamel.
  5. Chlorinated Pools: Wait, chlorinated pools? That’s right! When pools are overly-chlorinated, the water actually becomes acidic. Tooth enamel exposed to pool water can begin to erode.
  6. Dry Mouth: Dry mouth can become a huge problem for tooth enamel. Saliva helps wash away the bacteria that eventually lead to cavities while also neutralizing acids. Without saliva, your mouth is in danger.
  7. Grinding your Teeth: “Over time, grinding can wear down the enamel surface and destroy teeth,” says dentist Richard Price, DMD, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association.
  8. Regular Dental Checkups: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions about Tooth Enamel and Dental 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 Enamel: What Helps, What Hurts

How Can I Combat Bad Breath?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

 

Waking up with bad breath is commonplace. Walking around with bad breath? Not so much. Fortunately, there are ways to combat bad breath, or halitosis, and we’ve got some of them listed right here for you.

Sensitive Teeth

  1. Brush and floss more frequently: One of the leading causes of bad breath is plaque. Plaque tends to buildup in your mouth and harbors bacteria, but can easily be removed with regular brushing and flossing. For best results, brush at least twice a day and floss daily.
  2. Scrape your tongue: The coating of your tongue can host some foul-smelling bacteria. To get rid of them, you can gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or invest in a tongue scraper.
  3. Avoid certain foods that contribute to bad breath: At the top of this list is onions and garlic. While they can be yummy additions to any meal, they are made up of substances that can work their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. If you know you have a major social or work event, maybe avoid them for the day!
  4. Stop smoking: Smoking can cause gum disease and stain your teeth, makes you more likely to get oral cancer, and gives you bad breath. To kick the habit for once and for all, consider over-the-counter nicotine patches or meet with a doctor about programs or medications that can help you give it up for good.
  5. Rinse your mouth out: Anti-bacterial mouthwashes can freshen your breath and add extra protection by reducing plaque-causing bacteria that your toothbrush or floss can’t reach. One act, multiple benefits!
  6. Keep your gums healthy: Gum disease can contribute to bad breath big-time. Check out some tips on how to avoid gum disease here.
  7. Keep your mouth moist: Lack of saliva promotes tooth decay and can cause bad breath. If your mouth is dry, drink water! You can also consider using a humidifier at night to moisten the air in your home.

If you’ve done all of these things and are still experiencing bad breath, it might be time to call in the big guns. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville can help your breath smelling fresh. Give us a call today at 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-mouth-14/your-healthy-mouth/get-rid-bad-breath?page=1

 

 

 

Treatment For People Who Grind Their Teeth

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Bruxism, more commonly referred to as teeth grinding, is not harmful when it occurs occasionally. However, grinding your teeth on a regular basis can damage your teeth and lead to other oral health problems. But because most people grind their teeth at night, many are completely unaware they of they do it.99712085

Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

  • Headache
  • Sore jaw
  • Grinding noise heard by others

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience.

Common Causes of Teeth Grinding

  • Stress
  • Problems Sleeping
  • Abnormal Bite
  • Crooked or Missing Teeth

Complication of Teeth Grinding

Chronic teeth grinding can result in several health problems, including:

  • Wearing down of teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Loss of teeth
  • Jaw problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMD)

Treatment for Teeth Grinding: Custom Night Guards

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers custom-fitted night guards, the most widely used treatment for bruxism. This device slips over the teeth, preventing contact with the opposing teeth, relieving the pressures of grinding and clenching.

If you have any questions about Teeth Grinding, Bruxism, or Night Guards, 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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Dental Health and Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Information About Gingivitis & Gum Disease

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Believe it or not, Gingivitis and Gum Disease are not the same thing. That is a common misconception. Gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums, typically precedes gum disease, medically known as Periodontal Disease. It is important to note that not all cases of gingivitis will progress to periodontitis!iStock_000000297278_ExtraSmall

  • Gingivitis: Bacteria and plaque build up in the mouth, causing the gums to become inflamed. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to gum disease.
  • Gum Disease: With gum disease, the inner layer of gum and bone pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. These pockets become breeding grounds for bacteria and start to break down the bone and connective tissues that hold the teeth in place. If not properly treated, gum disease may result in tooth loss.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Constant bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Deep pockets between the teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth

Treating Gum Disease

The goal of treatment is threefold:

  1. Promote the reattachment of healthy gums to teeth
  2. Reduce swelling, the depth of the pockets, and the risk of infection
  3. Stop the progression of gum disease

Treatment options range from nonsurgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgery to restore supportive tissues.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin provide the highest quality comprehensive dental care around. We will examine your situation and provide our recommendations based on the severity of gum disease.

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care, we ensure that our patients receive unparalleled dental excellence!

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

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

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Sources

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)