Archive for January, 2014

What is Bruxism? Tooth Grinding of Course!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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If you are like most people, you probably have no idea what Bruxism is, right? Well, what about tooth grinding? Now that sounds familiar. Well, guess what? Bruxism is tooth grinding! And it affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults throughout the United States.

Bruxism Overview

Do you grind your teeth? No? Well, you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it. Whoa! So be on the lookout for the following symptoms and warning signs:

  1. Your husband, wife, roommate, or parents may hear a grinding sound at night. That could be you grinding your teeth.
  2. Do you suffer from dull morning headaches? Another symptom!
  3. Maybe you notice that your jaw muscles feel tight and painful after you wake up. That could be from grinding your teeth.
  4. What about long-lasting pain in your face? Yup! Another symptom.
  5. Your dentist may notice damaged or broken teeth and dental fillings. Of course, this is only if you visit your dentist regularly. Hint, hint!

Bruxism Treatment

If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will try to get to the root of the issue. They will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your dental health, any increases in stress, and any medicines you may be taking. All could be possible triggers for bruxism. A more detailed exam may follow if your dentist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems.

If not treated properly, bruxism can break dental fillings, damage teeth and tooth enamel, and lead to sensitivity. Fortunately, bruxism is fairly easily treatable. Treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:

  1. If your bruxism is stress-related, professional counseling may help. Or you could try stress relieving exercises and techniques.
  2. If your bruxism is the side effect of medicine, your doctor may switch your prescription.
  3. If your bruxism is the result of a dental issue, your dentist will correct tooth alignment.

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

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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What Causes Cavities and How Can They Be Prevented?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Did you know that cavities are the most common infectious disease in children? And for the first time in 40 years, cavities, also known as dental caries, are on the rise.Dental examine

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities, as well as other forms of tooth decay, are caused bacteria in the mouth. When the conditions are just right, these bacteria begin producing acids, which contribute to loss of tooth enamel and eventual tooth decay.

Over time, this decay begins to eat away at the living material inside of the tooth. This is what we refer to as a cavity.

How can Cavities be prevented?

Cavity prevention is relatively simple, comprising of routine dental care.

  1. Oral Hygiene: Brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day) are crucial in the prevention of cavities and tooth decay. And remember to take your time. A good tooth-brushing takes at least 2 minutes.
  2. Nutrition: Avoid foods with high sugar content. Sugary foods encourage bacterial growth and acid.
  3. Dentist Visits: 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 more!

How are Cavities treated?

  1. Remineralization: The use of fluoride can help reverse the decay associated with shallow cavities.
  2. Fillings: If a cavity is too large to be remineralized, but still small enough to not require more extreme treatments, it may be treated using a filling.
  3. Crowns: If the cavity is more severe, the tooth may be covered using a crown.
  4. Root Canal: If the cavity has extended to the center of the tooth and has infected the nerve, a root canal will probably be required.
  5. Extraction: If the tooth decay is extreme enough, the tooth will need to be removed.

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

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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Cavities Making a Comeback

How Can I Get The Most Out Of My Visit To The Dentist?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Most of us only see the dentist every 6 months, if that! Because of this, it is important to get the most out of each and every dental visit. But how?CatonsvilleDental_Nov5

Making the Most out of your Visit to the Dentist

  1. Make a Checklist: It is helpful to make a checklist of items you wish to discuss with your dentist, including tooth pain, problems brushing or flossing, grinding your teeth, etc. Having a checklist will make sure you don’t forget what you wanted to ask.
  2. Update your Medical History: Common medical conditions, such as diabetes, can affect your oral health. Because of this, it is Important to provide your dentist with your complete medical history. The more your dentist knows about your overall health, the better he/she will be able to address your oral health.
  3. Tell your Dentist Everything: You should disclose any medications, supplements, or vitamins you may be taking. Certain drugs can cause dry mouth, which increases your risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
  4. Ask Questions: Never be afraid to ask questions. Ask your dentist about anything you should be doing to improve your oral health.
  5. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland: In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Going to the dentist can be an anxious experience, but at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries.

“A dentist check-up is an essential part of preventive care,” says Leslie Seldin, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

If you have any questions about 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.

“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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What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Dental crowns come in many different materials. The one that is best for you depends on what dental problem you are fixing.Tooth Decay

  • Stainless Steel Dental Crown – a stainless steel crown is often used on permanent teeth as a temporary preventative measure. A stainless steel crown is placed on your tooth while a permanent crown is made from a different material. A stainless steel crown is cost effective and doesn’t require countless dental visits to keep it in place.
  • Metal Dental Crown – metals used include gold, palladium, nickel or chromium. With a metal crown, less tooth structure needs to be removed. In terms of durability, a metal crown is the strongest and can withstand biting and chewing. In addition, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The deal breaker for this type of crown is the color, they work best for molars and other out of sight teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal Dental Crowns – this type of dental crown can be colored to match with your existing teeth for a more natural look. However, sometimes the original metal can show through the porcelain of the dental crown.
  • All-resin Dental Crown – this is a cheaper type of dental crown. The drawback is that it can wear down over time and is prone to fractures.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

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 Dental Crowns 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+.

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http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns

What Is A Dental Crown?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth in order to restore the size, shape, size and strength of the original tooth, as well as improve its appearance.  When you have a crown cemented in place by your Catonsville dentist, you can no longer see the damaged, original tooth; the natural-looking crown takes its place.Operation

When would you need to have a dental crown put on? There are a variety of dental health problems that would have a dental crown as their solution. So what exactly can a dental crown help with?

  • It can prevent a weakened or broken tooth from further breakage.
  • It can restore an unhealthy tooth.
  • It can support a poorly-structured tooth.
  • It can secure a dental bridge.
  • It can make your teeth appear more uniform in size and color.
  • It can cover up a dental implant.
  • It can improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your smile.

Though they do not require them as frequently as adults do, children may also benefit from dental crowns. A child may require a dental crown for different reasons than an adult would. Those reasons are:

  • To save a tooth that cannot be supported by a filling
  • To protect a child’s teeth that are at high risk of decay

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

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 Dental Crowns 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+.

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns