Archive for February, 2014

Custom Night Guards for Bruxism

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Do you wake up in the morning with a headache or a sore jaw?Stress

Do you clench or grind your teeth?

You may have a condition known as “bruxism,” which is the grinding or clenching of teeth during sleep. And because you are asleep when you may be completely unaware you have this condition.

The best way to diagnose bruxism is with regular visits with your dentist. He/she will be able to identify abnormal wear spots on your teeth, the first signs of bruxism. Other warning signs of bruxism include waking up with…

• Headaches

• Earaches

• Toothaches

• Sore Facial Muscles

• Sore Jaw

• Tender Joints

Besides causing pain, bruxism can eventually damage dental restorations, tooth enamel, and temporomandibular joints – the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Bruxism can also loosen teeth, cause the cracking and fracturing of teeth, and make the tooth extremely sensitive to changes in temperature or pressure.

Common Causes of Bruxism

• Stress

• Problems Sleeping

• Abnormal Bite

• Crooked or Missing Teeth

Treatment of Bruxism

One of the most popular treatments for bruxism is the use of a custom-made night guard. This device slips over the teeth, preventing contact with the opposing teeth. This relieves the pressures of grinding and clenching.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers custom-fitted night guards, mouth guards and tension-headache relieving appliances.

If you have any questions about Custom 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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Do You Grind Your Teeth

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Gum disease is something that no one wants. Fortunately for you, the experts at Catonsville Dental Care in Maryland have a few tips for how you can prevent gum disease.Electric Toothbrushes with Toothpaste

Good dental habits are the best way to ward off gum disease. If you practice good dental habits daily, it no longer becomes a conscious thought but part of your daily routine. But, what are the good dental habits you should be practicing?

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily, when you wake up and before bed. Make sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Use an electric toothbrush so you do a thorough job.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash
  • Floss multiple times a day
  • Regularly visit your Catonsville dentist for a checkup
  • Eating a healthy diet, good nutrition is vital to avoiding gum disease. Certain foods that are good for your teeth are cheese, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Avoid foods that are high in sugar and sodium
  • Don’t smoke

If you have any questions about gum disease, 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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Source:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-disease-prevention

Teeth Whitening in Catonsville

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

 

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes one more appealing to members of the opposite sex. So, what to do if your smile is a little more on the yellow side than you’d prefer? Fortunately, there are many options to help give you that bright, white grin you’ve always wanted.

Can Bleaching or Whitening weaken Teeth?

The first thing we do at Catonsville Dental Care is determine if a whitening procedure would be the most effective treatment for you. Assessing your discoloration helps us know if you would benefit from professional teeth whitening or if we should consider another path, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding. There are many factors that could cause your teeth to become less white, but the most common is age. As we age, our teeth often become darker. They can also easily be influenced by smoking, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and foods with tannins.

While there are many over-the-counter products you can use, they are not nearly as effective as a visit with your local tooth-whitening dentist. Dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile. When you visit our team at Catonsville Dental Care, we ensure that we find a solution customized to your needs. In just one visit, you can brighten your smile by ten shades.

The most common professional tooth-whitening treatment is chair-side bleaching. Your dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums from the tooth-whitening process. Then, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, much stronger than an over-the-counter product. Sometimes a special light or laser is used to enhance the action of the whitening treatment. We can easily tailor the process to individuals with tooth sensitivity to help make your teeth-whitening experience as painlessly as possible, both during and after the procedure.

The long-term success of the procedure is up to you. With proper care and use of a prescribed at-home whitening product, the benefits of professional teeth-whitening can last years. At Catonsville Dental Care, we believe in the benefits of professional teeth whitening.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family. If you have any questions about oral hygiene 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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Sources: http://www.aacd.com/whitening

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening

http://annapolisdentalcare.com/blog/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching/teeth-whitening-at-annapolis-dental-care/

What is Fluoride? Tips From Your Catonsville Dentist

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

You have heard of fluoride before. You know there is fluoride in your water. You know there is fluoride in your toothpaste. But do you know what fluoride is or does?Electric Toothbrushes with Toothpaste

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is actually a mineral that occurs naturally in water and several foods.

What Role does Fluoride play in Oral Health?

Tooth enamel naturally loses minerals every day in a process known as demineralization, when acids, plaque, and sugars attack the mouth. Fluoride and other minerals aid in the remineralization process and help repair the damaged tooth enamel. Otherwise, tooth decay could result.

Fluoride can also reverse early decay.

How do I get Fluoride?

Fluoride is naturally found in foods and water, but sometimes this isn’t enough. For this reason, fluoride is added to many toothpastes and mouthwashes. Your dentist can also apply fluoride to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish.

Ask your dentist if a fluoride treatment is right for you.

Who benefits the most from Fluoride?

Fluoride is important for everyone, but certain people, most notably children ages 6 months to 16 years, especially benefits from fluoride.

  1. Children: Fluoride is important in the development of permanent, adult teeth.
  2. Dry Mouth: Dry mouth results in a lack of saliva production, meaning foods are not properly washed from the mouth. This puts your teeth at an increased risk of decay, making fluoride a crucial oral health addition.
  3. Gum Disease: Gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is needed to help fight off decay.
  4. Frequent Cavities: Those with frequent cavities may benefit from additional fluoride.
  5. Crowns and Bridges: Crowns and bridges put your teeth at risk for decay where the crown/bridge meets the tooth. Fluoride can help.
  6. And more!

Ask your dentist if you could benefit from additional fluoride.

If you have any questions about Fluoride Treatment and Good 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.

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

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Source: Dental Health and Fluoride Treatment WebMD