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Archive for May, 2014

Debunking Dental Myths

Friday, May 30th, 2014

dental mythMyths arise concerning just about everything under the sun. Dentistry and oral hygiene is no different. You should NEVER believe everything you hear. Instead, get the facts from a trusted source, like your Catonsville dentist! We’ve got a few different myths for you that we’ve taken the time to debunk so you can get a better idea of what causes your oral hygiene to decline, what to avoid, and how to improve your oral hygiene.

Bleaching your teeth makes them weaker
This is false. Most people think that since they’re teeth become translucent if they bleach too much that it means they’re teeth are unhealthy. It’s actually just a color change. Bleaching too much CAN be bad for your gums, but it’s not actually going to hurt your teeth. The important thing to remember when you’re getting your teeth whitened is not to do it more than recommended and to always have your teeth professionally whitened. Your dentist will make sure that you’re getting the right treatment for you when you need it.

A pain reliever next to a tooth will fix a toothache
Do not try this at home. Most pain relievers are acidic and can actually give you cavities or make the pain worse. Swallowing a pain reliever will help with a toothache just fine. You should also make a point to see your dentist when you develop a toothache, as you may need a filling or have undiagnosed oral health issues.

A sensitive tooth means that I have a cavity
Not necessarily. Your teeth won’t always be sensitive when you have a cavity either. The two do not go hand in hand. You may just have sensitive teeth and need to find a toothpaste or mouthwash that will help with this problem. You should see your Catonsville dentist first, though, to rule out decay. Another issue is that many people think that if they don’t have pain, they don’t have a cavity. Cavities only start to cause pain in the mouth when they get really bad. See your dentist every 6 months for a checkup anyway.

If my gums are bleeding, I should avoid brushing
Believe it or not, this works the other way around. The only way to get your gums healthy enough to stop bleeding is to keep brushing and flossing to remove the bacteria around them. You need to make sure that you’re brushing and flossing properly and gently to avoid further harming them, though. Take good care of your gums to avoid developing gingivitis.

Oral health is important to your overall health and knowing the difference between truth and myth in the dental world is important! Remember to brush and floss regularly to avoid cavities and visit your dentist at least twice per year for an annual cleaning and checkup. If you have any questions about dentistry myths or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/cavities-myths?page=3, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/oral-care/problems/5-common-dental-myths.htm#page=2


Why a Dentist in Pediatric Dentistry?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Children's DentistryThere are many decisions to be made once you have children in regards to their well-being. Among all of these decisions, choosing a dentist for your child is among the top in importance. You want your children to grow up having a happy and healthy smile, so starting annual trips to the dentist can’t begin soon enough. Once your child has reached a year, you should start considering a dentist visit. You may think that a dentist doesn’t need to specialize with children, that it’s just their teeth. But taking your child to a dentist that has experience with pediatric dentistry can help you child’s oral health for years to come.

When you take your child to your Catonsville Family Dentist, you can rest easy knowing that our dentists will make the experience pleasant and welcoming for your child. An adult dentist will be unaware of how a child might perceive the visit and scare your child. Fear of the dentist at a young age will stop your child from wanting to continue visits and their oral health might suffer from it. At Leikin and Baylin, we make sure to be aware of how a child will perceive us. We will choose our words carefully to make sure your child isn’t scared or intimidated. Let us explain the details to your child, we will know phrases to use so that your child has an understanding of what is happening, but doesn’t think they are in harm’s way. We want your child to feel comfortable and know that going to the dentist is a good thing and not something that should be avoided. Dr. Baylin also specializes in magic tricks, so make sure your child asks to see them.

Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be intimidating, so visit your Catonsville Family Dentist where children’s dentistry is one of our specialties. To make an appointment for your child, call us at (410)-747-1115 today. If you have any questions about our procedures and services, fill out our contact form.

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When to Call Your Catonsville Emergency Dentist

Monday, May 19th, 2014

emergency dentistWe have a tendency to think that anything that causes mouth pain is an emergency, and for good reason. Mouth pain can be one of the most miserable types of pain if not treated quickly and appropriately. There are a few things that are ALWAYS designated as dental emergencies, though, since they can cause risk of infection, loss of an entire permanent tooth, or worse. For a dental emergency, you want to immediately call your Catonsville Dentist to avoid some miserable repercussions. So, what exactly does constitute a “dental emergency?”

  • Loss of a tooth – If you have a tooth knocked out or fall out, there are a few things that you need to do before going to see your Catonsville dentist. You should always hold your tooth by the crown and not the root. If you can put the tooth back in your mouth, it is advisable since it’ll prevent the tooth from drying out. Otherwise, try putting the tooth in milk. Call your dentist immediately and try to get in within an hour to save the tooth.
  • Lost filling – Fillings do a pretty good job of taking care of cavities, but occasionally they fall out. There are a few things that you can do if you lose a filling. You can try putting a small piece of sugar free gum (preferably the kind that uses xylitol as a sweetener) in the cavity, or you can buy over the counter dental cement. You should call and make an emergency appointment ASAP.
  • Abscess – An abscess will feel a lot like a pimple on your gum and will likely be very painful. It’ll probably be fairly unpleasant, but you need to bring as much as the infection out as you can as soon as you notice the abscess. Try to bring it out of the sore and then use saltwater to rinse and wash it out of your mouth. Because abscesses are infections, they can cause further health problems for the whole body. Take care to treat abscesses as soon as you notice them.

These are just a few types of dental emergencies. If you chip, break, or otherwise damage a tooth, you should make a point to see your Catonsville dentist immediately. For problems like cavity and mouth pain, make an appointment as close as possible, but don’t stress over making an emergency appointment. If you have any questions about emergency dentistry in Catonsville, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/handling-dental-emergencies

Catonsville Root Canals

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Root Canal CatonsvilleDoes the phrase “root canal” make you shiver a little? You’re certainly not alone. Most people have a healthy fear of having a root canal done. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s a necessity to make your mouth healthy again. Being told you need a root canal may sound like the worst news you’ve ever heard, but if you know a little bit more about the process and how your dentist can make you comfortable, it may lessen your fear of having a root canal performed.

Why would my dentist suggest a root canal?
If the root of your teeth begins to decay or is infected, you may need a root canal to get the infected part removed. Generally having an infected root and infected pulp inside your teeth will cause a lot of pain. People report that a root canal itself isn’t all that painful, but the time leading up to the root canal can be pretty miserable if you don’t have anything to treat it. The reason you need the damaged pulp removed is because it can cause an abscess, bone loss, and drainage problems. In short, not having the pulp removed can cause a lot of pain.

What can I expect of the procedure?
Your dentist will take x-rays of your tooth and the area around it before giving you at least a local anesthetic. He or she will then isolate the area to make sure that the tooth stays dry during the procedure. Once all of this has been taken care of, you should be relaxed and numb for the procedure to begin. The pulp will be removed very carefully by your dentist before he or she cleans the area. You’ll then have a filling placed into the tooth so your root can remain strong. You may also have a filling put on top of your tooth to act as a crown before you get your actual crown. The process is similar to that of a normal filling for a cavity. The procedure and the healing may take a bit longer than normal, but you’re much better off having the procedure than dealing with the alternative.

Rotting and decaying teeth can cause more problems than just pain. Don’t risk bacteria or infection in your mouth; if you’re showing signs of infection or a problematic tooth, you should call your Catonsville dentist right away. If you have any questions about root canals, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Sources: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/root-canals, http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals-explained.aspx

Why Should I Have my Teeth Professionally Whitened?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Business seminarTeeth whitening is a practice that has become popular in the past few decades. More and more people want to have the whitest teeth possible, but as we age, our teeth start to discolor. This happens for a couple of different reasons. First, the enamel wears off of our teeth as we age, revealing darker tissue underneath. Second, lots of people drink coffee, tea, and other things that can easily stain teeth. Getting your teeth whitened and having a brighter smile can make you feel better about yourself and help you to be more comfortable this summer! Wondering why else you should have your teeth professionally whitened?

  • Quick results – Getting your teeth professionally whitened by your Catonsville dentist means that you’ll see your results quickly. You won’t have to deal with at home whitening trays or strips, which could take days or even weeks to work. Professional whitening is quick and doesn’t require any extra work on your part, other than maintaining good oral health after the whitening to keep them at the shade you want them.
  • Protect your teeth – Using at home whitening kits can be bad for your gums, teeth, and overall health. You don’t know exactly what ingredients are in them. There’s a good chance that they contain something that you’d rather not actually have on your teeth. When you have your teeth professionally whitened by a Catonsville dentist, you can be sure that your gums are protected and safe from any chemicals.
  • Better results – Professionally whitened teeth will look better than teeth whitened at home. Dentists are practiced and use the best methods out there to give you your brightest white smile. You’ll get a confidence and self-esteem boost from having teeth exactly the color that you want them in a short amount of time. Plus, having perfectly whitened teeth can help you in interviews and other professional situations. A white smile is an easy way to accessorize any outfit.

Taking care of your teeth before and after you have them whitened is still incredibly important. Whitening is only to give you that extra little boost. It’s still necessary to practice preventive dentistry at home to keep your teeth looking pretty and white. Make sure to brush twice per day, floss at least once, and get routine cleanings every six months or so.

At Leikin and Baylin, we know that you want to have a beautiful, white smile. We know exactly how to take care of that and are happy to get you started. Make an appointment today and get your teeth whitened before summer!

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

Source: http://www.williamsanddaily.com/dental-services/benefits-of-whitening-your-teeth-professionally/