Archive for September, 2014

Surprising Facts on Dental History

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

With all the technology and medicine at play, it’s easy to imagine dentistry as an exclusively modern practice. However, dentistry, as a profession dates back as far as 2600 BC to the ancient Egyptians. Dentistry, human society, and the very world we stand upon has changed vastly since those times, but it’s important to take time and reflect on just how far we’ve come. To that end, Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here with a small history lesson on a few of the important moments from dental history.dental history

Where do Toothbrushes and Toothpaste come from?

Early toothbrushes were small sticks that were mashed flat at one end, to function as a broad cleaning surface. The Chinese lay claim to the invention of the first bristle brushes, which were made by attaching hog hairs to small bamboo shafts. Bristle brushes were adopted by Europe during the 17th century and dentists in early America encouraged their spread throughout the colonies.

Toothpaste also dates back much farther than you might expect. Dental history books describe early toothpastes as being composed of powdered fruit, crushed shells, dried flowers and talc. They also may have been made using mice, rabbit heads, lizard livers and urine. Not exactly the minty fresh flavor we’re all used to. Toothpaste, the kind that we might recognize as familiar, came into use during the 1800s, and was composed primarily of soap and chalk.

What about Anesthesia?

Prior to 1830, there was little way of managing the pain associated with sensitive dental procedures. And boy, could they have used it. Early tooth extraction was done with a mallet and chisel, and while more precise, the ancient Greek’s revolutionary use of forceps did little to improve the pain. It was during the 1790s that a British chemist named Humphry Davy began a series of experiments with Nitrous Oxide, a compound he referred to as “laughing gas” because of its peculiar and signature side effect. Over the next half-century the gas became a very popular anesthetic and was, in 1863, combined with oxygen to become a surgical staple.

Shortly after the advent of nitrous oxide use, local anesthetics began to make their way into the pages of dental history. Prior to the 1900s Cocaine was commonly used, but was abandoned after the discovery of its highly addictive nature. In the search for a replacement many chemists attempted to synthesize artificial versions of the drug unsuccessfully. It wasn’t until the discovery of a chemical called procaine, by German chemist Alfred Einhorn in 1905, which he gave the trade name Novocain, that a suitable replacement was found.

Find a Catonsville Dentist Who Knows All the Facts

It’s important for every dental professional to not only know about their profession’s future, but also its past. At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we care deeply about both, and even more about our patients. If you’re looking for a dentist who knows their stuff, and upholds only the highest standards of care, contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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KnwYourTeeth.com

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

Why Would My Catonsville Dentist Recommend a Mouth Guard?

Friday, September 19th, 2014

bite guardCaring for your teeth sometimes requires more than just brushing and flossing on a daily basis, though that’s certainly a good place to start. Certain appliances are useful for keeping your teeth healthy and even relieving pain. Mouth guards are one of the most commonly used appliances among adults as well as children and teens. They’re used for a number of reasons, and if your Catonsville dentist recommends a mouth guard, you should make sure that you’re using it when and how your dentist tells you to use it. Wondering why your dentist might recommend a mouth guard? We’ve got some answers for you!

Uses for Mouth Guards

  • Treating TMJ (tempormandibular joint disorder) – TMJ is just a fancy way of saying “a jaw problem that causes pain.” TMJ can happen for a variety of different reasons, including injury, arthritis, or a tendency towards grinding your teeth. Either way, TMJ can be a painful condition for your jaw muscles. A mouth guard (usually worn at night for TMJ) will help you reduce the tension and strain in your mouth, helping to relieve headaches and jaw pain caused by TMJ.
  • Sports – Certain sports are more dangerous for your teeth than others. Sports that require a lot of contact or balls are especially dangerous. Without a mouth guard, you run the risk of losing your teeth if the sport gets too rough. It’s important to wear your mouth guard from the time you step on to the field or court until you come off of it. You’ll want to avoid damaging or losing an adult tooth at all costs.
  • Avoid wearing – Grinding your teeth is not only bad for your jaw, but it’s also bad for your teeth themselves. If you grind your teeth too much, you’re going to wear down the enamel. Your teeth become much more susceptible to bacteria and decay when your teeth don’t have enough enamel on them. Wearing a night guard will help you to avoid grinding and clenching your teeth in your sleep, when you have less control over it.

Custom Mouth Guards

If you have clenching or grinding problems, it’s time to make an appointment for a custom mouth guard. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Your Dentistry Guide

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

Creating an At Home Oral Health Care Routine

Friday, September 12th, 2014

oral health routineThere’s no question that the dentist is an important person in helping you to keep your teeth healthy and working properly, but there’s a person even more integral to your oral health – you. A healthy mouth and a healthy smile starts at home, not in the dentist’s chair. Having a proper oral health care routine that you follow each day will help you to prevent cavities, tooth loss, gingivitis, and even oral cancer. The state of your oral health has also been linked to overall health. Keep this in mind if you ever decide to skip out on brushing your teeth one evening. It’s just a couple of minutes to help avoid lifelong problems. First thing’s first, though: you need to develop a good routine.

Creating an Oral Health Care Routine

  • Figure out what your oral health care needs are. Everyone is a little bit different. Nursing mothers have a different routine that they need to follow than your average person, for instance. If you have gingivitis, you may need to pay more attention to flossing and brushing your gum area. The best person to talk to about this is your Catonsville dentist. He or she will be able to tell you if you have any specific needs.
  • Create a routine with the help of your dentist. Every routine needs to include brushing, flossing, and occasionally rinsing. Using a fluoride rinse can help you rebuild enamel and protect it from harmful plaque. Brushing and flossing will help you keep your teeth and gums clean. Your dentist will tell you how many times per day or week you need to make sure that you’re doing each part of your routine.
  • Use products with fluoride in them. Did you know that most water supplies actually contain a small amount of fluoride? It’s not enough to get you by on a day to day basis, but it has helped reduce the prevalence of cavities over the years. Using fluoride products will help you strengthen your teeth and prevent decay. Check to make sure that your toothpaste, floss, and rinse all contain fluoride.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. You should make a point to have your teeth cleaned and examined by a dentist every 6 months to a year. It will help you make sure that you’re on the right track with your oral health care routine and give you the chance to take care of any problems shortly after they appear!

Discussing Oral Health Care with Your Catonsville Dentist

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist about your oral health care routine, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Colgate

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

 

The Secrets to Whiter Teeth

Friday, September 5th, 2014

white teethHave you ever met someone who said, “I wish my teeth weren’t so white?” We’re going to go out on a limb and say that it’s probably never been said. Nearly everyone wishes that they had a brighter, whiter smile. It’s one of the first things that people notice about you when you walk in a room and one of the things that sticks in their mind after they’ve met you. Besides having your teeth whitened, there are a few things that you can do at home to keep those pearly whites nice and bright. Check out our list of tips below.

Tips for Whiter Teeth

  1. Remember to Rinse – One thing that people take for granted is rinsing. We advise rinsing your mouth with water after every meal. You should also find a fluoridated mouthwash that you can use once per day to get the spaces that are easy to miss when you’re brushing and flossing. It’ll help to remove debris, avoid decay, and freshen your breath all at the same time.
  2. Watch your Diet – Did you know that your diet has just as much to do with the health of your teeth as your overall body health? Eating foods that are high in sugar or starch helps create more plaque. That plaque eats away at your teeth and can start removing your white enamel. Eating fruits and vegetables will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, which helps keep your teeth white as well. You should also avoid dark drinks such as coffee and red wine.
  3.  Visit your Dentist – Having your teeth cleaned regularly will help keep them whiter. Brushing and flossing are great for your mouth, but they aren’t a fix-all solution. You still need deep cleaning every 6 months to a year to make sure that your mouth is healthy. If the color of your teeth is bothering you, you should also let your dentist or dental hygienist know that at your appointment. They can give you some extra suggestions for keeping your teeth white.

Professional Teeth Whitening

When all else fails, having your teeth professionally whitened will ensure that you have a bright smile. Drs. Leikin and Baylin are proficient in teeth bleaching and teeth whitening procedures. To find out more about how these procedures work and which one will work best for you, contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: 7 Years Younger

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.