Archive for October, 2014

Halloween Candy Overload? Here’s How Best to Prevent Tooth Decay

Friday, October 31st, 2014

In the days following Halloween, and the night itself of course, you will likely be making some decisions that are not the best for maintaining a healthy mouth. That’s not to say you can be blamed for it- with all of the delicious treats that come hand in hand with this holiday, it’s very difficult to avoid a sugar overload. But caring for your teeth properly, even after a major indulgence like Halloween, is still important; you can reduce your risk of tooth decay by following these tips from your Catonsville dentist.

 tooth decayTooth Decay: The Trick That Follows the Treats

 Candy consumption can lead to tooth decay very easily. Tooth decay is the result of sugars or other carbs being left on the surface of the teeth for too long. As the natural bacteria in your mouth consume the residue of sugars, they convert them into acid, which in turn breaks down the enamel of your teeth. Without enamel, your teeth are not protected from cavities and decay. So as tempting as Halloween treats may be, it is important to know that they pose a big threat to your teeth. Is there a compromise, however, that you could reach between eating your trick-or-treating spoils and having a healthy mouth?

If you are going to go ahead and eat your Halloween candy, take note of these important tips:

-Brush your teeth immediately after consuming candy, taking care to be thorough. Even if it does not fall into the same time as one of your two daily brushings, clean your teeth anyway.

-Floss to remove residue from between teeth, particularly after eating any kind of sticky, taffy-like candy.

-Drink fluoridated water to both stay hydrated and to give your teeth the benefits of fluoride as well.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have concerns about tooth decay, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

Preparing For Halloween with a Teen Who Wears Braces

Friday, October 24th, 2014

While gorging on massive amounts of candy is not the best dental health decision for any person, it is an even worse one for someone who wears braces. With Halloween just around the corner, your teen might be getting excited for the influx of sugary sweets they will be getting. But if your teen is undergoing orthodontic work, many of those treats could end up being a bit tricky. Read on to find out tips on how your teen can best approach this holiday and have fun while still keeping their braces intact and functioning their best!

Brush after every MealWhat Candy Should My Teen Avoid To Protect Their Braces?

Your Catonsville dentist will recommend avoiding just about all types of candy while wearing braces, as the sugar can lead to tooth decay and cavities. However, avoiding candy altogether on Halloween is, we understand, next to impossible! It is important to know what candies should absolutely be avoided, however, as certain types really can do damage to your teen’s braces and the perfect smile they are helping them to develop. Sticky, chewy candies such as taffy and gum are definitely out; they can stick to the metal of your teen’s braces and become stuck in them easily! Similarly textured treats are also out of the question: Tootsie Rolls, Starbursts, and caramels. Your teen should also avoid candy that is hard when they bite down on it, or else let that kind of candy properly dissolve in their mouth rather than biting it (as long as they brush afterwards!).

Of all the candy types out there, plain chocolate candy poses the least problems to your teen’s braces, as it is not chewy or hard enough to break the metal of their braces. However, the sugar still remains the biggest threat to their dental health here, so be sure to encourage them to brush thoroughly afterwards in order to maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have are concerned about candy and braces or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

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.

How to Care for Your Child’s Baby Teeth

Monday, October 13th, 2014

baby teethYour child is growing so fast! It seems like just last week they were born, but they’ve been teething and now you’re starting to see the beginnings of two bottom teeth. Although they will later fall out in life, it’s important to keep your child’s baby teeth healthy, as they can have a dramatic influence on the development of adult teeth. After that, they’ll get braces. We know, it’s a scary thought. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about proper oral hygiene for your baby now. They still have many years before their baby teeth fall out, so how should you care for them?

Before all their baby teeth even grow in, you can care for child’s gums. While you don’t want to brush the gums, you can wipe them with a warm washcloth before bedtime. It’s a good way to clear your child’s mouth and gums of bacteria after feedings.

However, those little teeth that have begun to pop up can be brushed. At first, you don’t even have to use toothpaste; just a wet toothbrush will do. As more teeth begin to sprout, used a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a tiny bit of toothpaste up until age 3. After age 3, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used.

Be sure to brush gently to avoid a tantrum; teething hurts! Begin to teach your child to rinse their mouth and spit when they’re 3, and they’ll gradually be able to hold the toothbrush on their own. They’ll most likely be able to brush, rinse, and spit on their own by age 5 or 6.

As long as you keep up with a regular regimen, they shouldn’t have any problems. However, you should still check your child’s teeth every once in awhile for any discoloration, spots, or holes. If you do see any of this, it might be a sign of decay. If you do notice decay, take your child immediately to the dentist.

You should take your child to their first dental appointment at age 1. At their first appointment, the dentist will most likely go over proper dental hygiene for the baby and provide you with more information about how your child’s teeth will change over the years. After the appointment, you’ll be more informed about teething, fluoride, and thumb sucking.

Keeping a child’s teeth healthy is nothing to stress over. Just maintain a proper routine, and your child’s smile will stay healthy! The best way to encourage your child to maintain good treatment of their teeth is to set a good example for them to follow.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have a child that’s beginning to get their baby teeth or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, 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.

Mistakes to Avoid when Brushing Your Teeth

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

By the time you’re old enough to read this sentence, brushing your teeth has likely become such a routine part of your day that you scarcely give it a second thought. We are all familiar with the parental haranguing and conventional advice that surrounds this daily ritual. However, there’s a bit more to brushing your teeth than first meets the mouth, and Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here with a few precautions against common brushing mistakes that can ultimately damage your teeth.

Brushing mistakes

Avoid using the Wrong Brush

While choosing a toothbrush might seem relatively straightforward, the fact is that the most common brushing mistake is choosing the wrong tool. A good toothbrush should fit squarely in the palm of your hand and be easy to grip. When brushing your teeth the toothbrush should easily fit inside your mouth and the bristles should soft enough to avoid causing pain but hard enough to effectively remove plaque.  Electric toothbrushes are not necessarily better, but they do make it easier to do a thorough job, especially for those with wrist or arm impairments.

Take Time

Don’t cut yourself off too quick. When brushing your teeth give yourself a solid two minutes to get the job done. Try dividing your mouth into imaginary quadrants and spending 30 seconds on each section to be thorough. Make sure to brush at least twice a day, preferably three times. However, it’s important to not overdo it either. Brushing more than 3 times a day or for longer 2 minutes can wear down tooth enamel and damage gums.

Use Proper Technique

When brushing your teeth it is important to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle, and gently stroke up and down with short, brisk motions. Make sure you’re hitting outer and inner tooth areas, as well as molars and your tongue for a full cleaning. After you’ve finished thoroughly rinse your brush to dispose of plaque and germs.

Nix Fancy Toothpastes

While whitening and tartar control toothpastes have their uses, they shouldn’t be your de-facto option wither. Many consumers make the easy brushing mistake of relying too heavily on these specialty pastes, which can sand away tooth structure. Plain old fluoride toothpaste will do just fine for brushing your teeth until your teeth need whitening again.

Contact the #1 Catonsville Dentist

Using these tips to avoid brushing mistakes should keep your teeth in tip top shape and make dental appointments a breeze. If you’re looking for a Catonsville dentist who can provide you with even more brushing information, routine care, sedation dentistry, and host of other dental services while maintain an unmatched commitment to quality, contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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