Archive for December, 2014

Your Catonsville Dentist Explains: How to Care for Dentures

Friday, December 19th, 2014

To get the most out of your dentures, our team here at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care has put together a list of tips to maintain the health of your dentures and mouth. Remember: oral hygiene is important!

Denture Care For good denture care:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating: you can simply run water over them to remove food debris and other loose particles. You might also want to make sure your dentures have a soft place to land if you drop it by accident – fill the sink with water or put a towel on a hard surface for added protection.
  • Brush your teeth: even though your dentures are there to replace or protect your natural teeth, you still want to practice good oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth.
  • You should also brush your dentures at least once a day. You can soak them or brush them with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque, and other deposits. If you do use adhesive, make sure to clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove anything that remains. Remember: denture cleansers are meant to be used externally and not in your mouth!
  • Most dentures will require an overnight soaking to remain moist and keep their shape. You can put the dentures in water or in a mild solution, but for best results, check with your Catonsville dentist to find the right solution for you. Before you put the dentures back in your mouth, be sure to rinse them first!
  • Schedule regular dental checkups: your Catonsville dentist can give you more details on how often you should be visiting the office to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned, as well as ensure that your mouth remains healthy.

If you experience any irritation or your dentures become loose, please call us right away so you can avoid further irritation, sores, or infection.

If you have questions about dentures, 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.

 

Why Do My Teeth Need Fluoride Treatments?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

You have seen advertisements for fluoride toothpaste and seen it used routinely at your dentist’s, but do you actually know the importance of regular fluoride treatments? They have much more significance than you may think. Your Catonsville dentist, who will incorporate fluoride as a preventative dentistry measure, is here to explain why treating your teeth with this special mineral can make a huge difference to your oral health as a whole.

fluoride treatments What is Fluoride and How Does It Keep Teeth Healthy?

 Your teeth’s enamel is made up of minerals that protect your teeth from damage and decay. As you eat, however, plaque can form on the enamel’s surface and start to break down those minerals in a process aptly known as demineralization. This can easily lead to tooth decay and make your teeth weak and susceptible to damage. In order to maintain a healthy mouth, you have to reverse this process and “remineralize” your teeth with the help of fluoride treatments. Why are special treatments necessary? While fluoride does occur naturally in some types of food and in water, it is best to supplement those smaller levels by using fluoride as a part of your regular cleaning at your Catonsville dentist’s to ensure you are getting the maximum amount of protection.

 What Kinds of Fluoride Treatments Are Available to Me?

Fluoride treatments can come in a wide variety of forms. Toothpastes fortified with fluoride can be used to remineralize teeth, as can mouth rinses, gel applications, and even prescription tablets for those who need an extra dose.  Not only is fluoride a preventative treatment that can stop decay from happening, but if applied correctly, it can even reverse the effects of tooth decay in its early stages!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about fluoride treatments and 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.

Your Catonsville Dentist Explains: Root Canals

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Until you need one, you may have only heard of root canals in the context of a scary and painful dental procedure. But this negative reputation that root canals have is not the whole story, and too often it scares patients away from what is, at the end of the day, an absolutely necessary treatment. So before you avoid the dentist’s office in fear of a root canal, read on to find out what a root canal really entails and what your Catonsville dentist has to say about this procedure.

root canalWhen Would I Need a Root Canal?

Your teeth are a complex system of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue, all of which are just as susceptible as any other part of your body to injury or infection. The “pulp” located in the interior of a tooth is one area in particular that can become damaged, and when this occurs, it affects the tooth’s nerves as well and allows bacteria to grow and form an abscess. This is where the majority of the pain associated with the root canal procedure actually comes from: the pain that exists prior to the surgery. Damaged pulp and nerves are extremely sensitive and can cause you a lot of discomfort, so it is important to communicate with your dentist is you have been experiencing a lot of pain. A root canal may be the perfect solution for you.

What Does a Root Canal Entail?

The actual procedure is a fairly routine one that your Catonsville dentist has a lot of experience dealing with. To remove the damaged pulp, a small access hole is drilled into the tooth, and then all of the pulp, bacteria, and any other decayed tissue is scraped away, leaving the area clean and healthy. To protect it from further infection, the tooth is then sealed with a specialized paste and a filling is put in to close up the access hole. If the tooth is so damaged that it needs further restoring, your dentist will discuss options such as crowns or implants with you.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about root canals, 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.