Archive for January, 2015

Caring for your Night Guard

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

gum shieldIf you have a teeth grinding problem, your night guard is your best friend. With the help of this nifty little device, you can help alleviate headaches and keep your teeth healthy. Your night guard sees daily use and works in dirty conditions for long hours. As such, it is important for the health of both you and your night guard, to take good care of it. The cleaner you keep your night guard, the more likely it is to last a long time and provide the protection you need from your detrimental nightly habits.

Storing

When you get your custom dental night guard, it comes with a protective case. The first step in night guard maintenance is to use it. Whenever your night guard is not in your mouth it should be in its case. This ensures that if you knock it off of the counter or drop it, your night guard won’t be so susceptible to damage.

Night guards should be stored in cool dry places. The bathroom often seems like the most logical choice for storage, but when you shower, the room becomes excessively warm and moist. A better alternative is to keep it on or in your nightstand.

Cleaning

There are many ways you can go about cleaning your night guard. Because it spends hours in your mouth, your night guards can develop bacterial growth and strange smells. Each morning when you remove it, practice simple maintenance by rinsing it with cool water or mouth wash before storing it for the day. Another option is to brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste like you would your teeth.

Though your daily cleanings will ensure that your night guard doesn’t get too gross, a weekly deep cleaning is still a good idea. This can be done with a bit of mild soap and cool water or store bought mouth guard cleaning tablets.

It’s also important to give your night guard container a good cleaning every so often. Remember to do this by making it a part of your weekly night guard cleaning.

Inspecting

While performing your weekly cleaning make sure to give your night guard a good examination. Look for cracks, worn down areas, and other damage. Bring your night guard with you when you go to the dentist so that a professional can give it an even more thorough check up.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about night guards or teeth grinding, 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.

 

Teeth Whitening: The top foods and drinks that are staining your teeth

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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One sip of red wine and you have got a bright red smile as a reminder that your pearly whites are in trouble. It’s no secret that drinks like red wine and coffee are causing your teeth to yellow with every gulp, but dark coloring is not the only factor affecting your smile.

What causes stains?

Though it is incredibly hard, tooth enamel is not incredibly smooth. Enamel is full of ridges, pits and cracks that provide perfect hiding places for the pigments that go along with some of our favorite drinks and foods. Certain foods and drinks can even worsen the state of your enamel, causing even worse staining.

What foods and drinks should be avoided?

While most people are aware that coffee and red wine can stand in the way of your teeth whitening dreams, there are plenty of lighter looking foods that find their own sneaky ways to stain your teeth.

It turns out white wine can be just as volatile for your teeth as red wine. While the lighter hue is not as noticeable as deep red, the acidity of the wine can cause enamel erosion making your teeth much more vulnerable to other offenders.

Another acidic trouble maker that people don’t often think of is soda. While it seems logical that dark colored cola is problematic, you might think you’re in the clear if you stick with a lightly colored one. The truth is that the acid in any soda can make it tougher to maintain a newly whitened smile.

Popular condiments like soy sauce, tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar are all threats that you might not consider when you sit down to lunch. The brown and red coloring of these products can easily stick in the crevasses of your enamel.

Fruits are hailed for their rainbow of shades and health benefits, but their sugary juices can wreak havoc on your teeth, especially when you’re dealing with things like pomegranates and blueberries. Sticking to raw fruits is a better way to get your fruit for the day while maintaining your bright smile.

How can you enjoy these foods without worries?

Asking someone to cut their daily cup of coffee or skip that glass of wine with dinner is quite a lot to beg of someone. Instead, enjoy a glass of water with your damaging drinks. Alternate sips of coffee with sips of water. This will help rinse away some of those nasty dark pigments.

For pesky teeth staining condiments, try snacking with crunchy lettuces or celery. These foods can act as a natural tooth brush, scrubbing stains and your troubles away.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about teeth whitening, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should I Invest in Invisalign?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Straightening your teeth can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it doesn’t have to be. Investing in Invisalign for your cosmetic dentistry needs is the smartest thing you can do for your teeth. Why? Just like braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth and corrects any other issues with your teeth, but without all the restrictions and inconveniences that come along with braces. Invisalign is rising in popularity in orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, and here’s why!

Invisalign Freedom in Food Choices

No gum, no caramel, no hard candy, no whole apples. These are just a few of the many restrictions that come with braces. Wires can snap at any moment, even if you follow the rules perfectly. With Invisalign you can eat whatever foods you want, because all you have to do is remove the device to eat.

 Comfort

Invisalign is made of smooth plastic that fits to your teeth as opposed to the sharp wire and metal pieces of braces. When considering what type of orthodontics comfort is key. Invisalign for your cosmetic dentistry needs is the best way to alleviate as much of the uncomfortable aspects of straightening your teeth while still effectively correcting your smile.

 Keep Your Teeth Clean

With Invisalign you can easily remove the device whenever you want, which includes for your regular teeth cleaning habits. Being able to brush and floss normally while using Invisalign encourages not only straight teeth, but also clean teeth. With braces there’s so many extra steps required to properly clean teeth, which are not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, but also difficult. Especially in teens, it is difficult to keep up with an effective cleaning routine with braces so Invisalign is often the cleaner choice.

 Perfect for Forgetful Teens

Braces cannot only foster poor teeth cleaning habits for forgetful teens, but they can also be easily broken and expensive to repair. With Invisalign Teen, there are six free replacement aligners available if your forgetful teen loses or breaks the device.

Cosmetic dentistry to straighten your teeth is inevitable for a lot of people so why be uncomfortable and inconvenienced for months? With Invisalign you get the same effective process of straightening and correcting your smile, without the restrictions of braces.

 Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about Invisalign, 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.

 

Source: www.invisalign.com

 

Is Relaxation Dentistry Right for Me?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

A little anxiety before sitting down in the dentist’s chair is a natural feeling to have. But for some patients, that little bit of anxiety begins weeks before the appointment and only gets worse as the appointment grows closer. It may even grow to the point where the patient skips their appointment altogether, too nervous to go through with even a routine cleaning procedure! While many factors could cause this kind of fear, finding a solution for it is essential to ensuring you get the dental care you need to maintain a healthy mouth. Your Catonsville dentist is here to explain one possible solution: relaxation dentistry.

relaxationdentistryAm I a Good Candidate for Relaxation Dentistry?

If you have had a longstanding anxiety when it comes to your dental visits, then you may have already considered the possibility of relaxation dentistry. While this approach to dental appointments and procedures is not for everyone, it may be for you if you have a highly-developed fear of dentists or needles, if you have had a particularly traumatic dental experience in the past, if your teeth and gums are extremely sensitive, or if you do not react strongly to the local anesthetics sometimes used in dental procedures.

What Does Relaxation Dentistry Entail?

Relaxation dentistry is designed to help patients achieve a peaceful state of mind going in to their dental appointment. If you use this method, you will be given a pill to relax and after establishing your comfort level, your dental team will proceed as usual with your appointment. Relaxation dentistry not only eliminates discomfort during the procedure, but afterwards you will be able to leave the dental appointment with minimal discomfort as well.

If you think that relaxation dentistry could be the right choice for you, call your Catonsville dentist today!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about relaxation dentistry, 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.

New Year, New Smile? Learn About Cosmetic Dentistry

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

The beginning of the New Year is as good a time as any to start planning some changes for the better in your life. Now is the perfect time to leave behind bad habits, negative attitudes, and unhealthy behaviors and start fresh! And what else should you be leaving behind in 2014? How about yellowed teeth, crooked smiles, chips and gaps? Make 2015 the year of your brand new smile with cosmetic dentistry services from your Catonsville dentist! Read on to find out more.

cosmetic dental workCosmetic Dentistry Helps You Start the New Year Out Right

Oftentimes, people feel that there is nothing they can do to change a smile they do not feel comfortable or confident with. They may have tried every whitening toothpaste on the market, but years of staining cannot be erased at home. They may have resigned themselves to crowded, crooked teeth or gapping. But what these people do not realize is that there is an option for them: cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry dedicated to helping you get a smile that you can be proud of with straight, even, bright white teeth.

Tooth enamel staining can occur from years of poor oral hygiene habits, from smoking, or even from some medications, but no matter what the cause is, cosmetic dentistry can help. Professional teeth whitening can lift away yellow and brown stains, leaving you with the white smile you’ve always dreamed of!

Cosmetic dentistry can also work to fix teeth that are misaligned and crooked. Straightening these teeth with Invisalign and other procedures helps correct your bite and give you a gleaming smile! You can even fill in gaps between your teeth with the help of cosmetic dentistry; ceramic crowns and bridges work to fill in those spaces and boost your confidence in your teeth!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, 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.