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Do You Have Dry Mouth?

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Do You Have Dry Mouth?

Smoking and other lifestyle choices can be one of the causes of dry mouth.

Do you feel like you have constant cotton mouth or feel like you need a drink all the time? This sensation of dry mouth can actually be damaging to your teeth and gums. Let’s take a look at what causes this dryness as well as how to get rid of it. (more…)

What are Fluoride Treatments?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
You need fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for your healthy smile!

You see the term “fluoride” on every tube of toothpaste, dental commercial, and mouthwash bottle. But what exactly is fluoride and what does it do for your mouth? Well, let’s explore fluoride as well as how you can get more of it! (more…)

Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Sensitive teeth

You don’t have to suffer from sensitive teeth. Follow these tips to help enjoy your life again!

Things that you used to eat and drink every day can suddenly bring you to the edge of tears as your teeth become increasingly sensitive. It is estimated that one in eight people suffer from sensitive teeth. Why should you have to suffer from eating and drinking the things you love? There are ways to treat your tooth troubles! (more…)

How-To: Help Your Child Overcome Dental Fears

Monday, February 16th, 2015

child-dentist-dearFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time to start teaching your little one about good dental hygiene practices. For many little kids, the prospect of going to the dentist can be terrifying. There are strangers in sterile white coats, pointy metal tools, and scary sounds. With a few tricks and a little luck, February could be the month that your child gets over his or her dental fears.

Make it fun

Dental hygiene is not the most exciting part of your day. It’s a chore that takes up four minutes of your day, and sometimes it can even be a little bit painful and annoying. As parents, it’s best to keep that a secret. To really get kids on the right track with dental health, it has to be fun. Pick a time in the morning and evening to brush your teeth with your child. Set the right example by getting excited about it. Create a build-up to it by saying things like “Only ten more minutes until we get to brush our teeth!”

Children love bright colors, crazy patterns, and flavorful tastes. These are all elements that you can work into your dental routine. You can purchase toothbrushes with your little one’s favorite characters on them and ones that sing or talk. Mint is a perfect toothpaste flavor for adults, but your children might have fun with fruity flavors or something fun like bubblegum flavor. These clever touches will help get your child on -board with dental hygiene.

Overcoming fears of the dentist

Once you’ve got your child enjoying their daily tooth-brushing time, you can start working towards eliminating their fear of the dentist’s office. It’s important for your son or daughter to become familiar with their dentist. If your dentist is a parent-approved familiar face, your child will learn to trust them. Start off by taking your little one to the dentist’s office just to stop by. Interact with the staff and give your child an opportunity to talk to his or her dentist. This will help create positive associations with the office.

With Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, you have the added benefit of extremely friendly dentists. Dr. Baylin even has a few impressive magic tricks up his sleeve that will help your child enjoy the visit that much more.

Leiken & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about family dental care, 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Source:

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.

What are the Benefits of Choosing a Dentist with Pediatric Experience?

Friday, August 29th, 2014

pediatric dentistFinding a dentist that will treat everyone in  your family can be a difficult task. You need to make sure that you find someone who has experience treating patients of all ages, especially if you have young children. Some dentists claim to be family dentists, but actually have little experience with children. At Catonsville Dental Care, we know the importance of making sure that all of our patients get the best treatment possible. Dr. Baylin even has magic tricks that he does to help ease your child into the world of dentistry! Still not sold on finding a dentist for your family that’s experienced in pediatric dentistry? Check out some benefits.

Reasons to Find a Pediatric Dentist

Become comfortable with your dentist. Children need routine to be comfortable with certain things. If they start seeing their dentist from the time that they’re very young, they’ll be accustomed to that dentist and feel comfortable sitting in the dentist’s chair for regular cleanings and more. As they get older, fear of the dentist is less likely to occur. Most fears start in childhood, so it’s best to quell the fear before it ever starts.

Your dentist will know your children’s dental history. Starting with a dentist and continuing to see them for life means that your dentist will know your child’s entire dental history. This is important, especially if your child eventually needs braces or needs advising when his or her adult teeth come in. Your family dentist will know what your child needs to do going into adulthood and can follow through with a course of treatment from about 6 months old all the way through your child’s life.

The dentist knows how to work with children. This is by far and away the most important point that we can make. Working with children isn’t like working with adults, physically or psychologically. Children have different needs when they’re in the chair than adults do. We take into account age, personality, and oral health whenever we see your child. We like to take the time to meet and get to know him or her so we can make their time in the dentist’s office comfortable and pleasant!

Catonsville Family Dentistry

School is back in session and it’s time to get your child in for his or her checkup! While you’re in, make an appointment for yourself as well. We make the process quick and simple for you so that everyone in your family can enjoy healthy mouths! You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Harris Dental

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.

Back to School Dental Tips for Catonsville Students

Friday, August 15th, 2014

back to school dental checkupIt’s that time of year again! The days are starting to cool off and the aisles of every store are stocked with back to school supplies. When you’re looking at your school supply checklist, don’t forget that there’s another checklist you need to take care of as well. Back to school time is a great time to take care of all those important annual appointments that your kids need taken care of – including a routine dental cleaning. Check out the following tips for getting your kids’ teeth ready for back to school time!

5 Tips for Back to School Dental Care

  1. Schedule routine cleaning – Your child should have a routine cleaning every 6 months to a year and right before school starts is a great time to get it done. You’ll be able to take care of any cavities or problems that have developed over the summer and set up fluoride defenses for the upcoming holidays.
  2. Replace toothbrushes – When bristles on toothbrushes start to fray, it’s time to replace them. You should also make a point to either clean or replace them every few months as they could become bacteria ridden and dangerous for your child to use. Always be sure to get soft bristled tooth brushes to protect teeth and gums.
  3. Purchase a sports mouthguard – If your child participates in any sports, now is a good time to get a mouthguard to avoid potential mouth injuries that could cause pain or loss of teeth. Sports are unpredictable and kids tend to play hard, which makes them more prone to injury. Consider getting a custom fit mouthguard for comfort and ease of wear.
  4. Talk to your student about healthy dental hygiene practices – It’s important to talk to your student every year about remembering to keep their dental hygiene in check. Remind them of the importance of brushing and flossing daily, as well as eating mouth healthy foods. When packing lunches, try to avoid sugary foods.
  5. Remember retainers – If your student has just gotten their braces off, it’s time to remember the retainer. Most retainers are clear and fairly inconspicuous, but kids will frequently avoid wearing them. Make sure that all of that money and time put towards braces doesn’t go to waste by encouraging your child to wear his or her retainer this school year!

Routine Cleanings with Doctors Leikin and Baylin

If you haven’t already, please make an appointment for your students to see your Catonsville dentist. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: Advanced Dental Care

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 What Causes Cavities

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

catonsville cavityKids aren’t the only ones who get cavities (though they tend to corner the market on how many cavities they get). Many adults also get cavities on a fairly regular basis. In fact, approximately 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity in their permanent teeth – unfortunately, 23% of them go untreated. Untreated cavities and decay can cause infections and other problems if they’re allowed to fester for long enough. One of the goals of dentists is to lower the amount of cavities that children and adults present with. The best way to prevent cavities is to know how they’re caused and what you can do to avoid getting them.

What Causes Cavities?

Tooth decay is the primary cause of cavities, so the more appropriate question is what causes tooth decay?

  • Sugar – You’ve heard that sugary drinks and candies can cause cavities and tooth decay – it’s most certainly true, but it’s not the sugar itself that causes the problem. The bigger problem is that the sugar leaves substances that bacteria like to eat. They can cover your teeth in acid, which will eventually break down your teeth and cause decay. Try eating sugar free candy or doing your best to avoid sugar altogether.
  • Acidic Foods – Fruit juice and citrus fruits are the worst for this. The best way to avoid letting them cause decay is to immediately brush after you eat or to chew gum with xylitol. Gum does double duty. It helps to get the food that’s stuck off of your teeth (and from in between) and also helps you produce more saliva. Your saliva works as an agent to combat acid left on your teeth.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene – It doesn’t matter how well you eat if you’re not taking care of your mouth. Brushing your teeth makes it difficult for bacteria and plaque to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. It can help harden them and leave a protective layer of fluoride that plaque has a hard time getting through. Brushing and flossing regularly will help you keep your teeth longer and avoid cavities.
  • Age – There’s obviously nothing you can do about this one, but it’s important to note that you can develop cavities as a result of getting older. Most older adults are surprised to find that they’re more susceptible to cavities since the common conception is that children are the most likely to develop them. Older adults lack saliva, frequently have some type of gum disease, and occasionally take medications that cause enamel to break down.

Having Your Cavities Treated

If you’re suffering from mouth pain and think it’s the result of a cavity, you need to see your Catonsville dentist ASAP to get it taken care of. Tooth decay can lead to more tooth decay, which can eventually cause you to lose your teeth altogether. Please make an appointment to see your Catonsville dentist if you feel that you have a cavity. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Source: How Stuff Works, NIDCR

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.