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Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Toothbrushes need to be replaces every three to four months.

Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months. Are you overdue?

Toothbrushes are 25 percent of our dental care routines but anyone who has ever walked into a drugstore knows how difficult it is to shop for a toothbrush. There are so many different options to choose from: hard, soft, or medium bristles, tongue scrubbers, electric ones, ones that just kind of vibrate but don’t move, and the manual ones with the little plastic arms that look vaguely useful but are really just weird. So short of play “Eenie Meenie Miney Mo”, how do you choose the right one for you? (more…)

Creating your Dental Care Routine

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Dental Care is important to teach your children.

Dental Care is important to teach your children.

From birth, we have been told to brush twice a day every day and to floss between meals. But no one has really explained to us why we’re supposed to do this so we sometimes brush it off as a theory and brush whenever we feel like it. Dental care isn’t just to prevent bad breathe from ruining your conversations; it is an important step in preventing cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer. When choosing the right dental care routine, there are some things you should know.

Serious Problems Caused by Lack of a Routine

According to, in addition to causing problems with your teeth and gums, poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems such as diabetic complications, dementia, and respiratory infections. There is also indication that poor dental hygiene can lead to other conditions like immune system disorders and even problems with pregnancy and low birth weights in babies. Now that the dangers of a lack of routine as established, how do you choose the one that is right for you?

Picking the Right Plan for You

This is no longer your grandmother’s dental care routine of brushing with regular baking soda to achieve those pearly whites. There are several things to consider when choosing a plan for your dental health: your personal health care needs, using products with fluoride, and visiting your dentist.

  • Personal health care needs differ from person to person based on their overall health and their current daily routine. To ascertain what routine you need to start with, contact your Catonsville Dentist for an appointment where we can go over your needs in person.
  • In the 1940’s, the government started introducing fluoride into the water system in order to help rural communities stay healthy. Even with it in our water, using dental care products with fluoride in them can help strengthen your teeth and prevent decay.
  • Patients should see their dentist every six months to a year. This regular check up will help to make sure that your routine stays on the same track or if it needs to be adjusted. It will also give the dentist a chance to take care of any problems if they appear.

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

Your Oral Surgery Recovery Guide

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
oral surgery prep

Recovery from oral surgery can go smoothly with a little preparation.

The word surgery automatically scares many people. Oral surgery doesn’t have to be an unpleasant or scary experience. In some cases, you won’t even need full anesthesia, and it is almost always an outpatient procedure. If you are worried, the best way to ease your mind is to make sure you are fully prepared. Get the ball rolling by sharing your concerns with your dentist and getting answers to all of your questions. This will help you better prepare so when you head into the dentist for oral surgery, you’ll know what to expect and recovery will go smoothly. (more…)

Oral Hygiene: Why you Should Keep your Tongue Clean

Friday, June 5th, 2015
tongue cleaning

Cleaning your tongue can be very beneficial to the health of your mouth.

Most people have their dental hygiene down, and have done the same thing since they were children. Brushing and flossing twice a day is a dental standard, but people often neglect their tongue. While your teeth and gums need all the attention they can get, your tongue is a truly important part of your mouth too. Maintaining a healthy tongue can be extremely beneficial to the health of your entire mouth. If you don’t know how, don’t worry! We can help you out. (more…)

Should I use Mouthwash?

Friday, May 8th, 2015
mouthwash dental routine

Add mouthwash to your dental hygiene routine and experience the benefits.

We all know that mouthwash is a quick and effective fix when you’ve got to meet with clients after a garlicky pasta lunch, but do you know about the other benefits swishing? Sure, it can be a struggle to deal with the quick burning sensation of your thirty second gargle, but you’ll be doing wonders for your smile and leave you with minty fresh breath that will dazzle all of the close talkers in your life. If you’re looking for a simple addition to your dental hygiene routine, consider mouthwash. It has more benefits than you may know. (more…)

Signs You Have a Cavity 

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Cavity and Dental Hygiene

Cavity fillings aren’t fun. Good dental hygiene will keep your teeth safe.

You may have perfect dental hygiene habits, but that doesn’t mean you are excluded from developing a cavity. By the age of 17, nearly 80 percent of people have had a cavity. It’s never fun to deal with dental hygiene issues, but it’s better to get a cavity fixed sooner rather than later. If you are unsure if you have a cavity, there are several warning signs to look for. (more…)

Common Flossing Mistakes

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Close-up of a mid adult woman holding dental flossThe biggest flossing mistake people make is not flossing at all. If you’ve gotten past the hurdle of adding flossing to your daily routine, congratulate yourself. Once you make a habit of flossing, it’s important that you make sure you are doing it correctly. Improperly flossing is better than not flossing at all, but you need to give your teeth the maximum level of protection from plaque and cavities. Flossing is your best defense against future gum and teeth problems, so make sure you aren’t making these critical flossing mistakes. (more…)

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

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 a Dentist in Pediatric Dentistry?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Children's DentistryThere are many decisions to be made once you have children in regards to their well-being. Among all of these decisions, choosing a dentist for your child is among the top in importance. You want your children to grow up having a happy and healthy smile, so starting annual trips to the dentist can’t begin soon enough. Once your child has reached a year, you should start considering a dentist visit. You may think that a dentist doesn’t need to specialize with children, that it’s just their teeth. But taking your child to a dentist that has experience with pediatric dentistry can help you child’s oral health for years to come.

When you take your child to your Catonsville Family Dentist, you can rest easy knowing that our dentists will make the experience pleasant and welcoming for your child. An adult dentist will be unaware of how a child might perceive the visit and scare your child. Fear of the dentist at a young age will stop your child from wanting to continue visits and their oral health might suffer from it. At Leikin and Baylin, we make sure to be aware of how a child will perceive us. We will choose our words carefully to make sure your child isn’t scared or intimidated. Let us explain the details to your child, we will know phrases to use so that your child has an understanding of what is happening, but doesn’t think they are in harm’s way. We want your child to feel comfortable and know that going to the dentist is a good thing and not something that should be avoided. Dr. Baylin also specializes in magic tricks, so make sure your child asks to see them.

Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be intimidating, so visit your Catonsville Family Dentist where children’s dentistry is one of our specialties. To make an appointment for your child, call us at (410)-747-1115 today. If you have any questions about our procedures and services, fill out our contact form.

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At home Oral Hygiene Tips from your Catonsville Dentist

Friday, April 11th, 2014

At home oral hygieneYour family dentist is around to help take care of your teeth. It’s important to get preventive dentistry at least every 6 months; this usually involves a routine checkup and cleaning. However, your dentist can only do so much. The majority of the care of your mouth needs to be taken care of home. You should develop an oral health care routine that you can easily follow and make a point to perform every day. Everyone is a little bit different as far as their oral health care needs go, but there are some things that remain the same no matter what. The following list will give you some ideas for what your oral health care routine should look like.

Brush and floss – This is the old fallback for oral health care, but it can’t be stressed enough. You should brush your teeth at least twice per day (though it helps to do it after every meal) and floss once per day. Just engaging in these two activities can help you keep your mouth healthy. One thing you should always make sure of, though, is that you’re using a toothpaste with fluoride in it and a soft bristle toothbrush. These are the most gentle on your teeth, while still providing the clean that you need.

Eat healthy and well – The foods that cause cavities are the same ones that can cause heart disease and obesity. Carbohydrates and sugars will stick to your teeth and cause plaque buildup that can be hard to remove with just a toothbrush and toothpaste. Eating healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables can help with this. You should also limit snacking between meals and ideally brush after you eat.

Use an oral rinse – Regular mouthwash will usually do the trick, but you’ll find that there are many oral rinses that include fluoride and whitening properties. These are some of the best to use for your teeth and will help you maintain both good breath and good oral hygiene. Bad breath can be caused from problems like sinus drainage, gum disease, (and the obvious) smelly food.

Taking care of your teeth at home is an important job. Your family dentist will be able to tell whether or not you’ve been following a good oral healthcare routine at home. If you haven’t, it can cause complications such as cavities, tooth decay, and mouth pain.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family. If you have any questions about oral hygiene or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit

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