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Dream On! Sedation Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

If you’ve avoided the dentist out of fear or if you’ve had a traumatic experience, sedation dentistry may be able to help.

Imagine not being afraid to go to the dentist. Imagine being able to complete your dental care in one visit. Imagine having a positive feeling about your dental visit. Imagine being able to chew comfortably and smile confidently. With sedation dentistry, you don’t have to just imagine anymore. Sedation dentistry is now a reality at your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist.

Oral relaxation dentistry proticolas have been used safely for over 30 years. Before starting any dental treatment, your medical history will be reviewed thoroughly. On the day of your appointment, you will take a pill which will relax you. Our specially trained team members will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. During the dental visit you will be monitored closely. After your dental treatment is complete there will be minimal if any discomfort. Also, you will have little or no memory of your visit.

Sedation dentistry isn’t exclusively for patients that have fear of the dentist, it also can apply to people who have a low pain threshold, can’t sit still, have very sensitive teeth, have a bad gag reflex, patients with limited time and those patients who need a large amount of dental work done. The different levels of sedation dentistry are as follows:

  • Minimal sedation – At this level of sedation, the patient is awake yet very relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation – Slurring of words and little memory of the procedure are common at this level of sedation.
  • Heavy sedation – A patient is at the edge of consciousness during this level of sedation, but can still be awakened if needed.
  • General anesthesia – Under general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious.

Anesthesia is safe for most dental patients. However, certain people, such as those who are obese or who have obstructive sleep apnea, should talk to their doctor before having sedation. That’s because they are more likely to develop complications from the anesthesia. Your local Catonsville dentist will go over your medical history and any risks associated with the level of sedation dentistry you may require. Contact us today to inquire about sedation dentistry.

Catonsville Dental Care makes visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Sedation Dentistry or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Source: Sedation Dentistry: Can You Really Relax in the Dentist’s Chair?, WebMD

How to Prevent Gum Disease from your Catonsville Dentist

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Gum disease, otherwise known as Periodontal disease, is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone that surround the teeth. The main culprit of gum disease is plaque; a sticky collection of bacteria that causes the gums to be red and puffy. Over time, the plaque causes the bone to dissolve from around the teeth. This leads to the teeth becoming loose and eventually could require that the teeth be extracted.

Gum disease is in most cases completely preventable. Regular good hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly is usually enough to stall or stop gum disease in its tracks. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, making sure to also brush your tongue, with fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Also, flossing at least once a day can prevent gum disease from happening. One tip is using an osculating electric toothbrush to brush your teeth. This specific type of rotating toothbrush is better at removing plaque than normal types of toothbrushes.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier and tighter to your teeth. But bleeding gums could also be a sign of gum disease, so if it persists you should consult your local Catonsville dentist. Making good food choices is another way to prevent gum disease. Eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar, especially sticky, sweet foods like taffy and raisins. The longer sugar stays in contact with the teeth, the more damage it will do. Avoiding bedtime snacks is also a good way to avoid gum disease.

If you’re wondering if you have gum disease, the symptoms include: bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loos teeth, sensitive teeth and receding gums or teeth that appear longer. Also, it’s helpful to examine your gums and notice any inflammation that may be happening to them.

Ever needed a reason to quit smoking? Giving up smoking is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. Tobacco users are up to six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.

If you have any questions about How to Prevent Gum Disease or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Don’t Forget: Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will donate $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives this month.

Sources:

Gun Disease Prevention, WebMD

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments, NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)

Dry Mouth Treatment from your Catonsville Dentist

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

What is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth is exactly what it sounds like. When your body fails to produce the necessary amount of saliva, the mouth becomes dry and uncomfortable. Why is this a big deal? The mouth needs saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food. Without enough saliva, the mouth is more vulnerable and at risk for gingivitis (gum disease), tooth decay, and infections.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

There are several different causes of dry mouth, including:

  • Side effect of certain medications
  • Side effect of diseases and infections
  • Dehydration
  • Smoking
  • Side effect of certain medical treatments
  • Nerve damage
  • Surgical removal of salivary glands

What Are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?

The most common causes of dry mouth include:

  • Dry feeling in the mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Sticky feeling
  • Frequent thirst
  • Mouth sores
  • Split skin in the corners of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry feeling in the throat
  • Burning or tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Dry, red tongue
  • Dry nasal passages
  • Hoarseness

How can I increase Saliva Production?

There are several steps that you can take to help improve saliva productions, including:

  1. Suck on sugar-free candy
  2. Chew sugar-free gum
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste
  5. Breathe through the nose, not the mouth
  6. Use a room vaporizer
  7. Over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute

Of course, the best treatment for dry mouth will be provided by your dentist.

Dry Mouth Treatment from your Catonsville Dentist

At Laikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence and treats our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Dry Mouth or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Sources:

  1. Dental Health and Dry Mouth WebMD
  2. FDA: “Dry Mouth? Don’t delay Treatment.”
  3. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: “Xerostomia (Dry Mouth).”
  4. Academy of General Dentistry: “Correct Diagnosis Provides Relief for Dry Mouth Sufferers.”

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity? FAQs answered by your Catonsville Dentist

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A cavity occurs as the result of tooth decay, which is the destruction of the tooth structure because of plaque buildup.

When foods containing carbohydrates are left on your teeth for an extended period of time, bacteria living in your mouth begin to digest this food, turning them into acids. Then, the acid mixes with the bacteria, food debris, and saliva to form plaque. It is this plaque that eats away at your tooth enamel, creating cavities.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

Symptoms of cavities include:

  1. Visible holes in your teeth
  2. Toothache
  3. Sensitivity to hots and colds

If you believe you have a cavity, the only way to know for sure is to visit your local dentist, like Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”

Despite being almost entirely preventable, cavities are the most common infectious disease among children. And, for the first time in 40 years, instances of cavities in children are the rise!

In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin also offer pediatric dental care, ensuring your child feels as comfortable as possible. We make going to the dentist fun for your child!

If you have any questions about Cavities and Oral Health or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Source: Dental Health and Cavities

Smoking and Oral Health: Could Tobacco be the cause of your Gum Disease?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Do you have constant bad breath (halitosis)? Are your teeth yellowed and discolored? Do you constantly battle plaque buildup and tartar? Do you have gum disease? Do you smoke?

The fact is that tobacco and your smoking habit could be the cause of the above oral problems. But that is just the beginning. Smoking can also increase your risk for leukemia, increase the loss of bone in your jaw, lower the success rate of dental implant procedures, and increase your risk for developing oral cancer.

Why is Tobacco so harmful?

Smoking tobacco products, like cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells and affects the attachment of bone and soft tissues to your teeth. This increases smokers’ risk for gum disease and other oral health problems.

Just in case you were wondering, smokeless tobacco products, like snuff and chewing tobacco, are just as bad for your health, containing 28 chemicals known to increase your risk for oral cancer. And a Journal of the American Dental Association study showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to develop tooth decay. So do yourself and your teeth a favor and kick the habit.

Ask your dentist or doctor for recommendations on how to quit.

If you have any questions about Tobacco and Oral Health or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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Source: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

What is Gum Disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gum disease is also one of the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.

What are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

  1. Your gums bleed easily
  2. Your gums appear very red and tender
  3. Your gums are swollen
  4. Your gums are pulling away from your teeth
  5. Your teeth feel loose
  6. Your bite feels as if it has changed
  7. You notice puss in between your teeth
  8. You suffer from chronic bad breath
  9. The fit of your dentures has changed

If you notice any of the above warning signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. If this plaque is not properly removed, it will harden into thick deposits known as tartar, which can lead to chronic infections and inflammation.

How is Gum Disease Prevented?

  1. Good Oral Hygiene: The best way to prevent gum disease is to keep good care of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and pay close attention to what you eat and drink.
  2. Regular Visits with your Catonsville Dentists can make all the Difference: At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

If you have any questions about Gum Disease or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Happy New Year from everyone here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care!

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Source: Gum Disease – 8 Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Treating & Managing your Chronic Dry Mouth: Tips from a Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

While it may not seem like a big deal, chronic dry mouth can lead to several oral health problems, like halitosis (bad breathe) and even gum disease and tooth decay. This is because, believe it or not, your saliva plays a very important role in your oral health. It is your saliva that washes away food debris, preventing bacteria and plaque from building up on your teeth. The absence of saliva caused by dry mouth leaves your mouth vulnerable.

Treating & Managing your Chronic Dry Mouth

1) Preventing Tooth Decay with Good Oral Hygiene

If you suffer from dry mouth, it is important to be extra diligent when it comes to your everyday oral hygiene, including:

  1. Brushing: You should brush at least twice a day as a minimum. If you have dry mouth, you should try and brush after every meal to help remove leftover food debris.
  2. Flossing: You should floss at least once a day to help remove food particles stuck between the teeth, particles that brushing cannot reach.
  3. Fluoride: Use a toothpaste containing fluoride for extra protection.
  4. Regular Dental Visits: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

2) Managing Dry Mouth

So you are taking extra care when it comes to your oral health. Now it is time to try and manage your dry mouth. Try the following:

  1. More Water: To help keep your mouth moist, drink more water than normal.
  2. Try Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate saliva production.
  3. Eat Moist Foods: Avoid dry foods. Instead, try moist foods, like soups or food that contains sauces, creams, gravy, and the like.
  4. Avoid Mouthwash: Most commercial mouthwashes contain peroxide or alcohol, both of which dry out the mouth.
  5. Avoid Salt: Salty foods will further dry out your mouth. Steer clear.
  6. Stay away from Alcohol & Caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine dry out the mouth.

Consult your dentist for further tips to help you deal with your chronic dry mouth.

If you have any questions about Dry Mouth, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care!

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Source: Treatment for Dry Mouth WebMD

Forget Braces; Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville has Invisalign!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland, we pride ourselves in the fact that we provide the highest quality comprehensive dental care around. As part of this commitment to dental excellence, we offer Invisalign®, the clear, comfortable alternative to traditional braces.

Invisalign®, the clear alternative to braces, has been chosen by over 500,000 people who want amazing smiles.

Braces are painful and have been known to cause plaque buildup, tooth discoloration, tooth decay, and even injuries. Fortunately, Invisalign® offers the following benefits:

  • Visual Appeal: First and foremost, unlike braces, Invisalign® is clear, offering you a and discrete option to correct your smile.
  • Easily Removable: Also, unlike braces, Invisalign® is removable.
  • Comfortable: Invisalign® is smooth, clear, and comfortable. No more cutting your gums on those metal braces!
  • Oral Care: With braces, keeping your teeth clean can be a challenge. Unlike braces, Invisalign® makes it easy to care for your teeth and gums. Simply remove Invisalign® and brush and floss your teeth like normal! This also gives you the opportunity to clean your Invisalign®.
  • Oral Health: Invisalign® makes daily oral hygiene easier, reducing your risk of serious infection and disease.

If you have any questions about Invisalign® and Good Oral Health, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care!

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Baby Teeth and Oral Care: Dental Care Tips from your Catonsville Dentists

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

As a new parent, you probably have a ton of questions about your child’s health. But what many parents fail to realize is that good oral health starts at the sign of that first baby tooth. Baby teeth may be small and temporary, but they are still important. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child could struggle to chew effectively or even speak clearly.

Tips for Caring for Baby Teeth

  1. It starts with the Gums: Gum care can begin before baby teeth ever appear. This will help protect future baby teeth from bacteria that could be clinging to your baby’s gums. So, using a soft, moist washcloth, gently wipe your child’s gums twice a day (after feeding and before bedtime).
  2. Brushing Baby Teeth: You should begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first baby tooth erupts through the gums. At first, you can just use a wet toothbrush. Then, around age one, you can begin using a slight bit of non-flouridated toothpaste. Wait to introduce fluoride toothpaste until age two.
  3. Flossing Baby Teeth: You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as two baby teeth touch.
  4. Regular Dentist Visits: We recommend that infants see a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth comes in.

Pediatric Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville will make your child feel as comfortable as possible. We make going to the dentist fun for your child!

If you have any questions about Baby Teeth and Good Oral Health, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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Source: Caring for your Baby’s Teeth

Daily Habits that Damage your Teeth :: Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Good oral health is a daily battle, one that requires much more than just brushing and flossing. Good oral health is all encompassing. It starts with brushing and flossing, but also includes your daily diet. You see, everything you put in your mouth has some level of effect on your oral health. And because of this, many of us are actually damaging our teeth without even realizing it.

Just take a look at these Daily Habits that Damage your Teeth

  1. Sugar Intake: It is no secret that sugar is a tooth’s worst enemy. These sugars are consumed by bacteria in the mouth, bacteria that eat away at tooth enamel. Because of this, it is important to avoid sugary foods that stick to the teeth longer than other foods, like jelly beans and other candies.
  2. Soda: Sugar-free or not, soda is just bad for your teeth.
  3. Alcohol: Similarly to soda, alcohol is also extremely acidic and bad for the teeth. Plus, alcohol dries out the mouth, cutting saliva production.
  4. Nicotine: Smoking or chewing tobacco products can yellow your teeth and even cause oral cancer.
  5. Your Teeth are not Bottle Openers: Under no circumstances should you use your teeth to remove clothing tags, open plastic bottles, etc.

Regular Visits with your Catonsville Dentists at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

If you have any questions about Good Oral Health, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: Every Day Habits that Damage Teeth