As you start preparing for the New Year ahead, there is one thing that should be left behind in 2015: your toothbrush. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, now is the time to replace it with a fresh one! (more…)
In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that nearly 64.7 million Americans over the age of 30 have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. That is nearly 40 percent of the population that currently has some type of gum disease. But do you know what periodontal (gum) disease is or how it is treated? Let’s go over this serious disease. (more…)
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…)
If you suffer from chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from halitosis in the United States. But what is causing your bad breath and how can it be helped? Well, let’s talk about it! (more…)
As most people know, tobacco is a detriment to proper dental health.The negative effects of tobacco use are normally associated with cancer, but the health of a person’s teeth and mouth is often overlooked. Bad breath isn’t the only issue from tobacco use, however, and you may end up spending thousands of dollars to fix issues associated with your deteriorating dental health. (more…)
Last week we discussed some common mistakes people often make when flossing their teeth. Flossing is only half of the dental hygiene story. When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you need a solid combination of tooth brushing and flossing technique. While many people think that they’ve got the art of tooth brushing down to a science, it is quite likely they are making a few mistakes. Your smile requires quite a bit of dental know-how. Make sure that you are following a few simple guidelines when you grab your toothbrush. (more…)
Your gums are the glue that holds your smile together, and as such, are more important than you might even realize. We are always taught to take good care of our teeth, but gums get a lot less attention. This is problematic because without healthy gums, your teeth won’t even matter. Gums keep your teeth attached to the bone, and when they become infected with periodontal disease you risk losing your teeth. Thankfully, gum maintenance is not a tough task, and merely requires tweaks to your usual dental hygiene routine. (more…)
Enamel may be the hardest substance in the human body, but it isn’t bulletproof. They seem so permanent and strong, but in reality, your teeth can become susceptible to some pretty serious damage if you treat them poorly. Most people are well aware of the necessary maintenance that is required for healthy teeth, but don’t realize that a few of their everyday routines are causing trouble. Some dental habits that may seem harmless are actually slowly damaging your precious smile.
Back in the days before humans invented things like scissors, knives, and utensils, teeth may have served as an important tool. Today, we are fortunate enough to have a tool for most daily tasks, yet some people still revert to primal ways. You should never use your teeth to tear anything open. Avoid using your teeth for opening packages, ripping off tags, and unscrewing tough tops. They simply aren’t built for handling that kind of stress and you could weaken, chip, or fracture your teeth.
When you’ve got extra stress on your mind, it can travel to your teeth. Many people find themselves clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth as a reaction to stress. This can be hard or even impossible to control, but it can also be extremely damaging to your enamel. If you find yourself falling into this unpleasant habit, actively think about relaxing your jaw. If you are conscious of it you have a better chance at breaking the habit. Some people carry that stress into their sleep and grind their teeth while they are sleeping. Night guards are the best way to protect your teeth from this.
What you eat is important but so is how you eat. Crunching ice is a pretty popular habit that is absolutely terrible for your teeth. Not only are your teeth not equipped to break things as hard as ice, but the cold can make your teeth brittle, increasing the risk of fracture. Things like popcorn kernels, seeds, and fruit pits can cause similar troubles. Sucking things like sodas and coffee through straws can be detrimental as well. People often rest straws right at the front of their teeth. This is like injecting sugar right into the area. Instead, keep the straw near the back of your mouth and avoid the risk.
If you have questions about dental health, 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 child is growing so fast! It seems like just last week they were born, but they’ve been teething and now you’re starting to see the beginnings of two bottom teeth. Although they will later fall out in life, it’s important to keep your child’s baby teeth healthy, as they can have a dramatic influence on the development of adult teeth. After that, they’ll get braces. We know, it’s a scary thought. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about proper oral hygiene for your baby now. They still have many years before their baby teeth fall out, so how should you care for them?
Before all their baby teeth even grow in, you can care for child’s gums. While you don’t want to brush the gums, you can wipe them with a warm washcloth before bedtime. It’s a good way to clear your child’s mouth and gums of bacteria after feedings.
However, those little teeth that have begun to pop up can be brushed. At first, you don’t even have to use toothpaste; just a wet toothbrush will do. As more teeth begin to sprout, used a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and just a tiny bit of toothpaste up until age 3. After age 3, a pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used.
Be sure to brush gently to avoid a tantrum; teething hurts! Begin to teach your child to rinse their mouth and spit when they’re 3, and they’ll gradually be able to hold the toothbrush on their own. They’ll most likely be able to brush, rinse, and spit on their own by age 5 or 6.
As long as you keep up with a regular regimen, they shouldn’t have any problems. However, you should still check your child’s teeth every once in awhile for any discoloration, spots, or holes. If you do see any of this, it might be a sign of decay. If you do notice decay, take your child immediately to the dentist.
You should take your child to their first dental appointment at age 1. At their first appointment, the dentist will most likely go over proper dental hygiene for the baby and provide you with more information about how your child’s teeth will change over the years. After the appointment, you’ll be more informed about teething, fluoride, and thumb sucking.
Keeping a child’s teeth healthy is nothing to stress over. Just maintain a proper routine, and your child’s smile will stay healthy! The best way to encourage your child to maintain good treatment of their teeth is to set a good example for them to follow.
If you have a child that’s beginning to get their baby teeth 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.
By the time you’re old enough to read this sentence, brushing your teeth has likely become such a routine part of your day that you scarcely give it a second thought. We are all familiar with the parental haranguing and conventional advice that surrounds this daily ritual. However, there’s a bit more to brushing your teeth than first meets the mouth, and Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here with a few precautions against common brushing mistakes that can ultimately damage your teeth.
While choosing a toothbrush might seem relatively straightforward, the fact is that the most common brushing mistake is choosing the wrong tool. A good toothbrush should fit squarely in the palm of your hand and be easy to grip. When brushing your teeth the toothbrush should easily fit inside your mouth and the bristles should soft enough to avoid causing pain but hard enough to effectively remove plaque. Electric toothbrushes are not necessarily better, but they do make it easier to do a thorough job, especially for those with wrist or arm impairments.
Don’t cut yourself off too quick. When brushing your teeth give yourself a solid two minutes to get the job done. Try dividing your mouth into imaginary quadrants and spending 30 seconds on each section to be thorough. Make sure to brush at least twice a day, preferably three times. However, it’s important to not overdo it either. Brushing more than 3 times a day or for longer 2 minutes can wear down tooth enamel and damage gums.
When brushing your teeth it is important to hold your brush at a 45 degree angle, and gently stroke up and down with short, brisk motions. Make sure you’re hitting outer and inner tooth areas, as well as molars and your tongue for a full cleaning. After you’ve finished thoroughly rinse your brush to dispose of plaque and germs.
While whitening and tartar control toothpastes have their uses, they shouldn’t be your de-facto option wither. Many consumers make the easy brushing mistake of relying too heavily on these specialty pastes, which can sand away tooth structure. Plain old fluoride toothpaste will do just fine for brushing your teeth until your teeth need whitening again.
Using these tips to avoid brushing mistakes should keep your teeth in tip top shape and make dental appointments a breeze. If you’re looking for a Catonsville dentist who can provide you with even more brushing information, routine care, sedation dentistry, and host of other dental services while maintain an unmatched commitment to quality, contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.