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Creating an At Home Oral Health Care Routine

Friday, September 12th, 2014

oral health routineThere’s no question that the dentist is an important person in helping you to keep your teeth healthy and working properly, but there’s a person even more integral to your oral health – you. A healthy mouth and a healthy smile starts at home, not in the dentist’s chair. Having a proper oral health care routine that you follow each day will help you to prevent cavities, tooth loss, gingivitis, and even oral cancer. The state of your oral health has also been linked to overall health. Keep this in mind if you ever decide to skip out on brushing your teeth one evening. It’s just a couple of minutes to help avoid lifelong problems. First thing’s first, though: you need to develop a good routine.

Creating an Oral Health Care Routine

  • Figure out what your oral health care needs are. Everyone is a little bit different. Nursing mothers have a different routine that they need to follow than your average person, for instance. If you have gingivitis, you may need to pay more attention to flossing and brushing your gum area. The best person to talk to about this is your Catonsville dentist. He or she will be able to tell you if you have any specific needs.
  • Create a routine with the help of your dentist. Every routine needs to include brushing, flossing, and occasionally rinsing. Using a fluoride rinse can help you rebuild enamel and protect it from harmful plaque. Brushing and flossing will help you keep your teeth and gums clean. Your dentist will tell you how many times per day or week you need to make sure that you’re doing each part of your routine.
  • Use products with fluoride in them. Did you know that most water supplies actually contain a small amount of fluoride? It’s not enough to get you by on a day to day basis, but it has helped reduce the prevalence of cavities over the years. Using fluoride products will help you strengthen your teeth and prevent decay. Check to make sure that your toothpaste, floss, and rinse all contain fluoride.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. You should make a point to have your teeth cleaned and examined by a dentist every 6 months to a year. It will help you make sure that you’re on the right track with your oral health care routine and give you the chance to take care of any problems shortly after they appear!

Discussing Oral Health Care with Your Catonsville Dentist

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist about your oral health care routine, 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.

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What Causes Gingivitis?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Good dental care is not just limited to taking care of your teeth. Taking proper care of your gums is essential to the overall health of your mouth and to the prevention of certain diseases. Gingivitis is one of the most common, and preventable, gum diseases that you can develop. In order to know how to prevent gingivitis, you’ll need to know what causes it. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here to help and tell you the top reasons behind gingivitis.

The number one cause of gingivitis is poor dental hygiene. When you brush your teeth, you remove layers of plaque and particles from their surfaces. Left untreated, those substances can infect your gums, leading to gingivitis.

Some causes of gingivitis are outside of your control. When your body experiences fluctuations in hormone levels, especially during puberty or pregnancy, your gums increase in sensitivity, meaning that even with proper dental hygiene practice, they are more susceptible to gingivitis. Illnesses too can contribute to the development of gingivitis. Inefficient immune systems can’t fight off the infection in your gums, and so gingivitis can happen more rapidly.

In addition to not taking proper care of your mouth through normal dental hygiene practices, other lifestyle choices can contribute to gingivitis. Smoking in particular weakens the gum tissue and puts it at a higher risk of becoming infected.

If you think you might be at risk for gingivitis, pay attention to the signs. Gum bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, as well as swollen or red gum, bad breath, tooth shifting, and receding gums. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, seek out your Catonsville dentist today!

Catonsville DentistsIf you have any questions about Catonsville dentists and gingivitis or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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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.

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Proper Oral Hygiene Techniques

Friday, June 20th, 2014

oral hygieneWe know you’ve been brushing your teeth for years, but it might be time for a new brushing and flossing regimen. People tend to fall into the same daily routine, but brushing your teeth isn’t something that should be done in a quick 30 seconds. Do you think you’re doing great with your oral hygiene? Ask yourself these questions to see if your oral health is up to the standard that it should be.

  1. Do you brush twice daily? It is important to brush your teeth twice a day to clear your mouth of unwanted debris or germs that may have accumulated during the day and while sleeping.
  2. Do you brush for 2 minutes? You should be brushing your teeth for at least 120 seconds to ensure a full cleaning.
  3. Do you floss? Flossing once daily helps to loosen and remove hard to reach plaque before brushing.
  4. Do you floss without your gums bleeding? If your gums are pink and don’t bleed when you floss, that’s great! If your gums do bleed, you may need to reevaluate your cleaning routine.
  5. Do you always have bad breath? If you constantly need a breath mint to cover up the bad breath, you may need to take a look at what you’re doing to maintain a healthy mouth. Constant bad breath shouldn’t be a problem with good oral hygiene techniques.

After asking yourself these questions, have you realized that maybe your oral health and hygiene techniques need an upgrade? Your Catonsville dentists are here to help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while brushing and flossing:

  • Separate your mouth into sections and brush each section for 30 seconds. By focusing on ¼ of your mouth for 30 seconds and then moving to the next section and so forth, it guarantees a full 2-minute brushing!
  • Make sure to brush the gum line. This is where a lot of plaque can build up and irritate the gums.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue! A lot of bacteria build up on your tongue throughout the day. Brushing your tongue also helps to freshen breath.
  • Don’t make flossing just an up and down movement between your teeth. Make sure to wiggle the floss up at the gum line to get underneath where the tooth meets the gums. Plaque and debris can get stuck in places where it’s difficult to brush.

Your dentists at Catonsville Dental Care are oral hygiene professionals. When you become a patient at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care, you will immediately become a member of our dental family. Our team of dentists has over fifty years of experience treating the wonderful patients of Catonsville, Ellicott City, Arbutus and other surrounding areas. We are proud to treat patients from ages 3 to 103. If you’re interested in becoming a patient, or have more questions regarding your daily oral care, call us at (410) 717-1115 or visit our website!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!

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How Can I Treat Gum Disease in Baltimore County?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Electric Toothbrushes with ToothpasteLast month, we wrote about gum disease and what measures you can take to prevent it. Gum disease exists on a wide spectrum: from bad breath (ginigivitis) to the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth (periodontitis.)

If you do indeed have gum disease, it is important that we see you as soon as possible to provide treatment. For us to assess the level of care you need, we need to determine how far your gum disease has progressed, how you have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health. Once we have a clearer picture of what your needs are, we can then explore your options for treating gum disease.

There are several surgical and non-surgical options available:

Professional dental cleaning: If we do see gum disease during a regular checkup, we may encourage you to come back more than twice a year so we can help manage it better.

Scaling and root planing: This is a deeper clean that is done under a local anesthetic in our office. We will scrape away the plaque and tartar from above and below your gum line (scaling) and smooth away the rough spots on your teeth (root planing.) This allows us to remove bacteria and provides a clean surface for your gums to reattach to your teeth.

Flap surgery/pocket reduction surgery: This is a surgical procedure where we lift the gums back to remove the tartar. We might smooth irregular surfaces to help prevent bacteria growth, before replacing the gums. When we put the gums back, our goal is to create a tighter fit between the gum and tooth to make it more difficult for bacteria to grow.

Bone grafts: We’ll use fragments of your own bone, synthetic bone, or donated bone to replace those destroyed by gum disease. Because gum disease can destroy the bones that hold your teeth in place, a bone graft can provide more stability to hold your teeth in place. We also use tissue engineering to encourage your body to regenerate bone and tissue after a bone graft.

Soft tissue grafts: We can take tissue from another part of your body, usually the roof of your mouth, and use it to reinforce thin gums or fill in where gums have receded.

Guided tissue regeneration: When the bone supporting your teeth is destroyed, this surgical procedure stimulates bone and gum tissue growth. In conjunction with a flap surgery, we’ll insert a piece of mesh-like fabric between the bone and gum tissue to help them regrow and better support your teeth.

Bone surgery: With bone surgery, there are often shallow craters in the bone due to moderate and advanced bone loss. Our reshaping process will smoothen those craters to make it harder for bacteria to collect and grow.

Our dentists here in Catonsville are committed to keeping your gums healthy and keeping you healthy. Stop by for a visit so we can best meet your needs!

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Baltimore County

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers family dental services for your whole family.

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

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

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Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-disease-treatments

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Gum disease is something that no one wants. Fortunately for you, the experts at Catonsville Dental Care in Maryland have a few tips for how you can prevent gum disease.Electric Toothbrushes with Toothpaste

Good dental habits are the best way to ward off gum disease. If you practice good dental habits daily, it no longer becomes a conscious thought but part of your daily routine. But, what are the good dental habits you should be practicing?

  • Brushing your teeth twice daily, when you wake up and before bed. Make sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Use an electric toothbrush so you do a thorough job.
  • Rinse your mouth with mouthwash
  • Floss multiple times a day
  • Regularly visit your Catonsville dentist for a checkup
  • Eating a healthy diet, good nutrition is vital to avoiding gum disease. Certain foods that are good for your teeth are cheese, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Avoid foods that are high in sugar and sodium
  • Don’t smoke

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.

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

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http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-disease-prevention

What is Fluoride? Tips From Your Catonsville Dentist

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

You have heard of fluoride before. You know there is fluoride in your water. You know there is fluoride in your toothpaste. But do you know what fluoride is or does?Electric Toothbrushes with Toothpaste

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is actually a mineral that occurs naturally in water and several foods.

What Role does Fluoride play in Oral Health?

Tooth enamel naturally loses minerals every day in a process known as demineralization, when acids, plaque, and sugars attack the mouth. Fluoride and other minerals aid in the remineralization process and help repair the damaged tooth enamel. Otherwise, tooth decay could result.

Fluoride can also reverse early decay.

How do I get Fluoride?

Fluoride is naturally found in foods and water, but sometimes this isn’t enough. For this reason, fluoride is added to many toothpastes and mouthwashes. Your dentist can also apply fluoride to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish.

Ask your dentist if a fluoride treatment is right for you.

Who benefits the most from Fluoride?

Fluoride is important for everyone, but certain people, most notably children ages 6 months to 16 years, especially benefits from fluoride.

  1. Children: Fluoride is important in the development of permanent, adult teeth.
  2. Dry Mouth: Dry mouth results in a lack of saliva production, meaning foods are not properly washed from the mouth. This puts your teeth at an increased risk of decay, making fluoride a crucial oral health addition.
  3. Gum Disease: Gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Fluoride is needed to help fight off decay.
  4. Frequent Cavities: Those with frequent cavities may benefit from additional fluoride.
  5. Crowns and Bridges: Crowns and bridges put your teeth at risk for decay where the crown/bridge meets the tooth. Fluoride can help.
  6. And more!

Ask your dentist if you could benefit from additional fluoride.

If you have any questions about Fluoride Treatment 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: Dental Health and Fluoride Treatment WebMD

What Causes Cavities and How Can They Be Prevented?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Did you know that cavities are the most common infectious disease in children? And for the first time in 40 years, cavities, also known as dental caries, are on the rise.Dental examine

What Causes Cavities?

Cavities, as well as other forms of tooth decay, are caused bacteria in the mouth. When the conditions are just right, these bacteria begin producing acids, which contribute to loss of tooth enamel and eventual tooth decay.

Over time, this decay begins to eat away at the living material inside of the tooth. This is what we refer to as a cavity.

How can Cavities be prevented?

Cavity prevention is relatively simple, comprising of routine dental care.

  1. Oral Hygiene: Brushing (twice a day) and flossing (once a day) are crucial in the prevention of cavities and tooth decay. And remember to take your time. A good tooth-brushing takes at least 2 minutes.
  2. Nutrition: Avoid foods with high sugar content. Sugary foods encourage bacterial growth and acid.
  3. Dentist Visits: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care, including regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, and more!

How are Cavities treated?

  1. Remineralization: The use of fluoride can help reverse the decay associated with shallow cavities.
  2. Fillings: If a cavity is too large to be remineralized, but still small enough to not require more extreme treatments, it may be treated using a filling.
  3. Crowns: If the cavity is more severe, the tooth may be covered using a crown.
  4. Root Canal: If the cavity has extended to the center of the tooth and has infected the nerve, a root canal will probably be required.
  5. Extraction: If the tooth decay is extreme enough, the tooth will need to be removed.

If you have any questions about Cavities, 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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Cavities Making a Comeback

How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

How to Brush Your TeethBrushing your teeth is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene. It is the front line of protection from tooth decay and plaque. It is very important that you know how to properly care for your teeth in order to maintain oral health as well as your overall health. The cleaner and healthier your teeth are, the healthier you’re likely to be as a person. Ever wondered about the proper technique for brushing?

  • Two Minute Time Limit – Make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes. If you don’t achieve this amount of time while brushing, you aren’t taking care of your teeth properly. Use short gentle strokes during this time, and don’t forget to focus carefully on the gum line; that’s where a lot of plaque will build up.
  • Know Where to Brush – Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line to make sure you get all of the plaque off. To brush your teeth effectively, make sure you get the outside, inside, and chewing surface of every tooth. You want to make sure each tooth is cleaned in its entirety to avoid decay.
  • Don’t Neglect the Tongue! – Your tongue collects bacteria just like the rest of your mouth. Make sure you brush your tongue with some toothpaste, as well, to avoid bad breath and kill the bacteria that have settled on the surface of your tongue.

It is important to make sure that you are also using a soft bristled toothbrush with effective toothpaste to get the most out of your brushing. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when it starts to wear down. Toothbrushes are fairly inexpensive and your dentist will generally give you one after your preventive cleaning every six months.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat 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 Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Brushing-and-Flossing/article/How-to-Brush.cvsp

The What and Why of Receding Gums :: Catonsville Dental Care

Friday, December 27th, 2013

When the gum tissue begins to pull away from the tooth, exposing more of each tooth or even the root, this is what is referred to as receding gums. And while this may not seem like the end of the world, gum recession is actually a very serious condition and one of the first warning signs of gum disease. And if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, which could result in tooth loss.

What Causes Gums to Recede?

Receding gums can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Periodontal Disease: This bacterial gum infection destroys gum tissue and the supporting bone that holds teeth in their place.
  • Brushing your Teeth: Wait, what? Yup, sometimes brushing your teeth can be a bad thing…but only if you are doing it improperly. If you brush your teeth too vigorously or improperly, it can actually wear away the tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede.
  • Genes: Studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease.
  • Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in one’s hormones can make the gums increasingly sensitive and more vulnerable to gum recession.
  • Smoking: Tobacco products lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause gum recession.
  • Grinding your Teeth: This can put a lot of force on the teeth, causing the gums to recede.
  • Misaligned Teeth: Similar to grinding your teeth, when teeth do not properly align, excess pressure can be placed on the gums and bones, resulting in receding gums.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: The best way to ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep your teeth healthy is to visit the dentist regularly. We recommend every 6 months.

How are Receding Gums Treated?

  • Mild Gum Recession: If not too severe, your dentist may be able to treat your receding gums by deep cleaning the affected area. Sometimes, antibiotics are used in conjunction with deep cleaning to treat any remaining bacteria.
  • Severe Gum Recession: If too severe for deep cleaning to have any effect, gum surgery may be required.

How can One Prevent Receding Gums?

  1. Take good care of your teeth and mouth.
  2. Brush and floss regularly.
  3. Quit smoking.
  4. Eat healthy.
  5. Pay close attention to your oral health and changes in your mouth.
  6. Visit your dentist at least twice a year.

If you have any questions about Receding Gums, 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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Habits That Are Bad For Your Teeth

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Bad TeethAs people, we tend to fall into some pretty bad habits, several of which can damage our teeth. So do your best to avoid these Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth:

  1. Chewing on Ice: After you are done downing that glass of ice-cold water, what is left? Ice. Why wouldn’t you chew on it? Well, for starters, it is bad for your teeth. Chewing on ice can irritate the soft tissue inside the tooth, causing toothaches. Chewing on ice can even chip or crack your pearly whites. Ouch! So next time you have the urge to chew on some ice, grab that sugar-free gum instead.
  2. Playing Sports without a Mouth Guard: Playing sports is great for so many reasons, including exercise and teaching teamwork. Playing sports without a proper mouth guard is bad for one reason: damaged teeth. Without a mouth guard, your teeth could be chipped, broken, or even knocked out while playing soccer, football, baseball, or any number of other sports.
  3. Grinding Your Teeth: Bruxism, known to the public as teeth grinding, can wear your teeth down over time. Unfortunately, many of us do not even know we have a problem. This is because the majority of teeth grinding occurs at night. If you are experiencing unexplained jaw pain or headaches and suspect you may be grinding your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. Wearing a mouth guard at night can help alleviate your symptoms and protect your teeth.
  4. Opening Packages with Your Teeth: Having trouble tearing that package? Why not use your teeth? Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, that’s why! Your teeth should only be used for eating.
  5. Snacking: Did you know that snacking produces less saliva than an actual meal? This allows food particles to stay put on your teeth for hours upon hours. You can probably guess how bad this is for your teeth.
  6. Chewing on Pencils: Who doesn’t love the taste of a No. 2 pencil? Okay, so maybe we don’t chew on pencils because of their taste. But we do chew on pencils. Often times this happens when we are concentrating or nervous. And, like chewing on ice, this bad habit can have devastating consequences for your teeth.
  7. Smoking: We all know the perils of smoking, right? Well, did you know that smoking can not only discolor your teeth, but also lead to gum disease?
  8. Drinking Coffee: Are you one of the millions of Americans that struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Have you ever uttered the phrase, “just five more minutes?” If so, you probably also rely on everyone’s favorite pick-me-up, coffee. And while coffee may help you through the drudgery of your morning commute, it can also yellow your teeth over time. Yuck!
  9. Avoiding the Dentist: Perhaps the worst habit of all is peoples’ avoidance of the dentist. News flash: brushing and flossing is not enough to maintain healthy teeth. This is why you need to see the dentist every 6 months.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat 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 Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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