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Preventing Cavities with Sweet Tooth

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Brush after eating sweets

Don’t deny yourself your sweet treat. You can have your cake and eat it too. As long as you brush afterward!

The term “sweet tooth” was coined in the 1300s when people described someone with a liking for delicacies, sweet or not, as having a sweet tooth. Over time the phrase began to refer to people who enjoyed sweets after refined sugar was introduced after explorations in the tropics of Asia. Today the term is used for people who experience cravings for sweets. But what happens when these sweets turn dangerous and give you cavities? Well, we’re in luck. We can help protect you from these cavities so you can have your cake and eat it too! (more…)

Oral Care Tips for Children :: Pediatric Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Astonishingly, tooth decay, a very preventable disease, is the most common chronic disease among children ages 6-11. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is five times more likely than asthma and seven times more likely than hay fever. In fact, by kindergarten, more than 40% of children already have tooth decay.

As you can see, good oral habits are incredibly important and they need to begin at an early age. It is never too early to teach your children proper oral health habits. In fact, as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, good oral hygiene practices should begin too.

“A lot of people think they don’t have to brush baby teeth,” said Beverly Largent, former president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. “You need to brush from the first tooth.” But brushing is just the beginning.

Oral Care Tips for Children

  1. Proper Brushing and Flossing Habits: Good oral care begins with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Brushing should begin at the appearance of a child’s first tooth and flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. And “[parents] have to clean the teeth until children are able to tie their shoes or write in cursive,” says Largent. Remember, it is these oral hygiene habits that lay the groundwork for your child’s future oral health.
  2. Baby Bottle Decay“: Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sugars, like those found in milk, formula, fruit juice, and more, are left exposed to an infant’s teeth for an extended period of time. These sugars promote the growth of bacteria, which produce acids that attack the teeth. And if left untreated, baby bottle tooth decay can lead to pain, infection, and the eventual loss of teeth.
  3. Regular Dental Visits: Your child should have his/her first dental visit before their first birthday. And in case you needed any more motivation, a report published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that dental care costs were nearly 40% lower over a five-year period for children who received dental care by age one.

And that is just the beginning. To find out more, consult with your dentist.

Pediatric Dentistry / Pedodontics in Catonsville, Maryland

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents. In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, we will make your child feel as comfortable as possible.

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries…We make visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Pediatric 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.

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

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7 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

Instances of Cavities in Children are on the Rise :: Pediatric Dentistry

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

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!

Causes of Cavities

Cavities are caused by bacteria that live in the mouth. Over time, these bacteria make excessive acid that contributes to the loss of the hard mineral coat that covers the tooth. And without this protective layer, the tooth becomes vulnerable and may decay.

Preventing Cavities

  • Regular Brushing and Flossing: The key to avoiding cavities is to suppress bacteria in the mouth. This starts with regular brushing and flossing.
  • Avoid Sugary Foods & Drinks: Sugary foods and drinks encourage bacterial growth and acid.
  • Dental Visits: Good dental care and regular dental checkups can go a long way!

Pediatric Dentistry / Pedodontics from Leikin & Baylin Dental Care

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents, including regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more!

In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, we will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Going to the dentist can be an anxious experience, but at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries. We make visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Cavities, Pediatric Dentistry / Pedodontics, or 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.

“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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Cavities Making a Comeback