Posts Tagged ‘ Dental Care of Catonsville ’

How to Stay Cavity Free During the Holiday Season

Friday, December 16th, 2016
woman smiling holding presents

Maintain your oral health this holiday season!

We wish that most children wanted to grow up to be a dentist. But unlike our favorite holiday character, Hermes, most children and adults alike have a difficult time taking care of their teeth during the holiday season. By following these tips, you can maintain your oral health this holiday season, without sacrificing your favorite treats. (more…)

Which is Better: Dentures versus Dental Implants?

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Dentures vs Dental Implants

Choosing between dentures and dental implants can be confusing. But maybe this will help you decide.

If the thought of someone seeing your missing teeth gives you the shivers, this article is for you. For many people, missing or broken teeth are an embarrassment. They are the people that cover their mouths when they talk or laugh. But there are two types of products that can help you get your confidence back: dentures and dental implants. But which one do you choose? (more…)

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 is Bruxism? Tooth Grinding of Course!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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If you are like most people, you probably have no idea what Bruxism is, right? Well, what about tooth grinding? Now that sounds familiar. Well, guess what? Bruxism is tooth grinding! And it affects 30 million to 40 million children and adults throughout the United States.

Bruxism Overview

Do you grind your teeth? No? Well, you may suffer from bruxism and not even know it. Whoa! So be on the lookout for the following symptoms and warning signs:

  1. Your husband, wife, roommate, or parents may hear a grinding sound at night. That could be you grinding your teeth.
  2. Do you suffer from dull morning headaches? Another symptom!
  3. Maybe you notice that your jaw muscles feel tight and painful after you wake up. That could be from grinding your teeth.
  4. What about long-lasting pain in your face? Yup! Another symptom.
  5. Your dentist may notice damaged or broken teeth and dental fillings. Of course, this is only if you visit your dentist regularly. Hint, hint!

Bruxism Treatment

If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. He or she will try to get to the root of the issue. They will examine your teeth and gums and ask you about your dental health, any increases in stress, and any medicines you may be taking. All could be possible triggers for bruxism. A more detailed exam may follow if your dentist suspects that your bruxism is related to dental problems.

If not treated properly, bruxism can break dental fillings, damage teeth and tooth enamel, and lead to sensitivity. Fortunately, bruxism is fairly easily treatable. Treatment of bruxism varies depending on its cause:

  1. If your bruxism is stress-related, professional counseling may help. Or you could try stress relieving exercises and techniques.
  2. If your bruxism is the side effect of medicine, your doctor may switch your prescription.
  3. If your bruxism is the result of a dental issue, your dentist will correct tooth alignment.

If you have any questions about bruxism, 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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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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How to Tell If You Might Need A Root Canal

Monday, May 20th, 2013

There are multiple signs that a tooth may need a root canal. To understand why you may need a root canal, first you need to understand the characteristics of your teeth. Teeth are “tough” on the outside, but inside they have a soft core called a nerve chamber. This inner core is made up of nerve tissue and blood vessels that feed the nerve. If a nerve degenerates completely the tissues die and gangrene develops. The nerve chamber may also become infected in some cases.

A tooth needs a root canal when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. A tooth may be infected if it is sensitive to hot, cold, or chewing, causes pain or swelling, keeps you awake at night, creates a bad taste in your mouth, or you may have no symptoms at all. When a root canal is done, your symptoms will dissipate because the nerve will have been removed from the tooth.

Here are a few tips to noticing if you need a root canal:

  • If you notice toothache pain – A lot of people who need a root canal notice a shooting pain in their teeth first. This is usually exacerbated by the chewing of food.
  • Sensitive to hot and cold – If you’re ultra sensitive to both hot and cold liquids or foods, this is another sign that you may need a root canal. Your teeth may feel extremely irritated even after the food item or liquid is not longer on your teeth.
  • Swollen Gums – If the gums around your infected tooth are swollen or that they feel tender when touched, this is yet another sign that you may need a root canal. Swollen gums can be painful and can cause all kinds of health problems and it is better if you deal with it now than waiting until later.

Catonsville Dental Care makes visiting the Dentist enjoyable!

If you have any questions about Root Canals 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. So what are you waiting for!?

Source: How to Tell If You Need A Root Canal, eHow.com

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+.

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. So what are you waiting for!?

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

Eating Right is the Secret to White, Healthy Teeth, says WebMD Article

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Brushing and flossing alone is not enough to give you those pearly whites you so desire. According to a WebMD article, Foods for Bright Teeth and a Healthier Smile, the secret to whiter teeth is a “tooth-friendly diet.” Several nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin D, and calcium are essential to good oral health.

Foods to Avoid

Foods to Choose

  1. Sugary Drinks
  2. Candy
  3. Highly-Sweetened Snacks
  4. Starchy Foods
  5. Sugary Breakfast Cereals
  6. Coffee
  7. Tea
  8. Red Wine
  1. Water
  2. Sugar-Free Drinks
  3. Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
  4. Citrus Fruit
  5. Fish & Flax
  6. Cocoa

Good oral health starts with brushing and flossing, but also includes your daily diet. Everything you put in your mouth has some level of effect on your oral health.

Regular Visits to the Dentists at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care, we offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We are a team of caring health professionals and we have set a very high standard for our care. We pride ourselves on the fact that we provide the highest quality comprehensive dental care around.

One more tip. Avoid snacking.

“If you snack all the time, you expose your teeth again and again to foods that can erode enamel,” says Anthony M. Iacopino, dean of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry.

If you do snack, opt for food that is less likely to cause tooth decay.

If you have any questions about 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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  1. Foods for Bright Teeth and a Healthier Smile

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