Posts Tagged ‘ Dental Care ’

Dental Tips for the Halloween Season

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Protect your child’s teeth from sugary sweets.

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that your children will be celebrating the spooky holiday at school and at their friend’s house. You may even have started early and snuck a few pumpkin shaped cookies into their lunch as a ghostly surprise. This is a fun time for you and your little one, and it’s important to ensure that they’re maintaining proper dental hygiene during the entirety of the season. (more…)

What is Periodontal Disease and How can you Prevent it?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Periodontal disease

Schedule a cleaning with Catonsville Dental Care. Prevent periodontal disease now!

“Peri” means around and “odontal” means referring to the tooth. Periodontal disease refers to an infection of the structures surrounding your teeth. These include gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament, and the alveolar bone. In the early stages of periodontal disease, the gums are affected first. They may become puffy, sore, and bleed when brushing teeth. In more severe forms of periodontal disease, all other surrounding structures become infected as well. It is very important to understand the causes of periodontal disease, the early signs and symptoms, and how to prevent the disease from occurring in the first place.


Dental Care at Every Age: Infant to Two-Year-Olds

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Infant to Two-Year-Olds

Caring for your child’s teeth should begin before they even show up. Start early and get a routine down!

You may think skipping a few years of taking care of your newborn’s mouth is okay, but infant dental care is just as important as taking care of your mouth during your teen years. So before you skip brushing, let’s talk about the best way to take care of your child’s mouth from the beginning! (more…)

Halitosis: Causes and Treatment

Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Bad breath cause and treatment

Having bad breath can be embarrassing. Don’t let yours take over your life. Just change your routine!

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…)

Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Sensitive teeth

You don’t have to suffer from sensitive teeth. Follow these tips to help enjoy your life again!

Things that you used to eat and drink every day can suddenly bring you to the edge of tears as your teeth become increasingly sensitive. It is estimated that one in eight people suffer from sensitive teeth. Why should you have to suffer from eating and drinking the things you love? There are ways to treat your tooth troubles! (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…)

Creating your Dental Care Routine

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Dental Care is important to teach your children.

Dental Care is important to teach your children.

From birth, we have been told to brush twice a day every day and to floss between meals. But no one has really explained to us why we’re supposed to do this so we sometimes brush it off as a theory and brush whenever we feel like it. Dental care isn’t just to prevent bad breathe from ruining your conversations; it is an important step in preventing cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer. When choosing the right dental care routine, there are some things you should know.

Serious Problems Caused by Lack of a Routine

According to, in addition to causing problems with your teeth and gums, poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems such as diabetic complications, dementia, and respiratory infections. There is also indication that poor dental hygiene can lead to other conditions like immune system disorders and even problems with pregnancy and low birth weights in babies. Now that the dangers of a lack of routine as established, how do you choose the one that is right for you?

Picking the Right Plan for You

This is no longer your grandmother’s dental care routine of brushing with regular baking soda to achieve those pearly whites. There are several things to consider when choosing a plan for your dental health: your personal health care needs, using products with fluoride, and visiting your dentist.

  • Personal health care needs differ from person to person based on their overall health and their current daily routine. To ascertain what routine you need to start with, contact your Catonsville Dentist for an appointment where we can go over your needs in person.
  • In the 1940’s, the government started introducing fluoride into the water system in order to help rural communities stay healthy. Even with it in our water, using dental care products with fluoride in them can help strengthen your teeth and prevent decay.
  • Patients should see their dentist every six months to a year. This regular check up will help to make sure that your routine stays on the same track or if it needs to be adjusted. It will also give the dentist a chance to take care of any problems if they appear.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist about your dental care routine, then it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting

Catonsville Preventive Dentistry

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Healing teethDid you know that you’re supposed to see your dentist at least every 6 months for routine preventive maintenance on your teeth? If you have gum disease or other oral health issues, it may be important for you to see your dentist as often as every 3 months. These trips are all about preventive dentistry: cleanings, cavity checks, x-rays, and more can all be performed as preventive dentistry when you come into the office for a routine checkup. Every wondered more about preventive dentistry? We’ll answer a few common questions involving the process this week!

  • Why do I need preventive dentistry? There are a couple of answers to this question. First, regular cleanings and checkups will help prevent the plaque buildup that can cause cavities and other health issues. Second, for children, lack of preventive dental care can cause problems with growth and development. Seeing your dentist once every 6 months or so should help with this.
  • What does preventive dentistry include? While regular cleanings and visit to the dentist are a main source of preventive dentistry, a lot of preventive dentistry happens at home. You should brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. It’s also recommended to swish with a mouthwash that helps prevent cavities and has fluoride. For children, you should start brushing their teeth and having them see a dentist shortly after their first teeth come in.
  • What are the benefits of preventive dentistry? You may not know this, but the health of your mouth and your teeth can affect your entire well-being. The plaque that sticks to your teeth is the same plaque that can stick to the walls of your arteries and cause blockages that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Practicing preventive dentistry can help prevent plaque from getting to these parts of your body. Preventive dentistry also promotes a white, healthy smile that can help you with confidence and self-esteem. A healthy mouth can do a lot for you!

In order to keep your mouth healthy, you can also eat foods that are low in carbohydrates (which cause the plaque that sticks to your teeth), brush after every meal, and make sure you have fluoride in your water. Home care and in office care are both important. You shouldn’t neglect either, starting from childhood and carrying right on into older age.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family. If you have any questions about Catonsville preventive dentistry, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit

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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

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

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

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