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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 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.

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What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Dental crowns come in many different materials. The one that is best for you depends on what dental problem you are fixing.Tooth Decay

  • Stainless Steel Dental Crown – a stainless steel crown is often used on permanent teeth as a temporary preventative measure. A stainless steel crown is placed on your tooth while a permanent crown is made from a different material. A stainless steel crown is cost effective and doesn’t require countless dental visits to keep it in place.
  • Metal Dental Crown – metals used include gold, palladium, nickel or chromium. With a metal crown, less tooth structure needs to be removed. In terms of durability, a metal crown is the strongest and can withstand biting and chewing. In addition, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The deal breaker for this type of crown is the color, they work best for molars and other out of sight teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal Dental Crowns – this type of dental crown can be colored to match with your existing teeth for a more natural look. However, sometimes the original metal can show through the porcelain of the dental crown.
  • All-resin Dental Crown – this is a cheaper type of dental crown. The drawback is that it can wear down over time and is prone to fractures.

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 Dental Crowns 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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http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns

What Is A Dental Crown?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth in order to restore the size, shape, size and strength of the original tooth, as well as improve its appearance.  When you have a crown cemented in place by your Catonsville dentist, you can no longer see the damaged, original tooth; the natural-looking crown takes its place.Operation

When would you need to have a dental crown put on? There are a variety of dental health problems that would have a dental crown as their solution. So what exactly can a dental crown help with?

  • It can prevent a weakened or broken tooth from further breakage.
  • It can restore an unhealthy tooth.
  • It can support a poorly-structured tooth.
  • It can secure a dental bridge.
  • It can make your teeth appear more uniform in size and color.
  • It can cover up a dental implant.
  • It can improve the overall aesthetic appeal of your smile.

Though they do not require them as frequently as adults do, children may also benefit from dental crowns. A child may require a dental crown for different reasons than an adult would. Those reasons are:

  • To save a tooth that cannot be supported by a filling
  • To protect a child’s teeth that are at high risk of decay

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 Dental Crowns 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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http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns

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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Receding Gums

When Should Children Start Going To The Dentist?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

As a parent, you are faced with many tough decisions. When to take your child to the dentist doesn’t have to be one of them. So when should you take your child for his first dental appointment?Taste and Discover

The answer is quite simple. A child should make his or her first visit to the dentist before the age one. This first visit serves many purposes, including:

  1. This is a good way to educate parents about how to care for baby’s teeth.
  2. Helps acclimatize children to the dentist and the importance of proper dental care.
  3. This visit will identify any pressing dental issues that may be plaguing your child.

After this initial visit is when the standard every-six-month dental visit recommendation begins.

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In addition to offering unparalled 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.

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

If you have any questions about Family Dental Care or Children’s Dentistry / Pediatric Dentistry / Pedodontics, 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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The best time for that first visit may be earlier than you think, our expert says.

Dealing with a Toothache

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Dealing with a ToothacheOuch! Was that my tooth? You may be dealing with a Toothache, an ambiguous term used to describe pain in or around the tooth. And it is not any clearer from there. A toothache can be caused by any number of factors, ranging from a damaged filling and grinding teeth to an abscessed tooth, tooth decay, tooth fracture, and infected gums. The only way to know for sure what is plaguing your pearly whites is to visit your dentist.

Symptoms of a Toothache

  1. Sharp, throbbing, or constant tooth pain
  2. Swelling
  3. Fever
  4. Headache
  5. Foul-tasting drainage from the infected tooth

You should schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1-2 days; your toothache is severe; or you have a fever, earache, or pain upon opening your mouth wide

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At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality comprehensive dental care around. And because most procedures are performed in our office, you will rarely need to leave our watchful eye.

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

To deal with your toothache, the dentist will first obtain your medical history and conduct a physical exam – looking at your mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, tongue, throat, sinuses, ears, nose, and neck – while asking you questions about the pain. When did the pain start? How severe is the pain? Where is the pain located? What makes the pain worse? Does anything make the pain better?

X-rays may be taken as well as other tests, depending on what your dentist suspects is causing your toothache. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the toothache.

If you have any questions about Dealing with a Toothache 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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Dental Health and Toothaches WebMD

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Sensitive TeethOuch! You experience a sharp pain whenever you take a drink of your ice-cold beverage. You just want to quench your thirst, but your Sensitive Teeth have other things in mind, namely pain. But why? Why are your teeth so sensitive and how can you deal with the pain?

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

According to Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry, the source of your sensitive teeth could be caused by several different factors.

  1. Exposed Root: If the root structure is exposed, even a little, pain can quickly result. Gum recession or enamel erosion expose the dentin layer of the tooth, which contains millions of tiny tubules connected to nerve endings.
  2. Brushing Too Hard: Yes, brushing is good for your oral health. Yes, you can do it wrong. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth, slowly eroding the enamel layer of your tooth. “Harsh strokes wear away at the gum tissue as well as the tooth’s enamel layer, leaving each dentin tubule vulnerable to whatever it comes in contact with — hot, cold, soft, or hard,” said Wolff.
  3. Acidic Beverages: Acidic beverages – sodas, coffees, teas, juices, wines, etc. – can worsen enamel erosion.
  4. Tooth Whitening: Overuse of teeth whitening agents can further damage the enamel layer.

If you are experiencing sensitivity, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. 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 Dealing with Sensitive 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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When Heat and Cold Hurt Your Teeth WebMD

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.

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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+.

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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.

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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+.

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