Posts Tagged ‘ Dental Health ’

3 Foods That Do Damage To Your Dental Health

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Know what foods avoid so you can have perfect dental health.

Everyone knows that taking care of your teeth and gums is important and that you should strive for exceptional dental health.  It is critical that your brush and floss your teeth every day, but sometimes that isn’t enough to avoid cavities and gum disease.  If you want healthy teeth and gums, you need to be selective and wise regarding what you eat and drink.  There are a few foods that you should avoid eating because they will do serious damage to your dental health.   (more…)

How To Choose the Right Toothbrush

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Which toothbrush is best for you?

Choosing a toothbrush should be a simple task, but a quick stroll through the dental aisle of the store can lead some consumers scratching their head. Should I pick the old-fashioned manual toothbrush I’ve always used? Or should I opt for an electric toothbrush? While you’re weighing the options of manual and electric, don’t forget to factor in bristle strength as well. The options can be exhausting, but hopefully, we can make the decision easier for you. (more…)

4 Tips for Travel Tooth Care

Friday, October 7th, 2016 you’re heading out this weekend for a quick trip away from home, you may want to remember a few more things than your rain jacket. Travel is the perfect time to let go of your routine and enjoy the idea of freedom. The open road means hot tub dips, late evenings out, and sweet treats. Go ahead and enjoy yourself, but just remember to stay on top of your oral health. (more…)

Why Flossing is Important

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
Don't let food particles and plaque build up between your teeth. Make sure that you are making flossing a priority.

Don’t let food particles and plaque build up between your teeth. Make sure that you are making flossing a priority.

Every time you go to the dentist you might become a bit embarrassed when you have to admit that you aren’t flossing regularly. You might make up excuses like “I don’t have enough time” or you might just be honest and tell the dentist that you always forget to floss. Believe it or not, there are a few really great reasons why dentists are constantly telling us to floss. Check out the rest of this blog if you want to discover why flossing is so important for anyone with a set of pearly whites. (more…)

What is A Cavity?

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

So what exactly are cavities and how do they develop?

I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the world cavity if you’ve been alive on this planet for some time. The word itself carries a negative weight so palpable, we’re sure you remember all the methods to prevent them from grade school. So, with all this emphasis we put on ridding our oral cavities of these suckers, so we actually know what they are? In this week’s blog, we’ll answer that question for you! Read on with us as we explore what exactly a cavity is, how they form, and why they’re so detrimental to your continued dental health.


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…)

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…)

Oral Hygiene: Why you Should Keep your Tongue Clean

Friday, June 5th, 2015
tongue cleaning

Cleaning your tongue can be very beneficial to the health of your mouth.

Most people have their dental hygiene down, and have done the same thing since they were children. Brushing and flossing twice a day is a dental standard, but people often neglect their tongue. While your teeth and gums need all the attention they can get, your tongue is a truly important part of your mouth too. Maintaining a healthy tongue can be extremely beneficial to the health of your entire mouth. If you don’t know how, don’t worry! We can help you out. (more…)

Toothbrush Tips to Know

Friday, March 27th, 2015

toothbrush-tipsLast week we discussed some common mistakes people often make when flossing their teeth. Flossing is only half of the dental hygiene story. When it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you need a solid combination of tooth brushing and flossing technique. While many people think that they’ve got the art of tooth brushing down to a science, it is quite likely they are making a few mistakes. Your smile requires quite a bit of dental know-how. Make sure that you are following a few simple guidelines when you grab your toothbrush. (more…)

What is Bruxism? Tooth Grinding of Course!

Friday, January 31st, 2014


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

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

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