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How To Help Your Child Overcome Their Fear of Dentists

Friday, July 28th, 2017

How you can help your child make the dentist a pleasant experience

From a child’s point of view, a dentist’s office can be a scary place considering a stranger is poking metal objects in their mouth.  Going to the dentist at a young age can be anxiety inducing, and even some adults don’t favor getting a routine cleaning.  But as we all know, visiting the dentist is vital for a healthy mouth and a great way to promote oral hygiene habits. There are several strategies you can practice with your child to ease their fear of the dentist.   (more…)

A New Smile, a New You: Dentures

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Dentures in Catonsville, MD

There are two different kinds of dentures to help replace your missing teeth. For more information visit your Catonsville Dental Care Dentist!

Dentures can give you a new lease on life, improving not only your quality of life but how you feel about your smile. But what are dentures exactly and how can they help you? Let’s take a look! (more…)

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

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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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

The Importance of Flossing: Oral Health Tips from your Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Every sixth months, you visit the dentist for your scheduled dental cleaning. Every six months, your dentist or dental hygienist tells you that you should floss. And every six months you completely ignore this advice. But why?

The Importance of Flossing

  • Supplement Brushing: Just brushing twice a day is not enough to remove plaque from your teeth. In fact, flossing does about 40% of the work. Each of your teeth has five separate surfaces. So if you don’t floss, you are leaving at least two of these surfaces unclean.
  • Gum Disease: Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is caused by an accumulation of plaque around gums and between the teeth. Flossing is the only way to remove this plaque.
  • Prevent Bad Breath: Halitosis, or chronic bad breath, is caused by the metabolism of the plaque in your mouth. As we have mentioned already, flossing is one of the only ways to remove the plaque in between your teeth.
  • Tartar Buildup: Tartar is plaque that has become hard from saliva calcification. While flossing cannot actually remove tarter, it can slow down the accumulation of tartar.

Tips for more Efficient Flossing

  1. Flossing Technique: Using a 15-18 inch piece of floss, slide it up and down in between your teeth, wrapping it around each tooth in a “C” shape.
  2. Blood is Okay: Bleeding can be an indication that your gums are inflamed from an overabundance of plaque. If this is the case, flossing is a must and a little blood is okay. Bleeding a few days after flossing, however, could be a sign of periodontal disease.
  3. Floss Holder: Using a floss holder can help make the process a lot easier on you.

Happy Flossing!

If you have any questions about Flossing and Plaque Buildup, 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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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.”

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Cavities Making a Comeback

Hidden sugars can lead to cavities

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Sugar is your teeth’s worst enemy. Most people think that by passing up candy, ice cream and even cake that you can avoid sugar.

However, it’s foods that have “high fructose corn syrup” or hidden sugars found in seemingly harmless foods that can also cause cavities.

Hidden Sugars

Oatmeal: Avoid the pre- packaged, flavor variety packets and dress up your oatmeal with nuts and fruit.

Protein Bars: Unsalted almonds or peanuts are a healthier choice.

Salad Dressing: Low fat salad dressing can be chock-full of sugar. Go for vinegar or lemon juice with olive oil instead.

Granola: There’s a health-halo effect for granola. People think that by munching on it, it can help your diet. However, it’s thickly coated with sugar. Opt out of it for a healthier option, like actual fruits.

Milk: All milk has sugar in it, so be wary when you pair it with sugary cereals. It may not bode well with your dental health.

Iced Tea: Unsweetened tea is your best option since natural tea doesn’t have any sugars. Sweet teas are filled to the brim with sugar.

Sports Drinks: It’s a great way to quench your thirst after a long work out but it’s not as healthy as you think it is. One drink has 310 calories. You would need to run several miles to burn that off.

If you have any questions about Cavities and how to prevent them, 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.”

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care: Pedodontics (Children’s Dentistry)

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Proper dental care and regular trips to the dentist are both extremely important, especially for growing children. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist be right before their first birthday. This is important for several reasons, including:

  • It teaches your child, at an early age, about the importance of proper dental hygiene.
  • Check to see if there is any baby bottle tooth decay.
  • Ensure that your child’s gums are healthy.
  • Make sure your child’s teeth are coming in correctly.
  • Once all your child’s primary teeth have come in your pediatric dentist will start applying topical fluoride to harden the tooth enamel.
  • Dental sealants can also be applied to protect the teeth from bacteria.

But, let’s face it; children are far different than adults. And because of this, they need to see a dentist that specializes in pedodontics, also known as children’s dentistry.

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!

Make sure the kids ask to see Dr. Baylin’s famous magic tricks!


Don’t wait until your child has a full set of teeth to visit the dentist, call Leikin and Baylin Dental Care today!

If you have any questions about Pedodontics, also known as Children’s Dentistry and 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.

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

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Super CEREC's !

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I just want to let everyone know that all the Dentists at our practice Dr. Scott Levy, Dr. Edward Leikin and Dr. Scott Baylin have completed advanced training in our state of the art CEREC Milling Machine. This high tech marvel is at the cutting edge of the dental profession. If you have any questions about it or would like to see it when you come in for your next appointment just let one of us know and we will be happy to show you .

Dr. Scott Levy

CEREC Patient Thoughts!