Posts Tagged ‘ Dentistry ’

When Will My Baby Start Teething?

Friday, April 7th, 2017
baby teeth

Your baby’s teeth are en route.

If you’ve recently had your first child, it’s more than likely that you’ve received your fair share of advice from friends and family. You read all of the books during pregnancy and you watched a Lifetime movie that summed parenting up in a two-hour dramatic monologue. Despite all of this welcome, and maybe unwelcome advice, there are certain aspects of parenthood you just have to find out for yourself. When it comes to your baby’s mouth, keep in mind that every infant develops teeth at their own rate. Here’s a bit of teething advice for when they do. (more…)

Teeth Whitening In the Greater Baltimore Area

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
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In-office teeth whitening is more efficient. Schedule an appointment with us today.

The best way to lighten teeth and remove stains and discoloration, teeth whitening is the most popular solution. Unfortunately, it is not a one-time procedure, and whitening needs to be repeated to keep teeth from dulling. Most whitening procedures are conducted by qualified dentists. Let’s explore what you might expect from an in-office tooth whitening procedure.

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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…)

Surprising Facts on Dental History

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

With all the technology and medicine at play, it’s easy to imagine dentistry as an exclusively modern practice. However, dentistry, as a profession dates back as far as 2600 BC to the ancient Egyptians. Dentistry, human society, and the very world we stand upon has changed vastly since those times, but it’s important to take time and reflect on just how far we’ve come. To that end, Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here with a small history lesson on a few of the important moments from dental history.dental history

Where do Toothbrushes and Toothpaste come from?

Early toothbrushes were small sticks that were mashed flat at one end, to function as a broad cleaning surface. The Chinese lay claim to the invention of the first bristle brushes, which were made by attaching hog hairs to small bamboo shafts. Bristle brushes were adopted by Europe during the 17th century and dentists in early America encouraged their spread throughout the colonies.

Toothpaste also dates back much farther than you might expect. Dental history books describe early toothpastes as being composed of powdered fruit, crushed shells, dried flowers and talc. They also may have been made using mice, rabbit heads, lizard livers and urine. Not exactly the minty fresh flavor we’re all used to. Toothpaste, the kind that we might recognize as familiar, came into use during the 1800s, and was composed primarily of soap and chalk.

What about Anesthesia?

Prior to 1830, there was little way of managing the pain associated with sensitive dental procedures. And boy, could they have used it. Early tooth extraction was done with a mallet and chisel, and while more precise, the ancient Greek’s revolutionary use of forceps did little to improve the pain. It was during the 1790s that a British chemist named Humphry Davy began a series of experiments with Nitrous Oxide, a compound he referred to as “laughing gas” because of its peculiar and signature side effect. Over the next half-century the gas became a very popular anesthetic and was, in 1863, combined with oxygen to become a surgical staple.

Shortly after the advent of nitrous oxide use, local anesthetics began to make their way into the pages of dental history. Prior to the 1900s Cocaine was commonly used, but was abandoned after the discovery of its highly addictive nature. In the search for a replacement many chemists attempted to synthesize artificial versions of the drug unsuccessfully. It wasn’t until the discovery of a chemical called procaine, by German chemist Alfred Einhorn in 1905, which he gave the trade name Novocain, that a suitable replacement was found.

Find a Catonsville Dentist Who Knows All the Facts

It’s important for every dental professional to not only know about their profession’s future, but also its past. At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we care deeply about both, and even more about our patients. If you’re looking for a dentist who knows their stuff, and upholds only the highest standards of care, contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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KnwYourTeeth.com

Disclaimer: The writer of this article is not a medical professional. Information contained herein has been collected from sources believed to be reliable, and every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care.

How to Prevent Gum Disease from your Catonsville Dentist

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Gum disease, otherwise known as Periodontal disease, is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone that surround the teeth. The main culprit of gum disease is plaque; a sticky collection of bacteria that causes the gums to be red and puffy. Over time, the plaque causes the bone to dissolve from around the teeth. This leads to the teeth becoming loose and eventually could require that the teeth be extracted.

Gum disease is in most cases completely preventable. Regular good hygiene habits such as brushing and flossing regularly is usually enough to stall or stop gum disease in its tracks. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, making sure to also brush your tongue, with fluoride toothpaste is recommended. Also, flossing at least once a day can prevent gum disease from happening. One tip is using an osculating electric toothbrush to brush your teeth. This specific type of rotating toothbrush is better at removing plaque than normal types of toothbrushes.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier and tighter to your teeth. But bleeding gums could also be a sign of gum disease, so if it persists you should consult your local Catonsville dentist. Making good food choices is another way to prevent gum disease. Eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar, especially sticky, sweet foods like taffy and raisins. The longer sugar stays in contact with the teeth, the more damage it will do. Avoiding bedtime snacks is also a good way to avoid gum disease.

If you’re wondering if you have gum disease, the symptoms include: bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loos teeth, sensitive teeth and receding gums or teeth that appear longer. Also, it’s helpful to examine your gums and notice any inflammation that may be happening to them.

Ever needed a reason to quit smoking? Giving up smoking is one of the best ways to prevent gum disease. Tobacco users are up to six times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.

If you have any questions about How to Prevent Gum Disease 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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Gun Disease Prevention, WebMD

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments, NIDCR (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)

Are Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks bad for your Teeth? :: Oral Health

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A study published in the General Dentistry journal found that energy drinks and sports drinks both damage tooth enamel and boost the risk of cavities. And, just so you know , damaged tooth enamel cannot be fixed.

The sports drinks tested were:

  • Gatorade Rain
  • Powerade Option
  • Propel Grape
The energy drinks tested were:

  • Monster Assault
  • Red Bull
  • 5-hour Energy

These beverages, which are especially popular amongst teens and young adults, were tested for their effects on tooth enamel.

Researchers immersed enamel samples from extracted human teeth into three sports drinks and three energy drinks. These samples were immersed in the drinks for 15 minutes. Researchers then transferred the enamel to artificial saliva for two hours. This cycle was repeated four times a day for five days (with fresh drinks every day).

Researchers found that enamel loss was evident in just 5 days. The average enamel lost with sports drinks was about 1.5%, while the average loss with energy drinks was more than 3%.

Researchers also found the levels of acidity in the drinks to vary between brands and between flavors of the same brands. The energy drinks with the highest acidity include:

  • Red Bull Sugarfree
  • Monster Assault
  • 5-hour Energy
  • Von Dutch
  • Rockstar

Gatorade Blue had the highest acidity among sports drinks.

“The big misconception is that energy drinks and sports drinks are healthier than soda for oral health,” says researcher Poonam Jain, BDS, MPH, associate professor and director of community dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “This study completely disproves that, because they erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.”

Everyone, however, is not sold on the validity of the study. Tracey Halliday, a spokesperson for the American Beverage Association, takes issue with this study.

“This study was not conducted on humans and in no way mirrors reality,” she said.

If you have any questions about Dental Health / 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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Energy Drinks: Bad for the Teeth?