Posts Tagged ‘ Gingivitis ’

3 Ways To Prevent Gingivitis On A Daily Basis

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Learn how to prevent gingivitis.

Having healthy teeth and gums does not occur overnight.  You need to put time and effort into your dental hygiene so that you can prevent gingivitis.  When plaque builds up along the gum line, it cause the area to inflame, which then leads to gingivitis.  Common symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen gums, and bleeding after brushing and flossing.  Luckily, there are a few simple ways to prevent gingivitis from forming. (more…)

What To Know About Gingivitis

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Learn all about gingivitis.

Everyone wants to have shiny, white teeth and pink, healthy gums, but many people do not go through the proper steps to achieve it.  If you do not have a strict dental hygiene regimen, you can easily develop gingivitis, which is one of the first stages of gum disease.  Fortunately, gingivitis is easy to treat and reverse, but it is a health issue that you need to take seriously.  If you do not go through the steps to treat gingivitis, you potentially lose one or more teeth. (more…)

Learn How to Prevent Gum Disease in 5 Easy Steps

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
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Learn how you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease!

Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line, oftentimes progressing to affect the bone that surrounds and protects your teeth. It can lead to a variety of oral health issues, ranging from halitosis to tooth loss. Learn how you can reduce your risk of developing gum disease in five simple steps!

Don’t Let Gingivitis Invade Your Mouth!

Monday, February 1st, 2016

A daily oral health routine is instrumental in preventing Gingivitis.

Simply put, you don’t want to mess with Gingivitis. It is the precursor to periodontitis, better known as gum disease. In the earliest stages of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque builds up, which causes the gums to become inflamed. (more…)

What Causes Gingivitis?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Good dental care is not just limited to taking care of your teeth. Taking proper care of your gums is essential to the overall health of your mouth and to the prevention of certain diseases. Gingivitis is one of the most common, and preventable, gum diseases that you can develop. In order to know how to prevent gingivitis, you’ll need to know what causes it. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville is here to help and tell you the top reasons behind gingivitis.

The number one cause of gingivitis is poor dental hygiene. When you brush your teeth, you remove layers of plaque and particles from their surfaces. Left untreated, those substances can infect your gums, leading to gingivitis.

Some causes of gingivitis are outside of your control. When your body experiences fluctuations in hormone levels, especially during puberty or pregnancy, your gums increase in sensitivity, meaning that even with proper dental hygiene practice, they are more susceptible to gingivitis. Illnesses too can contribute to the development of gingivitis. Inefficient immune systems can’t fight off the infection in your gums, and so gingivitis can happen more rapidly.

In addition to not taking proper care of your mouth through normal dental hygiene practices, other lifestyle choices can contribute to gingivitis. Smoking in particular weakens the gum tissue and puts it at a higher risk of becoming infected.

If you think you might be at risk for gingivitis, pay attention to the signs. Gum bleeding is one of the most common symptoms of gingivitis, as well as swollen or red gum, bad breath, tooth shifting, and receding gums. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, seek out your Catonsville dentist today!

Catonsville DentistsIf you have any questions about Catonsville dentists and gingivitis or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting

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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.

Source: WebMD

Guest Blog: Diabetes and Oral Health

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

By Dave Howe

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Diabetes sucks. Plain and simple. There are complications that arise from the condition that include heart disease, increased risk of stroke, and kidney disease. Research shows that indeed those with diabetes are at increased risk of contracting gum disease, both gingivitis (early stage gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). Developing research also suggests the relationship between gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. Not only does diabetes leave one more susceptible to gum disease, but indeed gum disease can lead one down the path to diabetes. As follows: significant gum disease can affect blood glucose control, which may contribute to the development of diabetes.

For those with Diabetes

Prevention is the name of the game. Make sure to control your blood-glucose levels properly. And make sure to keep a strict, significant and technically proper dental hygiene regiment. This is the only way to fight against the risks to your oral health associated with diabetes. Further, it’s critical to speak with your dentist about your condition. Those with diabetes have special dental needs that your dentist and dental hygienist are well equipped to treat. Keep your dentist informed of your condition and any changes to your health. Keep the dentist informed of any and all medication that you take. And if you need dental procedures that are not an emergency, it’s best to wait until your blood-glucose levels are normal.

Consult with a Professional

To learn more about the correlation between diabetes and oral health consult with a professional. Your dentist and your family doctor should both be able to give you significant and tailored information that will help you stay healthy. Augment their information with your own research – like you are doing now. Finally, if you encounter any of the following symptoms it is best to consult with your dentist as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. This bleeding is not normal. Even if your gums don’t hurt, get them checked.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Gums that have pulled away from teeth. Part of the tooth’s root may show, or your teeth may look longer.
  • Pus between the teeth and gums (when you press on the gums).
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or moving away from each other.
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite.
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures or bridges.

If you have any questions about Diabetes & Gum Disease or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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

“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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