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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.

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Receding Gums

Are Bleeding Gums a Sign of Gum Disease?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Gum DiseaseYou wake up one morning, crawl out of bed, and walk downstairs as you struggle to keep your eyes open. You wander into the bathroom, half asleep, and reach for your tooth brush. You brush each and every tooth, making sure to scrub the tops and sides. Then, when you spit into the sink, you notice something: blood. Where is it coming from? Oh no, your gums are bleeding!

Are Bleeding Gums a Sign of Gum Disease?

When plaque is not removed from the teeth every day it will thicken and harden into tarter, which will inflame the gums and potentially lead to bleeding, a sign of gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone that surround the teeth.

Additional warning signs of gum disease include:

  1. Your gums appear very red and tender
  2. Your gums are swollen
  3. Your gums are pulling away from your teeth
  4. Your teeth feel loose
  5. Your bite feels as if it has changed
  6. You notice puss in between your teeth
  7. You suffer from chronic bad breath
  8. The fit of your dentures has changed

If you are experiencing bleeding gums or any of the above warning signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums and gum pockets, bone deterioration, and eventually, tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

Fortunately, gum disease is completely preventable. Regular good hygiene habits such as is usually enough to stall or stop gum disease in its tracks.

  1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, making sure to also brush your tongue, with fluoride toothpaste is recommended.
  2. Flossing at least once a day can prevent gum disease from happening.
  3. Making good food choices is another way to prevent gum disease. Eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar.
  4. Regular Visits with your Catonsville Dentists can make all the Difference: At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

If you have any questions about Bleeding Gums and 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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Dangers of Gum Disease WebMD

How often should I see the dentist?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Dental CleaningsWhen it comes to dental care, it seems like everyone has the same question; “How often should I see the dentist?” For years, the conventional wisdom was twice-yearly dental cleanings. Still, others prefer to go to the dentist once a year. Others go more frequently. So which is it: annual cleanings, bi-annual cleanings, cleanings every few months, or something completely different? Unfortunately, there is no one answer. The only one who can truly answer that question for you is your dentist. While once-a-year dental cleanings may be enough for some people, according to a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research, it may not be enough for others, especially those at risk of gum disease.

“Patients with one or more risk factors, which represent over half of the population, should visit at least twice a year and likely more in some cases,” said William Giannobile, study author and professor of dentistry and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

Giannobile studied data from more than 5,100 adults who visited the dentist regularly for 16 straight years, had no history of gum disease, and received one to two cleanings annually. Researchers analyzed the link between the frequency of teeth cleanings and long-term tooth loss in the participants. They also considered risk factors of gum disease, such as smoking, diabetes, and genetics.

The Findings: How often should I see the dentist?

  1. Annual Dental Cleanings: Researchers found one cleaning a year to be sufficient for those with none of the aforementioned risk factors.
  2. Twice-Yearly Dental Cleanings: Receiving dental cleanings twice a year proved extremely beneficial for those with one or more of the aforementioned risk factors.

“The future of health care is personalized medicine,” said Giannobile. “This study represents an important step toward making it a reality, and in a disease that is widespread, costly and preventable.”

If you have any questions about our blog, “How often should I see the dentist?” 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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Annual Dental Cleaning May Be Enough for Some

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)

Obesity linked to Gum Disease, according to 2003 Study

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

According to a 2003 study published in the Journal of Periodontology, gum disease (periodontitis) is more common in obese young adults. Gum disease is an infection of the gums, bone, and tissues that surround and support the teeth. Gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gum disease is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults.

Head researcher Mohammed S. Al-Zahrani, MDM and colleagues analyzed the frequency of gum disease in more than 13,000 adults over the age of 18. The results were shocking…

  1. 14% of those analyzed had gum disease
  2. Obese individuals between the ages of 18 and 34 were 76% more likely to have gum disease

Are you at risk for Gum Disease? There is only one way to find out: visit your dentist!

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care: Your Catonsville Dentists

At the very least, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year. During these visits, not only will your dentist or dental hygienist clean your teeth, but they will also look for the warning signs of gum disease.

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

If you have any questions about Obesity & 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+.

Sources:

  1. Obesity Leads to Gum Disease WebMD
  2. News release, American Academy of Periodontology. Journal of Periodontology, May 2003. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Gum Disease.” WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: “Obesity.”

Guest Blog: Diabetes and Oral Health

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

By Dave Howe

You can read more of Dave’s posts at www.toothbrushsubscriptions.com/blog

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

Smoking and Oral Health: Could Tobacco be the cause of your Gum Disease?

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Do you have constant bad breath (halitosis)? Are your teeth yellowed and discolored? Do you constantly battle plaque buildup and tartar? Do you have gum disease? Do you smoke?

The fact is that tobacco and your smoking habit could be the cause of the above oral problems. But that is just the beginning. Smoking can also increase your risk for leukemia, increase the loss of bone in your jaw, lower the success rate of dental implant procedures, and increase your risk for developing oral cancer.

Why is Tobacco so harmful?

Smoking tobacco products, like cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, interferes with the normal function of gum tissue cells and affects the attachment of bone and soft tissues to your teeth. This increases smokers’ risk for gum disease and other oral health problems.

Just in case you were wondering, smokeless tobacco products, like snuff and chewing tobacco, are just as bad for your health, containing 28 chemicals known to increase your risk for oral cancer. And a Journal of the American Dental Association study showed that chewing tobacco users were four times more likely than nonusers to develop tooth decay. So do yourself and your teeth a favor and kick the habit.

Ask your dentist or doctor for recommendations on how to quit.

If you have any questions about Tobacco and 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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Source: Smoking and Oral Health WebMD

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

What is Gum Disease?

Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease exposes your teeth and their roots to bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay. Gum disease is also one of the leading cause of tooth loss among adults.

What are the Warning Signs of Gum Disease?

  1. Your gums bleed easily
  2. Your gums appear very red and tender
  3. Your gums are swollen
  4. Your gums are pulling away from your teeth
  5. Your teeth feel loose
  6. Your bite feels as if it has changed
  7. You notice puss in between your teeth
  8. You suffer from chronic bad breath
  9. The fit of your dentures has changed

If you notice any of the above warning signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by plaque buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. If this plaque is not properly removed, it will harden into thick deposits known as tartar, which can lead to chronic infections and inflammation.

How is Gum Disease Prevented?

  1. Good Oral Hygiene: The best way to prevent gum disease is to keep good care of your teeth. Brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, and pay close attention to what you eat and drink.
  2. Regular Visits with your Catonsville Dentists can make all the Difference: At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

If you have any questions about 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.

Happy New Year from everyone here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care!

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Source: Gum Disease – 8 Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Preventing Receding Gums: Oral Care Tips from a Catonsville Dentist

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Receding gums are a very common dental problem in which the gum tissue begins to wear away from the teeth, exposing more and more of the tooth…even the root. What’s worse is that when the gums begin to recede, this creates tiny pockets in between the teeth, pockets which trap bacteria. And if left untreated, gum disease and eventual tooth loss could result.

If you feel your gums may be receding, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Gum recession is easily treatable and even reversible if caught early. If you wait too long to seek help, gum surgery may be your only option to repair the damage caused by gum recession.

Preventing Gum Disease

The best way to treat gum recession is to prevent it from ever happening. You can do this by practicing good oral hygiene.

  1. Brush at least twice a day.
  2. Floss at least once a day.
  3. Visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Regular Visits with your Catonsville Dentists at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care

At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.

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

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.

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care!

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Source: Receding Gums WebMD

Treating & Managing your Chronic Dry Mouth: Tips from a Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

While it may not seem like a big deal, chronic dry mouth can lead to several oral health problems, like halitosis (bad breathe) and even gum disease and tooth decay. This is because, believe it or not, your saliva plays a very important role in your oral health. It is your saliva that washes away food debris, preventing bacteria and plaque from building up on your teeth. The absence of saliva caused by dry mouth leaves your mouth vulnerable.

Treating & Managing your Chronic Dry Mouth

1) Preventing Tooth Decay with Good Oral Hygiene

If you suffer from dry mouth, it is important to be extra diligent when it comes to your everyday oral hygiene, including:

  1. Brushing: You should brush at least twice a day as a minimum. If you have dry mouth, you should try and brush after every meal to help remove leftover food debris.
  2. Flossing: You should floss at least once a day to help remove food particles stuck between the teeth, particles that brushing cannot reach.
  3. Fluoride: Use a toothpaste containing fluoride for extra protection.
  4. Regular Dental Visits: Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible.

2) Managing Dry Mouth

So you are taking extra care when it comes to your oral health. Now it is time to try and manage your dry mouth. Try the following:

  1. More Water: To help keep your mouth moist, drink more water than normal.
  2. Try Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate saliva production.
  3. Eat Moist Foods: Avoid dry foods. Instead, try moist foods, like soups or food that contains sauces, creams, gravy, and the like.
  4. Avoid Mouthwash: Most commercial mouthwashes contain peroxide or alcohol, both of which dry out the mouth.
  5. Avoid Salt: Salty foods will further dry out your mouth. Steer clear.
  6. Stay away from Alcohol & Caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine dry out the mouth.

Consult your dentist for further tips to help you deal with your chronic dry mouth.

If you have any questions about Dry Mouth, 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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Source: Treatment for Dry Mouth WebMD