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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…)

How Can I Combat Bad Breath?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013


Waking up with bad breath is commonplace. Walking around with bad breath? Not so much. Fortunately, there are ways to combat bad breath, or halitosis, and we’ve got some of them listed right here for you.

Sensitive Teeth

  1. Brush and floss more frequently: One of the leading causes of bad breath is plaque. Plaque tends to buildup in your mouth and harbors bacteria, but can easily be removed with regular brushing and flossing. For best results, brush at least twice a day and floss daily.
  2. Scrape your tongue: The coating of your tongue can host some foul-smelling bacteria. To get rid of them, you can gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush or invest in a tongue scraper.
  3. Avoid certain foods that contribute to bad breath: At the top of this list is onions and garlic. While they can be yummy additions to any meal, they are made up of substances that can work their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out. If you know you have a major social or work event, maybe avoid them for the day!
  4. Stop smoking: Smoking can cause gum disease and stain your teeth, makes you more likely to get oral cancer, and gives you bad breath. To kick the habit for once and for all, consider over-the-counter nicotine patches or meet with a doctor about programs or medications that can help you give it up for good.
  5. Rinse your mouth out: Anti-bacterial mouthwashes can freshen your breath and add extra protection by reducing plaque-causing bacteria that your toothbrush or floss can’t reach. One act, multiple benefits!
  6. Keep your gums healthy: Gum disease can contribute to bad breath big-time. Check out some tips on how to avoid gum disease here.
  7. Keep your mouth moist: Lack of saliva promotes tooth decay and can cause bad breath. If your mouth is dry, drink water! You can also consider using a humidifier at night to moisten the air in your home.

If you’ve done all of these things and are still experiencing bad breath, it might be time to call in the big guns. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville can help your breath smelling fresh. Give us a call today at 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-mouth-14/your-healthy-mouth/get-rid-bad-breath?page=1




Tips for Dealing With Bad Breath

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Dancing the night awayIt is finally summer. You take your girl or guy out to a nice dinner, enjoy a romantic walk at beneath a beautiful sunset, and lean in for a kiss. Unfortunately for you, halitosis, the ultimate date ruining super villain commonly referred to as “bad breath”, ruins this otherwise fantastic moment. Luckily for you (or unluckily if you happen to be a victim of someone’s breath), this problem is fairly widespread. Here are a few tips for dealing with bad breath:

  • Cut out contributing factors: Dairy products, sugar products, onions, garlic, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco can all leave your breath smelling like a soggy gym sock. Food products can leave material that feed the bacteria that cause bad breath. Alcohol dries out your mouth, reducing saliva flow and creating opportunities for aspiring breath killers. Tobacco not only can cause cancer, but it can also allow bacteria to fester in your mouth.

  • Brush your teeth: It is simple, really, but the biggest thing you can do to fight bad breath is to brush your teeth. Not only does this help fight cavities, (which also create safe havens for bacteria) but taking a generous helping of toothpaste to your mouth will immediately (but temporarily) freshen your breath! While you have your toothbrush in there though, don’t forget to brush your tongue. You’d be surprised at the amount of bacteria your tongue can hold.

  • Be prepared: Sugar-free gum can be a lifesaver whether you’re hoping to seal the deal with the person of your affection or giving an important presentation at work. Regularly drinking water can also help wash away bacteria and food particles. Natural remedies, such as cloves, anise, cardamom, peppermint, or coriander can help as well. A quick application of whatever remedy you choose can temporarily stave off even the worst of bad breath.

  • Visit a doctor: Certain health problems, including diabetes, chronic bronchitis, gastrointestinal issues, and sinus infections can send your breath plunging to a level of stench you have never experienced before. If normal remedies do not adequately address halitosis, you may want to consider visiting a healthcare professional.

If you decide you would like to see a dentist about your breath, please do not hesitate to contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care. We are a team of highly trained Catonsville dentists who will be more than happy to sit down with you about any of your dental needs. Whether the cause is tartar, cavities, or gum disease, we will help you identify it, treat it, and eliminate it.

If you have any questions about our blog, “Tips for Dealing With Bad Breath” 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+.

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

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.

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

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Source: Treatment for Dry Mouth WebMD

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.

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