Posts Tagged ‘ Oral Health ’

Should I Wear A Night Guard?

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Do I need a night guard?

When your dentist first suggests that you wear a night guard, your first thought might be the mouth scaffolding teenage girls wear in 80’s movies when they’re going to bed at night. Luckily for you, a night guard isn’t so involved as braces or other sort of dental related night wear. A night guard may take a few days or even weeks for you to get used to, but ultimately you’ll see a benefit in your smile, your physical health, and even your mental health. (more…)

Eating Healthy is Good for Your Teeth, Too!

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Remember to eat your leafy greens!

October is Eat Better, Eat Together Month as sponsored by the national Health and Wellness Association. Family meals provide the ideal opportunity for socializing and exchanging ideas with other people. As technology grows, it’s easy to distance ourselves from one another by taking our dinners to the T.V. room or allowing phones at the table. In October, we celebrate the old-fashioned ideals of eating healthy meals at the table together. This not only promotes family time, but oral health as well. (more…)

Dental Tips for the Halloween Season

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Protect your child’s teeth from sugary sweets.

Halloween is just around the corner, which means that your children will be celebrating the spooky holiday at school and at their friend’s house. You may even have started early and snuck a few pumpkin shaped cookies into their lunch as a ghostly surprise. This is a fun time for you and your little one, and it’s important to ensure that they’re maintaining proper dental hygiene during the entirety of the season. (more…)

4 Tips for Travel Tooth Care

Friday, October 7th, 2016 you’re heading out this weekend for a quick trip away from home, you may want to remember a few more things than your rain jacket. Travel is the perfect time to let go of your routine and enjoy the idea of freedom. The open road means hot tub dips, late evenings out, and sweet treats. Go ahead and enjoy yourself, but just remember to stay on top of your oral health. (more…)

Proper Night Guard Care

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Your night guard is your best protection against bruxism, a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth. During the night it sits between the surfaces of your teeth and prevents the constant grinding and clenching from doing any significant damage to your teeth. To that effect, it is wise for you to perform proper night guard care. The better you take care of your night guard, the better it will take care of you.night guard


New Year’s Toothbrush

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Replacing toothbrushes

Make sure you replace your toothbrush every three to four months to ensure they are healthy!

As you start preparing for the New Year ahead, there is one thing that should be left behind in 2015: your toothbrush. When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? If you can’t remember, now is the time to replace it with a fresh one! (more…)

Is Halloween Candy a Trick or Treat?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Is Halloween Candy a Trick or Treat?

When deciding on what treat to give out this Halloween, choose something sugar-free or something you can’t eat!

With Halloween fast approaching, you should be thinking about the health of your neighbors as well as your own children’s teeth. While it is true that candy can be bad for your teeth, there are certain candies that are not. Let’s take a look at some good and bad candies for your teeth this Halloween as well as some alternative treats. (more…)

Which is Better: Dentures versus Dental Implants?

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Dentures vs Dental Implants

Choosing between dentures and dental implants can be confusing. But maybe this will help you decide.

If the thought of someone seeing your missing teeth gives you the shivers, this article is for you. For many people, missing or broken teeth are an embarrassment. They are the people that cover their mouths when they talk or laugh. But there are two types of products that can help you get your confidence back: dentures and dental implants. But which one do you choose? (more…)

The Effects of Tobacco on Teeth

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Smoking addictAs most people know, tobacco is a detriment to proper dental health.The negative effects of tobacco use are normally associated with cancer, but the health of a person’s teeth and mouth is often overlooked. Bad breath isn’t the only issue from tobacco use, however, and you may end up spending thousands of dollars to fix issues associated with your deteriorating dental health. (more…)

Unhealthy Dental Habits

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Unhealthy-Dental-HabitsEnamel may be the hardest substance in the human body, but it isn’t bulletproof. They seem so permanent and strong, but in reality, your teeth can become susceptible to some pretty serious damage if you treat them poorly. Most people are well aware of the necessary maintenance that is required for healthy teeth, but don’t realize that a few of their everyday routines are causing trouble. Some dental habits that may seem harmless are actually slowly damaging your precious smile.

Teeth are not tools

Back in the days before humans invented things like scissors, knives, and utensils, teeth may have served as an important tool. Today, we are fortunate enough to have a tool for most daily tasks, yet some people still revert to primal ways. You should never use your teeth to tear anything open. Avoid using your teeth for opening packages, ripping off tags, and unscrewing tough tops. They simply aren’t built for handling that kind of stress and you could weaken, chip, or fracture your teeth.

Let go of stress

When you’ve got extra stress on your mind, it can travel to your teeth. Many people find themselves clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth as a reaction to stress. This can be hard or even impossible to control, but it can also be extremely damaging to your enamel. If you find yourself falling into this unpleasant habit, actively think about relaxing your jaw. If you are conscious of it you have a better chance at breaking the habit. Some people carry that stress into their sleep and grind their teeth while they are sleeping. Night guards are the best way to protect your teeth from this.

Eating habits

What you eat is important but so is how you eat. Crunching ice is a pretty popular habit that is absolutely terrible for your teeth. Not only are your teeth not equipped to break things as hard as ice, but the cold can make your teeth brittle, increasing the risk of fracture. Things like popcorn kernels, seeds, and fruit pits can cause similar troubles. Sucking things like sodas and coffee through straws can be detrimental as well. People often rest straws right at the front of their teeth. This is like injecting sugar right into the area. Instead, keep the straw near the back of your mouth and avoid the risk.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have questions about dental health, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had a cleaning or talked to your dentist, it’s time to make an appointment. You can contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting

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.