Posts Tagged ‘ Oral Health ’

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 CatonsvilleDentalCare.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.

 

Teeth Whitening in Catonsville

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

 

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes one more appealing to members of the opposite sex. So, what to do if your smile is a little more on the yellow side than you’d prefer? Fortunately, there are many options to help give you that bright, white grin you’ve always wanted.

Can Bleaching or Whitening weaken Teeth?

The first thing we do at Catonsville Dental Care is determine if a whitening procedure would be the most effective treatment for you. Assessing your discoloration helps us know if you would benefit from professional teeth whitening or if we should consider another path, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding. There are many factors that could cause your teeth to become less white, but the most common is age. As we age, our teeth often become darker. They can also easily be influenced by smoking, coffee, tea, carrots, oranges, and foods with tannins.

While there are many over-the-counter products you can use, they are not nearly as effective as a visit with your local tooth-whitening dentist. Dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile. When you visit our team at Catonsville Dental Care, we ensure that we find a solution customized to your needs. In just one visit, you can brighten your smile by ten shades.

The most common professional tooth-whitening treatment is chair-side bleaching. Your dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums from the tooth-whitening process. Then, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, much stronger than an over-the-counter product. Sometimes a special light or laser is used to enhance the action of the whitening treatment. We can easily tailor the process to individuals with tooth sensitivity to help make your teeth-whitening experience as painlessly as possible, both during and after the procedure.

The long-term success of the procedure is up to you. With proper care and use of a prescribed at-home whitening product, the benefits of professional teeth-whitening can last years. At Catonsville Dental Care, we believe in the benefits of professional teeth whitening.

About Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland offers family dental services for your whole family. If you have any questions about oral hygiene 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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Sources: http://www.aacd.com/whitening

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/w/whitening

http://annapolisdentalcare.com/blog/teeth-whitening-and-bleaching/teeth-whitening-at-annapolis-dental-care/

How Can I Get The Most Out Of My Visit To The Dentist?

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Most of us only see the dentist every 6 months, if that! Because of this, it is important to get the most out of each and every dental visit. But how?CatonsvilleDental_Nov5

Making the Most out of your Visit to the Dentist

  1. Make a Checklist: It is helpful to make a checklist of items you wish to discuss with your dentist, including tooth pain, problems brushing or flossing, grinding your teeth, etc. Having a checklist will make sure you don’t forget what you wanted to ask.
  2. Update your Medical History: Common medical conditions, such as diabetes, can affect your oral health. Because of this, it is Important to provide your dentist with your complete medical history. The more your dentist knows about your overall health, the better he/she will be able to address your oral health.
  3. Tell your Dentist Everything: You should disclose any medications, supplements, or vitamins you may be taking. Certain drugs can cause dry mouth, which increases your risk of cavities and other oral health problems.
  4. Ask Questions: Never be afraid to ask questions. Ask your dentist about anything you should be doing to improve your oral health.
  5. Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland: In addition to offering unparalled dental excellence, the oral health professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Going to the dentist can be an anxious experience, but at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries.

“A dentist check-up is an essential part of preventive care,” says Leslie Seldin, DDS, a spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

If you have any questions about Dental 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.

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

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

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Get the Most Out of Your Dental Visit

What Are The Different Types of Dental Crowns?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Dental crowns come in many different materials. The one that is best for you depends on what dental problem you are fixing.Tooth Decay

  • Stainless Steel Dental Crown – a stainless steel crown is often used on permanent teeth as a temporary preventative measure. A stainless steel crown is placed on your tooth while a permanent crown is made from a different material. A stainless steel crown is cost effective and doesn’t require countless dental visits to keep it in place.
  • Metal Dental Crown – metals used include gold, palladium, nickel or chromium. With a metal crown, less tooth structure needs to be removed. In terms of durability, a metal crown is the strongest and can withstand biting and chewing. In addition, metal crowns rarely chip or break. The deal breaker for this type of crown is the color, they work best for molars and other out of sight teeth.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal Dental Crowns – this type of dental crown can be colored to match with your existing teeth for a more natural look. However, sometimes the original metal can show through the porcelain of the dental crown.
  • All-resin Dental Crown – this is a cheaper type of dental crown. The drawback is that it can wear down over time and is prone to fractures.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Dental Crowns 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+.

Source:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns

How to Brush Your Teeth Effectively

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

How to Brush Your TeethBrushing your teeth is one of the most important parts of oral hygiene. It is the front line of protection from tooth decay and plaque. It is very important that you know how to properly care for your teeth in order to maintain oral health as well as your overall health. The cleaner and healthier your teeth are, the healthier you’re likely to be as a person. Ever wondered about the proper technique for brushing?

  • Two Minute Time Limit – Make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes. If you don’t achieve this amount of time while brushing, you aren’t taking care of your teeth properly. Use short gentle strokes during this time, and don’t forget to focus carefully on the gum line; that’s where a lot of plaque will build up.
  • Know Where to Brush – Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum line to make sure you get all of the plaque off. To brush your teeth effectively, make sure you get the outside, inside, and chewing surface of every tooth. You want to make sure each tooth is cleaned in its entirety to avoid decay.
  • Don’t Neglect the Tongue! – Your tongue collects bacteria just like the rest of your mouth. Make sure you brush your tongue with some toothpaste, as well, to avoid bad breath and kill the bacteria that have settled on the surface of your tongue.

It is important to make sure that you are also using a soft bristled toothbrush with effective toothpaste to get the most out of your brushing. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or when it starts to wear down. Toothbrushes are fairly inexpensive and your dentist will generally give you one after your preventive cleaning every six months.

Leikin and Baylin Dental Care: Your Friendly, Neighborhood Dentist

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland, our team of caring health professionals provides unparalleled dental excellence. We treat our patients as members of the family. And since most procedures are performed in our office, our patients rarely need to leave our careful eye.

If you have any questions about Bad Habits that lead to Bad Teeth 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+.

Source: http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Oral-Hygiene/Brushing-and-Flossing/article/How-to-Brush.cvsp

Your Sedation Dentistry Questions Answered

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Are you afraid of going to the dentist? If so, you are not alone. Every year, millions of Americans avoid the dentist. Some had traumatic experiences as children. Others suffered pain as adults. And others were swayed by stereotypes. Whatever the reason, these individuals stopped seeking important dental care out of fear.Operation

Does this sound like you?

Well, what if I told you that there was a simple solution to your problem?

Imagine not being afraid to go to the dentist. Imagine being able to complete your dental care in one visit. Imagine having a positive feeling about your dental visit. Imagine being able to chew comfortably and smile confidently.

This is what sedation dentistry specialists at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care are offering.

Imagine how relaxation dentistry can change your life…

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Sedation Dentistry has been used safely for over 30 years, providing a relaxing and anxiety-free experience dental experience for patients just like you!

On the day of your appointment, you will take a pill which will relax you. Our specially trained team members will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. During the dental visit you will be monitored closely. After your dental treatment is complete there will be minimal if any discomfort. Also, you will have little or no memory of your visit.

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

 

• A high fear of dentists

• Had traumatic dental experiences

• Difficulty getting numb

• A bad gag reflex

• Very sensitive teeth

• Limited time to complete their dental care

• Complex dental problems

• A fear of needles

Modern dentistry offers many new tools and options that make necessary treatments not only tolerable but even comfortable.

If you have any questions about Sedation Dentistry or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com.

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

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

How to Tell If You Might Need A Root Canal

Monday, May 20th, 2013

There are multiple signs that a tooth may need a root canal. To understand why you may need a root canal, first you need to understand the characteristics of your teeth. Teeth are “tough” on the outside, but inside they have a soft core called a nerve chamber. This inner core is made up of nerve tissue and blood vessels that feed the nerve. If a nerve degenerates completely the tissues die and gangrene develops. The nerve chamber may also become infected in some cases.

A tooth needs a root canal when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected. A tooth may be infected if it is sensitive to hot, cold, or chewing, causes pain or swelling, keeps you awake at night, creates a bad taste in your mouth, or you may have no symptoms at all. When a root canal is done, your symptoms will dissipate because the nerve will have been removed from the tooth.

Here are a few tips to noticing if you need a root canal:

  • If you notice toothache pain – A lot of people who need a root canal notice a shooting pain in their teeth first. This is usually exacerbated by the chewing of food.
  • Sensitive to hot and cold – If you’re ultra sensitive to both hot and cold liquids or foods, this is another sign that you may need a root canal. Your teeth may feel extremely irritated even after the food item or liquid is not longer on your teeth.
  • Swollen Gums – If the gums around your infected tooth are swollen or that they feel tender when touched, this is yet another sign that you may need a root canal. Swollen gums can be painful and can cause all kinds of health problems and it is better if you deal with it now than waiting until later.

Catonsville Dental Care makes visiting the Dentist enjoyable!

If you have any questions about Root Canals 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+.

Don’t Forget: Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will donate $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives this month. So what are you waiting for!?

Source: How to Tell If You Need A Root Canal, eHow.com

Oral Health Debate: Dental Floss vs. Waterpik

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As we have outlined time and time again, the recommended daily oral health routine includes brushing your teeth for at least two minutes, taking 30 seconds for each of the four quadrants of the mouth; brushing the tongue and your gums, two areas that harbor bacteria; using ADA-approved mouthwash; and, of course, flossing at least once a day. However, some of our patients have begun to ask about substituting a Waterpik for floss. They want to know if this would be beneficial. Well, let’s take a look.

Oral Health Debate: Dental Floss vs. Waterpik

  1. Dental Floss: Floss helps reduce plaque and bacteria from between the teeth, creating a much healthier environment for your teeth and gums. Floss can reach plaque and bacteria that brushing simply cannot.
  2. Waterpik: A Waterpik is a device that shoots a pulsating stream of water at your teeth. A Waterpik uses between 5-90 psi of pressure to help remove food particles from between your teeth.

So which is better?

A Waterpik should never replace dental floss, which is still considered the most effective tool for cleaning the tight spaces between the teeth. Waterpiks cannot reach the plaque and food particles found on the side surfaces of teeth and under the gum line as well as floss. However, a Waterpik can be a nice addition to your daily oral health routine when used in combination with brushing and flossing.

Of course, regular dental visits (every 6 months) are also a part of a good oral health routine. At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, we set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have assembled.

If you have any questions about Dental Floss vs. Waterpik 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+.

Don’t Forget: Leikin & Baylin Dental Care will donate $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives this month. So what are you waiting for!?

Source:

Dental floss vs. water pick: Which is better? Mayo Clinic