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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+.

The Truth about the Five Second Rule

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

You have been patiently watching the microwave for the last 3 minutes as your piece of pizza slowly spun, cooking all the while. In the meantime, your mouth began to water. You want nothing more than to take a big bite of that cheesy goodness. Then, as you remove the pizza from the microwave, the unthinkable happens. The plate slips and the pizza falls on the floor. Thank goodness for the Five Second Rule, right?

Wrong!

According to a study conducted by the Hygiene Council, the kitchen floor has more bacteria (830 per square inch) than the trash can (411 per square inch). But that is not the only reason that the five second rule is a farce. The popular rule was first debunked in 2003 when high school student Jillian Clarke, an intern at the University of Illinois, coated tiles with E. coli bacteria and dropped gummy bears and fudge-stripe cookies onto the surface for 5 seconds.

The result: Bacteria did jump onto the food in that short amount of time. Sorry!

There is some truth to the five second rule, however. In 2007, scientists at Clemson University in South Carolina applied “salmonella soup” to tile, wood and nylon carpet and dropped bread and bologna on both. They tested how long it took bacteria to climb onto the food.

The result: The longer the contact with the floor, no matter what the surface, the higher the transfer of germs.

Still, bacteria found its way onto the bread and bologna, even in just five seconds. Both foods picked up between 150 and 8,000 bacteria. This number was magnified 10 times when the food was left on the contaminated flooring for a full minute.

So do yourself a favor. Next time you drop a piece of food on the floor, throw it in the garbage…not your mouth.

If you have any questions about 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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  1. Does the Five Second Rule really work? HowStuffWorks.com

Oral Care Tips: How to get the most out of your Visit with the Dentist

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

As a general rule of thumb, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year (every six months). But is this enough? What do you do when something happens in between your visits? How do you make the most of your visit with the dentist?

These are all good, valid questions. After all, two dental appointments a year is not a lot. So it is up to you to make the most out of each and every visit.

Oral Care Tips: How to get the most out of your Visit with the Dentist

  1. Make a Checklist: You will undoubtedly have oral health questions come up in between your dental visits. So be sure to write these questions down so you can address them with your dentist. Have you noticed jaw pain when you wake up in the mornings? Have your gums been bleeding when brushing your teeth? Have you experienced tooth pain when drinking hot or cold beverages? These are all concerns that you should keep track of to address with your dentist.
  2. Medical History: Make sure you update your medical history. Believe it or not, certain diseases, like diabetes, can directly affect your oral health. Also, be sure to list any medications you may be taking. Some drugs have side effects, like dry mouth, that can affect your oral health.
  3. What can you do better? Be sure to ask your dentist what you can do better in between visits to improve your oral health.
  4. Go to Leikin & Baylin Dental Care: At Leikin and Baylin, 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 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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  1. Tips to get the most out of your dental visit WebMD

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity? FAQs answered by your Catonsville Dentist

Monday, January 14th, 2013

A cavity occurs as the result of tooth decay, which is the destruction of the tooth structure because of plaque buildup.

When foods containing carbohydrates are left on your teeth for an extended period of time, bacteria living in your mouth begin to digest this food, turning them into acids. Then, the acid mixes with the bacteria, food debris, and saliva to form plaque. It is this plaque that eats away at your tooth enamel, creating cavities.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

Symptoms of cavities include:

  1. Visible holes in your teeth
  2. Toothache
  3. Sensitivity to hots and colds

If you believe you have a cavity, the only way to know for sure is to visit your local dentist, like Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin here at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland. 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.”

Despite being almost entirely preventable, cavities are the most common infectious disease among children. And, for the first time in 40 years, instances of cavities in children are the rise!

In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin also offer pediatric dental care, ensuring your child feels as comfortable as possible. We make going to the dentist fun for your child!

If you have any questions about Cavities 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: Dental Health and Cavities

Children, Oral Health, & Pediatric Dentistry :: Pedodontics in Catonsville

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

As parents, you play a big role in your child’s health, from feeding your children a healthy diet to making sure they get enough exercise to making sure they follow good oral hygiene practices. And while the first two duties may be pretty inherent, few parents really know the ins and outs of good oral hygiene for their children.

Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health FAQs answered by your Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

  1. When Should Brushing and Flossing Begin? Brushing should begin as soon as the first baby tooth breaks through the gums. Flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other.
  2. Is Fluoride Toothpaste Okay to use? Some dentists suggest using just water until the child reaches age 2. This is because children tend to swallow toothpaste and swallowing too much fluoride could lead to the discoloration of permanent teeth.
  3. How often should a Child’s Teeth be brushed? Just like anyone else, you should brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day.
  4. How often should a Child replace His/Her Toothbrush? We recommend replacing the toothbrush every 3-4 months or sooner if it is showing signs of wear. Likewise, you should floss your child’s teeth twice a day, as well.
  5. Are Sealants a good choice? Sealants are thin, plastic protective barriers that fill in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting them from tooth decay. Ask your doctor if sealants are right for your child.
  6. When should a Child begin Brushing/Flossing on their own? Believe it or not, most children are not able to brush their own teeth properly until age 6 or 7.
  7. Is Mouthwash Safe for Children? Generally, we do not recommend children use mouthwash.
  8. When should a Child First see the Dentist? We recommend that infants see a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth comes in.

Pediatric Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents. In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, we will make your child feel as comfortable as possible.

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries…We make visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Pediatric 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.

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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

Source: Brushing and Flossing Children’s Teeth

Secrets to a Brighter Smile revealed by your Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

You only get once chance to make a good first impression, something that is much harder to do if your smile is lackluster.

  • 62 – Number of times a day the average woman smiles.
  • 8 – Number of times a day the average man smiles.
  • 63% – Percentage of people who say they look best in photos when they are showing their teeth.
  • 99.7% – Percentage of adults who say an attractive smile is an important personal asset.
  • 74% – Percentage of people who say that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for business or career success.
  • 23% – Percentage of people who say they look the best with their mouth closed.

Luckily, there are several ways to improve your smile and ensure it stays in tip top shape.

Several Secrets to a Brighter Smile

  1. Eat Right: Sometimes the right food can make all the difference. For instance, apples, carrots, and celery can help your teeth stay nice and white, while small amounts of cheese and other dairy, which contain calcium and phosphorous, can help your teeth stay strong and stain-free.
  2. Brushing and Flossing: Nothing can replace a good brushing and flossing. Brushing only gets about 50% of the job done. Flossing is required to ensure your teeth and gums are clean and bacteria and plaque free.
  3. More Frequent Dental Visits: Sometimes the recommended twice-a-year visit to the dentist is just not enough to keep your teeth as white as you’d like. According to New York dentist Steven Roth, DMD, adults should actually see their dentist every 90 days! It may seem like a lot, but Roth says the results will speak for themselves.
  4. Don’t Hesitate: If you wait until your dental disorder is unbearable, you have waited too long. The best way to avoid this is to schedule frequent checkups, as mentioned above.

The Smile Club: Leikin and Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland

The Smile Club is a wonderful program for our patients that do not have insurance, providing two cleanings, exams, and bitewing radiographs at no charge. In addition, the Smile Club member receives fifteen percent off of all other in-office procedures. The program has been very well received by our patients.

If you have any questions about Good 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.

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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

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7 Secrets to a Healthier Smile

Oral Care Tips for Children :: Pediatric Dentistry in Catonsville, Maryland

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Astonishingly, tooth decay, a very preventable disease, is the most common chronic disease among children ages 6-11. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is five times more likely than asthma and seven times more likely than hay fever. In fact, by kindergarten, more than 40% of children already have tooth decay.

As you can see, good oral habits are incredibly important and they need to begin at an early age. It is never too early to teach your children proper oral health habits. In fact, as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, good oral hygiene practices should begin too.

“A lot of people think they don’t have to brush baby teeth,” said Beverly Largent, former president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. “You need to brush from the first tooth.” But brushing is just the beginning.

Oral Care Tips for Children

  1. Proper Brushing and Flossing Habits: Good oral care begins with proper brushing and flossing techniques. Brushing should begin at the appearance of a child’s first tooth and flossing should begin when two teeth touch each other. And “[parents] have to clean the teeth until children are able to tie their shoes or write in cursive,” says Largent. Remember, it is these oral hygiene habits that lay the groundwork for your child’s future oral health.
  2. Baby Bottle Decay“: Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sugars, like those found in milk, formula, fruit juice, and more, are left exposed to an infant’s teeth for an extended period of time. These sugars promote the growth of bacteria, which produce acids that attack the teeth. And if left untreated, baby bottle tooth decay can lead to pain, infection, and the eventual loss of teeth.
  3. Regular Dental Visits: Your child should have his/her first dental visit before their first birthday. And in case you needed any more motivation, a report published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that dental care costs were nearly 40% lower over a five-year period for children who received dental care by age one.

And that is just the beginning. To find out more, consult with your dentist.

Pediatric Dentistry / Pedodontics in Catonsville, Maryland

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents. In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, we will make your child feel as comfortable as possible.

At Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries…We make visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Pediatric 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.

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care.

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

Sources:

7 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

Nutrition & Children’s Teeth :: Dental Tips from your Catonsville Dentists

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Everything your child eats has a profound effect not only on their physical health, but also their oral health. And as a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your child proper nutrition and dental care. So, without further ado, here is a list of oral health tips to help keep your child’s smile as bright as ever.

  1. Snacks aren’t bad…if you snack right: Instead of reaching for that candy bar or other sugary snack, give your child fruit instead. Specifically, fruit containing a high volume of water, like pears and melons. Or, if your child prefers vegetables over fruit, celery and cucumbers are you best options.
  2. Calcium-rich Foods: Calcium plays a critical role in strengthening your child’s teeth. So try to include calcium-rich foods in your child’s diet, especially milk, broccoli, and yogurt.
  3. Say Cheese: Aged cheeses, like cheddar or Monterey Jack, trigger the flow of saliva, which plays an important role in your child’s oral health. Saliva helps keep food particles from lingering on the teeth.
  4. Avoid Soda and other Sugary Drinks: Opt for water instead. Water does not harm the teeth, plus it aids in washing food particles away.
  5. Regular Dental Visits: For children, going to the dentist can be an anxious experience, but at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care we will ease your worries. We make visiting the Dentist Fun!

In addition to offering unequaled pediatric dental care, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents, Drs. Leikin and Baylin will make you feel as comfortable as possible. Our services include regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more!

If you have any questions about Nutrition & 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.

“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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Nutrition and your Child’s Teeth

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay & what you need to know :: Catonsville Dentists

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Oral health is not important in infants, right? After all, their baby teeth will just fall out anyway…

Wrong!

Good oral health is important even at a young age, because healthy baby teeth lead to healthy permanent teeth. And the opposite is true, as well. If an infant’s teeth fall out too early because of poor oral health, the child may develop several problems, including:

  • Poor eating habits
  • Speech problems
  • Crooked teeth
  • Damaged adult teeth

And what is the primary culprit? Baby Bottle Tooth Decay!

Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when sugars, like those found in milk, formula, fruit juice, and more, are left exposed to an infant’s teeth for an extended period of time. These sugars promote the growth of bacteria, which produce acids that attack the teeth. And if left untreated, baby bottle tooth decay can lead to pain, infection, and the eventual loss of teeth.

Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

  1. Avoid sugary drinks.
  2. After feedings, wipe your baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth.
  3. Do not allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water.
  4. Do not dip your child’s pacifier in any sugary substances.
  5. Brush your baby’s teeth (without toothpaste) when his/her first tooth comes in.
  6. Begin flossing regularly once all of your infant’s baby teeth have come in.
  7. Ensure that your child is getting enough fluoride.
  8. Schedule regular visits with the dentist.

Pediatric Dentistry at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland

Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents, including regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more!

In addition to offering unequaled dental excellence, we 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. We make visiting the Dentist Fun!

If you have any questions about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay 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.

“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+.

Sources:

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Stress can affect your Oral Health :: Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Your body is an interconnected system. Any change to one aspect of your health can have an impact on another. For instance, did you know that stress can affect your oral health? Well, it can! Stress can lead to several oral health issues including:

  • Canker Sores: Experts believe stress could be linked to the development of canker sores, small ulcers that appear inside the mouth.
  • Cold Sores: Also known as fever blisters, cold sores are fluid filled blisters that often appear around the lips. Increased stress can trigger a cold sore outbreak.
  • Bruxism: Better known as teeth grinding, bruxism can be caused by stress, which causes you to clench your teeth subconsciously.
  • Unhealthy Eating Routine: Stress has been known to cause people to develop unhealthy eating habits, which could have a negative impact on your overall oral health.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene: Being stressed can cause people to alter than daily routine, often skipping oral health practices like brushing and flossing because they feel rushed.
  • Periodontal Disease: Better known as gum disease, periodontal disease can also be affected by stress, which has been known to cause an increase in dental plaque. And as you know from previous blog posts, dental plaque is one of the leading contributors to gum disease.

If you have any questions about Stress 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.

“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+.

Sources:

How Stress Affects Your Oral Health