Posts Tagged ‘ Oral Hygiene ’

Your Catonsville Dentist Explains: How to Care for Dentures

Friday, December 19th, 2014

To get the most out of your dentures, our team here at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care has put together a list of tips to maintain the health of your dentures and mouth. Remember: oral hygiene is important!

Denture Care For good denture care:

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating: you can simply run water over them to remove food debris and other loose particles. You might also want to make sure your dentures have a soft place to land if you drop it by accident – fill the sink with water or put a towel on a hard surface for added protection.
  • Brush your teeth: even though your dentures are there to replace or protect your natural teeth, you still want to practice good oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean your tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth.
  • You should also brush your dentures at least once a day. You can soak them or brush them with a nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque, and other deposits. If you do use adhesive, make sure to clean the grooves that fit against your gums to remove anything that remains. Remember: denture cleansers are meant to be used externally and not in your mouth!
  • Most dentures will require an overnight soaking to remain moist and keep their shape. You can put the dentures in water or in a mild solution, but for best results, check with your Catonsville dentist to find the right solution for you. Before you put the dentures back in your mouth, be sure to rinse them first!
  • Schedule regular dental checkups: your Catonsville dentist can give you more details on how often you should be visiting the office to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned, as well as ensure that your mouth remains healthy.

If you experience any irritation or your dentures become loose, please call us right away so you can avoid further irritation, sores, or infection.

If you have questions about dentures, 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


Your Pediatric Dentist’s Top Tips for Keeping Kids’ Mouths Healthy

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Keeping an eye on your child’s oral hygiene habits can be difficult, but as long as you teach and enforce good habits when they’re young, they’re likely to continue these habits as they grow older. Take a look at these mouth health tips from your pediatric dentist to keep your child’s mouth healthy from an early age:

  • Start brushing as soon as you see teeth. Before teeth, clean gums with a damp washcloth. Then, graduate to a soft-bristled toothbrush once teeth have popped through the gums.pediatricdentistry
  • Visit the dentist. Take your child to the pediatric dentist for the first time by the time he or she turns one year old. The dentist can provide you with more tips for keeping the baby’s mouth healthy.
  • Promote good habits at young age. By brushing your child’s teeth with an infant toothbrush and toothpaste, he or she will gradually learn to brush their teeth on their own. Stay as firm as you can on these habits. Offer stickers or small rewards as incentives.
  • Avoid the bottle at bedtime. Do your best to avoid putting your child to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice, or formula. These liquids can cause buildup of sugars on the teeth. After brushing their teeth or cleaning their mouth, only water should be put in a bottle, if necessary at all.
  • Avoid juice. Although juice is a very popular choice for kids and parents alike, it contains an abundance of added sugar that is not needed. Restrict sugary juices in your child’s diet much as possible.
  • Graduate from the pacifier. Prolonged use of the pacifier can cause misshapen teeth among young children. It affects the bite of the mouth, and you should do your best to get rid of it around the time your child is potty-trained which is usually around age 2 or 3.

Remember, one of the best ways to ensure your child practices good dental hygiene is by setting a good example! Make your next dental appointment today to show your kids how it’s done.

If you have any more questions or concerns about your baby’s, toddler’s, or child’s oral hygiene, feel free to contact the pediatric dentistry professionals at Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, MD. Schedule an appointment for your child, or yourself by calling 410-747-1115 or visiting!



Proper Oral Hygiene Techniques

Friday, June 20th, 2014

oral hygieneWe know you’ve been brushing your teeth for years, but it might be time for a new brushing and flossing regimen. People tend to fall into the same daily routine, but brushing your teeth isn’t something that should be done in a quick 30 seconds. Do you think you’re doing great with your oral hygiene? Ask yourself these questions to see if your oral health is up to the standard that it should be.

  1. Do you brush twice daily? It is important to brush your teeth twice a day to clear your mouth of unwanted debris or germs that may have accumulated during the day and while sleeping.
  2. Do you brush for 2 minutes? You should be brushing your teeth for at least 120 seconds to ensure a full cleaning.
  3. Do you floss? Flossing once daily helps to loosen and remove hard to reach plaque before brushing.
  4. Do you floss without your gums bleeding? If your gums are pink and don’t bleed when you floss, that’s great! If your gums do bleed, you may need to reevaluate your cleaning routine.
  5. Do you always have bad breath? If you constantly need a breath mint to cover up the bad breath, you may need to take a look at what you’re doing to maintain a healthy mouth. Constant bad breath shouldn’t be a problem with good oral hygiene techniques.

After asking yourself these questions, have you realized that maybe your oral health and hygiene techniques need an upgrade? Your Catonsville dentists are here to help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while brushing and flossing:

  • Separate your mouth into sections and brush each section for 30 seconds. By focusing on ¼ of your mouth for 30 seconds and then moving to the next section and so forth, it guarantees a full 2-minute brushing!
  • Make sure to brush the gum line. This is where a lot of plaque can build up and irritate the gums.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue! A lot of bacteria build up on your tongue throughout the day. Brushing your tongue also helps to freshen breath.
  • Don’t make flossing just an up and down movement between your teeth. Make sure to wiggle the floss up at the gum line to get underneath where the tooth meets the gums. Plaque and debris can get stuck in places where it’s difficult to brush.

Your dentists at Catonsville Dental Care are oral hygiene professionals. When you become a patient at Leikin and Baylin Dental Care, you will immediately become a member of our dental family. Our team of dentists has over fifty years of experience treating the wonderful patients of Catonsville, Ellicott City, Arbutus and other surrounding areas. We are proud to treat patients from ages 3 to 103. If you’re interested in becoming a patient, or have more questions regarding your daily oral care, call us at (410) 717-1115 or visit our website!  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+!


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

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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

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Dental Crowns and Onlays :: Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap used to encase the visible portion of a damaged or decaying tooth. A crown is a great solution for preventing further problems while preserving much of your real tooth.

Crowns are an effective way to enhance your smile!

What is an Onlay?

An onlay is a variation on the traditional dental crown technique, covering the tooth to a lesser extent.

When is a Dental Crown Needed?

Dental Crowns are used in several situations, including:

  • To protect a weak or decaying tooth
  • To hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • To restore an already broken tooth
  • To hold a dental bridge in place
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover misshapen or discolored tooth

How long do Dental Crowns last?

Dental crowns last between five and 15 years, on average, depending on how well you take care of your teeth and adhere to good oral hygiene practices.

Do Dental Crowns require Special Care?

The short answer is no. A dental crown requires no special care. You should treat it the same way you treat your other teeth (assuming you follow good oral hygiene). Be sure to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use antibacterial mouth wash.

Leikin & Baylind Dental Care provide single visit crowns and onlays with Cerec technology!

If you have any questions about Dental Crowns and Dental Onlays, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit

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ADA Attempts to Clean Up American Oral Hygiene

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Though Americans are encouraged from a young age to keep their pearly whites squeaky clean, our track record when it comes to understanding oral hygiene isn’t so spotless. A recently released survey from the American Dental Association (ADA), has revealed that our citizens’ average score on survey questions regarding dental health was a little below average at a “D.”

The questions compiled in the survey were true and false, and a sampling of some of the ones Americans seemed to struggle with dealt with frequency of teeth cleaning, causes of cavities, and the age at which a child should make his or her first trip to the dentist.

The conditions of mouths nationwide should serve as a testament to the lack of knowledge regarding proper dental health care. Ninety percent of Americans between the ages of 20-64 have had cavities in their adult teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Children, too, who have not yet lost their baby teeth, have been found to have mouths crammed with cavities: nearly fifty percent of children between ages 2-11 have cavities.

ADA’s newly launched consumer website, Mouth Healthy, provides important information on preventative dental care and treatments; hopefully, the site will serve as a springboard for Americans in improving their dedication to oral care. To learn more about tooth care, and to see if you’re up to par on dental hygiene, visit Mouth Healthy’s website, and test your knowledge with their dental IQ exam.

Start showing an interest in your dental health today by scheduling a routine visit for preventative care with Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville offers custom-fitted night guards, the most widely used treatment for bruxism. This device slips over the teeth, preventing contact with the opposing teeth, relieving the pressures of grinding and clenching.

If you have any questions about Preventative Dental Care or Routine Cleaning, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit

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Oral Health – Americans Score Badly