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Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Treatments

Friday, September 4th, 2015
Sensitive teeth

You don’t have to suffer from sensitive teeth. Follow these tips to help enjoy your life again!

Things that you used to eat and drink every day can suddenly bring you to the edge of tears as your teeth become increasingly sensitive. It is estimated that one in eight people suffer from sensitive teeth. Why should you have to suffer from eating and drinking the things you love? There are ways to treat your tooth troubles! (more…)

Halloween Candy Overload? Here’s How Best to Prevent Tooth Decay

Friday, October 31st, 2014

In the days following Halloween, and the night itself of course, you will likely be making some decisions that are not the best for maintaining a healthy mouth. That’s not to say you can be blamed for it- with all of the delicious treats that come hand in hand with this holiday, it’s very difficult to avoid a sugar overload. But caring for your teeth properly, even after a major indulgence like Halloween, is still important; you can reduce your risk of tooth decay by following these tips from your Catonsville dentist.

 tooth decayTooth Decay: The Trick That Follows the Treats

 Candy consumption can lead to tooth decay very easily. Tooth decay is the result of sugars or other carbs being left on the surface of the teeth for too long. As the natural bacteria in your mouth consume the residue of sugars, they convert them into acid, which in turn breaks down the enamel of your teeth. Without enamel, your teeth are not protected from cavities and decay. So as tempting as Halloween treats may be, it is important to know that they pose a big threat to your teeth. Is there a compromise, however, that you could reach between eating your trick-or-treating spoils and having a healthy mouth?

If you are going to go ahead and eat your Halloween candy, take note of these important tips:

-Brush your teeth immediately after consuming candy, taking care to be thorough. Even if it does not fall into the same time as one of your two daily brushings, clean your teeth anyway.

-Floss to remove residue from between teeth, particularly after eating any kind of sticky, taffy-like candy.

-Drink fluoridated water to both stay hydrated and to give your teeth the benefits of fluoride as well.

Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville

If you have concerns about tooth decay, 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.

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.

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Don’t Delay, Prevent Tooth Decay

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Tooth decay is a common dental ailment, and yet it is easily prevented. So why does it happen?

The Culprits

As it seems is the case with most problems in life, the most enjoyable things are the ones that cause the biggest problems. Tooth decay begins when you eat foods that contain carbohydrates, also known as starches and sugars. That’s right, this includes anything sweet such as cake, candy, and ice cream, as well as your carb-loaded favorites like bread, chips pretzels, and pasta. Bacteria then digest this residue, resulting in a byproduct of acids. These acids then congeal into an appetizing witches brew with bacteria, food particles, and saliva to form everyone’s favorite: plaque. Plaque sticks to your teeth and eats away at the enamel, and pretty soon you’ve got a mouth of teeth filled with more holes than the Albert Hall.

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Not to fear. Check out these easy tips that will keep your mouth clean and your teeth impeccable.

Brush and Floss

I’m sure by now you’ve heard this so many times that it goes in one ear and out the other. Where it should go, however, is in your mouth. Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Dentists recommend brushing for two minutes during each session. At twice a day; that’s four minutes. Add in two minutes for flossing and we’re at six minutes. Six minutes of your day for a healthy, clean mouth? You won’t find a better deal than that. Make sure to replace your brush every two months for maximum tooth cleaning efficiency.

Chew Gum (Sugar Free)

Chewing sugar free gum after a meal will keep saliva flowing in your mouth, which helps to neutralize plaque acids that are doing their best to eat away at your pearly whites. Xylitol, found in many sugar free gums, goes the extra mile by killing plaque bacteria.

Regular Check Ups

Stop in at your friendly neighborhood Catonsville dentist. Come by and they’ll fix you up just right.

If you are concerned about tooth decay, schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. 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 Don’t Delay, Prevent Tooth Decay Today 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+.

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tooth-decay-prevention

http://dentalcarematters.com/tooth-decay-prevention/

Diet Coke is Bad for Teeth, According to New Study

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Diet CokeMethamphetamine and crack cocaine are known for their damaging effects to the mouths of drug users. But what about diet soda?

According to a study published recently in the journal General Dentistry, the heavy consumption of diet soda can damage the teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine. Without good dental hygiene, continued exposure to the corrosive effects of the of citric acid and phosphoric acid in diet soda can cause significant oral damage.

“You look at it side-to-side with ‘meth mouth’ or ‘coke mouth,’ it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same,” said Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia.

In his study, Dr. Bassiouny studied a woman who drank 2 liters of diet soda every day for two to five years. He found that the woman experienced tooth decay similar to that of a “29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user.” The woman’s teeth were soft and discolored, with several teeth completely destroyed by erosion.

“From my experience, the damage that happens to people’s mouths from cocaine or methamphetamine are degrees greater than what I see from soda, but I see a lot of damage from soda,” said Dr. Eugene Antenucci, a spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry.

Preventing Tooth Decay

The best way to fight tooth decay is to prevent it. You should pay particular attention to three things:

  1. How often you drink soda,
  2. How much soda you drink, and
  3. How long the soda is in your mouth

“You can help prevent [tooth decay] from happening by reducing any of those,” said Bassiouny.

“You’d be better off if you didn’t drink the soda,” said Antenucci, “but in my mind there’s not a reason for that extreme.”

If you have any questions about our blog, Diet Coke is Bad for Teeth, According to New Study” 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+. And don’t forget, we will be donating $1 to the Catonsville Celebrations Committee for every new “Like” our Facebook page receives until June 15th. So spread the word!

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Diet Soda Habit as Bad for Teeth as Meth Addiction? WebMD

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.

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

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.

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Source: Treatment for Dry Mouth WebMD

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.

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7 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Oral Health

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.”

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What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?