Archive for June, 2013

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Wisdom Teeth

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Contrary to as the name might sound, wisdom teeth do not make you smarter. In fact, they usually are a nuisance because they grow in after all of your other teeth disrupting your dental work and usually need to be removed. Wisdom teeth (or third molars as they are sometimes called) generally erupt between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five.

Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth

  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Causes pain
  • Infection
  • They are impacted
  • They have cavities that cannot be restored
  • Cysts or Tumors

Most often, a wisdom tooth needs to be removed because it is impacted. An impacted tooth is when there is not enough space for the tooth to erupt in the mouth. An impacted tooth can be very painful and lead to infection. Additionally, they can crowd your mouth and cause damage to the roots of nearby teeth. Other potential problems include forming a cyst in the mouth, which can lead to permanent damage. Removal of wisdom teeth is done with surgery. Before the surgery you will need to schedule a consultation with your dentist to get all of the information, at this time your dentist will tell you what to expect and it is encouraged that you ask questions.Just because you are not in pain, that doesn’t mean everything is fine either. Pain free does not necessarily mean disease or problem free. Even if your wisdom teeth grow in normally, it is best to have them evaluated by a doctor to ensure there are no issues.

Talk with your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist about whether wisdom tooth removal is right for you.

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Gum Disease Prevention Tips

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Periodontitis disease (more commonly known as gum disease) is when the gum and bone are pulling away from the teeth, forming pockets. These pockets collect debris, promote the growth of bacteria, and can cause infections, which begins to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.dental tools Fortunately, gum disease is pretty preventable if you know some proper oral care tips!

Tips for Preventing Gum Disease

  • Brushing: The easiest way to avoid gum disease is with regular brushing…at least twice a day. And don’t forget to brush your tongue, germs can collect there too!
  • Mouthwash: Mouthwash is a great way to supplement brushing. Often, mouthwash kills bacteria that brushing cannot reach.
  • Flossing: You should make sure to floss at least once a day and remove the food particles that got stuck between your teeth.
  • Eating Healthy: Yes, what you eat can affect your oral health, especially for children. A healthy diet is one that includes whole grains, vegetables, and fruits; is low in fat and saturated fat; and is low in sodium. Too much sugar in your diet will rot your teeth.
  • Quit Smoking: Tobacco is simply not good for your teeth and gums and tobacco users are more than six times more likely to develop gum disease than nonsmokers.
  • Regular Dental Visits: We recommend seeing the dentist at least every 6 months, if not more. This will help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and will help identify the warning signs of gum disease.

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Our experienced dental hygienists provide a variety of services to our patients including “dental cleanings”(prophylaxis), “deep scaling”(scaling and root planing), “dental Xrays”, patient education, oral cancer screenings, dental product recommendations, fluoride and local antibiotic therapies and personalized homecare instruction. Call today and make an appointment with Sharon, Emily, Tammy or Donna for an exceptional dental hygiene experience!

If you have any questions about Gum Disease and Oral Health Tips, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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Source: Prevention WebMD

 

What You Need To Know About Invisalign

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

When you are a middle-schooler, having braces is hardly an eyesore, it’s commonplace. While your mouth may feel awkward and you are self-conscious, everyone else in your age bracket is experiencing the same thing. But what if your teeth have shifted since you were in middle school? As an adult, you do not want to relive the middle school awkwardness without your peers going through the same thing. But, crooked teeth are no better. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Invisalign!invisalign1

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a way to get the straighter teeth you crave without the noticeable, painful metal braces. Invisalign is not obvious to spot in the mouth because it is a clear plastic tray that is placed in your mouth to help shift your teeth. At the beginning of the procedure, tooth impressions are made and from those, your Invisalign trays are made. Every two weeks the Invisalign trays are replaced as your teeth shift into the perfect smile you crave. The trays can be worn all day and night with the exception of eating and drinking. The whole Invisalign process typically lasts 12-48 months, which is no longer than it would take to straighten your teeth with braces.

For more information about oral care tips, talk with your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist.

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Affinity Dental Associates: Nutrition & Oral Health in Catonsville, Maryland

The dentists at Affinity Dental Associates have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to our patients. The experienced dental hygienists at Affinity Dental Associated provide a wide variety of services, including dental cleanings, deep scaling, dental X-rays, patient education, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments. And much more!

They and the rest of the oral health professionals at Affinity Dental Associates strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable.

If you have any questions about Catonsville Nutrition & Oral Health, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Call today and make an appointment for an exceptional dental hygiene experience!

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