Archive for August, 2013

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. DIY Products

Friday, August 30th, 2013

We all wish our teeth were a little whiter. Between the coffee, the soda, the cigarettes, and every day wear and tear, our teeth lose their luster. It is up to us to restore that luster. How? Teeth Whitening!

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. DIY Teeth Whitening Products

Today, there are more teeth whitening options than ever before. Between the countless store-bought DIY products and dentists offering professional teeth whitening, you have a big decision to make. Do you go the DIY route to save a few dollars or do you entrust your not-so-pearly whites to your dentist?

The primary difference between store-bought products and professional teeth whitening is the level of peroxide, the active ingredient in teeth whiteners. Store-bought products tends to contain as much as 7% peroxide, while professional teeth whitening products contain 35-45% peroxide.

Additional differences also exist, including the way these whiteners are delivered. At Affinity Dental Associates in Catonsville, Maryland, teeth whitening is always performed by an experienced dental professional. We place a bite guard in your mouth so you can rest comfortably while your teeth are isolated and the gel is applied directly to your teeth.

You can eat or drink again as soon as the procedure is complete!

At Affinity Dental Associates, we can restore your smile to its natural beauty. Our Venus Chairside Whitening System has been clinically proven to whiten teeth up to 10 shades! It is safe, effective, and formulated to prevent sensitivity.

People with most types of discoloration can achieve lighter teeth through Venus Whitening Systems. The type of stain you have will affect how much whitening you will experience.

If you have any questions about Teeth Whitening, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source:

  1. Choose the Best Teeth Whitener WebMD

Why You Should Have an Oral Care Plan

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Good oral health does not just happen. It must be worked toward each and every day. Because of this, it is important to have a plan of attack.

Developing an Oral Health Plan

  1. Unique Needs: Your oral care needs are unique to you. So sit down with your dentist and discuss your needs and any dental disorders you may have. Your dentist will be able to help you craft an oral health plan as unique as your oral care needs.
  2. Oral Hygiene: Oral hygiene is a daily battle. At a minimum, your daily oral health routine should include brushing (twice a day), flossing, and the use of mouth wash. These actions will help keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible. But remember, daily oral care is only part of the battle.
  3. Fluoride: The use of fluoride helps strengthen teeth and prevents tooth decay.
  4. Dental Visits: You should be sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year (every 6 months). During these visits, your dental hygienist will provide a variety of services, 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, personalized home care instruction, and more.

Additional oral health tips include:

  1. Eating a balanced diet. Everything you put in your mouth has some effect on your oral health. Therefore, it is important to limit sugars and starches, foods that help contribute to tooth decay.
  2. Quit smoking. Tobacco products increase your risk of oral cancer and cancers of the larynx, pharynx and esophagus; gum disease; bad breath; tooth discoloration; and other oral and general health problems.

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

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source:

  1. Your Oral Health Care Plan WebMD

Preventing Gum Disease, Tips from your Catonsville Dentists

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

First of all, let’s explain exactly what gum disease is. After all, while most people know that gum disease is bad and should be prevented, few actually know what gum disease is.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is characterized by the gums pulling away from the teeth, which forms pockets. These pockets then collect debris, promote the growth of bacteria, and can result in infection, which begins to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold teeth in place.

“Unfortunately, by the time most people notice any of the warning signs of periodontitis, it’s too late to reverse the damage,” said Sam Low, DDS.

This is why prevention is so very important!

Preventing Gum Disease

When all is said and done, the best way to prevent gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene, including:

  1. Brushing at least twice a day. More is recommended, especially after meals.
  2. Flossing once a day.
  3. Using an antibacterial mouthwash on a daily basis.

Additional Tips to help Prevent Gum Disease

  1. Stop Smoking: Smoking damages the gums and increases the risk of gum disease.
  2. Regular Dental Visits: Your dentist will be able to spot the warning signs of gum disease and help you reverse the damage before it is too severe.

Affinity Dental Associates: Your Catonsville Dentists!

During your first appointment, your teeth and gums will be evaluated and the state of your periodontal health will be diagnosed. After your periodontal health has been diagnosed, recommendations for further treatment will be made if necessary. Otherwise, you will be scheduled for a prophylaxis (cleaning).

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

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source: Preventing and Treating Gum Problems WebMD

Why is Soda Bad For Your Teeth?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Ever since we were little, we have heard it all, from the specific, “soda will rot your teeth,” to the most general of statements, “soda is bad for your teeth.” But why? What makes soda so bad?

According to a study published in General Dentistry, soft drinks – like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Canada Dry ginger ale, etc. – and canned teas “aggressively” harm teeth, eroding tooth enamel. Furthermore, this study found that diet sodas were just as bad as regular sodas.

Researcher J. Anthony von Fraunhofer, MSc, PhD, of the University of Maryland Baltimore Dental School exposed 20 healthy teeth to various types of soft drinks and canned teas for 14 days. The findings were rather interesting. In fact, non-cola soft drinks, like Sprite, Mountain Dew, and Arizona Iced Tea were actually 2-5 times more damaging than Coke, Pepsi, and Doctor Perpper. Tap water, root beer, brewed black tea, meanwhile, had very little negative effects to tooth enamel.

According to von Fraunhofer, non-cola soft drinks contain flavor additives that are “far more aggressive” at eroding teeth.

Still, the average person in the United States drinks about 16 ounces of soda daily. That adds up to 53 gallons a year! How much soda do you drink every day? What shape are your teeth in? More importantly, when was the last time you visited the dentist?

Affinity Dental Associates: Your Catonsville Dentists

When you visit Affinity Dental Associates, one of our experienced dental hygienists will provide a variety of services, 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.

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

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source:

Sodas, Canned Teas Attack Tooth Enamel WebMD

Tips For Keeping Your Breath Fresh

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Do you suffer from bad breath? Also known as halitosis. If so, you are not alone. More than 40 million Americans currently suffer from embarrassing bad breath. Luckily, there are several simple ways to help freshen your breath and fight back against bad breath.

Fresh Breath Tips

  1. The Basics: Oral hygiene 101: brushing and flossing. One of the primary causes of bad breath is plaque. And the best way to fight plaque is through good oral hygiene, which begins with brushing and flossing. You should brush at least twice a day (preferably more) and floss once a day.
  2. Don’t forget the Tongue: To eliminate that bad breath-causing coating on your tongue, consider scraping your tongue after you are done brushing your teeth,
  3. Mouth Wash: The final step of your daily oral health routine should be mouth wash. Not only will mouth wash freshen your breath, but it also attacks the bacteria responsible for bad breath.
  4. Chew Gum: Breath mints do nothing but mask bad breath. Gum, on the other hand, helps stimulate saliva production, the mouth’s natural defense against plaque.
  5. Visit your Dentist: Visiting your doctor at least twice a year is an important part of your oral health routine. During these visits, a dental hygienist will provide a variety of services, including dental cleanings (prophylaxis), deep scaling (scaling and root planing), fluoride treatment, and much more.

Affinity Dental Associates: Your Catonsville Dentists

Drs. Egert, DeRoo, Wyett, Eisenberg, Zitofsky, Sheladia, and Mutzig have over 170 years of combined experience delivering exceptional dental care to their patients. At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accomodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.

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

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Sources:

  1. What you can do about Bad Breath WebMD