Archive for September, 2013

How To Prevent Tooth Decay

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Tooth decay, as you can probably guess from its name, is the destruction of both the tooth enamel and the dentin layer of the tooth. It occurs when foods loaded with carbohydrates are left on the teeth. The bacteria in your mouth feed on this food, producing acids, which combine with food debris and saliva to form dental plaque. This plaque then begins to dissolve tooth enamel, creating cavities.Affinity_Dec17

Luckily, tooth decay is very preventable!

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

  1. Brushing Twice a Day: Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Ideally, one would brush after every meal.
  2. Flossing Daily: Flossing once a day will help remove food debris that brushing misses.
  3. Eating Healthy: Eating healthy and avoiding carbohydrate-filled snacks, like candy, pretzels, and chips, is your best defense against tooth decay.
  4. Fluoride: Fluoride will help strengthen your teeth. One of the best ways to add extra fluoride to your oral health regimen is by using a mouthwash containing fluoride.
  5. Semi-Annual Dental Visits: It is recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice a year (every 6 months) for regular cleanings and checkups. At Affinity Dental Associates, our dental hygienists provide “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 Tooth Decay and Dental Hygiene, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

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.

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

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Preventing Tooth Decay


Invisalign in Catonsville, MD

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Are you one of the many people who has reservations about braces and their brackets & wires? Well, now you don’t even have to bother with them thanks to Invisalign!invisalign1

The Invisalign system is composed of virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, they look similar to teeth-whitening trays. Over the course of treatment, you will be supplied with a series of aligners. Each aligner makes slight adjustments to tooth position and after the initial two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process. And the best part? They’re invisible!

What are the benefits to using Invisalign in place of braces?

  • Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible – No one may even notice that you’re wearing them, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Friends and family alike will be surprised when you reveal that you are indeed wearing a system that is straightening your teeth!
  • Invisalign aligners are removable. – Unlike with braces, you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you want during treatment. So with Invisalign, you can remove them and bit into your favorite sub sandwich! And you can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would, for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
  • There are no metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth – Plus, since your office visits during treatment don’t involve metal or wire adjustments, you’ll likely spend less time in the doctor’s chair. More time to do the things you want to do!
  • Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth will look when your treatment is complete – Instead of imagining how much better it can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself.

More than 2 million patients worldwide have been treated with Invisalign. The number of Invisalign smiles grows daily. You’ll feel confident knowing that your teeth are being straightened with the totally invisible system!

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

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1. Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions Invisalign

How To Choose A Pediatric Dentist

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Good oral health needs to start at a young age, typically around a year and a half. It is these trips to the dentist and a well-structured daily oral health routine that will set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. However, a dramatic first experience at the dentist could discourage a child. This is why it is so important to find a dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry.

How to choose a Dentist

  1. For starters, ask questions. What experience does the dentist have with children? Is the office set up for children? Does the dentist allow you to be present during treatment?
  2. Rapport: Take your child to see your potential dentist. How does he/she get along with the dentist? What does the dentist do to make your child feel at ease? “Chair side Manner” is important.
  3. Sedation: Sometimes, children just do not respond well to the dentist. When this happens, sedation dentistry may be your best option. Does your prospective dentist offer this option?

Affinity Dental Associates: Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville

At Affinity Dental Associates, our Pediatric Patients are very important to us. We do everything we can to combine great dental care with a fun, relaxing experience. To make children more comfortable at the dentist, we try to enlist the child in their treatment. Most children want to help us “clean the germs out” of the hole in their tooth.

By relating to children with understanding and patience at a level they can understand, we find that most children will accept the necessary treatment.

Preparing your Child for his/her First Dental Visit

As we already said, the first dental visit sets the tone for a lifetime of good oral health. So how do you prepare your child for this experience?

  1. Talk to your child about the dentist. Explain what will happen and tell them what they can expect.
  2. Stay calm. Don’t articulate any fears you have. And do not act nervous.
  3. Firsthand experience is nice. At Affinity Dental Associates, we like to informally meet children around 18 months of age. When a parent or sibling is having a check-up, we can introduce ourselves to your child. Your child can see what happens at the Dentist, and we can give your child a quick and informal examination. Then, when your child returns in six months, he or she will be much more comfortable for the formal examination and cleaning.

If you have any questions about Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

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

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  1. Your Child and the Dentist – Topic Overview WebMD

Bacteria from Gingivitis Could Be Effecting Your Immune System

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

A new report in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology gingivitis bacteria, Porphyromonas gingivalis, could be affecting your immune system, manipulating normal processes for eliminating bacteria. Basically, when gingivitis bacteria should be destroyed, it actually thrives!

Researchers used mice cells that were then exposed to the gingivitis bacteria. The study found that the bacteria does its damage when first exposed to the pathogen, which is why it is so important for gingivitis treatment to start early.

About Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease affecting only your gums. It is also readily reversible in most people. However, if left untreated gingivitis can lead to a more severe condition.

About Periodontal Disease / Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue and is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. You may be surprised to learn that gum disease affects 75% ofpeople at some point in their lives.

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease

  1. Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
  2. Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  3. Infection including purulence(pus) between the teeth and gums
  4. Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  5. Bad breath

Periodontal Services from Affinity Dental Associates, your Catonsville Dentists

During your first appointment with Affinity Dental Associates, your teeth and gums will be evaluated and the state of your periodontal health will be diagnosed. After, we will make any further recommendations for treatment (if necessary). Otherwise, you will be scheduled for a prophylaxis (cleaning).

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

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

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Source: Gingivitis Bacteria Manages to Manipulate Immune System Dentistry Today