Archive for October, 2013

Risks Following Tooth Extraction

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

In order to maintain a happy, healthy smile, sometimes a tooth extraction becomes necessary. Whether it is to remove a tooth that has not broken the gum line, a tooth that is broken, or a tooth that has a severe cavity, a tooth extraction is a routine procedure that can keep your dental health on the right track. However, it is important to know exactly how to care for your mouth post-tooth extraction in order to avoid infections or dry socket.


After a tooth extraction, your dentist will have you bite down on a piece of cotton in order to keep the area where the tooth was dry. Blood cannot clot easily in your mouth otherwise, but when it is kept dry, it will be able to. It is important that a blood clot forms to protect you from dry socket.


What is dry socket? Dry socket occurs when a blood clot is removed before the gum line has had a chance to heal, leaving the bone and nerve endings exposed. This can be extremely painful, so it is important to avoid dislodging the blood clot before it is ready.


How can you avoid dislodging the blood clot? Avoid spitting, blowing your nose, or doing anything else that might cause pressure in your mouth and dislodge the clot. Also, stick to liquids and soft, cool foods such as yogurt in the days following the extraction.


Follow your dentist’s instructions following a tooth extraction in order to avoid infection and dry socket. You may also apply ice to keep the swelling down in your jaw, and you may use painkillers such as ibuprofen as well.


A tooth extraction, while vital to your dental health, does not have to be a risk-filled experience. If you have any further questions on tooth extraction, call on the experts at Affinity Dental today.


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What You Need To Know About Oral Cancer

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Oral cancer, like any cancer, is a scary thing to deal with. And, like any cancer, the key to treatment success is early detection! Oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat, can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated early.chaos

So it is important to know what you are looking for.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

  1. Gender: Sorry guys, men are at twice the risk for oral cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
  2. Smoking: Those who smoke are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers.
  3. Smokeless Tobacco: Those who use, dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancers of the cheek, gums, and lining of the lips.
  4. Family History: You are more likely to develop oral cancer if you have a family history of oral cancer.
  5. Alcohol: Oral cancer is 6 times more likely in those who drink alcohol than those who do not.
  6. Sun Exposure: Sun exposure, especially at an early age, can increase your risks of oral cancer.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

  1. Swelling, lumps, or bumps on the lips, gums, or other area on the mouth
  2. Velvety white, red, or speckled patches in the mouth
  3. Unexplained bleeding
  4. Unexplained numbness
  5. Pain or tenderness in the face or mouth
  6. The feeling as if something were caught in your throat
  7. Chronic sore throat and hoarseness
  8. Ear pain
  9. A change in the way your teeth fit together

10.Dramatic weight loss

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seek medical help as soon as possible. Pick up the phone and call your local Catonsville, Maryland dentists.

Regularly Scheduled Dental Checkups

One of the best ways to catch oral cancer early is with regular dental checkups (at least twice a year). As part of your routine checkup, your dentist will conduct an oral cancer screening exam. The American Cancer Society recommends oral cancer screening exams every 3 years for persons over age 20 and annually for those over age 40.

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

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Source: Oral Cancer WebMD

What You Need To Know About Tooth Sensitivity

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Anyone suffering from sensitive teeth knows just how painful the condition can be. Whether it is triggered by hot or cold foods and drinks or just by breathing cold air, tooth sensitivity can be a pain…literally!

What causes Tooth Sensitivity?

When the dentin layer of the tooth becomes exposed, so too does the root. And while most of your tooth is covered by hard enamel, the root is not. The root contains thousands of tiny tubules leading to the tooth’s nerve center (the pulp). These tubules allow stimuli (like hot and cold) to reach the nerve and cause pain.

The exposure of the dentin layer and root can be caused by several different factors, including:

Brushing too hard
Tooth decay
Gum disease
Cracked or damaged teeth
Acidic foods
Tooth whitening products
Plaque build-up
Excessive mouthwash use
And more!

How Can I Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?

Reducing and even preventing tooth sensitivity is simple. Just follow these tips:

  1. Good Oral Hygiene: Good oral hygiene starts with brushing twice a day (more is recommended) and flossing at least once a day.
  2. Brush using a Soft Bristled Toothbrush: The softer the bristles, the less toothbrush abrasion will occur.
  3. Try Desensitizing Toothpaste: If you suffer from sensitive teeth, use a toothbrush designed specifically for your needs. This should help decrease your sensitivity.
  4. Fluoride: The daily use of fluoridated mouthwash can help decrease tooth sensitivity.
  5. Wear a Mouth Guard: At night, you could unknowingly be grinding your teeth. A mouth guard could help protect your teeth.
  6. Regular Dental Visits: 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 accommodate 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 today!

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Source: Dental Health and Sensitive Teeth WebMD

Tips to help you achieve a Brighter Smile

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Do you wish your teeth were a little whiter and your smile a little brighter? Of course you do! We all do! We all want that perfect smile. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to achieve that Hollywood like smile. Fortunately, we at Affinity Dental Associates do!

Dental Care Tips to help you achieve a Brighter Smile

  1. Brushing: Good oral hygiene begins and ends with brushing. Angle the bristles 45-degree at the gum line, then brush gently, moving the brush back and forth.
  2. Flossing: Of course, brushing alone cannot do it all. To properly clean your teeth, you will also need to floss.
  3. Don’t fall into a Brushing Routine: Brushing is most effective when you start in different quadrants each morning. This way you don’t miss the same spot morning after morning.
  4. Replace your Toothbrush Regularly: Your toothbrush should be replaced every three or four months.
  5. Baking Soda: Brushing with baking soda twice a month can help fight back against tooth discoloration.
  6. Regular Dental Visits: Of course, you cannot do it all on your own. You will still need to see your dentist every 6 months for a routine cleaning.

Affinity Dental Associates: Your Catonsville Dentists!

The experienced dental hygienists at Affinity Dental Associates 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.

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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