Archive for November, 2013

Ouch! Why Do I Have A Toothache?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Are you experiencing sharp, throbbing, or constant tooth pain? What does it mean? Unfortunately, there is no one answer. Your toothache could be caused by any number of dental disorders, including:

  1. Tooth decay
  2. Tooth Fracture
  3. Damaged Filling
  4. Infected Gums
  5. Abscessed Tooth

The only way to know exactly what is ailing you is to visit your dentist. He/she will check your medical history, ask you questions about the pain, and perform a physical examine to help get to the bottom of your unique situation.

When to see the Dentist

  1. If the toothache lasts for more than a day or two
  2. If the toothache is severe
  3. If the toothache is accompanied by a fever or earache

Preventing Toothaches

The best way to prevent toothaches and other dental disorders is to practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly.

  1. Brushing & Flossing: Good oral hygiene begins with regular brushing and flossing. You should brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
  2. Regular Dental Visits: You should visit the dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings and checkups.

Affinity Dental Associates: Your Catonsville, Maryland Dentists

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 Toothaches and Dental Hygiene, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com 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!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Dental Health and Toothaches

What is Laser Dentistry? Information from your Maryland Dentist

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Laser dentistry has been around since the early 1990s and is a FDA approved treatment method. Laser dentistry, which utilizes laser energized water, can be used to safely perform a wide variety of dental procedures. The laser energy is produced by combining a spray of atomized water with laser energy and can be used to gently and precisely remove a wide range of human tissue, including tooth enamel and soft tissue (gum).Patient receiving laser tooth-whitening procedure

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

  1. The laser can make cavity preparations, numb teeth and gums and remove soft tissue without needles or numb feeling.
  2. The laser’s pinpoint accuracy precisely allows our dentists to leave as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
  3. The laser produces no heat or vibration, thus reducing the need for needles and anesthesia.
  4. The use of the laser may cause less pain.
  5. The laser minimizes bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatment.
  6. Laser dentistry also helps reduce dental fear and anxiety in patients uncomfortable around dental drills.

Laser Dentistry can be used to treat a wide variety of dental issues, including:

  1. The removal of tooth decay in preparation for a filling
  2. Lasers are also used to “cure” or harden fillings
  3. Gum recontouring
  4. The laser can help relieve painful canker sores and accelerate their healing
  5. Soft tissue procedures
  6. The reshaping of gums and the removal of bacteria during root canals
  7. Lasers can even be used to biopsy tissue in the mouth
  8. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in the mouth
  9. Teeth whitening
  10. And more!

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

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Be sure to check out all the information we have to offer about Laser Dentistry

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Laser Use in Dentistry

 

Whiter Teeth For A Brighter Smile

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset. 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes one more appealing to members of the opposite sex. Fortunately, there are many options to help give you that bright, white grin you’ve always wanted.

One of the easiest ways to go about achieving a brighter smile is to add whitening toothpaste to your brushing regimen. While they do not contain enough peroxide to actually whiten your teeth, they can remove plaque and superficial stains. You can also use a whitening rinse to swish around your mouth and reach any places your toothbrush missed.

If you choose to go down this path, steer clear of alcohol-based mouthwashes, which can result in bad breath and a lack of bacteria-busting saliva. You may also want to steer clear of artificially colored mouthwashes, as they can attract color to the tooth and make it stick, rather than removing it and keeping your teeth nice and white.

You can also make some different choices with your diet: eating crunchy fruits and vegetables can help naturally exfoliate teeth, helping to remove stains and keep your teeth nice and white. Strawberries in particular are great because they contain

malic acid, which helps break down stains. Avoid fruits with high citric acid content, such as lemons, limes, and grapefruit as they can erode enamel, making it difficult to maintain a whiter smile. Coffee and tea can also quickly stain your teeth.

While these are all great on-going solutions, they may never capture the truly bright smile you want as a visit with your local tooth-whitening dentist in Catonsville can. Dentist-supervised tooth whitening remains the safest, most effective method for brightening your smile. In just one visit, you can brighten your smile ten shades.

At Affinity Dental, we offer chair-side bleaching, where a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, much stronger than an over-the-counter product. A UV light may be used to activate components within the whitening solution, which helps speed up the process. With proper care and use of a prescribed at-home whitening product, the benefits of professional tooth-whitening can last years.

Give us a call today to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

For more information about teeth whitening, talk with your local Catonsville, Maryland dentist. Contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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Sources: http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/teeth-whitening-celebrity-dentists-tips-for-a-brighter-smile-452940

http://www.aacd.com/whitening

 

Oral Care Tips

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

dental tools

Oral care is a necessary part of our daily routine, so it is essential that you take proper steps to ensure all is accounted for. To help demystify what you should be doing on a daily basis, here are some tips and tricks from your Catonsville dentist on becoming an effective at oral hygiene.

Brush correctly, twice daily.

Brushing is crucial to combating plague, bacteria, and cavities. Use a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste and brush each tooth individually. To brush the front and back of each tooth, the toothbrush should be positioned at a 45 degree angle to your gum line, pressed against the gum line, and moved in a circular motion. To effectively clean the very back teeth, it’s helpful to angle the toothbrush vertically while using the same circular motion used to brush the rest of the teeth.

Floss properly, once daily.

Flossing targets the bacteria caught in-between teeth. Use an adequate length of floss (about eighteen inches), run a one inch section of floss back and forth against the entire side of each tooth.

Use a soft-bristle, comfortable toothbrush.

The efficiency of your oral care depends more on your brushing habits than your toothbrush, but there are a few important factors to consider when choosing a toothbrush. Brushes with overly stiff bristles tend to irritate the gums. Thus, a soft bristle toothbrush is recommended. Additionally, it’s important that the toothbrush is easy to use. So, you should experiment with different sizes of toothbrush handles and heads to find a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your hand and your mouth.

Use a healthy toothbrush.

Toothbrushes can both collect bacteria and become worn. For example, if you fail to rinse your toothbrush, bacteria removed while brushing may stay on your toothbrush and be returned to your mouth the next time you brush. Also, if you don’t allow your toothbrush to dry properly, the moisture will encourage bacteria growth on the brush. As for wear and tear, bristles become ineffective when they are frayed or broken. Replace your toothbrush based on your assessment of its appearance. Most dentists hand out free toothbrushes upon visits, so make sure you schedule your regular 6-month cleaning with Affinity Dental, your Catonsville dentist.

Use the correct toothpaste.

Like your toothbrush, your toothpaste must suit your specific oral care needs. The only requirements for toothpaste are fluoridation and the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Otherwise, experiment with different flavors, textures, and special types of toothpaste (toothpaste for tartar control, teeth whitening, sensitive teeth, etc.).

Avoid foods with acid and sugar; embrace foods with calcium and crispiness.

Acid damages tooth enamel, discolors teeth, and prompts tooth sensitivity. Sugar encourages bacterial growth and tooth decay. Consequently, it’s wise to avoid sugary foods such as candy, and acidic drinks such as citrus juices, wine, and soda. On the other hand, foods with calcium help maintain healthy tooth enamel, and foods with crisp help clean plaque off teeth. So, to bolster your oral care efforts, indulge in calcium-rich dairy and crisp fruits and vegetables.

And, of course, regular visits to the dentist are essential to oral hygiene. So, give us a call at 410-719-7900, visit our website, or stop in to make an appointment with the best Catonsville dentist! Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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

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Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/teeth-gum-care

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/healthy-teeth-10/brushing-teeth-mistakes?page=2

http://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/select_toothpaste.html

http://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/nutrition.html