Archive for December, 2013

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Sedation DentistryA lot of people get uncomfortable when it’s time to go to the dentist. Anticipating pain, lack of anesthetic, and general fear of a dentist office can cause even the most basic dentistry to be an ordeal. When this happens, you want the best dentist possible to help you by providing sedation dentistry in a safe manner. Before receiving sedation dentistry, you’ll discuss with your dentist the best type of sedation for you. There are a few different types of sedation and anesthetics.

Anesthesia

  • Topical – This is a simple numbing solution put on the skin or near the tooth to help you not feel the most basic pain. This is good for cleanings, but not for anything much more serious than that.
  • Local – Local anesthesia is given by injection near the site of where the work is being done. This is generally used for extractions or fillings to ease any pain or discomfort.
  • Laughing gas – Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, reduces fear and anxiety to make the dentistry process a little more comfortable and enjoyable. It’s not so strong that you can’t drive yourself home afterwards, but it’s strong enough to keep you comfortable during your procedure.

Sedation

  • Oral – Taken by mouth, these pills can help you relax during your procedure and forget much of it afterwards. The less you remember about the procedure (if you find it uncomfortable), the easier it will be to visit the dentist next time.
  • Intramuscular – For those who won’t tolerate oral or IV sedation, an intramuscular shot may be the way to go. These have the same effects as oral, but are easier for people who don’t want to swallow pills.
  • Intravenous – This is one of the best ways to receive sedation, since the whole experience can be tailored directly to a patient’s needs throughout the procedure. You may sleep or simply be in a twilight state throughout and have very little memory of the procedure at the end.

If you receive sedation dentistry at Affinity Dental, rest assured that you’re getting the best care possible. We’ll discuss all of your options with you carefully before administering them and prepare you for any side effects.

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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Helpful Hints For Healthy Teeth From Your Catonsville Dentist

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

“The function of teeth is to chew food — and to some extent, help you talk and form words,” said Richard H. Price, DMD, a retired dentist and former faculty member at the Boston University School of Dentistry.smile

Unfortunately, many of us ignore this one rule of oral health, opting to instead use our teeth for everything from ice crushers and potato chip bag openers to knot looseners and much, much more!

“Blenders have special blades to crush ice, for heaven’s sakes,” said Price.

Additional Oral Care Tips for Healthy Teeth

  1. Avoid Over-the-Counter Tray Whiteners: Some over-the-counter teeth whitening trays contain an acidic, unbuffered solution, which could damage your tooth enamel. Talk with your dentist before using any new teeth whitening products.
  2. Avoid Over Brushing: Yes, you can brush too much! You don’t want to wear away your own tooth enamel. So stick to brushing 2-3 times a day, using a soft bristle brush.
  3. Avoid Smoking: Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than nonsmokers. And smoking will also discolor your teeth.
  4. Don’t forget to visit the Dentists: It is recommended that you visit the dentists at least every 6 months for a routine checkup and cleaning.

Affinity Dental Associates: Your Catonsville, Maryland Dentists!

The experienced dental hygienists at Affinity Dental Associated provide a wide variety of services, including dental cleanings, deep scaling, dental Xrays, patient education, oral cancer screenings, fluoride treatments. And much more!

Call today and make an appointment with Sharon, Emily, Tammy or Donna for an exceptional dental hygiene experience!

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

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Source: Helpful Hints for Healthy Teeth WebMD

How Can I Avoid Tooth Decay?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Tooth decay is a common problem. Fortunately there are a few simple and easy steps to help you avoid tooth decay and keep your teeth looking great for years to come!Healing teeth

While you brush and floss every day, sometimes, that’s just not enough to keep your teeth clean and decay free!

Drinking coffee throughout the day is a major problem. It can stain your teeth and any sugar you may have added remains in your saliva throughout the day. Thankfully there is a simple solution to this problem. Either drink your coffee in the morning instead of sipping it all day and drink some water once you’ve finished your beverage. Or, you can take sips of water between your sips of coffee and rinse out your mouth. This will wash out your mouth and prevent the harmful sugars from eating away at your teeth and causing them to rot. Bonus tip: drinking coffee from a straw will help the sugar bypass your teeth a little bit lowering the chance of decay.

Stop swishing soda around in your mouth. Next time you’re about to enjoy a nice carbonated beverage, just drink and swallow. There is no need to swish around the harmful chemicals and cause excess damage.

Lastly, limit the amount of sour candy that you consume. Studies show that a sour candy may have as much acidity as a car battery. That will for sure rot your teeth. However, if sour candy is something you cannot avoid, brush your teeth after consumption.

If you have any questions about Tooth Decay, 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!

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Source:

http://lifehacker.com/5862313/three-simple-things-you-can-do-to-help-avoid-tooth-decay