Archive for July, 2014

How Can Sedation Dentistry Improve Your Dental Health Experience?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

sedation dentistryIs going to the dentist a big ordeal for you? You’re not the only one. About 15% of Americans suffer from severe dental anxiety. We’re not just talking about “I don’t want to go to the dentist.” We’re talking about people who purposely avoid the dentist even if they’re in pain or know that they really need to make that visit. One of the best ways to stop dental anxiety from being problematic is to ask your Catonsville dentist about sedation dentistry. A few weeks ago we did a blog about what sedation dentistry is. But we think, even more importantly, it’s necessary for you to know what benefits sedation dentistry can have for you.

How Does Sedation Dentistry Make the Dentist Office More Pleasant?

  • Easy way to relax – Sedation dentistry can be administered in a few different ways. We prefer to use whatever makes you comfortable. Some people prefer inhaling (laughing gas), others prefer to take a pill, and still some prefer IV sedation. Generally IV sedation is saved for serious dental procedures and surgeries, but is occasionally used for lesser sedation.
  • Assists the dentist – If you have a hard time relaxing, so does your dentist. They need you to be able to sit back and handle the appointment without stressing out in the chair. When you’re relaxed, so are they. It makes the whole procedure easier and quicker for them, which will make it more pleasant for you. After all, you want your dentist to be able to focus on what’s important.
  • Allows you to keep your mouth healthy – If you’re the kind of person who won’t go to the dentist because you’re afraid of the sounds, smells, and sights, sedation dentistry can help you get there and relax through your appointment. For people who haven’t had their teeth cleaned as a result of dental anxiety, this can be a huge thing. Your oral health affects your overall health. It’s important to remember that and find a way that works for you.

Sedation Dentistry from Affinity Dental

Having a dentist that knows your fears and can help you calm them is very important. It’ll make keeping your oral health in top shape easy and anxiety free. At Affinity Dental, we know how important it is for you to maintain your oral health. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or making an appointment 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: Image-Dentistry, Your Dentistry Guide

Professional Teeth Whitening Myths Debunked

Friday, July 25th, 2014

professional teeth whiteningWe’re rolling into one of the most popular months for weddings in the United States and with weddings come lots of pictures. Do you avoid smiling with your teeth every chance you get in those pictures? Are you worried because your teeth are yellowing or just aren’t as white as you’d like them to be? In that case, you should consider having your teeth professionally whitened by your Catonsville dentist. You might be worried that having your teeth whitened can in some way harm them or cause more problems. Believe it or not, most of the issues that you’ve probably heard involving having your teeth professionally whitened are myths.

Which Problems are Just Myths?

  • I can get oral cancer from having my teeth professionally whitened. This is entirely false. Studies have shown that there is no way that having your teeth whitened can cause cancer. In fact, one of the main ingredients used in teeth whitening is hydrogen peroxide, which you’ve probably used on a regular basis anyway. Your teeth and gums may be a little sensitive after you’ve had them whitened from these chemicals, but they are in no way going to cause you oral cancer.
  • Teeth whitening will damage my enamel and make me more susceptible to cavities. This is also not true. All that teeth whitening is going to do is change the color of your teeth. It doesn’t wear down the enamel or make you susceptible to mouth diseases. In fact, having your teeth whitened can help you boost your oral health. How, you ask? Most people want to keep their teeth white and shiny once they’ve paid to have them professionally whitened. The best way to do that is to take good care of them!
  • Teeth whitening hurts and isn’t worth the pain. Having your teeth whitened isn’t painful, especially if you have it done by the proper professionals. If you know that you have sensitive teeth and gums, you should expect that the treatment may be a little uncomfortable for 24-48 hours afterwards, but it won’t be an awful pain. It’s more likely to just be slightly tender. Avoid eating anything really hot or cold during this time and brush with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.

Teeth Whitening from Your Catonsville Dentist

Having your teeth professionally whitened is the best route to go to ensure that your teeth are the shade that you want them. At Affinity Dental, we use the Venus Chairside Whitening System, which will whiten your teeth up to 10 shades in an hour. Schedule your appointment to find out more and make your pearly whites even whiter! If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

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Source: Family Dental Innovations, 1teethwhitening

The Benefits of Maryland Orthodontics

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

benefits of bracesEveryone’s smile is a little bit different and unique; your smile is one of those characteristics that defines you. Whether your smile is a little lopsided or perfectly straight, it’s yours. The one thing that most people do want out of their smile is straight teeth. Straight, white teeth are an iconic symbol of beauty and health, but not everyone is lucky enough to be born with them. In fact, very few people have perfectly straight teeth when they first begin to grow in. That’s where the magic of orthodontics comes in to play. Adolescents and adults alike are using orthodontics to improve their smiles as well as the health of their mouth.

Why are Braces A Good Idea?

  1. Improve your oral health – Misaligned teeth can be painful and difficult to clean. When teeth begin to overlap, it’s difficult to get in between them to clean plaque out with floss. It can also be a pain to brush uneven teeth and make sure that your toothbrush reaches every surface of every tooth. Part of this is also a psychological thing – you’re more likely to take good care of something that you’re proud of.
  2. Improved self-esteem – It is true that the beauty that counts is on the inside, but we all know what it’s like to be in high school and have something that makes us stick out. It’s important to accept yourself for who you are, but if you have the ability to improve something that will boost your self-esteem, why wouldn’t you do it? There’s something to be said for feeling good in your own skin and being comfortable with setting your smile free.
  3. Long term benefits – Once you have your teeth properly straightened, you’ve made a good life investment (providing you wear your retainers as long as you’re supposed to). Once your teeth are straight and healthy, you’re less likely to have other oral health problems over time. That can save you a lot of money throughout the years. The treatment might seem expensive to begin with, but there are payment plans available and braces will generally pay for themselves as you get older.

Orthodontics treatments have come a long way. They’re no longer just for teens and young adolescents. Invisalign is frequently an option for adults who want straight teeth, but who don’t want to deal with everything that comes with classic appliances. Ask your Affinity dentist about Invisalign today.

Orthodontics from Affinity Dental Associates

From subtle changes to major repairs, the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates can perform a wide variety of procedures to improve your smile, from teeth whitening and bonding to veneers and crowns. These improvements are not always cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

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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Sources: Dr. Dann, Dr. Bibby


Preventing Dental Diseases and Root Canals

Friday, July 11th, 2014

tooth decay“Root canal.” Did you get the shivers? We’d be surprised if you didn’t. Root canals are one of the things that people dread the most about going to the dentist, primarily because the pain of an infected tooth is pretty awful. The idea of getting root canals when you’re young probably isn’t something that you consider very often, but for athlete Jon Salisbury, it became a reality. He’s actually had two from drinking too much Gatorade and a few too many sugary energy drinks. This is becoming a huge problem amongst adolescents and children because there’s so much added sugar in food and drinks today. Preventing tooth decay and disease isn’t difficult, but it does take some thought and preparation.

As far as adolescents consuming sugary drinks for sports are concerned, most experts agree that water will serve the purpose just fine. The main goal of drinking anything during a sport’s game is to rehydrate. Water does a perfectly good job of that all on its own. There are a few other things you can do to prevent decay and infection in your teeth.

  • Brush and floss regularly – I know it seems like we’re beating a dead horse on this one, because you’ve probably heard it a million times, but the importance of keeping your teeth clean can’t be underestimated. You have to get rid of the plaque that collects on your teeth throughout the day in order to avoid decay.
  • Avoid smoking – You should do this for your overall health anyway. Smoking can cause lung cancer, mouth cancer, and worse. It will also yellow your teeth with time. Avoiding smoking will make your breath fresher and your mouth healthier.
  • Have your teeth cleaned – You should see your dentist for a professional cleaning at least every 6 months, depending on your specific dental needs. Some dentists may require that you visit them more often than that to make sure that your teeth remain healthy.
  • Avoid sugary foods – Sugary foods can easily decay your tooth enamel. The best foods to eat are vegetables and foods that are low in sugar and carbs. If you do eat sugary foods, make sure that you brush your teeth as soon as you can.

These tips will help you to avoid decay and tooth diseases, but if you do develop them, you should make an appointment to see your Catonsville dentist ASAP. give us a call at 410-719-7900, visit our website, or stop in to make an appointment!

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

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Source: United Health Care, CBS

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

It’s a fairly common thing to feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. Almost every patient, at one point or another, can feel nervous about a procedure and have to talk it out with their dentist to be reassured that everything will be fine (which it will!). But for those who feel their anxiety is interfering with their ability to go through with dental procedures, or even routine check-ups, sedation dentistry could potentially be the key to helping you overcome your fears.

Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as relaxation dentistry, is primarily suggested to patients who feel more than a typical amount of anxiety or nerves about sitting down in the dentist’s chair. There are varying degree of sedation dentistry that you can opt for: while lighter sedation methods can be used for those undergoing a brief procedure, you can also choose to undergo heavier sedation if the procedure will take longer, or if you are particularly anxious.

“Laughing gas,” or nitrous oxide as it is more officially known, is commonly used in sedation dentistry. Laughing gas can help a patient feel more relaxed going into a procedure, and is even appropriate to use during some forms of oral surgery. One of the benefits of laughing gas is that though you will technically be “sedated” when you use it, you will also remember the procedure. That way, you can know exactly what happened and how your dentist performed the procedure, and the positive feelings associated with the laughing gas could come to be associated with the dental work itself. This could put you on the right track to overcoming your dentist-anxiety once and for all.

Sedation dentistry can be accomplished with other things as well. In addition to laughing gas, dentists can use anti-anxiety pills and liquid medications if that is your preferred method, and they can also us intravenous sedation for those patients who do not wish to remember the dental procedure or oral surgery at all. No matter which method you select, sedation dentistry may be the help you need for your next trip to the dentist.

Do you have questions about whether sedation dentistry is right for you? Call Affinity Dental today!

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At Affinity Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care that 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 and questions concerning sedation dentistry, give us a call at 410-719-7900 or visit our homepage.