Archive for November, 2014

Your Catonsville Dentist: How To Care For Your Baby’s Teeth

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

baby teethIf you’re a new parent or are expecting you’ve doubtlessly got about a million concerns on your mind more pressing than dentistry. But slow down and think for a minute because childhood and infant tooth care, as well as pediatric dentistry, can affect your baby’s teeth for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for your young child or infant’s teeth. Affinity Dental, your Catonsville pediatric dentist, is here with some tips.

Baby Gum Care

Taking care of your baby’s gums can start immediately after birth. However initial care won’t involve a toothbrush or toothpaste. Here’s a simple routine you can use to take care of your baby’s gums. To take care of your baby’s gums, take a moist, very soft washcloth (you may also use gauze)and use it to gently wipe your baby’s gums at least twice daily. It’s especially important to do this after feedings and before bedtime in order to wash off and prevent bacteria from adhering to their gums. Bacteria poses a sever danger to infants, and can create plaque that damages their emerging teeth.

Baby Tooth Care

When your child’s teeth begin to emerge, you may use a toothbrush. However it’s very important to select a very soft brush with a small head and a large handle, to facilitate better control and minimize the risk of hurting your baby’s teeth. To brush their teeth, follow these steps: First just wet the toothbrush for gentle brushing. When teeth begin to pop up, use the tiniest drop of toothpaste you can squeeze from the tube. You can increase to using a pea-sized amount when your child is 3. You can brush their teeth until they are old enough to start learning themselves. Supervise them and teach until they can rinse and spit unaided

Visit a Pediatric Dentist

Your child should have their first pediatric dental appointment by age 1. Visit the dentist sooner if you observe any of the signs of baby tooth decay. If you see abnormally brown or white spots on your infant’s teeth, your baby could be suffering from infant tooth decay. Even if there is no emergency, your pediatric dentist can give you advice on baby tooth care, teething, thumb sucking and fluoride usage.

Affinity Dental is here with the best in pediatric dentistry. Our skilled and devoted dentists are here to make sure your child’s teeth grow up healthy. If you have any questions about Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville, contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

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

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Treating Gum Disease in Maryland

Friday, November 14th, 2014

gum diseaseWe’ve recently covered some of the potential causes of gum disease. Whether your gum disease has resulted from poor brushing, medication, hormonal changes, or as a side effect of another illness, one thing’s for sure: It’s painful. If you have gum disease you’ll want to consult your Maryland dentist quickly on possible treatment options for this common condition. Affinity Dental, your Maryland family dentist, is here with some of the possible treatments for advanced gum disease.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Plaque is a hard substance that builds up on tooth surfaces, forming a hardened layer of bacteria laden gunk. Often the first procedure used to address gum disease is a thorough dental cleaning, wherein your Maryland dentist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.

Scaling and Root Planing

If general plaque cleaning isn’t enough, but your gum disease does not yet warrant surgical intervention, your Maryland dentist may recommend scaling and root planting. During this procedure your dentist will, after anesthetizing you, clean plaque and tartar from your tooth roots, as well as from your visible gum line, and anywhere that tartar has caused your gum line to deteriorate.

Pocket Reduction

The most common surgical procedure that a Maryland dentist will perform on patients suffering from advanced forms of gum disease, pocket reduction, also called flap surgery, involves your dentist making an incision in your gums and peeling back a flap to remove subsurface tartar and plaque. Your dentist will also smooth damaged tooth structure and more tightly sew your gums back in place, reducing the space that bacteria can grow in.

Do You Need Gum Disease Treatment in Maryland?

Contact Affinity Dental! Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and personable physicians have the technology and skill necessary to treat your gum disease quickly, effectively, and painlessly. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service, keeping mouths gum disease-free and smiles gleaming white. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

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

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What Causes Gum Disease?

Friday, November 7th, 2014

gum disease

One of the most widespread and frequently untreated dental diseases in America is gum disease. While it can begin with only
minor irritation and gum reddening, if left unchecked gum disease can evolve into gingivitis or periodontitis and can do lasting damage to your mouth or even result in permanent tooth loss. Affinity Dental, your Catonsville dentist, is here with the signs of gum disease, so you know when to get checked out.

Gum Disease Causes

Bad Oral Hygiene: The most common cause of gum disease, by far, is infection as a result of poor oral hygiene. Poor brushing, failing to floss properly, and not rinsing help foster a bacteria laden environment that promotes gum disease. The first step a Catonsville dentist will take when treating someone with gum disease is to reinforce proper dental hygiene.

Changes in Hormones: When a child goes through puberty, the levels of hormones shift dramatically which causes increased blood flow to all areas of the body, including the gums, leading to increased sensitivity to irritation, which can magnify both the effects and likelihood of contracting gum disease.

Disease: Because your body expends energy and antibodies combatting illnesses, those who are sick will find their chances of getting gum disease much higher than they would normally be. This goes double for auto-immune diseases like lupus, HIV, or cancer.

Medicine: Certain medications, in particular those that alter the amount of saliva flowing to your mouth, can occasionally trigger gum disease. If this is a recurring problem be wary of taking medications like the anticonvulsant medication Dilantin or the anti-angina drugs Procardia and Adalat, which can cause abnormal growth of gum tissue.

Need Help With Gum Disease?

Contact Affinity Dental! Affinity Dental has the experience you need to catch gum disease early and treat it effectively. 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. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

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

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!