Archive for January, 2015

Finding a Dentist in Catonsville

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Catonsville-DentistSo, you need to find a dentist in Catonsville. Thankfully, this process isn’t as harrowing as it may seem. There are resources available for finding a dentist. One of the first things you can do is to ask any family or friends who live in the area about their dentist. If you’re moving into the area you can also ask for a reference from your current dentist. The American Dental Association’s website,, also has helpful lists of dentists and other dental professionals to aid you in your search. Once you’ve found a list of dentists in the area, it is time to locate the perfect professional for you. After all, your teeth are important, and they deserve the best care you can find. It’s important to shop around a little. There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a great dentist, but with this helpful guide you will find one in no time.

 What makes a perfect dentist for you?

The first thing to consider is whether or not your new dentist will accept your insurance plan. Once you have confirmed that they will accept your insurance either by phone call or by viewing their website, you can ask yourself some important questions.

What sorts of services do you specifically need or think you will need?

Your dental professional will need to meet your  needs as well as your family’s, if you have one. Your children may need orthodontics or you may decide to get some cosmetic work done in the future. Assessing your needs now will save you time down the line in the event that you need specialty work done. Make sure that the dentist you choose can meet those needs.

 What is the background of this professional?

A solid background check is often overlooked, but extremely important in forging a long-term commitment with a new healthcare professional You need to know where they got their degree or what sorts of anesthetics they are authorized to administer. To help with  this, you can also check online reviews to make sure they have the customer service you deserve.

 How far are you willing to drive and when do you plan on making appointments?

Assessing office hours and location before choosing a dentist in Catonsville will save you a lot of headaches and toothaches, in this case.

Once you’ve narrowed your search to one or two dentists, you can do a visit to help you make the final choice. Is their office clean? Do the staff make you feel welcome and comfortable? Once you have answered all of these questions for yourself, you will have found the perfect dentist for your dental care in Catonsville. It seems like a lot of consideration, but your teeth are worth it.

Start answering these questions so that you can find your perfect dentist in Catonsville today!

For More Information Contact Affinity Dental



History of Sedation Dentistry

Monday, January 26th, 2015

sedation dentistryThe idea of having a root canal or serious oral surgery and being able to see the tools going in and out of your mouth may not seem like the most appealing idea. Fortunately, we can offer tools such as sedation dentistry to help alleviate any anxiety or discomfort you may experience throughout a dental procedure.

Sedation dentistry has a bit of a colorful history – and one that largely takes place in Boston. In 1845, a Connecticut dentist named Horace Wells opted to use nitrous oxide to remove an aching tooth. With a successful initial attempt, he decided to conduct the same experiment in Boston. Except this time, he withdrew the bag too soon, and the patient ended up feeling pain and discomfort – the complete reverse experience of what sedation dentistry is about.

Fortunately for today’s dentists, the experiment did not end there. A year later, in 1846, dentist William T.G. Morton conducted the same experiment using ether this time instead of nitrous oxide. The oral surgery procedure went smoothly, the patient experienced no pain, and the experiment was considered to be a great success. The word anesthesia itself comes from this particular discovery – Morton corresponded with the famous physician, professor, and author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and he coined the word to describe the state induced by ether. Morton’s use of ether launched the use of anesthetics in surgery, and you can actually visit a monument to ether in the Boston Public Garden.

Today’s dentists owe a great deal to Horace Wells and William T.G. Morton. While Wells’ use of nitrous oxide had a poor showing in the surgery theater, it was a compelling enough product to inspire further research. Today’s dentists will often use nitrous oxide in sedation dentistry, as it is safe and simple to use, partners well with other drugs and gasses, and makes for a more pleasant experience as it often induces laughter – hence why it is known also as laughing gas. Alternatively, dentists can offer other forms of oral sedation to help their patients feel more comfortable throughout the process.

If you have an upcoming oral surgery and are nervous or anxious about the procedure, talk to your dentist about what forms of sedation dentistry they can provide. Our team at Affinity Dental is experienced and highly personable, and will work with you to ensure that any procedure you have is with the utmost comfort. Give us a call today at 410-719-7900 or visit our website.

Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. 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. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Preparing for Oral Surgery

Friday, January 16th, 2015

If you are scheduled for, or are contemplating having, oral surgery, we know that the prospect can seem daunting. Nobody wants to have an area as sensitive as the mouth cut open. Fortunately, modern medical science and technology has made most oral surgery a relatively painless process, one that can be made fairly smooth with the right preparation. Affinity Dental is here with the steps you should take to properly prepare for oral surgery.

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Talk to Your Dentist

It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people avoid conversing with their dentists even when something as serious as surgery is on the line. Talk to them about the process, ask questions, we promise they don’t bite. Find out if there’s any medicine you’ll need afterwards, and make sure you’ve taken care of the prescriptions before the procedure. Schedule a ride to take you home afterwards and above all, talk about what makes you afraid or concerned about the surgery. Your dentist will almost certainly be able to help put these at ease.

Follow Pre-Surgery Instructions

It’s important to follow any guidelines your dentist suggests closely, especially if they’re administering any anesthetic. Typically, you can’t eat or drink for about 8 hours prior to oral surgery, although if local anesthetic is being used, you should probably have a small meal. Make sure you’ve brushed and flossed beforehand and, most importantly, do not smoke for at least 24 hours prior to the surgery.

What to Wear

It’s important to wear clothing that has short sleeves and fits comfortably. While your dentist will do their best to avoid any clothing staining, you may want to wear something you don’t care about getting a few spots on. Don’t wear contact lenses, and avoid putting on any makeup.

Plan Your Diet

What you eat after oral surgery is important. You’ll most likely need to stick to soft foods that don’t need a lot of chewing. You should also stay away from anything that’s highly acidic or spicy, which could cause irritation in your gums. DO NOT drink beverages after oral surgery using a straw, especially if you’ve had a tooth removed. This is caused when a protective blood clot, which usually forms when a tooth is removed, is dislodged and raw bone and nerve tissue is exposed, causing severe pain and potentially leading to an infection.

Need an Experienced Oral Surgeon?

Call Affinity Dental. Affinity Dental’s team of experienced and highly personable dentists have the technology and skill necessary to make oral surgery quick and painless. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. 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!

What to do with a Broken/ Knocked-Out Tooth

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

ToothWhether your teeth have been damaged by a blow to the jaw, biting down on a hard object, or falling onto the floor, the experience has doubtlessly been a painful one. If your tooth has been knocked out, don’t panic. It can most likely be replaced as long as you follow a few simple steps.

Find the Tooth

The first step is, naturally, to find the tooth.  This is the hardest part due to the size of teeth, especially if the tooth or tooth piece falls into a grassy area. Walking slowly and carefully, or even crawling, will make it easier to find the piece.  Remember, though: the faster you find the tooth, the greater the probability is that it can be reattached.  Do not grasp the tooth by the root.  This could cause damage and make the tooth a total loss, even after recovery.  Also, while searching, apply a cold compress to the your mouth and put pressure on a gauze pad in the injury.  This keeps you from feeling the worst of the possible pain and bleeding.  If possible, have somebody with a car on standby to rush you and your tooth to the dentist.

When the Tooth is Found

When you find the tooth, the best action is to replace it into the hole it left.  This may sound unhygienic, but it helps keep the space open and allows the dentist to have a clearer idea of how the tooth fit into the victim’s mouth.  Bite down on gauze to keep everything in place.  If the tooth won’t fit, don’t force it back in.  Put it in a small container with a little bit of milk or saliva to keep it moist and prevent further nerve damage.  Dedicated containers for this procedure are available at most Maryland dentists’ offices, with solutions formulated to maximize the tooth’s survivability.  If the situation is desperate, like if the loss happened away from home, keep the tooth between the lower lip and gum or under the tongue.

Tooth Safety

The missing or broken tooth is very sensitive to damage.  Along with not touching the roots, one should absolutely avoid scraping the root to remove dirt or cleaning the tooth with standard disinfectants such as rubbing alcohol.  Leave this part of saving the tooth to the dentist.  Above all else, avoid waiting.  In addition to losing the tooth, the injury could become infected, leading to further health problems.  Contact a health professional immediately if you feel unusual pain or if you cannot close your jaws.

Have a Knocked Out Tooth? Need A Replacement?

Affinity Dental, your friendly Maryland dentist, will happily repair or replace any damaged teeth.  Our dentists and dental technicians are swift, efficient, and dedicated to your health and safety.  We’re open during morning, evening, and weekend hours for your convenience, just in case of an emergency.  Call us at 410-719-7900 or go to our website if you have any questions or need our help.