Archive for March, 2015

The Dangers of Oral Piercings

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Oral PiercingsPiercings of all sorts seem to be on the rise in popularity. They are more acceptable at work and in society in general, so a whole new generation of body modification enthusiasts have been born. Now, getting pierced with a new piece of jewelry can be a really fun experience if you take proper care of it and as long as you go to a good piercing shop. As long as you’re following the aftercare guidelines of your piercer, you should be fine as far as healing up, but be warned. Some piercings pose a threat to your oral care no matter how well you take care of them. Let’s check some out.

The Tongue

Getting a tongue piercing is pretty risky. If placed incorrectly, your tongue can suffer serious damage that will render it partially or fully paralyzed indefinitely. Now, you can avoid this by simply going to a reputable piercer with a proven record, so do your homework. Now, once you’ve gotten the piercing you are at constant risk of cracking one of your teeth. It’s unavoidable. The metal bar that you will be pierced with comes with two metal balls on each end and those metal balls can get caught in between your teeth while you sleep or eat. Repetitively catching those balls with your teeth might eventually lead to cracking and even a broken tooth. So, in the event you dare to get your tongue pierced, try not to play with it and make sure to stay safe.

The Lip

There are several different kinds of lip piercings that you can get. One is a simple ring that goes through one hole beneath your bottom lip. Another, the labret, is a stud that goes through the bottom lip. Now, before you get a labret stud, you need to think about how the back of your jewelry is going to affect your gums. The back of the stud, usually a small metal plate, is going to be rubbing against your gums every day for as long as you choose to keep it. This can cause gum recession and it probably will. As soon as your piercer allows you to, change the metal disk out for something acrylic or rubber to save your mouth.

Know this: Any oral piercing places your oral health at risk. There is simply no way around it. So, make sure to take excellent care of your teeth and your new piercing if you hope to keep them. Talk to us about any concerns or questions you might have.

If you’re looking for a dentist then contact Affinity Dental for all your tooth, gum, and smile related needs. We offer tons of services that can brighten and straighten that smile to your satisfaction. Call us at 410-719-7900. You can also find us online at to make an appointment or just learn more.

Oh No! You’ve Chipped a Tooth!

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
If you've fractured a tooth then you should head to the dentist.

If you’ve fractured a tooth then you should head to the dentist.

If you’ve got problems with depth perception then drinking from glasses can be a very dangerous endeavor. You bring the glass up to your lip and it rams right into your tooth. Now, this has been happening for a while and now you’ve got a new problem. That glass of delicious apple juice just chipped your tooth. Now what? (more…)

Turn Down for What?: Alcohol and Your Teeth

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
It's good to have fun, but take care of those chompers!

It’s good to have fun, but take care of those chompers!

It may be the thing to do during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, but drinking copious amounts of alcohol has an adverse effect on your teeth. This is not to say that you should stop drinking altogether, but it may be prudent to understand what you’re getting into when you put your body through an alcohol binge. If you think that you suffer from a more serious drinking problem then your teeth are very much at risk for some serious issues. (more…)

What To Look For in A Dentist’s Office in Catonsville, MD

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Waterlase DentistWhether you need a standard teeth cleaning, or have a killer pain in a tooth, when you go to a dentist you want to know you’re seeing the best. You want a dentist with experience, one that can treat a wide range of conditions, and is up-to-date on their dental techniques. You have just described the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates, Maryland’s best dentists.


You wouldn’t want a greenhorn dentist “cutting his teeth” on you as one of his first patients, would you? No, when you’re making small talk with your dentist and you ask how long he’s been in the profession, you don’t want to hear “actually, this is my first day,” as he leans over you, mouth mirror and dental probe in hands, and an expression of pained concentration on his face. At least, not if you don’t want a pained expression on your face next. (more…)

5 Signs You Have A Cavity

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

cavityYou’ve gone your entire life without a cavity, so you’re not sure what it’s like to have one. If you’ve started to have chalky white spots, sensitivity, pain, teeth cracking, or dark spots on your teeth, it might be one of the signs you have a cavity and need to see a dentist immediately. Read a more detailed description of each symptom below.

1. Chalky White Spots

The first of the signs you have a cavity is the appearance of chalky white areas or residue on your teeth. The chalky white spots are an early warning sign that you might have a cavity, or that one might be coming soon. The chalky white substance is actually minerals from your teeth broken down by acid or bacteria. If you’re experiencing this, see a dentist to head off the problem before it gets too bad.