Archive for the ‘Gum Disease’ Category

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

A new flossing routine might result in bleeding gums, but they should clear up in a few days.

Seeing blood after you brush your teeth or floss is always alarming, but it isn’t always an emergency. If you notice bleeding or anything unusual during your oral care routine, give your dentist at Affinity Dental a visit for a check-up. In the meantime, here are some of the most common causes of bleeding gums. (more…)

How to Floss the Right Way

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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Is your flossing technique up to par?

When it comes to good dental hygiene you can’t rely on your toothbrush to do all the heavy lifting. Flossing is necessary to reach all the deeper areas and tight spaces between your teeth. Bacteria that feeds on the bits of food stuck between your teeth can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. To truly reap the benefits of flossing though you need to make sure you’re flossing properly. Here are a few tips and tricks to make sure your flossing technique is up to par. (more…)

What is Periodontitis? Dental Warning Signs and Prevention

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
Prevention and treatment of gingivitis

How healthy is your smile? Learn how to spot periodontal disease in its earliest stages.

There are several different forms of periodontal disease, but you are likely most familiar with gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal diseases, or gum diseases, lead to chronic inflammation of the gums and can lead to pain and tooth loss. Let’s talk about how you can identify, treat, and prevent periodontitis. (more…)

What is the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
tartar removal

If you let plaque harden onto your teeth, it will form tartar. Unlike plaque, formed tartar can only be removed from your teeth by a dental professional.

You are likely aware that adults and children should regularly brush and floss to maintain optimal oral health. But do you know just how critical it is to practice oral hygiene every single day, twice a day? Neglecting to clean your teeth can yield dangerous results in a matter of 48 hours. Maryland’s Best Dentists are here to help you understand the difference between plaque and tartar and why this is important. (more…)

4 ways to effectively prevent Gingivitis

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Prevention and treatment of gingivitis

Learning how to prevent gingivitis and overall tooth decay is something invaluable to one’s oral care. When your teeth are not properly cleaned, you will notice the fast progression of tooth decay, including damage to your tooth structure, enamel and the dentin layer of your teeth. If you eat plenty of food sources with sugars and starches, you are at a higher risk of tooth decay. Some common food sources including sugar and starches are breads, milk, cereals and fruits. These foods build plaque on our teeth and you want to avoid that by brush your teeth at least two times a day.

If you do not brush your teeth, you will put yourself at a higher risk of gingivitis. What is gingivitis? Gingivitis is a gum disease; you can tell you have gingivitis when you show signs of swelling and irritation of your gums. You may notice your gums receding and your teeth loosening. To prevent gingivitis, you may want to start with rinsing your month out with salt, anti-spetic and anti-bacterial mouthwash. This will help you treat inflammation of the gums and reduce the growth of bacteria in your mouth.

When brushing your teeth, brush in a short and circular formation to protect your teeth from plaque and don’t forget to brush and floss your gums. Moreover you need to schedule cleanings by your hygienist to treat gingivitis and prevent gingivitis in the future. Here at Affinity Dental, we can help you cure your gingivitis with our periodontal disease control services. We will show you how to brush your teeth to keep plaque off the surface and prevent tartar from hardening on your teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day to help prevent gingivitis. It should take you 2 to 3 minutes of brushing to properly protect your teeth from plaque buildup. we will recommend an effective hygiene plan to meet your oral needs. Drink plenty of fluoride  water to protect your enamel between meals and we will do the rest to ensure your healthy teeth.

For A Healthy Smile, Choose Affinity Dental

Do you need assistance managing your dental health? We can help! Call Affinity Dental today. Our team of experienced and professional 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!

All About Gingivitis

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Have you been experiencing swollen gums that bleed when you partake in the daily routine of brushing your teeth?  Don’t be alarmed! You don’t have to trade in your pearly whites for a set of dentures just yet, but Baltimore residents should make an appointment with their local dentist right away because what you are experiencing is the first sign of gingivitis.


Flossing can help prevent gingivitis.


Tips for Healthy Gums

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015


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Keeping your gums healthy and happy is important for oral care.

Keeping your gums in good shape is very important for your oral health. After all, your teeth are coming out of your gums. They are the foundation of your smile. Keeping your gums healthy can be a struggle, particularly if you are exposed to a lot of risk factors. Now, today we’re going to be giving out tips for healthy gums so that you can achieve the smile of your dreams. Are you ready to learn more about healthy gums? Well, let’s go for it. (more…)

Gum Disease is Not Fun

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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Do you have gum disease?

Are your gums red and inflamed? Do you find yourself with really bad breath even after brushing regularly? Do your gums bleed when you floss? You might be dealing with a nasty case of gum disease. Now, gum disease can be prevented and treated, so there’s no need to feel down just yet. If you think you suffer from gum disease then you need to start thinking about how you can improve your situation. It can be done, so don’t fret. Let’s check out some of the signs of gum disease and how to improve your oral health. (more…)

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.

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…)