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Fitting Oral Hygiene Into Your Normal Day

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Father and son practicing good dental health habits

It’s not always easy to make oral hygiene a daily priority.

It’s always been recommended that you should be brushing your teeth three times a day, which — unless you’re comfortable bringing a toothbrush, toothpaste and a good mouthwash to work with you — is sometimes easier said than done. After breakfast before you start your day and again before bed is a little easier to work into your normal schedule, but are there a few basic ways to keep your mouth happy and health when life take you on the go? Absolutely! Here are a few simple tips for daily oral hygiene to keep your teeth sparkling and breath at its freshest throughout even the busiest workday. (more…)

What to Do About Dentures That Don’t Fit

Monday, August 1st, 2016
poor fitted dentures

It’s important to make sure your dentures are fitting perfectly.

Making sure dentures fit properly is a number one priority for anyone who has them. As time goes on, dentures don’t change — but their mouths do. That’s why it’s important to practice proper care for your dentures and schedule regular dental visits. Here’s a few things you should know to keep your dentures, and your smile, in excellent shape. (more…)

The Danger of a Sports-Related Dental Injury

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Dental injury, lost tooth

Reports revealed that men are twice as likely to suffer a dental injury as women, most commonly due to improper use of protective gear.

More than five million teeth are avulsed or knocked out every year, and more than $500 million are spent in attempts to repair them. Many of these dental injuries are sports-related, caused by accidental impact or improper gear. Learn more about these dental injuries and how to prevent them here. (more…)

Is your child frightened by the dentist?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

 

dentist, frightened

Is your child scared to go to the dentist?

A lot of children are afraid of the dentist because a lot of things about the dentist can be scary when you aren’t familiar with them. Dentists have a variety of tools that can seem scary if you don’t know what they do. The drill definitely falls into this category. Children may also be afraid of the needles and pain that comes from some dental appointments. So, what can you do to help them get over their fears? That’s what we’re going to be talking about today. So, are you ready to learn more about how you can help your child get over their fear of the dentist? Let’s do it! (more…)

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!

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Your Maryland Dentist: Causes and Symptoms of TMD

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

TMDOne of the most pervasive, and painful dental complications, temporomandibular disorders (abbreviated TMD, often mistakenly referred to as TMJ) are caused by problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles. The jaw joint, or temporomandibular joint, is the hinge that connects the lower portion of the jaw to the skull. The joint is flexible and allows the kind of smooth motion necessary for talking, chewing, and yawning. Affinity Dental, your Maryland dentist, is here with the causes and symptoms of TMD.

So What Causes TMD?

Unfortunately, scientists have yet to reach a consensus on the actual cause of the disorder, but there are a few prevailing theories. TMD can be cause d by severe head or neck trauma, usually from whiplash or a heavy blow. TMD can also result from continuous grinding or clenching of your teeth or dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket joint of your jaw. TMD has also been attributed to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the temporomandibular joint, and long term stress, which can cause you to tense your jaw muscles for extended periods of time.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of TMD include:

  1. Severe pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear whenever you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide.
  2. Limited ability to open or move your mouth
  3. Jaw locking into an open or closed position
  4. Audible clicking or popping sounds when moving your jaw to speak, chew, or yawn.
  5. Increased difficulty chewing or a feeling that your teeth have suddenly shifted out of alignment
  6. Swelling of facial tissues
  7. Tooth, neck, and head aches
  8. Dizziness
  9. Hearing problems
  10. Tinnitus (A ringing sensation in your ears)

If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis then contact your Maryland dentist immediately.

Do You Suspect You Have TMD?

Contact Affinity Dental! Affinity Dental has a wealth of experience in diagnosing and offering a wide variety of treatment options to those suffering from TMD. 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!

Symptoms of Oral Cancer from Your Maryland Dentist

Friday, October 24th, 2014

oral cancerOne of the most pervasive and serious conditions a dentist can treat, oral cancer includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and throat. If not diagnosed and treated early, the condition can quickly become life threatening. Affinity Dental, Maryland’s premiere dental group, is here with the symptoms of oral cancer so you can know when to get checked out.

Symptoms of Oral Cancer

  1. Swelling or thickenings, usually observed as bumps, lumps, rough patches, inside the mouth or on the lips are a very common sign of oral cancer.
  2. Another sign of oral cancer are velvet-like patches with white/ red or speckled coloring inside the mouth.
  3. If you start suffering from spontaneous oral bleeding, oral cancer could be at fault.
  4. Maryland residents should also look out for unexplained numbness, pain, or tenderness in your mouth, face, or neck.
  5. Continually developing sores that bleed easily and never seem to heal could indicate oral cancer.
  6. The constant sensation that something is caught in the back of your jaw.
  7. Increasing difficulty in speaking, eating, or doing any other activity that involves moving your jaw.
  8. Sudden and dramatic weight loss is another possible sign of oral cancer Maryland residents should watch out for.

 

If you notice any of these signs and have no other diagnosed medical conditions that could be the cause, consult your Maryland dentist immediately. The earlier oral cancer is diagnosed, the better your potential for recovery is.

If You’re Looking For A Maryland Dentist Experienced with Oral Cancer…

Contact Affinity Dental. Affinity Dental has unmatched expertise in diagnosing oral cancer. 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.

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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Is Oil Pulling Actually Effective?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Woman SmileYou may not know that the practice of oil pulling has been around for thousands of years, since it just recently started to trend again. What is oil pulling, you ask? It’s an ancient tradition that involves swishing oil (generally sesame, coconut, or extra virgin olive) through your mouth to kill bacteria. Swishing the oil for 10-20 minutes every day has been proven to kill bacteria and even help reduce instances of gingivitis. Once the liquid has been pulled for this amount of time, it turns white and should be spit out to avoid reabsorbing the toxins into your mouth. So now the real question: does oil pulling really work?

Studies have shown that people who oil pull regularly have (on average) 20% less bacteria in their mouths than those who don’t practice oil pulling. They also were less susceptible to cavities forming. Because of these statistics, many people who prefer holistic type healing have started to try oil pulling. While it may be effective at helping to kill bacteria and making the mouth a little bit healthier, it should not become a substitute for brushing and flossing. Those who plan to try oil pulling should use it as an addition to an oral healthcare routine and not a substitution.

Oil pulling is also said to have some additional benefits, not just for oral health, but for overall health. Some of these include:

  • Migraine relief
  • Better breath
  • Help with insomnia
  • Detox from chemicals and alcohol
  • Dry mouth

Not all of these have been officially tested or have documentation to prove that they work, but many people have used oil pulling as a natural remedy and find it to be extremely useful for the above mentioned ailments.

Before starting any kind of oral health routine or regimen, you should talk to your Catonsville dentist. You may not be a good candidate for all types of oral health care routines, depending on where you stand with your health. Pregnant women and those with certain diseases have special oral health care needs that should be addressed before you decide to try something new.

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. If you have any questions concerning sedation dentistry, give us a call at 410-719-7900 or visit our website.

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

Source: http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

Why Should I get Teeth Whitening in Time for Summer?

Friday, April 25th, 2014

teeth whitening catonsvilleSummer is just around the corner. High school graduations are coming up in the next month, baseball season is in full swing, and beach weather is coming closer. Everyone wants to look their best in the summer; whitening your teeth can make you feel like a whole new person for summer 2014. Having white teeth health advantages as well as social and personal advantages. Don’t miss out on a fun filled summer because you’re uncomfortable with your smile. We’ve got a few reasons why you should schedule your whitening treatment as soon as possible!

  • Improved aesthetic and self-esteem – Everyone wants to look nice. When you walk into a room, one of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. If you have a bright white smile, you’re more likely to feel good about yourself and walk into a room with that smile plastered on your face. People are much more open to those who seem open to them. Smiling makes you appear more approachable!
  • Improved health – Once you have that white smile that you’ve coveted so much, you’re more likely to take good care of it. Taking care of your teeth (including routine cleanings and daily brushing and flossing). Better oral health leads to better overall health, so not only will you be feeling more confident, but you’ll also be healthier!
  • Inexpensive – If you’re unhappy with your appearance, teeth whitening is one of the least expensive things you can do to improve your confidence. It isn’t invasive or unhealthy, is fairly inexpensive, and will change the way you look and feel.
  • Camera ready – Spring and summer are notorious times of the year for picture taking. Graduations, parties, and summertime festivities will have people pulling out their cell phones and cameras left and right to document fun memories. Having whiter teeth will make you more comfortable in front of all of those cameras.

Getting your teeth whitened isn’t just about looking great; it’s about feeling great and getting that extra boost you need to help you enjoy your summer! Make an appointment soon to make sure that your smile is ready for the summer season.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening in Catonsville, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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

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Source: http://1teethwhitening.com/en/articles/154-the-advantages-of-teeth-whitening