Monday, October 15, 2018

Oral Health for Seniors

As we age reduced salivary flow and the addition of medications start to effect our oral health dramatically. The good habits of proper daily brushing, diet and use of fluoride will help us adapt to changing conditions as we age.

The older we get our teeth will darken due to long term exposure to plaque and dentin within the tooth. Gums may recede and uncover roots which can make them more prone to decay. Overtime, fillings can weaken which can cause them to decay and become discolored.

Dry mouth is a common condition in older patients, increased daily medication such as, antihistamine, decongestants, diuretics, etc, can reduce the flow of saliva. Saliva is useful to help lubricate, wash away plaque and neutralize the acid produced by plaque. The build up of plaque accelerates tooth decay. Plaque cam also lead to more gum infection which can eventually cause bone loss throughout the jaw.

For more information regarding dental problems of the elderly, please call our office at 410-535-5055

Friday, October 5, 2018

Gum Disease

The ADA says that over 75-80% all adults have or will have some form of gum disease.

Gum disease, more commonly known as "periodontal disease" is a bacterial infection in the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. There are a multiple stages of  gum disease, the first state is called "gingivitis". This first stage is characterized by gum tissue that is red ,puffy and bleeds easily when touched with a tooth brush, floss or dental instrument. 

The second, third and fourth stages are initial, moderate and advanced "periodontal disease". The longer treatment is put off the more advanced the disease becomes. These stages differ from gingivitis because the infection has destroyed the bones that support the teeth which eventually causes tooth loss. The treatment at these stages is more involved ans usually consists of a special type of deep cleaning with anesthesia. If the disease goes untreated for long enough, gum surgery may be needed to correct the issues.

If you have any questions regarding gum disease or anything else, please call our office at 410-535-5055.

Thank you! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Orthodontic Dentistry

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is described by the American Association of Orthodontics as the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

What is an Orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone specialized training to diagnose, prevent, and treat dental and facial irregularities in patients. Within the U.S., orthodontics are required to complete a two to three year advanced residency program in orthodontics following the completion of their four-year graduate dental program. Each of these programs must be accredited by the American Dental Associations Commission on Dental Accreditation.

What causes orthodontic problems?

Most orthodontic problems are inherited, including tooth and jaw size which can lead to crowding or spacing of teeth. Underbites, overbites, extra or missing teeth  and irregularities of the jaw, teeth and face are also inherited. Thumb sucking/ pacifier use, dental disease, premature loss of primary or permanent teeth can also lead to orthodontic problems.

How early should children get evaluated for orthodontia?

As a general guideline, we recommend children for evaluation when their permanent teeth start erupting. With that being said, every child has different need and the age of orthodontic intervention really depends on the type of problem. So there is really not a specific age that we recommend for orthodontic treatment. We monitor your child's bite and growth of adult teeth during routine dental cleanings and recommend referrals accordingly. 

If your child requires treatment early on, starting orthodontic intervention early can make a huge difference in regards to treatment at a later age. We see the best results when some of the work is completed early compared to later when your child's jaw and face are completely developed.

If you feel your child may be ready for Orthodontic treatment, please come and see us to have an evaluation or just mention it at your child's next cleaning.

Monday, September 3, 2018

What are the Most Common Symptoms of Endodontic Disease?

Endodontic disease effects the inside core of the tooth. Dentists use a variety of treatments to fix endodontic problems, including but not limited to root canal therapy. Endodontic disease can manifest itself with a wide variety and combination of symptoms.

Common symptoms include:
-Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
-Sensitivity to sweets
-Pain when biting
-Pain that radiates to another area, this may include the ear, neck or temple
-Spontaneous toothache that starts out of now where
-Constant or intermittent pain
-Severe pain
-Throbbing pain
-Pain that occurs in response to atmospheric pressure changes

If you have any of these symptoms, we recommend contacting a dentist. You could be in need of endodontic treatment or possibly have another dental problem. Some of these symptoms can also be caused by decay, cracked teeth, defective fillings or other tooth related problems. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at 410-535-5055.

Monday, August 20, 2018

What Is a Prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of broken and missing teeth. Their training lasts an additional three years after the required four years of general dental school. During that time, they are taught in greater detail both removable and fixed prosthodontics.

There are two ways to replace missing teeth:

Removable prosthodontics are appliances that the patients themselves can take in and out of their mouth, such as dentures and partial dentures.

Fixed prosthodontics are  restorations that the patient cannot take in and out, such as veneers, crowns, bridges and implants.

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Note about your Dental Insurance Benefits

I would like to take a moment to discuss your dental insurance benefits. 

Most insurance companies renew your dental benefits with the New Year. That means that you can take advantage of possibly $1,000 or more of benefits for yourself and your family before the year is over. These benefits, often part of your employer's insurance program, will not carry over to the next benefit year. Once the benefit period is over the previous benefits can not be used. If you have a large amount of treatment we try our best to maximize your benefits the best we can.  

Please do not wait for the end to take advantage of your dental insurance benefits, we will try our best accommodate you at a convenient time for your own schedule. We want you to get the most out of the benefits!  Call today to ensure your best health - particularly if you're due for your regular check-up and cleaning!

As always, please do not hesitate to call our office at 410-535-5055 or email us at

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Teething/Erupting Teeth

Since the eruption of primary teeth is a normal and natural process, these signs and symptoms are to be expected:

-Increased salivation
-Putting fingers and hands in mouth
-Fretful behavior 

Children may display other symptoms such as fever and systemic disturbances. These are coincidental to eruption and should be treated as needed by a pediatrician.

If you have any questions or need more information don't hesitate to call our office at (410)535-5055