By Carroll County Dental Associates
August 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Plaque is one of our smile's greatest enemies as it can damage our teeth and gums causing decay and gum disease. All of which threatens tooth structure and our teeth themselves. Good oral hygiene and preventive care are in turn our greatest allies in keeping plaque at bay. There is a lot you can and should do at home to protect your teeth, but without regular visits to your dentist's office, you may not be doing enough. Learn more by contacting your Westminster, MD, family dentists of Carroll County Dental Associates.

Daily Brushing

Plaque is made up of food particles and other fluids found in our mouths and it coats our teeth every day. What makes it particularly problematic is the many strains of bacteria that call it home. It clings to our teeth so brushing regularly is the only way to keep our teeth free from it. Two times a day is what's recommended by dentists.


Flossing removes plaque from the spaces that toothbrushes cannot reach, in between our teeth. Flossing once daily is what's recommended to remove plaque and helps dislodge food particles that have become stuck. Although we are trying to remove plaque flossing should never be forceful, although if it's been a while since you last flossed there may be some blood. Consult with your dentist about good flossing practices.

Tooth Healthy Diet

The bacteria in plaque feed on the high-carb and sugary foods and drinks we consume. As a result, they produce the acids that harm the enamel on our teeth and the soft tissue that is our gums. Drinking plenty of water and limiting snacks can do a lot to help protect our smiles.

Family Dentist in Westminster, MD

There is typically some plaque left over no matter diligent we are when we brush and floss, and this plaque can harden into tartar thanks to the minerals in our saliva. Something that can only be removed at the dentist's office during a cleaning. Checkups are an important part of these visits, helping to prevent uncomfortable surprises by spotting areas of concern and treating them early. Schedule an appointment with your Westminster, MD, professionals of Carroll County Dental Associates by dialing (410) 848-5577.

Cosmetic dentistry has at its disposal a number of treatments that can restore your smile to its natural appearance, or improve upon it. Your local Westminster, MD, cosmetic dentistry experts of Carroll County Dental Associates can answer your questions about all the ways that cosmetic dentistry can do to improve your smile.

Repair Damaged Teeth

When teeth become chipped, if the damage is not too severe, dental bonding can restore their former shape. This is done with a resin compound that is applied in liquid form but is hardened with a UV light and then shaped. This same type of compound is what is employed with tooth-colored fillings, as an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. These fillings repair your teeth from damage incurred due to decay, but because they are tooth-colored they practically vanish among the rest of your teeth. Crowns can be used when teeth are so damaged that they have lost a lot of structure.

Restore Missing Teeth

Either employing dental implants or dental bridgework, your dentist can restore these missing teeth. For a bridge, crowns are used to support the replacement tooth. Dental implants work differently, using a titanium post instead as support. This post is permanently implanted directly onto the bone of your jaw, and onto this, a crown is attached. Both can restore a missing tooth but deciding which option is best for you can best be done by discussing your expectations with your dentist.

Brighten Your Smile

When it's unsightly stains that you wish to address, then teeth whitening performed at your dentist's office can provide results that over-the-counter treatments cannot match. But if you have a tooth that is discolored due to trauma or wear, then teeth whitening will not be effective. For these cases consult with your dentist about a crown or veneer.

Give Your Smile a Makeover

Dental veneers, as mentioned above, can help restore teeth that are damaged or stained, and they also eliminate slight gaps in your smile. A number of them can be used in tandem to give your smile a complete makeover.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Westminster, MD

Whether you're looking to correct an imperfection or simply improve your overall smile look no further than your Westminster, MD, professionals of Carroll County Dental Associates. Dial (410) 848-5577 to schedule a consultation today.

By Carroll County Dental Associates
April 02, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Feeling comfortable with your smile is really important and you should have the confidence to show that smile off at any time. If you have gaps in your smile or your teeth are misaligned, Invisalign may be the right option for you! Your dentists at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, can help you determine if Invisalign is the right solution for your smile.

How Does Invisalign Work?

With Invisalign, your dentist in Westminster, MD, will fit you for aligner trays which you will swap out every few weeks. Each tray is custom-molded for your smile and will move your teeth little by little until they’re straightened into the final position that you desire.

Treatment time with Invisalign is fairly quick and won’t take away from your everyday life. Treatment time usually takes anywhere from nine to fifteen months, and you need to check in with your dentist every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing the way that it should be.

With Invisalign, you’re able to live comfortably and straighten your teeth with minimal effort. It’s so easy that you’ll be straightening your teeth in your sleep! You should be wearing your aligners all day, every day, and only remove them to brush, floss, drink, and eat. With Invisalign, you’re able to eat whatever you want, as long as you remove the aligners before eating.

Invisalign is comfortable and made to specifically fit your mouth. As the name suggests, Invisalign is clear, and you’ll be able to straighten your smile discreetly. No one will ever need to know that you’re straightening your teeth!

Contact Your Dentist Today!

If you’re struggling with flaws in your smile, make sure to contact your dentists at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, at (410) 848-5577 today to determine if Invisalign is right for you!

By Carroll County Dental Associates
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants  

The doctors of Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, repair patient smiles with dental implants. Missing teeth can cause other dental problems and weaken the jaw bone, so implants restore your smile. Read the most commonly asked questions about getting a dental implant and come see us in Westminster, MD, if you have a missing tooth!

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are made from a screw-like titanium post that is implanted into the jaw bone and a dental crown that is placed on top to act like a tooth. They are the best option for replacing missing teeth because they are as strong as, and behave like, natural teeth.

Dental implants are implanted into the jaw bone and then you heal for a period of weeks. During this time your jaw bone fuses to the implant, making it strong. You wear a temporary tooth cap during this time while your permanent one is fabricated. It will match and blend in perfectly with your smile. At a final appointment, the permanent crown is placed and you leave with a new tooth!

Does getting an implant hurt?

You will be numbed during the implant process and shouldn't feel pain. After the initial surgery, you may experience some discomfort. During the healing process, your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods and taking over-the-counter painkillers for any pain.

How do I care for an implant?

Implants behave like your natural teeth and you should care for them like your natural teeth. You can eat like you normally would once the implant is fully healed. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you grind your teeth at night you are at risk of damaging the crown. Your dentist will recommend wearing a nightguard to protect the new implant

Dental implants are the best option available to replace missing teeth. If you have missing teeth the doctors at Carroll County Dental Associates can help you with dental implants. Contact us in Westminster, MD, at 410-848-5577 or 410-876-6612.

By Carroll County Dental Associates
December 15, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

It may be tempting to push back your or your family's dental checkups in times when there simply is just no time. But equally important to diligent oral health, like brushing and flossing, is visiting your family dentists so you can help prevent complications and, if problems arise, that they are equipped with more information to handle any emergency. Contact your local family dentists of Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD.


You can keep your entire family at task with their daily brushing and flossing, but if you don't complement it with on-time dentist checkups, you're only doing half the work.

At home, you can do a lot to fight back against tooth decay and gum disease. Such as limiting the amount of sugary drinks and foods that your household consumes, as these are a particular favorite of the bacteria in your mouth.

As they eat they produce acids that damage your teeth and gums.

This bacteria exists on your teeth in the form of plaque, the film you feel when you go enough without cleaning them. Leftover plaque builds up and hardens into tartar, which cannot be cleaned away with regular means.

Biannual cleanings help remove it as well as work in tandem with the brushing and flossing you do at home.


You already know to call your family dentist in case of a dental emergency, such as a chipped or knocked-out tooth. As well as for treating cavities, or handling pain.

But an important role of your family dentist is prevention.

During your checkups, your dentist can inspect your teeth for cavities and can treat them before they become more invasive, more costly problems.

As well as helping to diagnose other diseases and common cancers so they may be promptly treated.

Family Dentistry in Westminster, MD

Time is a limited commodity, but it's imperative to make time to visit your family dentist so that today's inconveniences aren't future complications. The upside of a family dentist is being able to schedule appointments for various members of your household on the same day, but of course, check first with the office. Call today your local family dentists of Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, by dialing (410) 848-5577.

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