By Carroll Country Dental Associates
June 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain  

Do you have a toothache that just won't stop? Your family dentists at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, can help you determine the cause of your pain.

9 reasons your tooth might hurt

One of these problems may be the reason that you have a toothache:

  • Tooth Decay: Tooth decay is the most common cause of tooth pain. If you experience pain in your tooth, you probably have a fairly large cavity. Be sure to visit the dentist soon or the decay may continue to spread throughout your tooth.
  • Gum Disease: What you perceive as a tooth pain may actually be caused by your gums. When your gums are inflamed and tender due to gum disease, chewing can be a very painful experience.
  • Receding Gums: Gums can recede due to gum disease or brushing your teeth too hard. Receding gums expose sensitive tooth roots. Every time, you consume a sugary, hot, or cold food or beverage, you may notice a surge of pain.
  • An Abscess: An abscess in your tooth or gum may also cause pain. The bacterial infection requires an emergency trip to the Westminster dental office. Signs of an abscess may include severe pain, facial swelling, fever, swollen lymph node, pus on your gum, or a bump that looks like a pimple on your gum.
  • Sinusitis: Did your tooth pain start after a bout of sinusitis? Inflammation in your sinuses can irritate the nerves in your upper teeth, causing pain. Although it feels as if the problem is in your teeth, the infection or inflammation is the cause.
  • Cracks: Biting down on a cracked tooth can cause pain. Cracks aren't always obvious but they can be detected during a dental visit.
  • Tooth Grinding: Do you wake up every morning with a stiff jaw, aching teeth, or a headache? If so, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Grinding may also cause excessive wear on your teeth or be the reason cracks form.
  • Loose Filling: Your tooth may hurt if a filling is loose. In some cases, a new cavity may form around the filling.
  • Tooth Trauma: A blow to the face during a soccer game, a fall or a car accident may injure your teeth and cause pain.

Are you concerned about a painful tooth? Call your family dentists in Westminster, MD, at Carroll County Dental Associates at (410) 848-5577 to schedule an appointment. Although the office is currently open for emergency appointments only, we hope to open fully soon.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Preventive Care  

Your smile is worth regular attention and care. Work consistently with your family dentist in Westminster, MD, to keep your smile shining and functional for life. At Carroll County Dental Associates, your dental team provides in-office treatments and coaching for your at-home habits. Together, they're a winning combination.

Prevent problems before they start

That's the goal of at-home oral care. The American Dental Association (ADA) sets these guidelines:

  1. Brush twice a day to remove sticky plaque which builds up on enamel and between teeth.
  2. Floss daily with interdental picks, a water flosser or strand floss. The ADA says to look for products with the ADA seal of acceptance on the label.
  3. Limit processed sugars and carbohydrates which form plaque and the bacteria which live in it.
  4. Drink water, not sugar-laden soda or sports drinks.

When patients of all ages follow these practices, your Westminster family dentist sees far less tooth decay, periodontal disease and tooth loss. People with healthy mouths have better systemic health and self-confidence. In addition, you can prevent dental damage with an athletic mouth guard or acrylic bite guard if you grind or clench your teeth.

In-office care

Your semi-annual check-ups and cleanings fight plaque and tartar. More specifically, your exam look for signs of decay and gum disease, charts your gum pocket depth, checks your dental bite and any crowns or fillings and assesses your soft oral tissues for oral cancer.

Yes, checking adults for oral cancer is a vitally important part of preventive care at Carroll County Dental Associates. The American Cancer Society says that more than 10,000 Americans die from oral cancer every year. However, careful examination by your family dentist every six months alerts you both to changes which require further exploration. Detected and treated early, oral malignancies have a high cure rate.

Finally, your comprehensive care plan at Carroll County Dental Associates may include these preventive strategies:

  • Fluoride treatments, topically applied varnishes which strengthen enamel against tooth decay
  • Plastic sealants, bonded onto the chewing surfaces of molars, providing an impervious barrier to bacterial acids and decay
  • Bite-wing and panoramic X-rays to check for decay and tooth/jaw alignment issues

An ounce of prevention

According to Benjamin Franklin, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. At Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, your five family dentists and their staff believe in this tried and true philosophy and their healthy patients show it.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
March 05, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Sealant  

Cavities don't have to be an unavoidable part of childhood. In fact, with good oral hygiene and sealants provided by the family dentists here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, you can help your child avoid tooth decay and remain in perfect oral health.

Sealants offer a simple way to prevent cavities

Tooth decay is a common problem among children. In fact, 20 percent of kids ages 5 - 11 and 13 percent of adolescents have at least one untreated cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some cases of tooth decay are due to poor brushing and flossing habits, but oral hygiene isn't always to blame—the premolars and molars at the back of the teeth contain tiny pits and grooves that trap plaque, the substance that causes tooth decay. Although brushing removes plaque from other parts of the teeth, toothbrush bristles can't reach the pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars.

Pre-molars and molars are more susceptible to tooth decay when they first appear in your child's mouth. If they're not protected, your son or daughter is more likely to develop a cavity.

Sealants fill in the pits and grooves with clear resin, making it impossible for plaque to flourish in these areas. Our family dentists may recommend sealants when their permanent premolars and molars erupt. Sealants can also reduce the risk of cavities in adults, although dental insurance companies don't usually cover the cost of sealants for adults.

The sealant process is quick and easy

Before your child receives sealants from our Westminster office, their teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces of plaque and tartar. After the cleaning, an etching solution will be applied to the teeth. The solution helps the sealants stick to the teeth. Liquid sealants are applied with a small brush, then hardened with a curing light. Your children can eat and drink immediately after receiving the sealants.

Sealants can protect your son or daughter's teeth for up to 10 years. Your dentist will check on their condition during regular checkups. If needed, new sealants can be applied to the teeth due to wear and tear.

Set up an appointment today

Protect your child's smile with sealants! Schedule an appointment with the family dentists here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, by calling (410) 848-5577.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dentures   Implants  

How an implant-supported denture from your dentists in Westminster, MD, can give you back your smile

If you have missing teeth or have been wearing a denture for a long period of time, you may be looking at reliable denture options that can restore the strength and beauty of your smile. In these cases, you need to discover implant-supported dentures! Here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, our family dentists offer this restorative option to boost their patients' oral health—read on to learn more.

What implant-supported dentures can do for you

Although conventional dentures are an excellent tooth replacement option, they do not protect your jawbone from diminishing over time, a factor that can eventually cause the dentures to not fit well. Conversely, implant-supported dentures help maintain this bone presence. In fact, once the dental implants are placed, your body increases bone growth, as the jaw fuses with the implants, locking them in place.

At our Westminster office, our family dentists use the TeethXpress system, which places 4-to-6 implants in the jaw with abutment posts to create a stable foundation for the dentures.

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are very successful because implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your body won’t reject. In fact, they have a 99% success rate, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Besides compatibility, there are many other reasons why you should choose an implant-supported denture. Consider that an implant-supported denture offers:

  • Complete stability, because thanks to implants, your denture will never move around, even with the most vigorous chewing
  • More youthful facial contours, because implants stimulate bone growth, giving you fullness and volume, and reducing facial sagging
  • Quick results, because TeethXpress treatment can usually be completed in one day

If you want to get your smile back, consider implant-supported dentures with TeethXpress. To find out more, call your family dentists at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, today by dialing (410) 848-5577.

By Carroll Country Dental Associates
January 16, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Families

Good oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease. 
The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums.  Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. 

2. Snacking & Tooth Decay

Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy.  That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.
Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. 

3. Fluoride

Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask Carroll County Dental Associates about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit. 

4. Check ups

Regular visits to your Westminster, MD dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year.  A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow. Carroll County Dental Associates can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment. 
If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.

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