Get On Top Of Your To-Do List

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Is it time to get your life back in order? Call it Spring Cleaning. Call it a Hard Reset. It includes things like refill a prescription, change your furnace filter, get your oil changed, replace the lightbulb or stay on top of your dental health with a checkup with Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium.

If you’ve been pushing dental work onto the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way and move on to your other tasks. It’s important that we see you for a cleaning and checkup every six months; taking good care of your teeth is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Seeing the dentist twice a year is easy to put off. But it’s risky, too. You may not actually enjoy seeing the dentist, but not doing so is taking a big chance – not just with your dental health, but your overall health, too. The link between dental health and general health is by now well-established.

Here are three good reasons to see us twice a year:

  • A thorough cleaning. Having one of our dental hygienists clean the plaque and tartar off your teeth is, as they say, worth the price of admission. Even the most diligent home dental care can’t get it all.
  • Dental x-rays. When we take x-rays of your teeth, we’re able to identify problems we couldn’t see otherwise. The sooner new issues are seen and treated, the better.
  • Oral cancer check. Oral cancer claims thousands of lives every year. Early detection improves the chances of successful treatment.

Move through your to-do list today – change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. It feels great! At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule that next appointment today!

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Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Posted in Checkup, Dental health

The Most Important Procedure For Smile Makeover Patients

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If you want to get a beautiful smile with cosmetic dentistry, we invite you to visit Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium for an exam and consultation. We believe that the initial consultation is the most crucial component of a smile makeover.

During your no-pressure smile transformation consultation we will talk about the following issues:

  • Your vision and expectations of how you want your smile to look and feel after the makeover.
  • The current condition of your oral health.
  • The characteristics of your teeth and gums that you wish to fix.
  • The combination of treatments needed to reach your goal.
  • A detailed explanation of each procedure such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, gum contouring, crown lengthening, tooth implants, or teeth whitening.
  • You can see before and after pictures of smile transformation patients.
  • Your options for how to schedule the makeover process (all at once or over time).
  • Information about oral conscious sedation.
  • Answers to all of your questions and concerns.

By listening carefully, communicating clearly, and asking the right questions, we can fully assess the variables unique to your needs.

Effective cosmetic dentistry consultations ensure complete patient satisfaction. Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium provides same-day smile makeovers, and ultimate smile makeovers. Schedule a consultation with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

ArticleID 6848
Posted in Beautiful smile, Cosmetic dentistry, Smile makeover

5 Ways To Floss Daily

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If you want to floss regularly but are too tired at night, this post is for you. In this blog post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we want to give you a few ideas for unique times to floss, so you can stay on top of your dental health.

  1. If you’re an early riser, try flossing in the morning right after you brush.
  2. Try just after lunch, but before you go back to work.
  3. Before or after you exercise. The condition of your teeth is just as important. Keep some floss in your gym bag and give your teeth and gums some attention along with the rest of your body.
  4. While watching your favorite TV show.
  5. While taking a bath. Any task is more enjoyable if it can be done while relaxing in a warm tub. Light some candles and play your favorite tunes for an at-home spa experience.

Just before turning in at night is still the best time. Food particles left on teeth can turn into plaque while you sleep. The bacteria in plaque erodes enamel, creates cavities, and adversely affects gum tissue. It’s best to go to bed with a clean mouth.

Along with brushing, flossing is critical for anyone who wants to have a healthy smile. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, the dental health of our patients is our top priority. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

ArticleID 4849
Posted in Dental health, General dentistry, Oral Hygiene

Tooth Whitening For A Whiter Smile

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Maybe you’ve always wanted a dazzling, movie star smile. Or maybe your teeth have just grown dull with the passage of time. Whatever the reason might be, you’re one of millions of Americans who want to brighten their smiles with professional teeth whitening, one of the services offered at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium.

Professional teeth whitening? Why not just pick up something at the store? Take a stroll down the dental care aisle and you’ll find a wide selection of teeth whitening products: everything from toothpaste to strips to bleaching trays.

Most of these products can be effective, but none of them are as good as professional teeth whitening. Toothpastes generally take only the surface stains off of your teeth, and you may be disappointed with the end result. Whitening strips are a little better; they rely on hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. Bleaching trays are also pretty good.

But professional-grade whitening agents can transform your smile, and they can do so in a single visit. Teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry services available at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Posted in Beautiful smile, Cosmetic dentistry, Teeth whitening

A Winning Strategy

To achieve the best dental health along with a dazzling smile, you need a strategy. If you’re in Timonium, your strategy should be to contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood.

Your teeth may seem like pieces of bone growing in your mouth, but they are actually living structures. That hard surface of enamel covers an interior filled with a rigid material called dentin, which is mineralized connective tissue.

At the core of each tooth there is a collection of nerves covered in a pulpy sheath. They pass through a hollow core called the canal. The teeth are anchored to your jaw by ligaments, and a material known as cementum.

There is a strong link between your dental health and your overall health. A healthy mouth helps to maintain a healthy body. Certain oral bacteria and inflammation are associated with serious health issues, like heart disease and premature birth.

So good dental health is a pretty big deal, and something we take very seriously.

Good dental health comes down to good general health. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we want each of our patients to brush and floss every day (twice a day is better), and to see us twice a year for a thorough cleaning and checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

Posted in Dental health, Family Dentistry

Beware of Hidden Sugar

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we counsel our patients to mind their dental health by watching their sugar intake, in order to prevent cavities and other issues.

If you are trying to cut sugar from your diet, or at least cut back, you are probably skipping the usual suspects: candy, soda, and baked treats. But not all sugar is as conspicuous as a glazed donut.

Here are some foods found in grocery stores and school cafeterias with a surprisingly high sugar content:

  • Ketchup
  • Low fat versions of snack foods (Manufacturers often replace fat with sugar.)
  • Salad dressing
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Protein bars
  • Granola
  • Canned soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fast food meals (Hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads are often loaded with sugar, not to mention the dessert items.)
  • Antacids
  • Cough drops
  • Fruit smoothies (Even a small serving has a whopping amount of sugar.)

Reading the fine print on labels is a must. The following terms are all types of sugar:

raw sugar, cane sugar, glucose, lactose, galactose, fructose, dextrose, honey, sorghum, molasses, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, crystallized cane juice, invert sugar, maltodextrin (or dextrin), maple syrup, concentrated fruit juices, evaporated cane juice

Do the math: when shopping at markets or health food stores, carefully assess food labels before you buy. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. Add up all the grams of every type of sugar listed and divide by four to truly comprehend how much sugar an item contains.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we advocate a lifetime of dental health through proper dental care. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

Posted in Dental health, General dentistry, Oral Cancer

Using Nature As Our Guide

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At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we use cosmetic dentistry to perform smile makeovers that can transform any smile. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to know if you will still look like yourself.

The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, dr. Steve Haywood uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles. It is essential to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a smile makeover. Here are a few:

  • Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
  • Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
  • Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
  • Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Gumline – shape and color
  • Face Shape and Bone Structure
  • Skin Tone
  • Lips – color, shape, size
  • Age
  • Gender

This list is not comprehensive but gives you an idea of the complexity of smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.

But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are enthusiastic about the details. We invite you to schedule a smile design consultation at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, to find out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you. Ask about our ultimate smile makeovers! Call today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Posted in Beautiful smile, Cosmetic dentistry, Smile makeover, Ultimate smile makeover

Terrific Tooth Tips From Dr. Steven W. Haywood

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Here are some useful tips dental health from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium:

  1. If you have kids and your municipal water supply does not have the recommended level of fluoride, talk to your pediatrician about fluoride supplements. Fluoride strengthens both the teeth you can see and the ones still forming in the jaw.
  2. Set a timer when you brush to make sure you spend at least two minutes thoroughly (but gently!) cleaning all surfaces. Don’t forget your tongue—it provides a cozy home for bacteria to flourish.
  3. Floss before you brush so that tooth bristles can better reach between teeth.
  4. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew some sugarless gum with xylitol. Xylitol may curb the growth of bacteria on your teeth to reduce plaque formation.
  5. Eat carbohydrates with meals instead of alone as snacks. More saliva is generated while eating a meal and this can lessen the effects of carbs sitting on your teeth.
  6. An oral fluoride rinse used right before bedtime adds an extra measure of decay deterrence. Fluoride rinses (not traditional mouthwash) work best when swished over teeth for at least thirty seconds after flossing and brushing. After spitting it out, don’t rinse with water. Let the residue protect and strengthen your enamel all night long. This is especially important for kids – just make sure they don’t swallow it.
  7. If you have diabetes, it is important to understand that unhealthy blood sugar levels can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can help you maintain oral health in spite of your condition.
  8. Beware of the dental risks of chronic dry mouth (xerostomia). Continual saliva production is essential for keeping the mouth lubricated, washing the food from tooth surfaces, and neutralizing the acid caused by plaque. Decongestants, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and painkillers are some of the medications that can cause dry mouth. Steve Haywood can help you protect your teeth if you live with this unpleasant condition.
  9. Wearing a mouthguard when you participate in sports can prevent tooth injury. Many Timonium dentists offer custom mouthguards that fit perfectly.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Posted in Dental health, Family Dentistry

A Guide To Preventing Gum Disease

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Hearing that you have periodontal disease or “gum disease” can be upsetting. Here at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we are committed to educating and assisting patients in preventing it. If you discover that you already have gum disease, don’t despair. We can help.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

Whether you are just being diagnosed, working to undo problems of the past, or trying to prevent gum disease for the future, we have answers.

Steps for Healing or Preventing Gum Disease

  • Brush at least two times a day – morning and night
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Visit us for regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Use a fluoride rinse before brushing
  • Avoid between-meal snacking
  • Avoid tobacco products

Solutions for Correcting Serious Gum Disease

  • Scaling
  • Root planing
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery

We know gum disease can sneak up on you. Regular check-ups and consistent, thorough oral hygiene is important for preventing it. Gum disease can be successfully treated, but avoiding it is clearly best.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we treat gum disease. We also provide a full range of general dentistry and other services. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

ArticleID 6456
Posted in Dental health, General dentistry, Gum disease, Oral Hygiene

Save Your Breath

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This post focuses on a problem we’re asked about from time to time, at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. And that problem is bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most prevalent cause is inadequate oral hygiene. Often, halitosis occurs midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food fragments on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the offensive odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or worsen the trouble. The best remedy is consistent, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be necessary depending on the cause(s).

For example, a salivary gland issue or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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