When Brushing Is A Battle: Tips For Timonium Parents

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Some parents believe that their child’s primary teeth are less important than their secondary teeth. Take it from the team at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium: that is incorrect.

The thinking goes like this: “They’re going to fall out, right? We’ll get serious about oral hygiene when their big teeth come in.”

Your child’s primary teeth, or baby teeth, are just as important to their health, speech development, and confidence as their permanent teeth.

The twenty primary teeth set the stage for a beautiful smile. Taking care of them is vital!

When Brushing Is A Battle

A child’s dislike is understandable. A parent takes a pokey bristly thing, smears some minty paste on it, puts it in their mouth and scrubs their teeth with it. No wonder it doesn’t appeal to some toddlers. Sometimes parents want to give up the struggle until their child is older.

We urge you to keep trying. Here are some recommendations for toothbrushing tantrums.

Go Easy On The Toothpaste

If the toothpaste is the problem, brush with a smaller amount or even without it at first. The goal is to remove food particles that will lead to plaque and bacteria, eventually causing decay. Toothpaste is not necessary for removing food particles. Fluoride is important, however. If you are concerned that your child isn’t getting enough, talk to Steve Haywood about fluoride supplements.

Let Your Child Pick Their Toothbrush

Take your son or daughter to the store and have him or her select a new, soft-bristled toothbrush. Maybe buy two, so he or she has some control in picking which one to use each time Let your child do the brushing first, then inspect and brush the areas that might have been skipped over.

Make Brushing Family Fun

Brush together as a family. Let your son or daughter know that everyone needs to brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Make it fun.

Baby Steps At First

To develop the habit, keep the time short and slowly lengthen the sessions. Brush heads are hard with bristles that poke. Toothpaste may seem “hot” to some kids. Teaching your child that brushing is non-negotiable is the important first step. After it has become part of the routine, add time by singing songs or brushing your teeth at the same time. Some Maryland parents have had success with setting a timer.

Remember The Reinforcement

Compliment your child on their outstanding effort in taking care of themselves. Be sure to preserve a positive attitude. Let your child know that you love their pleasing smile and want it to always be shiny white. Positive reinforcement and establishing a routine are vital parts of childhood dental brushing. We want children to be committed to a habit that will influence their health throughout their life.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, the dental health of each patient is important. We want everyone to brush and floss daily. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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The Dangers Of Oral Infections

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It happens to most of us at least once in our lives. Our teeth become sensitive to cold drinks. A tooth develops a dull ache. A sore on the gums doesn’t heal up. An injured tooth darkens. A pain develops in your lower sinus area. When anything threatens your dental health, call us at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium.

This is definitely not a situation where the “ignore it and it will go away” mentality is wise. If the pain is the result of an infection, there are grave consequences to postponing treatment. Oral bacterial infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone and even lead to life-threatening sepsis. In fact, prior to the 19th century, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.

An oral infection doesn’t always cause pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.

If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental trouble that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be required.

The infection may be the result of a pocket of undrained pus called an abscess. Pus is a by-product of the immune system’s efforts to fight infection and consists of dead white blood cells.

Mouth sores have various causes including an infection or virus. White patches in the mouth can indicate thrush (an oral yeast infection). All of these conditions can be treated – but you need to see the dentist.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we are committed to providing superior dental care for your good dental health. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Dental Check Up: How Often?

When is the last time you went to the dentist? For the best in dental health, you should go every six months here at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. If you have a higher risk for oral diseases, we advise you to receive an examination every four months.

Know The Risk Factors For Oral Problems

Most people are in a medium to low risk category for dental problems. However, if you use tobacco or alcohol, eat a lot of sugar, have an eating disorder, have poor oral hygiene behaviors, or suffer from medical conditions that influence your mouth, you are likely in a higher risk category. It is vital to your dental and physical health to have your teeth checked soon.

The case for good dental health just keeps getting stronger. The state of your mouth tells us a lot about the state of your overall health; it’s a window into what it happening in the rest of your body.

The importance of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day has never been clearer. Ignoring it allows plaque to build up along the gumline, which creates an environment for additional bacteria to accumulate between your gum and teeth, which can develop into gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we encourage all our patients to brush and floss twice a day. Your dental health is important to us. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Soda Spells Double Trouble

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Soft drinks, soda, pop. No matter what you call it, it is bad for your dental health. In this post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we’ll give yet another reason to avoid this ubiquitous drink.

For dental health, soda delivers a double punch of damage with two of its ingredients: sugar and phosphoric acid.

Sugar is harmful to your teeth primarily because it softens enamel and makes them more prone to decay. This is especially harmful to children, because their enamel is not fully developed.

Some people think they can avoid the issue because they drink diet soda. Unfortunately, the acids found in diet soda have basically the same effect. Soda consumption can also result in teeth staining.

Our recommendation is simple: stop drinking soda, or cut way back on your consumption to improve your dental health. Also, keep your little ones away from soda as much as possible so that their teeth have the chance to mature healthily.

Can’t kick the habit? Try to drink water shortly after you have soda and brush more (but wait a half hour so the enamel isn’t brushed while it is soft).

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, the dental health of each of our patients is always a top priority. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call for your appointment today!

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Gum Disease: A Serious Condition

One of every ten American adults is likely to get some form of gum disease by the time they’re sixty-four years old. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we provide treatment for gum disease.

First things first. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and is associated with health issues like diabetes and heart disease. So brush and floss your teeth every day – twice a day, in fact. If you don’t, your chances of getting gum disease increase.

In addition to age, other risk factors for gum disease include tobacco use. Health experts say that tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for getting gum disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start, and if you do smoke (or chew), quit.

It appears some people are genetically predisposed to gum disease. Even when they take great care of their teeth, such people may still be more likely to get it. If you think it runs in your family, don’t despair. A genetic test can confirm it, even if you aren’t showing any signs. Getting early intervention treatment may help.

Stress, too, is another risk factor for gum disease. Stress may make it more difficult for the body to fight off infection.

Poor nutrition and teeth grinding or clenching can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease.

Finally, certain medications can affect your oral health and make you more prone to gum disease. These include some oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and heart medications. If you have any concerns, ask us at your next appointment.

If you are showing any signs of gum disease at all, such as bleeding when you brush your teeth, let us know. We provide effective gum disease treatment. Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium is a holistic dental practice. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

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Oral Cancer Screenings

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we want our patients to come in twice a year for a dental examination and cleaning.  If you skip a checkup because you don’t think you have any cavities, remember there’s more to your visit, because we perform oral cancer screenings, too.

Lung and breast cancer get a lot of public attention. There is less awareness of oral cancer, even though it claims thousands of lives every year. If you smoke or have tested positive for HPV, you have a higher risk for developing oral cancer.

We work to elevate awareness of oral cancer and the significance of early diagnosis. Here are five important things to know about oral (mouth) and oropharyngeal (back of mouth and throat) cancers.

  • About 80% of people with oral cancer use some variety of tobacco (cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes).
  • 40% of individuals who receive late-stage diagnosis of oral cancer die within five years. The survival rate for early stage diagnosis is 90%.
  • In many cases, it is almost impossible for the individual to detect oral and oropharyngeal cancers because they can produce inconspicuous symptoms or no symptoms at all. Any abnormality in the mouth or throat, even if small and painless, should be examined by a dentist or doctor.
  • HPV (the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US) is the most common cause of oropharyngeal cancer. Of the numerous strains of HPV, HPV16 is the one most often linked to oropharyngeal cancer.
  • Black males have a higher risk of dying from oral cancer than whites.

By having an oral cancer screening, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve got a clean bill of health. If we happen to find an abnormality, then you’re on the road to early treatment, which dramatically improves the chances of a positive outcome.

We use ViziLite technology to examine your cheeks, teeth, and gums for signs of oral cancer. It is a fantastic, non-invasive screening device that helps us to find any signs of oral cancer.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, oral cancer screenings are part of every checkup. We also provide cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

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How Do Implant Dentures Work?

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Dental implants may well be the ideal solution to a lost tooth. In fact, implants have been hailed as one of the greatest advancements in dentistry. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we offer single implants for one missing tooth, and denture implants that can support a set of dentures.

This article focuses on implant dentures.

What Are Implant Dentures?

Like conventional dentures, implant-supported dentures replace missing teeth. The difference is that they are attached to titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jawbone.

The posts are the actual implants. Implants fuse with the surrounding bone structure to create an incredibly durable restoration. Each post has a clip that attaches to the denture or partial denture that holds connectors. Implants can be used for both upper and lower dentures.

Bar-Retained and Ball-Retained Systems

There are two types of implant stabilization methods: bar-retained and ball-retained. For both, the denture is produced with gum-colored acrylic for the base to which false teeth are attached. The denture needs at least two implants for stabilization; four is more common.

With the ball-retained system, each post holds an attachment (male or female) that fits into a corresponding adapter on the denture. These are sometimes called “stud-attachment.”

With bar-retained dentures, a metal bar is anchored to two to five implants. The bar holds the attachments that connect to the denture.

Implant dentures can change your life. To find out more, call us at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. We also provide general dentistry services. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Crown Or Veneer?

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Two of the most popular procedures at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium are dental crowns and porcelain veneers. Many patients don’t understand the difference between the two. Generally, a crown strengthens a compromised tooth while a veneer is used mainly for cosmetic improvements.

A dental crown covers the entire visible part of the tooth. A veneer is an ultra-thin layer for the front of a tooth. Veneers are made with several layers of extremely strong ceramic laminate. Crowns can be made of all porcelain (ceramic), porcelain fused to metal, or gold.

Both crowns and veneers are affixed to the tooth with special adhesive. Crowns and veneers are durable and can last many years if properly cared for, though they are not stronger than natural enamel.

Both of these procedures improve the tooth aesthetically, but dental crowns are ordinarily a better solution for a tooth that has been compromised by decay, damage, or a root canal. Veneers can alter the shape of a tooth, correct a minor crack, cover stains, or improve the appearance of teeth that are slightly misaligned.

If you would like more information about crowns, porcelain veneers, and other procedures, please schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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Feel Like A Movie Star With A Smile Makeover

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When you see pictures of celebrities, most look like they have perfectly beautiful, white teeth. Some may be natural. Some may be Photoshopped. Others have probably been fixed with cosmetic dentistry, like what you can get at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium.

Can ordinary people gert a celebrity-caliber smile? Absolutely!

In recent years there has been a significant increase in the accessibility of state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry. The truly amazing thing about it is that it’s one Hollywood perk that is available to almost everyone.

Whether it is a relatively minor alteration, such as teeth whitening, or a more involved procedure such as a complete smile re-design, more and more people are asking for improvements to their smiles.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, cosmetic dentistry is one of our specialties. We draw these procedures into our same day smile makeovers, and our ultimate smile makeovers. We also provide general dentistry. Call our office for an appointment today!

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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You Have Nothing To Lose Except Loose Dentures

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Modern dental technology has solved the trouble of bothersome loose-fitting dentures with a wonderful option, which is available at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium.

Denture implants can anchor full or partial dentures. The procedure involves placing multiple dental implants into your jaw. The implants, in turn, support the dentures. The difference between these and conventional dentures is like night and day.

Implant-supported dentures are secure enough to allow the wearer to eat an apple, chew a thick sandwich, or share a hearty laugh with boldness.

Implants can anchor either removable or fixed dentures. Due to the way each tooth space is properly fitted with a restoration, implants typically fit better than traditional dentures. Dentures anchored with implant posts are comfortable, functional, and beautiful.

Since implants go where the tooth root used to be, they also help prevent bone recession (and accompanying facial sag) that often occurs after teeth have been extracted. This is one of the great benefits of dental implants.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, other services include general dentistry. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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