Been A While Since You’ve Visited A Dentist?

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is something we stress to all of our patients, at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. Coupled with twice-a-year checkups and cleanings, it’s the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and your beautiful smile.

A good dental hygiene routine, something you do every single day without fail, is essential to your dental health. It’s related to your overall health, too. But we understand that some people, for whatever reason, let it slip. Some have even been known to skip brushing and fossing so often, you could say they never do it at all.

In cases like that, some people may think their teeth are too far gone – that no amount of treatment can restore their dental health. If that sounds like you or someone you love, we’re here to tell you it isn’t so. There is always a way to make your teeth look and feel better.

That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it will be worth it. In cases of neglected teeth, initial treatment begins with an inspection in our office. At that time we will identify the need for any fillings or extractions. A root canal may be in order, too – but don’t let those words frighten you. Modern dentistry has taken the pain out of even difficult cases.

We’ll also be looking for signs of gum disease, which is common in cases of neglected teeth. If we find it we’ll begin a sequence of cleanings and treatments to revive your gum health.

Once we have your mouth back in a healthy condition, we start looking at what needs to be done to fix any damage. It won’t be a walk in the park, but it won’t be as bad as you might imagine. And it will definitely be worth it, in the long run.

Your biggest takeaway from this post should be this: there is hope for your teeth.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we want the best possible dental health for all of our patients. Our services include general dentistry, and help you protect your smile. 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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The Techno-Toothbrush

Are electric toothbrushes any better at cleaning your teeth than manual toothbrushes? The answer depends on who you ask, because both have their advocates. In this article from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we aren’t going to recommend one over the other. We’re just going to take a look at the world of the electric toothbrush.

Electric toothbrushes have been commercially available in the United States since the 1960s. But they first appeared in Switzerland, where they were invented. They caught on quickly, and have evolved considerably since then. When it comes to electric toothbrushes, there is a lot of choose from.

Those earliest electric toothbrushes did not have rechargeable batteries; you had to plug them in. That wasn’t really much of an issue, unless you like to walk away from the sink while you brush.

Rechargeable batteries are standard in most modern electric toothbrushes. In fact, they have features that those 1960s inventors probably never dreamed of. Some models have:

  • Timers, so you can make sure you brush at least two minutes
  • Digital alerts, to remind you it’s time for a new brush head
  • Pressure sensors that tell you if you’re brushing too hard
  • Multiple brush head capability, so different types fit
  • Variable brushing features like pulsing and oscillating capability

Sonic

And then there’s the sonic toothbrush. Sonic toothbrushes take electric brushes to a whole new level. Toothbrush manufacturers consider them a subset of electric brushes, but we think they are in a class by themselves.

Sonic toothbrushes can deliver up to 40,000 strokes per minute. Compare that to an ordinary electric toothbrush, which deliver between 2,500 and 7,000 strokes per minute. That’s quite a difference. For some people, that’s over the top. But advocates say that sonic toothbrushes out-perform any other type of toothbrush you can find.

When all is said and done, it depends on the person doing the brushing. A manual toothbrush used properly does a fine job cleaning your teeth. But you can always take it to the next level with a standard electric, or even a sonic, toothbrush.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, what we really want is for each of our patients to brush and floss their teeth twice a day. It’s the best way to ensure good dental health. Our services include general and 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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Celebrity Smiles Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Celebrity Smiles In East Bel Air Without The Annoying Paparazzi

Close your eyes and picture the most brilliant smile you have ever seen. Perhaps it is the smile of your significant other. Perhaps it is your favorite actor, actress, or singer. What makes this smile memorable? The color? The translucency? The alignment of the teeth? All of the above? Cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium can get you such a smile.

Cosmetic dental procedures include the ever-popular porcelain veneers (gives teeth a brand new face), crown restorations, teeth whitening, orthodontia (quicker and easier than ever!), and dental bonding (affordable and effective).

The same cosmetic dentistry procedures used on famous smiles are vailable at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. A celebrity salary and jet-setting lifestyle may be out of reach, but not a red carpet-worthy smile. We are a mercury-free, holistic practice. 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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Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal Disease in MarylandAt Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we see patients with gum disease every day. Some aren’t even aware they have it until we diagnose it. Fortunately, it can be treated with varying degrees of success depending on the severity.

Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gums. Also known as periodontal disease, it can be very painful in extreme conditions, and limit your ability to eat normally. In some cases, periodontal disease can affect your smile, and can create cosmetic concerns.

If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause irreversible damage such as tooth loss. When caught early and treated, it can be managed and, ultimately, cured. However the best policy is to practice good dental hygiene to keep periodontal disease at bay.

One of the best ways to avoid gum disease is to get regular dental checks up at  Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. But if you have it, we offer gum disease treatment, as well as general dentistry. Schedule an appiontment 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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Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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This post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium is about professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you really need one if you already brush and floss at home every day. The answer is that both are critical to maintain dental health.

We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
  • Regular dental cleanings
  • Regular checkups

Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. When plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed with the special dental tools.

A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist then uses tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of tartar. When all plaque and tartar is gone, the final step is polishing.

Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he or she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, ask about sealants.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we care about the dental health of each one of our patients. Services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next 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 ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

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This post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium is about the American Dental Association. You have probably seen the ADA logo on products like toothpaste and floss—but what else do you know about this dental association?

The ADA’s purpose is to improve the level of public oral health by supporting the dental industry through not-for-profit federal, state, and local societies. It was formed in 1859 and is run by its members, which currently total over 160,000.

The ADA Seal of Acceptance is not an endorsement of a product per se, but rather is a confirmation of the assertions made by said product. Companies who want the ADA credential for a product must submit proof of rigorous scientific testing. Once submitted, the ADA re-tests the product to further verify results. There are currently over 300 products with the ADA seal.

The ADA does more than assess dental products. Here are some other ways the ADA works to discharge its mission:

  • Provides resources to support dentists and their practices
  • Educates the public about oral health
  • Works to maximize access to dental care
  • Offers guidance on essential issues that influence the dental industry
  • Collaborates with other organizations on scientific research projects and public health initiatives
  • Offers scholarships to dental students

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we also promote dental health. We are a holistic practice, and offer a full range of general dentistry services. 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
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21093

 

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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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