Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Baltimore tooth strengtheningIn this post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we look at enamel, the hard outer later of your teeth.

Most people don’t think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with continual chemical processes.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is comprised of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when it comes in contact with acids.

Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize This process isn’t instantaneous, however.

While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. The dentin erodes more quickly. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

It is apparent that the ordinarydiet is becoming more acidic. The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, foods with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are especially acidic. We don’t recommend eliminating the healthy foods on this list. However, we just want you to be aware of the issue.

Now let’s talk about beverages. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Teens who sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular and dentists are noticing the impact.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, the dental health of each patient is always our primary concern. 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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Go Back In Time

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So you’ve lost some teeth and now are reluctant to smile because of the gaps. If only you could go back in time and regain that full-toothed smile you once had. Guess what? With dental implants from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, you can!

For most patients, a tooth implant is the ideal replacement for both the root and crown of a tooth. Implants feel so authentic that some recipients forget they’re even there.

A dental implant is anchored into the jawbone with a durable metal post. It doesn’t slide around like dentures, and unlike a dental bridge, it protects healthy jawbone and prevents bone recession. After the post is totally fused with the jawbone, the supporting device (called an abutment) and crown are attached to the post. Some patients are able to undergo all three parts of the treatment at once.

Another way to go back in time is to whiten your teeth to the color they were when you were an adolescent. There are several different types of tooth whitening systems, from same-day procedures to at-home treatments.

Dental implants and teeth whitening are among the countless dental procedures offered at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. 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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Know The Facts About Oral Piercings

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Body piercings are a common form of self-expression nowadays. But do they impact your oral and dental health? This post from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium is for those who currently have an oral piercing or are considering one.

Since this is a dental blog, you may expect us to raise all sorts of alarms about the dangers of piercings. You are correct. Unfortunately, these piercings and the jewelry they accommodate can lead to serious problems, not only with your teeth and oral cavity, but your entire body. They can damage teeth, cause cavities, periodontal disease, tooth loss, bone recession, a compromised immune system and, in rare cases, death.

In general, any oral piercing opens you up to an array of potentially harmful oral infections and complications. The mouth is full of germs, and introducing foreign objects permanently is not natural for your body’s health.

A tongue piercing can result in difficulty chewing with unnatural chewing patterns that may lead to swallowing problems. The jewelry produces excess saliva from the salivary glands, which throws off the natural balance of your oral cavity. Permanent nerve damage, excessive bleeding, and allergic reactions can also arise.

Metal jewelry also can easily come in contact with your teeth, leading to cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. Your teeth are built to last a lifetime. Chips, cracks, and enamel erosion compromise their strength and shorten their lifespan.

Complications with some piercings occur by the introduction of hepatitis and herpes simplex viruses, and even more complications have occurred with bacteria entering the bloodstream and eventually lodging in the heart valve. In rare cases, such infections are fatal.

Though not technically a piercing, some people drill small holes in their teeth to place rhinestones or other jewelry. Drilling into a tooth is harmful for many reasons, including damage that can make a root canal required. The jewel also can attract bacteria that can directly go into the drilled cavity of the tooth.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we encourage patients with oral piercings to remove their jewelry before it puts their health at risk. But if you  plan to keep yours, we advise you to have regular dental cleanings and check-ups.  Do not wait if you suspect you may have a dental or physical issue. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry.

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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Posted in Dental health, General dentistry, Oral Hygiene

Tooth Whitening And Your Dentist

Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular dental procedures in country. It seems that everyone is whitening their teeth to help their smiles look younger and brighter. Many people turn to over-the-counter solutions to improve their teeth, but those products can’t match the power of professional teeth whitening from Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium.

Here is some basic advice on teeth whitening:

First, we encourage you to visit our office before starting a tooth whitening system. We can help you determine whether your teeth can be whitened safely and effectively. We can also recommend tooth whitening solutions that will work best for you. There are many pitfalls to be aware of when whitening your teeth.

Over-the-counter teeth whitening products will provide varying degrees of whitening. If used incorrectly, they can cause issues including tooth sensitivity, over whitening, damage to your tooth enamel, and irregular coloration. Whitening too much can even have a reverse effect, making your teeth look gray.

Avoid Problems By Seeing Us First

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood  in Timonium, our laser teeth whitening system delivers results that surpass anything you’ll find in the dental care aisle. Teeth whitening is just one of our cosmetic dentistry services. 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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for ideal dental health. However, some of our patients at Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two, you don’t need to be concerned. But if the bleeding and tenderness last longer, you need to return to our office so we can look for signs of gum disease.

Gum disease ensues when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

In its mildest form, gum disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is limited to the gums. If it isn’t treated promptly, the infection can get below the gum line and into your jaw bone. This becomes periodontitis, a more advanced and serious form of gum disease.

Gingivitis is fairly simple to treat, and most patients respond quickly. Periodontitis requires more aggressive treatment, but should respond if treatment begins early enough.

At Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium, we provide gum disease treatment and many other services, including general 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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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:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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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:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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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:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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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:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

 

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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:

410-453-9399

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

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