Our Dental Blog
By Finksburg Dental Associates
July 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

What Invisalign Can Do for You

Do you want an even smile but worry about the embarrassment of wearing metal braces? There’s no need to worry any longer, Invisalign is a clear and flexible teeth alignment solution that is virtually invisible, so no one will even know that you’re wearing braces. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung are dentists at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD. They will be happy to discuss how Invisalign can help you attain a beautiful, straight smile.

How Invisalign Works

For Finksburg residents who don’t want the look and feel of metal braces, or the long time they take to straighten their teeth, Invisalign is the perfect solution. Compared to traditional braces, Invisalign will give you even teeth without compromising your smile during the treatment.

You can remove Invisalign trays before you eat, brush, or floss, so you don’t have to worry about food particles becoming trapped between the aligners and your teeth, and you can keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

If you have any of the following dental issues, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign:

  • Small gaps between your teeth
  • Minor tooth overcrowding
  • Minor tooth overlapping

Invisalign is suitable for teen and adult patients.

At Finksburg Dental Associates, we believe that the key to successful treatment with Invisalign depends on a highly-skilled dentist developing the right treatment plan for your needs. This is why our team takes the time to create a custom treatment plan from your initial visit to the final outcome. Once your treatment plan is approved, you’ll be ready to commence your Invisalign treatment.

If you’re looking for a family dentist in Finksburg, MD and you would like to find out more about Invisalign orthodontics, call Finksburg Dental Associates on (410) 861-8900.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
May 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Are your gums sensitive? Do they bleed while brushing and flossing? You could be suffering from gum disease. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, provide patients with the necessary care to prevent gum disease.

More About Gum Disease

Gum disease (gingivitis) is a medical condition caused by long-term exposure to plaque, sticky colorless film on teeth, that forms when someone doesn't brush and floss consistently, and/or not having your teeth professionally cleaned. Plaque forms after eating or sleeping and if teeth aren't cleaned, plaque turns to tartar.

Gum disease originates in gums because of harmful bacteria left behind from eating. People experience chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. If you aren't keeping an eye out for your oral health, gingivitis can go unnoticed and eventually cause gums to separate from teeth. This creates more gaps for further infection and decay.

If you don't take care of this problem as soon as possible, you may suffer from tooth loss, abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Put simply, it is untreated gingivitis. Plaque spreads below the gum line and toxins produced by bacteria irritate and stimulates a chronic inflammatory response. Your Finksburg dentist may even find pockets of bacteria between teeth and as the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and destroy bone.

How to prevent and treat gum disease?

Preventative measures include a healthy oral regimen and regular visits to your dentist. In the case that you do get gum disease, your dentist may treat your gum disease using a technique called root planing. This is when your dentist cleans your tooth by scraping below the gum line to smooth the roots. Gums should be able to reattach themselves to the tooth.

Do you need more information?

Root scaling isn't the only procedure available to treat gum disease and if you'd like to learn more, you should contact your dentist. Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung of Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, are here to help. So, call the office at 410-861-8900 today.

Keeping You Safe 


We have exciting news! Finksburg Dental will be open now for elective procedures starting Monday, May 11th.

We want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and team members. It is important not to put your oral healthcare needs on hold during this time as neglect could lead to more severe problems in the future. We also have telemedicine options if you prefer a consultation with our doctors from home.

We have implemented rigorous measures and infection control protocols in the office to ensure your safety, including the following:

  • PPE will be worn by all of our providers, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and hair covers; masks will be worn by all other team members
  • Office and treatment rooms will be sanitized between appointments and constantly throughout the day
  • Team members and patients’ temperature will be taken before entering the building
  • To reduce face to face interaction, insurance and financial related inquiries, medical history and a COVID 19 screening will be handled before your visit
  • Please call our office if you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills
  • Patients will call the office upon arrival and wait in their cars until their appointment time
  • Patients are required to wear a mask upon entering the building
  • Adults accompanying other adults must wait in their car unless their assistance is medically necessary
  • Children under 18 may be accompanied by one parental guardian
  • Please remain 6 feet from any other patient while you are in building and follow social distance markings
  • A peroxyl rinse will be done before every appointment to reduce bacterial and viral counts in the mouth

If you have an appointment that was cancelled, we will be giving you a call this week to reschedule. If you would like to schedule a routine or elective procedure or if you have a dental emergency, please give our office a call at 410-861-8900 so we can get you scheduled. We will help guide you through your appointment and ensure your safety as well as ours. We may look a little different the next time we see you, but we assure you we are still smiling under our masks! We look forward to seeing you!

By Finksburg Dental Associates
March 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Care  

Lots of parents have a difficult time gauging their kids’ dental care needs, and this is especially true for parents of younger children. They’re aware that they should prevent cavities and other dental problems, however, they’re not always sure of how they can effectively do so. Besides routine visits with one of our family dentists, Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung here at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, here are some top tips that you can try to teach your kids proper dental habits.

Show The Kids How It’s Done

The most effective way to teach kids is by setting an example, so at an early age, you should let your kids see you brushing and flossing your teeth. You could even let them help you with brushing or make them pretend to brush their toys’ teeth. In addition, you can scour the Internet for videos of kids or cartoon characters brushing their teeth.

Make Dental Care Fun and High Tech

Kids love having fun and all kinds of high tech stuff, so why not leverage all of that? Yes, we’re talking about the electric toothbrush. This very handy tool will help make brushing fun, easy, fast, and more efficient. Other things to consider include using water flossers instead of standard dental floss, playing games while brushing, or adding a cute faucet fountain to the tap to help make rinsing more enjoyable. For older children, you could also teach them to set an alarm that will go off when it’s time to brush their teeth and a timer set to beep every 30 seconds letting know that it’s time to brush the next portion of their mouth.

Make Sure That They Clean Their Mouth Gently But Thoroughly

Ensure that your kids know that brushing harder will do more harm than good. Teach them the right amount of pressure and to gently brush in circular motions on all chewing surfaces and along their gum line. Follow up with flossing even if they don’t really need to yet so they can become accustomed to the sensation as early as possible.

Go to The Dentist As Early As Possible

Familiarize your children with your family dentists' office in Finksburg, MD, so that they’ll become accustomed to going there every six months for cleaning and checkups. Explain to them why you are there and what’s going to happen so they don’t become blindsided and feel scared in the office.

Concerned About Your Children’s Dental Health? Give Us a Call.

Reach out to us here at Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, to arrange your appointment with one of our family dentists Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, or Dr. So Jung. Dial (410) 861-8900 for more information.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
February 20, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Sealants  

Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth are the most effective ways to keep cavities at bay. However, cleaning every nook, cranny, and crevice of your child’s teeth isn’t always easy, especially with younger children. Thankfully, you can give your child’s teeth extra protection to help keep them cavity-free—the dental sealant.

A sealant is a protective and super-thin coating that’s applied over the back teeth or molars’ chewing surfaces. While it’s not a substitute for good dental practices, it can really help ward off the formation of cavities and can even help prevent decay at its early stages from turning into a full-fledged cavity. Here at the Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, your family dentists, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung offer dental sealants as extra protection for your child’s teeth.

The Benefits of Dental Sealants

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, school-age kids that don’t have sealants were found to have three times more cavities than kids with dental sealants. The same report also states that sealants can prevent 80% of cavities for up to two years following their application and continue to safeguard against 50% of decay four years after application. They can likewise even be retained for as much as nine years, but this will vary based on various factors.

Aside from preventing cavities, however, dental sealants also ensure that your teeth remain intact. Do note though that you need to have them monitored and maintained by your family dentist in Finksburg, MD, to ensure that they’re holding up well and are not wearing away.

How Dental Sealants Work

According to the American Dental Association’s description, you can think of dental a sealant as a raincoat for your kid’s teeth. The thing you need to know about cavities is that once the bacteria they harbor (the one that causes cavities) come in contact with food particles inside the mouth, they will produce acids that could create holes or cavities in the teeth.

But if your kid’s teeth are covered with dental sealant, it will effectively keep all those food bits out and thwart acid and bacteria from setting on your kid’s teeth, similar to how a raincoat keeps water away and ensure that you’re dry.

Want to find out more about how dental sealants can keep cavities away?

Book your consultation date with either one of our family dentists, Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Lisa Patel, and Dr. So Jung, right now. Call Finksburg Dental Associates in Finksburg, MD, at (410) 861-8900 for more information.

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