Our Dental Blog
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.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
November 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

You want a straight smile, to look and feel good and keep your oral health. Is orthodontic treatment possible for adults? Do you have to wear metal braces? Get your questions answered at Finksburg Dental Associates. Our team of dentists often uses Invisalign clear aligners to give teen and adult patients smiles they really love.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is today's most innovative and patient-friendly orthodontic system. Customized acrylic appliances safely and gently move teeth into healthier and more attractive positions without the obvious appearance of metal braces.

Perfect for teens and adults with active lifestyles, Invisalign aligners are completely removable, totally discreet and so thin only you and your dentist will know you are wearing them. During the short treatment time--typically about one year--you wear 18 to 30 aligner pairs, changing them every two weeks according to your care plan. Additionally, you check in at Finksburg Dental Associates about once a month to receive your next aligner pairs and for a quick check on how your smile is progressing.

How Invisalign works

Invisalign corrects a wide variety of smile alignment issues such as:

  • Malocclusions (overbite, underbite, crossbite, openbite, shifted midline and more)
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Protruding front teeth

A three-dimensional scan of your teeth, combined with your dentist's instructions, tells the Invisalign technician how to craft your aligners from special SmartTrack acrylic. Using the Invisalign Outcome Simulator, your dentist can show you how your smile will look as you progress through your treatment.

The benefits of Invisalign

There are many benefits, including:

  • Comfortable treatment because the aligners are super-thin, removable and very smooth
  • Easy brushing and flossing (just remove the aligners, brush, floss and replace)
  • Discreet appearance (the aligners are totally unnoticeable)
  • Faster treatment time than conventional braces (9 to 18 months on average)
  • Improved oral health (fewer cavities and gum problems over the long term)
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence

Get the smile you want

Invisalign may be the way to your best smile. Call Finksburg Dental Associates today for an Invisalign consultation with one of our dentists. It's quick and very informative. Phone us at (410) 861-8900.

EMERGENCIES ARE SO MUCH easier to deal with if we’ve prepared for them in advance, and that includes dental emergencies. You might be wondering what you can do to prepare for something like an unexpected tooth injury or dental health issue. It’s true that a dental emergency isn’t quite the same as a food shortage or a flat tire, but we can still make plans for what to do.

If A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

Call the dentist right away if your child loses a baby tooth in an accident, especially if it wasn’t loose beforehand. In most cases, we won’t put the tooth back in because it could create problems for the incoming permanent tooth. Since that tooth will be replaced eventually anyway, this might not seem like a big deal, but there may be other, less obvious damage.

If A Tooth Gets Broken…

In the event of a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, get straight to a dentist. The sooner treatment happens, the better. What you can do beforehand is find the broken tooth fragments and place them in cold milk to preserve them. You can also rinse your mouth out with water.

Never ignore a crack or chip, because if the damage is deep enough to expose the dental pulp, the tooth is in danger of infection, which can lead to the death of the pulp, a painful dental abscess, bone loss, and worse.

If An Adult Tooth Gets Knocked Out…

If an entire permanent tooth is knocked out, get to the dentist as fast as you safely can, because the clock is ticking on the fate of that tooth. If the dentist sees you within an hour of the accident, the tooth can usually be saved. You can improve the tooth’s chances by putting it back in the socket and holding it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back in, storing it in cold milk will also help.

Do NOT handle a knocked out tooth by the root. Do NOT let it dry out. Do NOT scrub it clean or use any soap, alcohol, or peroxide on this. Doing any of these things will kill the root, and then it will be much harder or even impossible to successfully replant.

It’s too bad we can’t just regrow adult teeth, isn’t it?

We’re Ready To Help In Case Of Emergencies!

In addition to being familiar with common types of dental emergencies, it’s essential to know where you’re going to go for help! Our practice is ready to help any patient with an unexpected dental problem. We hope that you’ll never need to use this information and that the only time we’ll see you will be for regular appointments, but it’s always good to be prepared!

You can rely on our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

By Finksburg Dental Associates
August 22, 2019
Category: General Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentist  

Need a dentist for your whole family? A family dentist can meet all of your whole family's needs at one location. Family dentists treat family-dentistrypatients of all ages. Led by Dr. Jan Katzen, Dr. Leland Aiken, and Dr. Lisa Patel, Finksburg Dental Associates (located in Finksburg, MD) offers a full range of top-quality dental services. Read on to explore the benefits of having a family dentist.

Education and Training

Family dentists have received the education and training needed to treat individuals of all ages. All practicing family dentists have earned a dental degree and completed four years of an undergraduate program plus four years of dental school. In all states, dental practitioners are required to hold licensure to practice dentistry. Licensed dental practitioners are also required to meet continuing education requirements to retain their licenses.

A Wide Range of Services

Family dentists provide oral care to their patients. These practitioners offer a big menu of dental services under one roof. Family dentists diagnose and treat dental problems and help patients develop better dental hygiene regimens. They clean teeth, fill cavities, perform oral surgery and extractions, and perform other duties to ensure their patients have healthy smiles. Many offices even offer cosmetic dentistry procedures to the patients they serve.

Have an Emergency Go-To

A dental emergency is a dental problem that requires timely attention from a dentist. Family dentists will provide emergency services when needed. Kids are vulnerable to dental emergencies, expecially if they enoy playing outside or participate in sports. In case of an emergency, it's reassuring to know you can receive prompt treatment from the local office you trust.

One-Stop-Shop Dentistry

One-stop-shop dental offices have become very popular in the United States. With the hectic pace of our busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to make our lives simple and save time. A trip to a family dentist in your area can mean fewer dental visits. You will save a significant amount of time each year by having your entire family's oral healthcare care needs met in one location.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Family dental care providers design their offices with the needs of you and your kids in mind. It's important that you and your children feel comfortable when visiting the dentist. If you have kids, search for a dental office that has a comfortable, kid-friendly atmosphere with a staff that is caring and works well with kids.

A Lifetime of Dental Care

A family dentist will ensure your children have a healthy smile for a lifetime. Pediatric dental care providers specialize in the oral health of children, from infants and toddlers to teenagers. After that time, your children will need to search for another dentist. A family dental care provider can treat your children throughout their entire lives.

To keep your family's oral health on track, call Finksburg Dental Associates at (410) 861-8900 today to schedule a dental appointment in Finksburg, MD. Regular visits to a family dentist will get you and your whole family on the road to good oral health. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile!

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