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    Top Reasons to Straighten Your Teeth

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Do you wonder what your life could be like with straight teeth? Few people naturally have perfectly even teeth, and those with only a slight malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth, may have considerable oral health complications. No matter your age, though, you can have the smile you want with orthodontic treatment. If any of the following reasons speak to your desire for straighter teeth, consult your cosmetic dentist about undergoing orthodontic care.

    You Want a More Appealing Smile.
    When it comes to first impressions, many people focus on the smile before any other physical feature. If your teeth suffer from wide gaps or an overbite, your smile may not create the effect you would like. Should your teeth cause you to hide your smile or avoid in-person interactions, they could significantly hinder your professional standing and social life. Straightening your smile could remove this obstacle and give you the confidence you want when engaging others.

    Your Malocclusion is Causing Tooth Damage.
    Do your teeth chip or crack frequently? This could be the result of your tooth placement. When your teeth do not align as they should when you eat or speak, they could hit against one another and cause damage. If severe enough, this misalignment may lead to tooth breakage, infection, and a higher incidence of tooth decay.

    You Want to Avoid Gum Disease.
    A large number of Americans suffer from gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. If you want to prevent the development of this condition, consider orthodontics. When teeth are out of place or crowded, they can make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, leading to plaque and tartar buildup. When the bacteria found in plaque get out of control, gum disease can result. Straightened teeth can lower this risk.

    The Smile Design Center of Baltimore wants you to enjoy a healthy smile you can be proud of. If you have been considering orthodontic work, call our Lutherville office at (443) 275-9821 to set up a consultation. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry services as well for Pikesville, Timonium, and Towson residents.

    Signs of Gingivitis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Do you ever notice that your gums hurt when you brush and floss your teeth? Do your gums bleed even when you brush gently? If so, you may have gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease.

    Gingivitis is the most common form of periodontitis  and can progress into more severe periodontal disease if left untreated. In addition to swollen and bleeding gums, the symptoms of gingivitis include chronic bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth, and changes in the way your teeth fit together. The good news is that gingivitis is very treatable, so ask your dentist what you can do to reverse the early symptoms of periodontal disease. If you let your gingivitis go untreated, it can advance and destroy gum tissue and bone, which may eventually lead to tooth loss.

    The Smile Design Center of Baltimore provides comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry to all of our patients in the Lutherville area. Contact our office by calling (443) 275-9821 when you have questions or concerns about your oral health. Dr. Myron Kellner will take good care of your teeth and gums. 

    Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Periodontal Disease

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Are your gums red, swollen, or overly sensitive? If so, you may have gingivitis, one of the first stages of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can range from mild to severe and can damage the bone and tissue that support your teeth. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 in the U.S. have periodontal disease. Talk to your dentist if you think you might be one of these people, and keep reading to learn how to reduce your risk for periodontal disease.

    Stop Smoking
    Smoking and using tobacco products can be detrimental to your overall health and is a major risk factor in the development of periodontal disease. In fact, smokers are seven times more likely to get gum disease than people who do not smoke. If you already have gum disease, smoking can lower the chances of successful treatment. For the health of your body and your mouth, quitting smoking is a wise decision.

    Visit the Dentist
    Most dentists recommend that you have a regular dental checkup at least once a year. During this visit, your dentist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning and will help you understand the current status of your dental health. Your dentist can identify early signs of periodontal disease and recommend ways that you can improve your oral health, stopping gum disease in its tracks. Without these regular checkups and cleanings, you may be increasing your risk of periodontal disease.

    Eat Well
    A well-balanced diet is good for your body and your gums. Foods with antioxidants, such as leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits, may help your body repair damaged tissues. When you eat well, your immune system is stronger and can ward off infections more easily. Additionally, staying away from sweet, sugary foods and drinks can lower the amount of plaque that forms in your mouth and contributes to periodontal disease.

    The Smile Design Center of Baltimore offers routine and preventive dental care to keep you in good oral health. Call us at (443) 275-9821 for answers to your questions about periodontal disease or to schedule an appointment with our friendly dentist, Dr. Myron Kellner. 

    Causes and Symptoms of Gum Recession

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Receding gums are a serious medical condition that should be addressed by your dentist. Watch this video to learn more about the causes and symptoms of gum recession.

    One of the purposes of the gums is to protect the sensitive roots of your teeth from exposure. When the gums recede, your teeth may be overly sensitive to hot and cold foods, and you can develop root cavities. Receding gums have a number of potential causes, including trauma, heredity, and periodontal disease. If you let your receding gums go untreated, the condition could eventually lead to tooth loss.

    Call the dental professionals at The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821 to learn about your treatment options for receding gums. Visit our website for more information about our general and cosmetic dentistry services, and find out what makes our dental practice so special. 

    The Importance of Seeking Treatment for Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Sleep apnea can have wide-ranging effects on your overall health. In addition to never feeling fully rested, people with sleep apnea may suffer from headaches, insomnia, and attention problems. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, or if your partner has noticed abnormal breathing patterns or loud snoring when you sleep, talk to your dentist to find out how you can treat this serious condition. Sleep apnea can be life-threatening, so keep reading to learn why you should seek treatment.

    High Blood Pressure
    Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and should not be taken lightly. One of the risks of sleep apnea is developing hypertension, or high blood pressure. When apneas (pauses in breathing) occur, the level of oxygen in your blood can drop suddenly, raising your blood pressure and putting stress on your cardiovascular system. Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the risk factors for developing high blood pressure.

    Heart Problems and Stroke
    Your risk of stroke is increased when you have obstructive sleep apnea. While high blood pressure is also a risk factor for stroke, you can have obstructive sleep apnea and normal blood pressure and still be at risk for a stroke. Individuals with heart disease are at risk for heart attacks and sudden death due to periods of low blood oxygen. Obstructive sleep apnea has also been associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.

    Fatigue
    Individuals with sleep apnea may experience multiple interruptions in their normal breathing patterns while they sleep. These interruptions take the person out of deep sleep and into a light sleep, which can lead to fatigue, drowsiness, and irritability during the day. Intense feelings of fatigue are particularly dangerous when driving a car, operating machinery, and even performing everyday tasks such as cooking. Severe fatigue greatly increases the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, a dangerous situation for the driver and other motorists on the road.

    At The Smile Design Center of Baltimore, we offer non-surgical and surgical treatment options for people who suffer from sleep apnea. Call us at (443) 275-9821 to find out how we can help you get better sleep and improve your overall health. Don’t risk letting your sleep apnea go untreated. 

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