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By Angel Dental Care
September 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
NewPartialDenturesMoreComfortableandDurableThanOlderModels

While dental implants are the preferable choice for teeth replacement, your life circumstances may cause you to postpone it or some other permanent restoration. In the meantime, you need a temporary solution for your tooth loss.

Removable partial dentures (RPDs) have met this need for many years. RPDs are traditionally made of rigid, acrylic plastic resin and fasten to existing teeth with metal clasps. While effective as temporary tooth replacements, RPDs do have their drawbacks: they can be uncomfortable, develop a loose fit and are prone to wear and staining.

Recently, though, new RPDs made of a flexible type of nylon are addressing some of these drawbacks. Because the nylon material is thermoplastic (able to change shape under high heat), it can be injected into a cast mold of a patient’s mouth to create the denture base, to which life-like replacement teeth are then attached. And rather than a metal clasp, these RPDs have thin, finger-like nylon extensions that fit snugly around existing teeth at the gum line.

The new RPDs are lightweight, resistant to fracture and offer a more comfortable, snugger fit than the older RPD. And because the nylon material can be made to closely resemble gum tissue, the base can be designed to cover receding gum tissue, which may further improve the appearance of a patient’s smile.

On the downside, these new RPDs are difficult to reline or repair if they’re damaged or the fit becomes loose. And like all RPDs, they must be regularly removed and cleaned thoroughly to prevent any accumulating bacterial biofilm that could increase the risk of gum disease or tooth decay (the attachment extensions are especially susceptible to this accumulation). They should also be removed at night, since the reduction in saliva flow while you sleep can worsen bacterial buildup.

Still, the new flexible RPD is a good choice to bridge the time gap between lost teeth and a permanent restoration. They can restore lost function and improve your smile during the transition to implants or a fixed bridge.

If you would like more information on temporary tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Angel Dental Care
September 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage, “Knowledge is power.” People have been saying this since the 16th century when Sir. Francis Bacon coined the phrase. It definitely seems true that the more we know the more empowered we feel to make decisions in life. The same should be true when it comes to your dental health. If you don’t feel like you’ve brushed up on your dental knowledge in a while, there’s no better time than the present to check out our educational resources available on our website.
 

Why is it Important?Dr. Warshanna

 
We want our patients to take an active interest in the health of their teeth even when they aren’t in our office. That’s why our website offers a section called patient education, which provides information on everything from proper brushing and flossing techniques to information about how dental implants work. Dr. Warshanna’s hope is that patients will be able to get a lot of their questions and concerns met no matter what time of the day or night.
 
Having information readily available at a patient’s fingertips also makes them more likely to take time out to learn more about dentistry. The Internet is a valuable resource and we know that our patients often spend a lot of time on it. We want to be able to give our patients all the educational resources they could need to make smart decisions about their health. So, no matter if you’re a night owl or early bird, you can get onto Angel Dental Care’s website and have all your dental questions answered with just the click of a button.
 

Is it Reliable?

 
One concern about Internet research in general is that it’s not always reliable. Dr. Warshanna wants to take this issue out of the equation. Everyone loves diagnosing themselves online on sites like WebMD and checking symptoms to find out what’s going on with their health; however, some information that you find online isn’t accurate. I don’t want my patients getting misinformation regarding their health.
 
Dr. Warshanna understood that providing everyone with updated and reliable information would be the best thing for patients. I want them to be able to sit down with me and tell me exactly where they want their treatment plan to go. Of course, Dr. Warshanna will provide an expert opinion about which course of action is best for your smile; however, he wants his patients to feel comfortable opening up a dialogue about how they want their dental health to be handled.
 

What To Expect

 
He will talk to them about which options will fit their dental needs best, but wants patients to know that he is listening and that he respects that they are taking a serious interest in their own health. Dr. Warshanna wants them to play an active role in the care of their smiles. You can find out more about Angel Dental Care’s services by calling (410) 747-0077.

By Angel Dental Care
September 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Caring for Your Child’s Oral Health

As a parent, of course the oral health of your young one is a major concern in addition to his general health. Learn more about dental care for Childern Dentistrychildren from Dr. M. S. Warshanna, DMD of Angel Dental Care, which is a pediatric dentistry Catonsville residents know and love. Dr. Warshanna wants parents to know how to care for your child's teeth so that she will reap the benefits of a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime.

The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Like pediatric medicine, pediatric dentistry is concerned with the general health and wellness of your child. It specifically deals with maintaining and treating the oral health of young people from the time they’re infants to their teen years. Many people, namely young people, don’t understand how poor oral health can affect them in other ways. For instance, gum disease has been found to be related to other ailments in the body, like heart disease complications.

Oral Health Concerns for Kids
Kids have a number of specific concerns when it comes to their teeth. Two of the most common issues Dr. Warshanna sees at his Catonsville pediatric dentistry are cavities and tooth infections. Children are notorious for their love of candy and sweets that eat away at the enamel of their teeth over time. Younger children sometimes develop issues with deformed teeth due to sucking their thumb. There's also juvenile periodontitis, which is an advanced form of gum disease that occurs in children. Though relatively rare, it is a condition that can lead to a number of problems for a child if it's left untreated.

Angel Dental Care - Just for Kids
Teach your child from a young age the importance of good oral care. There are three main things to remember:
- Brushing twice per day (at least two minutes each time)
- Flossing before bed (and after meals whenever possible)
- Regular visits to the dentist (at least twice per year)

Your “little angel” deserves the best when it comes to children’s dentist. Contact the Catonsville pediatric dentistry of Dr. M. S. Warshanna at http://www.angeldentalcare.com to schedule an appointment online.


By Angel Dental Care
September 08, 2014
Category: Oral Health
OliviaNewton-JohnRecallsDaughtersTeethingTroubles

Singer Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe is now a lovely, grown woman, but Olivia recently recounted to Dear Doctor magazine a rather creative method she found to sooth Chloe's teething troubles many years ago.

“When Chloe was a baby and teething I remember using a frozen bagel for her sore gums,” Olivia said. “She loved it!”

Cold is often very soothing to a teething child's gums. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends using a clean, chilled, rubber teething ring, or cold wet washcloth. Chilled pacifiers can also be helpful. Be sure not to freeze teething rings or pacifiers as ice can actually burn sensitive mouth tissues.

Older teethers can sometimes find relieve from cold foods such as popsicles (or bagels!) but make sure your child eats these sugar-containing foods only at mealtimes so as not to promote tooth decay.

If your baby has not yet begun the teething (or tooth-eruption) process, you can expect it to begin usually between six and nine months. It may, however, start as early as three months or as late as twelve months.

Teething symptoms vary among children, as does the length of time it takes for a tooth to make its appearance. But many parents notice the following signs:

  • Irritability
  • Biting and gnawing
  • Gum swelling
  • Chin (facial) rash
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Ear rubbing
  • Drooling
  • Decreased appetite

These symptoms are usually most bothersome during the week that the tooth is breaking (erupting) through the gums, starting about four days before and lasting about three days after the tooth appears.

Occasionally, teething discomfort can be considerable. If that is the case with your baby, you can give her or him acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the appropriate dose (check with your pharmacist if you're not sure what that is). The medicine should be swallowed — not massaged into the gums, as this can also burn. Numbing agents should not be used for children under 2, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional.

If you would like to learn more about teething or any other child-related oral health issue, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Olivia Newton-John, please see “Olivia Newton-John.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Teething Troubles.”