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The Tooth-Brushing Recommendations that Will Help Your Smile

November 20th, 2017

Your dentist, Dr. Joel Nathanson, and dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we strongly encourage you to take your oral hygiene routine seriously. If you don’t, you could suffer from major dental issues.

As you may already know, brushing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. It can remove the harmful particles from your teeth and boost your oral health. However, that’s only the case if you have the proper brushing tools and techniques. So, to help you have the best brushing routine in Hunt Valley, Maryland, our Nathanson Dental dental team recommends doing the following things:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day. While you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits nicely in your mouth. The soft bristles will help you effectively clean your teeth and care for your gums, and the nice fit will help you easily clean the hard-to-reach places of your mouth.
  • Make sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or once your brush’s bristles have frayed. Doing so will help you properly clean your teeth each day.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste that has been accepted by the American Dental Association when you brush. The fluoride will help strengthen your tooth enamel and the ADA Seal of Acceptance will help you know that you are using a safe and effective tool.

Now remember: Brushing is not the only technique needed in your oral hygiene routine. You also need to floss and rinse at least once a day. For more information, tips, and details about oral hygiene, please call our office today at (443) 275-9641. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Peer Pressure and Its Effect on Your Smile

November 5th, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if more often than not we were pressured by our peers to do things that would be beneficial instead of harmful? In some instances, it’s more important to take the safe choice, rather than the popular choice. When it comes to pressures teens feel every day, many can have lasting effects that could be irreversible. Consider the following:


Many teenagers are actively involved in sports, which is a leading cause of oral injury to teens. Despite its awkward appearance, it’s always a good idea to wear a mouth guard and facemasks (when applicable). Take pride in your smile and wear safety equipment.


Smoking has devastating effects on a teenager’s oral health. Smoking can have immediate negative effects beyond increased risk of many cancers; such as bad breath, stained teeth and gums, as well as the lingering smell on clothing, furniture, and even nearby friends.

Mouth jewelry

Mouth jewelry can be considered stylish and popular for many reasons, yet they can also wreak havoc on your oral health. Even tongue rings can have dangerous consequences, such as oral inflammation, cracked teeth, choking, and they can even lead to infectious diseases, such as hepatitis or endocarditis.

Don’t ever be afraid to take care of yourself, and your oral health. If you would like to discuss possible solutions or to make an appointment, please call Nathanson Dental at (443) 275-9641 to talk to a member of our team. Call us, or stop by our office in Hunt Valley, Maryland, and let’s conquer adulthood with a sparkling smile!

How Crowns Help Your Smile

November 1st, 2017

Does your smile need a pick-me-up? Is it suffering from numerous cracks, chips, or stains so deep in the enamel that you can’t erase them via whitening? If so, then it’s time you come in to pay our team here at Nathanson Dental a visit.

We’ll show you what crowns can do for your smile, your self-confidence, and how they can restore your smile to what it used to be.

How do crowns work?

Crowns are actually some of the simplest cosmetic dentistry options available. They’re essentially what they sound like – a crown, or “cap” that covers a damaged or decayed tooth.

Dr. Joel Nathanson will first take a look at the tooth (or teeth) in need of a crown. Then, he will take a mold of other teeth to make your crown match the other teeth in your mouth.

The affected tooth is then ground away to remove the damaged part of it, leaving a bit of tooth left called an abutment. The crown, usually made from a ceramic material, is then cemented on top of the abutment.

Do they look and feel real?

A common question asked about crowns is how they’ll look, feel, and function in your mouth. Crowns are designed to replicate real teeth. However, since they’re designed like real teeth, you do need to remember to keep your crowns clean just like your normal teeth. This will ensure they last as long as possible.

Don’t delay any longer – call us at (443) 275-9641 to get started with crowns for your teeth!

The Tricks You Need to Keep Your Child Excited About Visiting the Dentist

October 30th, 2017

Our Nathanson Dental dental team wants your child to have the best and most successful dental experience possible. We never want them to be afraid of the dental chair. However, we won’t be able to accomplish this goal without your help. So, if you want your child to have a positive dental experience like we do, we encourage you to do these things:

  • When you come into Nathanson Dental for a checkup, bring your child with you. This will help them get used to our office and dental team.
  • Try not to use negative words when going to the dentist. The words to avoid are “hurt,” “needle,” “pain,” etc.
  • Instead of playing “house” at home, play “dentist.” This will familiarize your child with a dental visit.
  • Talk to your dentist, Dr. Joel Nathanson, and ask him how he explains dental treatments to children. The warm, comforting words will help you explain treatments to your child.
  • When your child asks you questions about dental appointments and treatments, answer them honestly and sensitively.

These tips will help your child become more familiar with the dental office, dentist, and dental treatments. If you would like to learn more about how to help your child feel more comfortable with their dentist in Hunt Valley, Maryland, please call our office today at (443) 275-9641 when you can. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you!

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