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Give Your Child Every Chance for Success with Healthy Start

February 14th, 2018


Does your child act out in school, or display signs of a behavioral disorder? Do they snore or mouth breathe? If so, your child may be suffering from Sleep Disordered Breathing. Call us today and ask about Healthy Start. 443-275-9641

It's never too early to think about giving your child the best possible advantage in life.

Toothaches Are a Serious Warning Sign of a Problem

February 10th, 2018

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A toothache or a pain deep in your gums should always be taken as a warning sign of a serious problem. Pain from a fall or blow to the face might indicate damage to the root of the tooth, periodontal ligaments that anchor it or damage to the socket.

A toothache without any obvious trauma associated with it is often a sign of infection or tooth decay. In a situation like this, early diagnosis and treatment is critical to resolving the problem before it gets worse!

It’s important to call your dentist as soon as possible for advice on how to manage the tooth pain and to schedule an appointment. If you can’t for some reason, contact your dentist immediately there are a few things you can do to manage the situation.

If the toothache was caused by an obvious trauma you can try to rub your gums with a topical oral analgesic. If the trauma causes swelling in your lip or cheek you can hold a cold compress to your face for 15 minutes at a time.

If you suspect the pain is related to tooth decay or infection, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you have a toothache you should call us at (443) 275-9641 to schedule an appointment.

Invisalign: A Patient Testimonial

February 7th, 2018


Check out this patients review of Nathanson Dental, and her experience with Invisalign. Call Nathanson Dental to schedule your Invisalign Evaluation today! 443-275-9641

When Should You See Your Dentist?

February 5th, 2018

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Taking good care of your oral health starts with attention to the daily details. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash to reduce bacteria all help keep the environment in your mouth healthy. Having professional dental cleanings every six months is also vital to sound oral health. But what if you are having symptoms in between visits? You should see your dentist if you experience any of the following:

Gum Inflammation

Gums that are chronically inflamed or infected are signs of gingivitis, or gum disease. Left untreated, gingivitis is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

Bad Breath

If you are persistently experiencing bad breath no matter how much you clean your mouth, or notice a metallic taste in the mouth, you may have the early stages of gum disease.

Sensitive Teeth

If you feel brief, sharp pain whenever you ingest something hot or cold, you may have a cavity or even gum recession, which allows the sensitive layer of dentin (and the tubules leading to the nerves) under the tooth enamel to be exposed. This pain normally arises during temperature extremes.

Tartar Buildup

Oral bacteria cause plaque, and plaque which mineralizes is hardened tartar. Tartar develops along the gum line, where the teeth meet the gums, and requires removal by your dental team using scaling tools.

Morning Headaches

Waking up with chronic headaches is a sign that you might be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Also called bruxism, this unintentional habit can wear down tooth enamel if left unchecked over time. Wearing a night guard (a mouth guard worn at night) can not only prevent these headaches, but will protect your teeth against further erosion or cracks.

Canker Sores

These oral ulcers can be triggered by trauma to the mouth, emotional stress or even illness. These mouth sores, or “canker” sores, usually heal on their own, but if they persist or are unusually large, this may indicate something more serious.

White Spots

If you can see white spots on a tooth, this may be an indication of dental decay. It is not uncommon to have a cavity even if you aren’t feeling pain or showing any symptoms (pain upon biting, visible holes, etc.).

Ice pack for Tooth PainTooth Pain

If you are experiencing sudden tooth pain that just won’t go away, you may have a cavity. This is a hole in your tooth that may reach the tooth pulp where the nerves are exposed, causing pain.

Dr. Joel Nathanson and Dr. Leah Romay are both happy to help keep you smiling in between cleanings and exams. To restore your healthy smile, you can schedule a visit with our Nathanson Dental team in Hunt Valley, Maryland by calling (443) 275-9641 today!

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