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May 9th, 2018

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Toothaches Are a Serious Warning Sign of a Problem

February 10th, 2018

cracked tooth

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

Invisalign: The Clear Solution to Straight Teeth

January 31st, 2018


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!

A Missing Filling Needs Timely Treatment and Repair

October 25th, 2017

Fillings are routinely used to repair small cavities and chips in the tooth enamel. While they are meant to last for a long time, no filling is impervious to the ravages of time. As the years go by, the natural bacteria living in your mouth can weaken the dental adhesive that is holding a filling to the surrounding enamel.

The larger and older a filling is, the more likely it is to fall out. Should this happen, you need to call your dentists, Dr. Nathanson and Dr. Romay, as soon as possible to have it examined and repaired. The compromised tooth enamel could fracture or continue to decay, leading to even more serious complications. If a new area of decay develops in the void left by the missing filling, it could compromise the sensitive internal structures of the tooth.

A modest-sized missing filling can sometimes be replaced. This involves Dr. Joel Nathanson removing a small amount of enamel and cementing a new filling in place.

If a large filling is lost, or an additional area of tooth decay has formed in the tooth enamel, then Drs. Nathanson and Romay might recommend a crown restoration. This is essentially a complete replica of the tooth enamel layer made from either porcelain, gold or a base metal alloy.

If you have lost a filling in Hunt Valley, Maryland, or if you suspect that one is about to fail, you need to call Nathanson Dental at (443) 275-9641 to seek timely treatment and repair.

A Wonderful Smile Requires Attention and Care

October 20th, 2017

A wonderful smile requires attention and care. Sadly, our teeth and gums cannot care for themselves, so it is up to us to protect and clean them so that they can continue doing the jobs for which they are intended. The first step in maintaining your oral health is as easy as waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth.

To enhance your smile, consider making your oral health care a priority in your lifestyle. Everyday habits can affect your teeth and potentially cause oral accidents, so stay safe and your treatment will remain effective. Here are some other tips to help you:

– Limit your intake of foods and snacks that can speed up plaque decay or damage your teeth.
– Visit your dentist regularly at Nathanson Dental in Hunt Valley, Maryland for your oral exams and professional cleanings.
– Avoid snacking all throughout the day and limit any between-meal snacks.
– Make sure to brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily.
– Consider using a cleaning product after eating a meal, such as sugarless gum, to wash away harmful bacteria and food particles and to limit the effect of harmful acids on your teeth.
– Keep your meals well-balanced and nutritious for optimum health.
– Avoid chewing or smoking tobacco, and avoid recreational drugs or medications that can cause mouth dryness.

The first step in maintaining your oral health begins with you, but we are here to help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Nathanson, you are welcome to call us at (443) 275-9641 to speak with a member of our fantastic team. Call us today and get back on track to a healthy and happy smile!

Save Your Smile with Invisalign®

October 15th, 2017

Is your smile losing its luster? Are you afraid no matter how well you take care of your teeth and gums, you cannot help your smile due to alignment issues or biting problems with your jawline? If so, there is help on the way. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our expert team at Nathanson Dental, and the cutting-edge technology of Invisalign® orthodontic aligner systems, we can once again craft for you a straight smile you can be proud of.

Save your smile with Invisalign. Here are some FAQ’s you should know about:

Question: What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Answer: Invisalign aligners can be removed during treatment, allowing normal eating habits with no food restrictions. Because they are removable they are much easier to clean and care for.

Question: Are there any metal brackets or wires used with Invisalign?
Answer: No, there is no metal present. Invisalign is made with a patented clear thermoplastic material, which is safer for your teeth and gums. The clear design also makes the aligners very hard to detect, even for close family, friends, or peers.

Question: Where can I go to get Invisalign?
Answer: You can visit our office in Hunt Valley, Maryland by booking an appointment with us at (443) 275-9641.

Question: Can anybody get Invisalign?
Answer: Invisalign orthodontic treatment many not be the best option for each patient. Ask your orthodontist at Nathanson Dental to ensure you are getting the best orthodontic care available to you.

The Invisalign aligner system is a great way to fix and correct smiles. To learn more about Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Nathanson give us a call today and see what Invisalign can do for you!

Tooth Sensitivity Problems Require Accurate Assessment for Treatment Success

October 10th, 2017

Tooth sensitivity problems can limit your food and beverage choices and also hamper your quality of life. Identifying the underlying cause of your tooth sensitivity problems and any ancillary factors will significantly help Dr. Joel Nathanson determine a course of treatment.

In many cases, tooth sensitivity symptoms are linked to some degree of enamel erosion. This can happen when poor oral hygiene allows the bacteria in your mouth to create a chronic acidic environment. This can then be exacerbated by the regular consumption of acidic foods and beverages. In time, this can form microscopic channels through the enamel to the sensitive dentin layer of the tooth.

To treat the enamel erosion, your dentist might advise having a fluoride treatment followed by the daily use of prescription fluoride supplements.

Tooth decay on multiple teeth is also a common cause of sensitivity issues. If you procrastinate having them treated at Nathanson Dental, the sensitivity will persist. In time, it could even lead to tooth loss or a gum infection

Another potential source of tooth sensitivity could be something as mundane as a chronic sinus infection. The pressure in the sinus cavities can apply unnatural pressure to the nerves of your upper teeth. To treat this, you may need to have a prescription decongestant from your primary physician.

If you are struggling with tooth sensitivity in Hunt Valley, Maryland, you should call (443) 275-9641 to schedule an appointment at Nathanson Dental.

Do you Snore? We can help!

August 29th, 2017

Get to know our Dental Hygienists.

June 9th, 2017

June 9, 2017

In the dental office, the dentist and the dental hygienist work together to meet the oral health needs of patients. He or she cleans patients' teeth and examines their mouths for signs of disease and damage. Hygienists teach patients how to maintain good oral health. Recently our hygienists sat down with marketing director Cerissa to answer some fun questions about themselves (questions then answers in bold).

First up is Kim, who is our Hygiene Team Leader. She recently celebrated her 10 year work anniversary with Nathanson Dental!

  1. How did you first learn about Nathanson Dental? I was looking for a job in Maryland and did a job search online.
  2. If you could switch your job with anyone else within Nathanson Dental, whose job would you want? Nancy. Why her? I love to talk to patients and think it would be fun. And I also like to do “housekeeping” type work.
  3. What are three words to describe Nathanson Dental? Classy. Patient-oriented. That’s two words! I know! I’m thinking. Up to date technology; wait that’s too many words! Technology.
  4. What is your favorite part about working for Nathanson Dental? My relationship with my patients.
  5. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us. I was scared of the dentist when I was little. My mom thought no one would ever be able to clean my teeth.
  6. What are your hopes for our industry? That we will be able to continue to provide personal service in a world that is going “corporate.” There are a lot of large businesses that don’t focus on patients. I hope there’s always value on the patient in the chair.
  7. What would people never guess you do in your role? I sometimes have to be a counselor. People tell me everything, much like they do their hair stylist.
  8. Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? Tiny elephant!!

Teresa is currently our part time hygienist, and although newer to our practice than Kim, she still has quite a bit of experience!

  1. How long have you worked at Nathanson Dental? About a year and a half
  2. If you could pick a theme for Nathanson Dental to turn into a book about the company, what would it be? Dental Days of Our Lives or something like that.
  3. What do you like most about Nathanson Dental? The Teamwork.
  4. What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Nathanson Dental? Hopefully having a set group of loyal patients who have been coming to us for years and have a good relationship with the doctor.
  5. What is your role at Nathanson Dental? Dental Hygienist
  6. Do you have a favorite quote? I actually just read a great one today! “You can get fired from a job but you can’t get fired from your gift, so find your gift and you’ll always have work.”
  7. Do you recall any embarrassing moment at work? Yes! I asked somebody if they were pregnant. She said, “Oh I’m not pregnant I’m just fat.”
  8. What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most? Interacting with patients.
  9. What is your personal philosophy? Life is too short so just let the small things go.
  10. Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities? Robot housekeepers for sure!

To learn more about our hygienists and the rest of the staff click here.

Invisalign Ins and Outs

May 25th, 2017

May 25, 2017

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign is a type of orthodontics that people get when they want to straighten their teeth. It uses a series of aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires that most people are used to.

There a quite a few benefits of getting Invisalign over traditional braces. First, purely for cosmetic reasons - you don’t have the metal brackets or the wires. There are clear aligners with small "bumps" on some of your teeth, which are barely noticeable unless someone is looking for them. Maintaining your dental hygiene is another big benefit because it’s much easier to keep your teeth clean while you’re at home and you don’t have to worry about what you and and can’t eat because all you do is take out your aligners. As long as you clean afterwords you’re good to go.

As you can imagine, straightening your teeth can be quite a process. While the actual amount of time varies patient to patient, Invisalign Express can take as short as 6-8 months while comprehensive cases can take up to 2 years.

A malocclusion is when the bite does not come together properly. Invisalign can correct all malocclusions that traditional orthodontics can. It makes sure your bite comes together properly making sure you can eat and clean your teeth and gums the way that you should to maintain proper oral hygiene.

If you're interested in Invisalign the first step would be to come in for a consultation. The next step would be to take impressions and photographs and send them to Invisalign. From there Invisalign is great with being able to take impressions and photos we send them and create a treatment plan that will show you where you're starting and where you can end up. If the end results look favorable then we would proceed with the treatment.

At first, you would visit our office approximately every 2 weeks for the first couple aligners – those will switch every two weeks. Once you get used to the aligners and are able to take them in and out without any problem, then we can extend the office visits out to about a month or two.

To make sure Invisalign is successful it's important to follow your treatment plan that was set out, making sure that you’re coming in for your appointments, and are wearing your aligners every day (except when eating or drinking). Another key factor is making sure to come in for all your regular hygiene appointments throughout your treatment.

At Nathanson Dental we are not just there for Invisalign, we are also a full service dental office, so for any dental problems that may arise you can still give us a call we can get you in, figure out whats going on, and get you treated so that it doesn't impact the progress of getting those perfectly straight teeth you've always wanted!

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