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By Mendelson Family Dentistry
March 01, 2013
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningIf you are looking for a quick way to dramatically enhance your smile, professional teeth whitening may be a good option. Teeth whitening is convenient and highly effective, making it one of the most popular and commonly requested cosmetic dental treatments today.

At Mendelson Family Dentistry, we understand that many patients want to achieve a whiter smile, but it's also important for patients to understand that teeth whitening isn't for everyone. Teeth whitening results will vary from patient to patient, and procedures will differ by need and budget. The only way to determine which treatment will produce the best outcome for your teeth is by visiting our Owings Mills office first.

The following circumstances and conditions may prevent you from using teeth whitening products:

  • Teeth with yellow hues will generally produce the best results. Natural tooth colors that are brown or gray typically don't react to whitening treatments.
  • Mothers who are pregnant or nursing should refrain from all whitening treatments
  • If your teeth are oversensitive, whitening procedures are likely to intensify the sensitivity of your teeth.
  • Teeth that have been restored with veneers or bonded with white fillings should not be whitened with certain whitening solutions as it will discolor the restorations.

Because the natural teeth retain the ability to absorb stains, patients should also be aware that the results of teeth whitening may fade over time, especially if the individual smokes or drinks a lot of coffee, tea, or red wine. An easy way to achieve a whiter, healthier smile is to brush with fluoride toothpaste, floss regularly, and avoid foods and beverages that augment tooth stains.

At Mendelson Family Dentistry, we can help you determine whether or not you are a good candidate for a professional whitening treatment. Whether you choose an in-office or at-home teeth whitening procedure, the results can be amazing and take years off of your appearance.

There's no doubt that your smile is one of your most eye-catching qualities. With new advances in cosmetic dentistry today, there are other smile-enhancing treatments available to improve the appearance of your teeth, and at Mendelson Family Dentistry, we strive to stay abreast of new cosmetic treatments so that our patients can easily achieve the smile they've always wanted.

By Mendelson Family Dentistry
January 02, 2013
Category: Mouth Care

Thumb Sucking Dental ProblemsThumb sucking is a natural and common behavior that many infants start naturally.  Its repetitive nature brings the child security, comfort and relaxation, and in most cases is not a cause for worry.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), many children stop sucking their thumbs and other objects on their own between the ages of two and four. When permanent teeth begin erupting around the age of five or six, your child’s thumb sucking behavior should have ceased.  In cases where thumb sucking persists, problems concerning your child’s dental health can arise.

Prolonged thumb sucking can cause:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Protruding front teeth
  • Malformation of the roof of the mouth
  • Speech problems

How can I help my child stop thumb sucking?

Children who are slow to break the habit may need guidance from their parents or dentist.  If your child is still sucking when his permanent teeth start to erupt, consult your child’s dentist for assistance.  Other tips for helping your child stop thumb sucking include:

  • Always be positive and supportive. Instead of scolding a child for sucking his thumb, give praise or a reward when he doesn’t suck.
  • Distract your child with activities when you notice the thumb in his mouth.
  • Because children frequently suck their thumbs for security, focus on soothing the cause of the anxiety rather than correcting the thumb sucking behavior.  
  • Place an obstacle on your child’s hands at night, such as a mitten or bandage.  
  • Visit Reisterstown Rd Owings Mills, MD and allow your dentist to explain the harmful effects of thumb sucking to your child and encourage him to quit.

If at any time you suspect your child’s thumb sucking behavior may be affecting his oral health, call Reisterstown Rd Owings Mills, MD.  Our Owings Mills dentists are qualified to provide parents with the information and appropriate dental treatment needed to help children stop thumb sucking. A dentist’s advice combined with support from the parents is the best approach to breaking the habit and avoiding dental problems.



By Harold R. Mendelson, D.D.S.
December 28, 2012
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Untagged

My forty-five years of dentistry have taught me that, without a doubt, the most important service I can render to my patients is to teach them proper oral hygiene and to somehow have the ability to convince them how important it is.  Without good oral hygiene, all dental treatment will fail.   The patients leave themselves open for the dental bacteria to travel to other parts of their body…the infection does not stop suddenly at the neck.  One cannot be totally healthy if he has a chronic low grade infection present in his mouth.  The accomplishment that I am the most proud of in my dental career is the large number of patients who have listened to my oral hygiene instructions and now have healthy mouths.  I am proud of my restorations but they can only be successful if the patients maintain them adequately.  I also have contributed very much to these patients systemic health.

In 1967, I was introduced to the research of Dr. Surrindar Bhaskar, the commanding General of the U.S. Army Dental Corps.  He was adapting the water irrigation principals that the Army Medical Corps was using to clean wounds inflicted by combat rifles.  Dr. Bhaskar was a brilliant researcher and teacher.  Two important points need to be made here.  They are:  1. All of his research can and has been duplicated over and over. 2.  He did not do this research for his own personal gain.

When I first started my own practice, in January of 1972, I referred the periodontal patients to the periodontist upon diagnosis of the condition and was met by a very high failure rate.  After about six months I realized that unless I had successfully taught proper home care and the patients were completely compliant, the periodontist and I were going to fail and the patient would have undergone a painful and expensive treatment for no gain.  After insisting that the patient modify their home care before any other treatment was rendered, I came to the conclusion that once the patients were doing the home care procedure that  Dr. Bhaskar had developed,  at least 70% of them no longer needed care by a periodontist.

The following pictures are of actual patients of Mendelson Family Dentistry.  These are not in any way “touched up” and they are typical of the results of good oral hygiene.

Dental plaque and the resulting dental infection are very obvious in this picture.  The plaque which causes dental disease is a biofilm which has the consistency of Elmer’s glue and cannot be adequately removed by flossing and brushing.  Oral Irrigation, along with brushing, is the best way to remove this.  Please note that this patient has no bone loss she has gingivitis.   Her bone is very resistant to periodontal disease.  If she continues to have poor oral hygiene, she will develop full blown periodontal disease and will lose her teeth.  She has had cardiac bypass surgery.  When she was informed on her March 13thappointment  that dental disease plays a big role in heart disease, she was eager to learn just how to take care of her mouth and quite ready  to do this on a DAILY BASIS.


March 13, 2007                                                                                                  March 20, 2007

The dental plaque is the white substance with that can be seen between her teeth.  If one were to look at this plaque under a microscope, he or she would see that it is made up of living bacteria and their waste products.  See how swollen and red the tissue is.     At her March 13th appointment her teeth were cleaned and she was given oral hygiene instructions.  She agreed to use oral irrigation along with brushing (water-pik appliance) twice a day and return to the office in one week for a follow up cleaning and photographs.  You can easily see how much healing has taken place in just one week.  She has continued to practice good oral hygiene and her tissue is now very healthy.



August 23, 2005                                                                                    July 18, 2007

This patient is a young lady who has had several unsuccessful periodontal surgeries.  She was referred to us by her mother.  She has been a very compliant patient and has followed our instructions.  She uses oral irrigation at night and regular tooth brushing.  This has allowed her to bring her gums to maximum health without any surgeries or treatments by us except regular 6 month cleanings and exams.  As you can see from these pictures taken two years apart, she has been well rewarded for her good oral hygiene. 



Oral Irrigation devices such as the Water-Pik products and the Conair-Interplak products can be found at many local retail outlets.

  1.  Fill the reservoir of the device with warm water.  Do not use cold water.  If you desire, add mouthwash (i.e. Listerine, Cepacol or Peridex).
  2.   The power on the device should be set to a low number.  It is not desirable to use it at maximum power.
  3.   Place the tip in the mouth before turning the device on and turn it off before taking it out of your mouth.
  4.   Shoot the water jet at right angles to the teeth, holding it in place for 5 seconds between each tooth
  5. The best time to use this device is at bedtime.  When you use it at other times of the day, try to not eat for at least 30 minutes following the procedure.
  6. In order for oral irrigation to be effective, it must be done on a daily basis.
  7. The best way to clean the irrigation device is to run apple cider vinegar through the appliance once every two to four weeks.  Let it sit overnight with the vinegar in it.  Rinse the appliance in the morning with cold water.

We urge out patients to use oral irrigation.  It is, by far, the most effective way to rid our dentitions of the biofilm that causes dental caries and periodontal disease.  Medical research has also shown a definite link between dental disease and blockage of the blood vessels that supply the heart.  This is a very easy way to help both your dental and physical health.


By Mendelson Family Dentistry
November 01, 2012
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep ApneaIs your sleep disrupted by abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath? Does your loud snoring disturb the sleep of others?  You may suffer from sleep apnea- a serious sleep disorder that causes a partial or complete reduction of airflow to the lungs during sleep, most often marked by loud snoring.

Snoring and sleep apnea reduce deep, restorative sleep. This results in extreme fatigue through the following day, which can negatively affect personal, physical and intellectual performance during work and other daily activities.

The most common signs of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Breaks in your breathing (apnea) during sleep
  • Episodes of choking or gasping during sleeping, a result of trying to get air into the lungs
  • Daytime fatigue due to the previous night’s interrupted sleep
  • Morning headache
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat

Snoring and sleep apnea may seem like minor nighttime inconveniences, but without treatment these sleeping problems can lead to serious health problems, some of which are life-threatening:

  • Poor concentration and memory loss
  • Lowered health and immune system
  • Increased weight gain and muscle weakness
  • Cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Depression
  • Increased stress on the relationships with others in the household 

Your City Dentist Can Help

A dentist specially trained in aspects of sleep disorders can create custom oral appliances that are highly effective in the treatment of mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends oral appliances as a primary line of treatment for use in patients with sleep disorders.  A variety of FDA form-fitting dental devices have been designed to support the jaw in a forward position and advance the position of the tongue and soft palate to keep the air passage open during sleep and reduce air velocity and soft tissue vibration. These mandibular appliances are easy to wear, portable, and safe.  For milder cases of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend simple lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, changing sleep positions or losing weight. 

Frequently the subject of humor, in many cases, snoring is no laughing matter. With millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea and snoring, the health and relational risks that accompany this condition are real. Don’t settle for a poor night’s sleep any longer. Contact Mendelson Family Dentistry and get the rest you deserve.

By Mendelson Family Dentistry
October 01, 2012
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: Root Canals  

A root canal is the channel that runs inside the root of the tooth, containing the pulp and blood vessels. When the canal becomes diseased, root canal therapy is necessary in order to eliminate the infection, stop the pain and preserve the natural tooth.  

In the past, diseased teeth frequently had to be extracted, but today can often be saved and restored through root canal therapy when treated promptly. Untreated, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause swelling of the face and head, and even bone loss. Saving your tooth, if possible, is always the best solution, and root canal therapy is an option that restores the natural tooth to its normal function and natural appearance.

If you, like many patients, cringe at the mention of a root canal, you'll be pleased to learn that painful root canal therapy is a thing of the past. Thanks to advances in dental technology, root canal therapy has become more precise, less invasive, and ultimately, less painful. The key to ensuring a positive patient experience is finding the most qualified dental professional to perform your procedure. Mendelson Family Dentistry can help.    

Visit your Owings Mills dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Moderate to severe toothaches
  • Prolonged tooth sensitivity to touch, pressure and temperatures
  • Discoloration of the tooth
  • Swollen gums
  • Pain in a tooth previously treated by root canal therapy

It's important to visit a dentist when symptoms of an infected tooth first emerge. Understanding the facts and discussing your fears with your dentist is the best way to dispel root canal misconceptions and move forward with safe and effective treatment. Remember, root canal treatments relieve pain, not cause pain.

The dental professionals at Mendelson Family Dentistry are fully qualified to offer you the best in root canal therapy, restoring the tooth's natural appearance and function that can last a lifetime. 

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11300 Reisterstown Rd Owings Mills, MD 21117-1812