What is the Right Way to Floss?

2:08 1 June, 2019 Published by

Although you may already be flossing twice daily as recommended by Dr. Ray Becker of Howard County Smiles in Ellicott City, MD, you may not be doing enough to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Although brushing your teeth is a vital part of your oral hygiene regimen, flossing is…

Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?

20:47 29 April, 2019 Published by

Dental implants are an increasingly popular treatment for people who have lost teeth due to infection, decay, injury, or who require tooth replacement for some other reason. Dental implants not only improve the appearance of your smile by filling in the gaps, but they also preserve your oral health by…

FAQ: The Facts About Fillings

2:54 30 March, 2019 Published by

Do you feel like you find out you need another filling every time you go to the dentist? Dentists like Dr. Ray Becker of Howard County Smiles Family Dentistry in Ellicott City, MD want you to know the warning signs that can tell you that you may need a filling,…

Refresh Your Existing Smile With Dental Veneers

1:57 25 February, 2019 Published by

Our teeth begin to show signs of wear and tear as we age. These cracks, gaps, chips, discoloration, and misalignments can lead to feeling self-conscious and hiding our smile. Perhaps you see your smile in the mirror and are overwhelmed by all the different issues you see there. Maybe you’re…

What to Know About Gum Disease

1:27 28 January, 2019 Published by

Periodontal disease is a common dental ailment that affects one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over. That’s not a small number. In fact, periodontal disease- more commonly known as gum disease- is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the developed world. But the…

All About Dental Implants

1:33 30 December, 2018 Published by

Are you tired of suffering in silence and shame because you’re missing teeth? A dental implant may be your best option to restore your smile and smile confidently again. Learn why patients and dentists prefer this tooth replacement option over others available. What’s So Good About Dental Implants? According to…

Maximize Your Dental Benefits

1:38 19 November, 2018 Published by

Many insurance plans include preconditions that try to shift the cost of your dental care back onto you. However, the end of the benefit plan year provides an opportunity for you to turn the tables and get the most out of your insurance providers. If you want to get the…

The Truth About Charcoal Toothpaste

23:04 28 October, 2018 Published by

Activated charcoal is now an ingredient in many commercially-available products. The products include face wash, makeup, and now, as a way to naturally whiten teeth, even toothpaste. But does it actually work? Is charcoal actually an effective ingredient to whiten your teeth or is it just a gimmick that can…

Know Your Teeth

0:19 28 September, 2018 Published by

Our teeth: They help us eat our meals. They determine the shape of your mouth and consequently your entire face. They’re the smile that helps you make first impressions on people. Yet many of us don’t know which tooth is a bicuspid and which is an incisor. When we have…

A Healthy Smile Could Save Your Life

0:00 31 August, 2018 Published by

It’s common wisdom that “eyes are the window to the soul”. However, to your Howard County Smiles dentist, the mouth can be the “window” to a view of your overall health. In fact, it can be the “door” as well.  Research shows that many oral health issues lead to systemic…