June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Hygiene

The entire purpose of good oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and going to the dentist) is to keep your teeth clean and free of cavities and other diseases, like gum disease


So, should good oral hygiene practices include brushing your tongue?


Yes, your oral hygiene should absolutely include brushing your tongue. For starters, if you are not brushing your tongue, you are missing a large area of your mouth where bacteria and germs can gather and create oral health issues. These health issues include tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to these issues, if you do not brush your tongue, you are not treating one of the leading causes of halitosis (bad breath). Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that their tongue can be the cause of their bad breath, and that brushing their tongue can eliminate bad breath. 

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What makes cleaning your tongue so important is the papillae that cover the its surface. These tiny projections that cover your tongue, offering germs and bacteria an area to “hide” and colonize as you brush. However, focusing on your tongue while brushing will eliminate the bacteria and germs from this area. 


Below, Dr. Samuels offers a few additional tips to help you brush better and remove more bacteria and germs from your mouth. 


  • Tilt your brush at a 45 degree angle and brush away from your gum line.
  • Lightly brush the surface of your gums in a circular motion, moving toward the surface of your teeth.
  • Brush the roof of your mouth and your cheeks in a gentle manner.
  • Use a product that contains fluoride to restore your enamel.


Are you in need of a dentist in Rockville, MD?


If you are in need of a dentist in the Rockville, MD area, feel free to contact us today. Dr. Samuels and his entire team at their office in Rockville are always welcoming smiling faces that are serious about improve the health of their teeth and gums!

Cosmetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry. Everyone has a desire to have a smile that is beautiful and helps to build their confidence. Within cosmetic dentistry, tooth whitening is the most requested procedure/treatment that we get at our practice in Rockville, MD


But, what if you could avoid staining your teeth to begin with, and didn’t need a teeth whitening system? You can; you just have to be careful about what you are eating. Additionally, being careful about what you eat is a great way to make sure your teeth stay bright after your tooth whitening system is complete. 


While tooth enamel is the strongest part of our body, it is quite fragile and susceptible to staining. Your enamel is covered in microscopic ridges and valleys that can cause particles of dark foods and drinks to get stuck on your teeth, and cause staining to your enamel, which is usually translucent.


Three beverages that cause a lot of staining are coffee, tea, and cola. The reason that these three beverages cause staining is due to their acidic content and dark pigments. Due to the acid that they contain, they can actually cause your enamel to wear away and expose your root dentin, which will give your tooth a more yellow color. Even if your enamel is not wearing away, the dark pigments still have a tendency to get stuck in your enamel and cause your teeth to look darker. 


In addition to the beverages listed below, there are many foods that can cause your teeth to stain. The foods that cause the most staining are ones that contain artificial coloring, like fruit juice, gummies, tomato sauce, and popsicles. Other foods that can cause discoloration are foods that contain a lot of acid like grapefruit, lemons, and other citric fruits. 


Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is: “If the food or beverage would stain a white shirt, it will more than likely stain your tooth enamel/teeth.” 


Even if you avoid the aforementioned foods and beverages, you still need to maintain good brushing, flossing, and use of mouthwash. When buying these products, make sure that they contain fluoride to help rebuild your tooth enamel.


Are you looking for a tooth whitening product in Rockville, MD?


If you have tooth discoloration, and have a desire for whiter teeth, Dr. Samuels recommends visiting your dentist ASAP. If your teeth are discolored for certain reasons, your teeth are not able to be whitened by a whitening product. If you are in need of a dentist, and want to receive a consultation about your teeth, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

In our prior blog post, Dr. Samuels began a discussion on how important it is for your children to develop good oral hygiene habits. Unfortunately for your children, oral hygiene is not entertaining. Because of this, your children will not want to brush twice per day or for two minutes at a time. However, developing these brushing habits is important for your children to have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy life. 

Dr. Samuels treats many children at his office in Rockville, MD, and wants to help your children improve their oral health. Below, he shares some hints and tips to get your children to brush twice a day and for two minutes at a time. 


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1: Create a brushing schedule


Setting up a schedule is important because it makes brushing mandatory, not optional. If you put brushing on your child’s schedule, just like school or homework, they will start to brush every day. Once it is a part of their schedule, after about 3 weeks, brushing will become habitual to your child. 


2: Reserve a song for when your child brushes


Is there a catchy tune that your child really enjoys listening to? If so, you should consider reserving this song and playing it for them while they brush. If your child knows they get to listen to their favorite song while they brush, they will begin to look forward to this time. Not only will this song make your child want to brush more often, but it will also help them brush longer, as they will want to listen to more of their favorite song. 


3: Make brushing a family activity 


If you brush with your child, you will be able to evaluate how they are doing in a better manner and ensure they are properly avoiding cavities. Here is what the ADA says about cavities in children. While your children do not need to use as much toothpaste as you, they still need to brush for the same amount of time. By brushing with your children, it will encourage them to brush for as long as you do. 


4: Buy your child an electric toothbrush


An electric toothbrush will help your child in a couple of ways. First, an electric toothbrush will help to make up for the bad form that your child employs. Secondly, using something that is motorized will be more entertaining for your children than using something that is not.


Does your child need a dental appointment?


If your child needs a dentist, Dr. Samuels is always welcoming new patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

As an adult, you probably take good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. If you don’t, you should start! As a parent, it is important to remember to continue to take good care of your own mouth AND also make sure your kids are doing the same.

Unfortunately, tooth decay is the most common disease amongst children. This occurs because children do not floss and brush as directed, and their parents do not take enough interest in their child’s hygiene habits. If you do look after your child’s dental care, and make sure their hygiene habits are sound, it can last them a lifetime. For more information on your child's dental hygiene, click here


When should your child start brushing?


As soon as your child’s first tooth breaks through the gum line, it needs to be brushed. Most parents do not know this and start brushing their child’s teeth too late. To go along with brushing, as soon as your child has two of more teeth that are touching, you should begin flossing between the teeth that are touching one another. 


In addition to brushing and flossing, it is critical that your child gets in the routine of visiting the dentist. According to the ADA, you child's first dental appointment should not be later than their first birthday!


Do you have any questions about your child’s dental hygiene or pediatric dentistry?


If you have any questions about your child’s hygiene, feel free to contact us today. Remember, your child does not require as much toothpaste as an adult, as his/her teeth are much smaller. 


If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child at our office in Rockville, MD, click here!


In our next blog post, Dr. Samuels will offer some tips to help get your child brush twice per day for two minutes at a time! 

May 02, 2017
Category: Dental Health

As we grow older, we naturally begin to experience more health issues and problems. Unfortunately, this statement remains true for our dental health as well. Due to a decline in saliva, our mouth does not have as much protection as it used to, and we begin to develop more cavities and gum disease. Saliva is one of the most important protections that your mouth has against disease. So, if you are experiencing dry mouth, this should not be ignored.

What makes saliva so important is that it balances out the acids that are introduced into our mouths by a variety of foods. Saliva is a natural barrier and reduces tooth decay, enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, and more. 

As we grow older, why do we produce less saliva?

Saliva is produced in our salivary glands under our tongue and in our cheeks. As people grow older, these glands start to do other things, like how our serous glands start to store fat. As a result of this, they create less saliva.

In addition to storing fat, our salivary glands are also affected by a variety of other things. These things include medications and treatments like chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the medications that we take are necessary, as they treat things like hypertension and heart disease.

As our bodies age, and we grow older, it is critical to maintain routine dental appointments. Maintaining these appointments is the best way to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. In addition to maintaining appointments, you should consider using dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride will help to keep your tooth enamel strong. 

Do you need to schedule a dentist appointment?

If you are in need of dentist appointment for any reason, feel free to schedule one with Dr. Samuels today. Dr. Samuels performs all kinds of dental services, including tooth restorations, if you have developed a cavity.

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