By contactus@dentalrockville.com
August 07, 2017
Category: Dental Health

When you grab a snack to eat, a savory treat to enjoy, or a drink to quench your thirst, do you think about the damage that it can do to your teeth? We are guessing that you probably don’t. However, you should always consider which foods and beverages will cause damage to your teeth and have adverse effects on both your oral and overall health.

 

Below, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD outlines five foods and beverages that can damage your teeth by promoting tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Samuels is not implying that you eliminate these foods and beverages from your diet, but to make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth after consumption.

 

ALSO READ: How Can I Keep Cavities From Developing?

 

1.) Hard Candy/Suckers:

 

Hard candy and suckers melt in your mouth over a duration of time. Due to this, sugar and syrup are slowly being released into your mouth over a long period of time. As these sugars are released, bacteria use them to create acid. If you bite into a sucker or hard candy, they can easily cause a dental emergency as well.

 

2.) Soda

Bacteria use sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that attack your enamel. Sodas typically contain acid already and then help bacteria produce additional acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, sodas are typically caffeinated and will cause you to dehydrate and develop dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, sugars, acid, and bacteria can harm your teeth as saliva is not present to protect them.

 

3.) Coffee and Tea (if not made correctly)

 

If you do not add anything to your tea or coffee, they are not bad choices for a beverage to drink. However, when you start adding flavors, syrup, and sugars, you start to make these drinks dangerous for your teeth. Similar to soda, coffee and tea can be caffeinated and cause you to suffer from dry mouth.

 

4.) Chewy/Sticky Food

 

Do you enjoy indulging in those fruity candies? You know, Starbursts, Skittles, or Sweet Tarts? Due to the texture of these candies, they tend to stay on your teeth for long periods of time and cause damage. In addition to candies, dried fruits are typically chewy and will do damage to your teeth as well. Rinsing your mouth with water, brushing, and flossing will help to remove particles of chewy food from your teeth.

 

5.) Citric Fruits

 

The biggest drawback of soda is the acids that they introduce to your mouth. Similar to soda, citric fruits are chalk full of acid. Acids eat away at your enamel and make you more prone to developing cavities over time. Squeezing lemons or limes into your water might seem like an innocent habit, but it can actually ruin the health benefits of drinking water for your mouth. Always drink plain tap water.

 

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

 

If you read this article, you are probably concerned about the health of your teeth and mouth. Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD wants your mouth to be as healthy and happy as possible. If you are in need of a dentist, Dr. Samuels welcomes you to schedule an appointment at his office!

When you take a picture, or look at yourself in the mirror, do you desire to have whiter teeth? If so, you have probably gone to the store and picked up a brand of toothpaste that promised to whiten your teeth, right? But…how do whitening toothpastes work (if they work at all)?

 

No matter what kind of toothpaste you use, it will contain mild abrasives. These mild abrasives are what will cause the surface stains on your teeth to be removed through brushing. These surface stains are the ones that are caused by consuming things like coffee or using tobacco products. If a toothpaste is considered a ‘whitening toothpaste,’ it may also contain a chemical compound or a polishing agent that will provide additional whitening benefits.

 

 

Unfortunately, what whitening toothpaste lack is bleaching agent—peroxide. The lack of peroxide present in whitening toothpaste means that the toothpaste will not lighten stains that are deeper in your tooth than the surface. Some whitening toothpaste contains something called blue covarine. Blue covarine covers the surface of your teeth and makes them appear whiter right away. However, blue covarine does not actually make your teeth whiter.

 

If you are looking for a whitening toothpaste to use, always look for a product that contains a seal of approval from the American Dental Association or another dental organization. This seal shows that the toothpaste does what it says it will, and is healthy/safe for you.

 

If you are not fully satisfied by the whitening that a toothpaste can provide, ask your dentist or your dental hygienist about what other whitening products are available for you to use. These products include over-the-counter and professional systems from your dentist. Please note that, depending on why your teeth are stained, whitening products might have no effect on your teeth’s color.

 

Are you interested in teeth whitening in Rockville, MD?

 

If you are interested in having whiter and brighter teeth, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels today to evaluate your options!

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
July 11, 2017
Category: Dental Health

One of the most common diseases in America is tooth decay! Children, teens, and adults all experience cavities…it is almost inevitable. Unfortunately, when cavities develop, so can other problems, like gum disease and tooth sensitivity.

 

Are you concerned about developing cavities?

 

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, visiting your dentist, and eating healthy will help to keep your teeth strong and healthy. However, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD wants to offer a few additional ways to enhance your ability to keep cavities from developing.

1.) Dairy Is Your Friend

 

Like fluoride, dairy products will help to remineralize your teeth and keep your enamel strong. Dairy products contain both calcium and casein to strengthen your teeth.

 

2.) Use Products That Contain Fluoride

 

Your teeth are constantly demineralizing and remineralizing. When choosing which dental hygiene products to use, make sure you select products that contain fluoride. In addition to your dental products, tap water also contains fluoride. When you go to have a drink of water, choose tap water over bottled water.

 

3.) Look For Xylitol

 

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is found in some sugar-free gum and sugar-free sweets. While xylitol is a sugar substitute, it also works as an anti-sugar in your mouth, preventing sugar, bacteria, and plaque from attacking your teeth and causing cavities.

 

4.) Prevent Dry Mouth

 

Saliva is the best natural defender against cavities in our mouth. Saliva helps to neutralize acids and keep your teeth clean. If you suffer from dry mouth (xerostomia), you will be more susceptible to developing cavities. To prevent dry mouth, drink more water, stay away from alcohol and caffeine, and try to breathe through your nose and not your mouth! Chewing sugar-free chewing gum will also stimulate your salivary glands.

 

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

 

If you are in need of a restoration, or would like to consider sealants or professional fluoride treatment, we welcome you to schedule an appointment at our office in Rockville.

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
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.





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