October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Health

With Halloween coming up at the end of this month, families are preparing for the scariest day of the year. For dentists, Halloween is also pretty terrifying as well, just for different reasons. With Halloween comes candy, and with candy comes cavities.

This year, we want to help your children keep their teeth healthy and give you a couple of possible options to help make sure your kids do not come home with a year's worth of candy.


Use smaller trick-or-treat bags

You may notice this, but every year kids tend to carry around pillowcases to trick-or-treat with. To make sure your child does not bring home all that candy, buy them an appropriate sized Halloween bag or bucket. Stores will sell them with the rest of the Halloween items, this is a good way to limit how much candy your child brings home.


Split up the candy

After their night of trick-or-treating, you should make sure you create a smaller portion of candy for your child to have. Using small baggies, you can place a few pieces of candy in each so when your child wants some candy they are not eating too much.


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Set the location

Another way to control the amount of candy is to limit your kids to a specific neighborhood or number of streets. This is also important for you as a parent if you are not going with your kids since you will want to know where they are.


Be sure your children brush their teeth after they eat any candy as well! We hope everyone has a happy Halloween!


Interested in scheduling a teeth cleaning?


If you are in need of a professional teeth cleaning and check-up, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.

October 02, 2017
Category: Uncategorized

You may be grinding your teeth at night if you wake up with a headache or an aching jaw. Or maybe your teeth are sensitive to food and drinks that are hot or cold?

Bruxism, also termed teeth grinding, is the excessive grinding of the teeth and/or clenching of the jaw.

There are two main types of bruxism:

Awake Bruxism 

The symptoms of awake bruxism may possibly not exist at all on waking up, and then worsen over the day.

Sleep Bruxism 

Signs and symptoms of sleep bruxism seem to be worse upon waking and improve in the course of the course of the day.

Because stress is normally the primary reason for teeth grinding, we have put together a short list of ideas to help minimize stress. 

1. Watch what you eat and drink right before you go to sleep; alcohol and caffeine may contribute to bruxism
2. Try not to clench your jaw or grit your teeth while you are awake
3. Have a healthy and well-balanced diet
4. Get on a regular sleep pattern
5. Relax prior to bed; try various strategies, such as listening to comforting songs

Do you suffer from bruxism?

If you are looking for relief, be sure to consult with your dentist. Dr. Samuels is always welcoming new patients to his office in Rockville. Feel to schedule an appointment with us today. 

September 18, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea

Our last two blog posts introduced snoring and both kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. OSA and CSA are identified by frequent, loud snoring throughout the night. In order to know which kind of sleep apnea you have, if you have it all, you need to undergo a sleep study.

After undergoing a sleep study, there may be several ways you can receive relief for your snoring. Below are a few treatment options to eliminate snoring:


CPAP Machine


CPAPs work by forcing air down your airway and keeping it open through the night. However, CPAP machines tend to be uncomfortable and make it difficult to sleep. Due to this, patients typically do not wear their CPAPs and continue to snore and suffer from sleep apnea. A CPAP machine includes a motor, a tube, and a mask.


A Bite Guard


A bite guard is the most common form of treatment that patients actually use. Unlike a CPAP machine, bite guards are not uncomfortable and cumbersome to use. A bite guard gives your jaw an area to rest throughout the night opening the airway. A bite guard is great for people who have slight to moderate OSA. For people with more serious cases, a CPAP machine is recommended but not necessary.


Change your habits/lifestyle


If you are overweight, you may snore frequently. With excess fat, your airway is constricted and causes vibrations in the trachea. If you lose weight, you should immediately notice a decline in your snoring. Additionally, eliminating smoking and the consumption of alcohol before bed can help to prevent snoring.


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Dr. Samuels strongly recommends undergoing a sleep study before seeking any treatment. Additionally, Dr. Samuels recommends consulting your PCP as well as your dentist.


Are you concerned about snoring?


If you are interested in learning more about treatment for OSA and snoring and live in the Rockville, MD area, feel free to schedule an appointment.

September 05, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea

Do you know what sleep apnea is?

Before reading on, make sure to read out last blog post introducing both snoring sleep apnea.

As we learned, sleep apnea is a huge cause of snoring. Affecting millions of people, sleep apnea is more common than most people are aware of. Sleep apnea, while it causes snoring, is a dangerous disease that causes you to actually stop breathing throughout the night. For this reason, if you are a snorer, you should undergo a sleep study.


Sleep apnea presents itself in two types: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea (CSA).


Below, Dr. Samuels examines both types:




OSA is the far more common form of sleep apnea. OSA is when your airway becomes physically blocked by fat, growths, or something else. When your airway becomes blocked, your brain does not receive as much blood flow and will trigger your body to wake up to improve breathing. When you wake up, you may let out a loud gasping or choking sound.


OSA symptoms:


- Frequent snoring

- Morning headaches

- Not feeling rested in the morning

- Excessive daytime drowsiness


What causes OSA?


- Old age

- Excessive fatty tissue

- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids

- Consuming alcohol

- Tobacco usage (smoking)


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CSA, while far less common than OSA, is more serious than OSA. CSA is more of a psychological problem vs. a physical issue. CSA is caused when your brain “forgets” to send signals to your body to breathe.


CSA symptoms:


- Gasping for air upon waking up

- Fatigue

- Mood swings

- Issues for concentrating for long periods


What causes CSA?


- Obesity

- Cardiovascular health disorders

- Some prescription medications

- Dementia


Make sure to stay tuned to our next blog. In it, Dr. Samuels will evaluate what treatment methods are available to alleviate sleep apnea.


Need a Rockville, MD dentist?


If you are in need of a dentist in the Rockville area, feel free to schedule an appointment today. If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, it is important to undergo a sleep study before seeking treatment.

August 20, 2017
Category: Dental Health
Tags: snoring   sleep apnea   OSA   CSA   bite guard   night guard   sleep therapy  

Many people consider snoring to be one of the most annoying habits that someone can have. After all, no one wants to have their sleep disrupted because someone who is in earshot starts snoring. And, for people who snore, this habit can be extremely embarrassing when going on a business trip or sleeping at a friend’s house. 


If you snore, you shouldn’t be embarrassed; almost 50% of people snore on a regular basis. But, is snoring just an annoying noise, or is actually a sign of a health disorder?


Snoring occurs when someone’s airways are partially blocked, causing vibrations in the throat as air tries to pass through. It is important to note that, if you are healthy and fit, snoring should not occur. The most common cause of snoring is being overweight and having fatty tissues blocking your airway. It is also important to note that, usually, children will not snore. If they do, it is probably the result of tonsils or adenoids that are too large. A simple tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy will solve the issue. 

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Snoring, in reality, is something that is not overly serious. Typically, if you are overweight and snoring, you can lose some weight and your snoring will be relieved. However, in certain cases, snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea. 


Dr. Samuels lists some causes of snoring below: 


- Poor muscle strength in your throat, tongue, and mouth area

- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids

- Growths in the throat (tumors, cysts, etc.)

- A stuffy nose


If you are a snorer, a major disease that it may be associated with is sleep apnea. Studies show that roughly 50% of snoring cases are a result of the person suffering from sleep apnea. In order to properly determine what is causing your snoring, you need to receive a sleep study. If it determined that you have sleep apnea, either obstructive or central, it can lead to many other health issues. These include: 



Cardiovascular Disease

- Diabetes

- And many others… 


Stay tuned to our social channels and blog for our next blog article. Dr. Samuels will take a deeper look at sleep apnea and discuss the two separate types of sleep apnea. 


Are you looking for a dentist in Rockville, MD?


Do you live near Rockville, MD? If so, and you are in need of a dentist, we welcome you to schedule an appointment today. 


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