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The way you take care of your toothbrush is almost as important as the way you brush your teeth.

Proper care for your toothbrush is something we tend to overlook, but the next time you brush your teeth, be sure to remember these helpful tips:

When You Finish Brushing
After you brush your teeth, rinse off your toothbrush with water and allow it to air-dry. If you cover up your toothbrush, microorganisms may be able to grow on the brush because of the moisture. 

When to Replace Your Toothbrush
Every 3-4 months you should switch your brush to a new one. Your toothbrush begins to wear and may not be cleaning your teeth as effectively if you use the same one for long periods of time. If you notice bristles beginning to wear, replace the brush at that time, even if it is sooner than 3 months.

Who Can Use Your Toothbrush?
Never share your toothbrush. It is an easy way to spread germs and can increase your chances of an infection.

Besides at-home hygiene, the best way to keep a healthy mouth is through routine visits to the dentist. If you are due for a cleaning or have any concerns about your teeth, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD.

Happy 2018! We hope everyone had a great New Year’s Day. With the new year here, many of us now have to start working on those resolutions we set for ourselves. Some of you may want to start exercising more or spending more time with your family, but how many of you are focusing more on your dental health?

Maintaining a healthy life also means keeping your mouth healthy. The good news is that taking proper care of your teeth and gums only take a few minutes each day. So what should you focus on to improve your dental health?

Make sure you are flossing

Flossing is vital for removing bacteria around your gums and between your teeth that brushing cannot get rid of. Flossing also helps decrease your chances of getting gum disease and tooth decay.

Choose mouth-healthy food

Choosing to eat healthier food is a common goal for many people, but we typically do not think about how the food we eat is affecting our teeth. Fibrous foods and dairy products are great additions to your diet if you are looking for food that can be beneficial to your teeth. Cutting back on the sugary foods and sweets is also a good way to keep your teeth healthy.

Go to the dentist

Practicing proper dental hygiene is important, but visiting the dentist for a cleaning and check-up is just as important as brushing and flossing twice per day. Your dentist will be able to treat any problems that may be occurring and can spot signs of dental health problems that you may not even notice yourself.

Is improving your dental health part of your New Year's resolution?

If you want to start your new year healthier, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD. 

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds a tooth begins to wear away, leaving the tooth and its roots exposed. You may notice sensitivity, teeth appearing longer or notches above the tooth. If recession goes left untreated, pockets may develop in the gums allowing food and bacteria to build up. This can lead to advanced gum disease and may end with having the tooth removed.

What are some of the things that cause gums to recede? 

1. The main cause of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease damages the bone and gum tissue that keep your teeth in place.

2. Genetics is also a factor in gum disease and recession.

3. Inadequate dental hygiene, like brushing aggressively, can wear away at the gum tissue. Tartar build-up due to a lack of brushing and flossing can also cause gums to become damaged. 

4. Teeth grinding or clenching can be another cause of recession. If done with enough force, gums can actually begin to recede. 

5. Lip or tongue piercings can rub the gums and irritate them to the point where gum tissue is worn away.

Proper oral care is the first step in ensuring your gums remain healthy. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day as well as visit the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups.

Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD to receive a periodontal exam.

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
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.

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
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. 

Sleep Apnea

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: 

 

- HBP

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. 

 



11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
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