Posts for: June, 2017

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. 

Oral Hygiene Rockville, MD

 

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.




11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-4200
drj@drjsamuels.com
 

   

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