Posts for: July, 2017

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.




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

   

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