Posts for: October, 2017

Cancer is a scary topic and one that many people do not want to think about, but it’s important that you know what to do and how to get tested so you can catch cancer in the early stages. In our two-part series, we want to help you understand oral cancer and what you can do to prevent it. 

To begin, we will take a look at the two kinds of screening methods that are done to check for oral cancer. Oral cancer is actually one of the most curable forms of cancer when caught early enough.

There are two main types of screenings, OralCDx and Vizilite Plus. 

OralCDx uses a brushing technique to determine if you have any harmful cells in your mouth that have the possibility of developing into cancer.

Vizilite Plus works by checking your soft tissue and can detect if any of that tissue has a chance of becoming oral cancer.

Both of these tests are easy to complete and can help save your life. 

There are some factors that increase your likelihood of oral cancer, such as using tobacco products or drinking alcohol. These are not the only things that can cause oral cancer, but they are some of the more common reasons. 

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To learn more about what causes oral cancer, click here. 

Be sure to stay tuned for our next blog where we will discuss some of the signs of oral cancer.

Do you live in the Rockville, MD area and need to see a dentist?

If so, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels. During your routine cleaning, your mouth will also be checked for any signs of oral cancer. 

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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. 

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.

11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-4200