Posts for tag: cavities

August 07, 2017
Category: Dental Health

When you grab a snack to eat, a savory treat to enjoy, or a drink to quench your thirst, do you think about the damage that it can do to your teeth? We are guessing that you probably don’t. However, you should always consider which foods and beverages will cause damage to your teeth and have adverse effects on both your oral and overall health.


Below, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD outlines five foods and beverages that can damage your teeth by promoting tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Samuels is not implying that you eliminate these foods and beverages from your diet, but to make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth after consumption.


ALSO READ: How Can I Keep Cavities From Developing?


1.) Hard Candy/Suckers:


Hard candy and suckers melt in your mouth over a duration of time. Due to this, sugar and syrup are slowly being released into your mouth over a long period of time. As these sugars are released, bacteria use them to create acid. If you bite into a sucker or hard candy, they can easily cause a dental emergency as well.


2.) Soda

Bacteria use sugar from foods and drinks to produce acids that attack your enamel. Sodas typically contain acid already and then help bacteria produce additional acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, sodas are typically caffeinated and will cause you to dehydrate and develop dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, sugars, acid, and bacteria can harm your teeth as saliva is not present to protect them.


3.) Coffee and Tea (if not made correctly)


If you do not add anything to your tea or coffee, they are not bad choices for a beverage to drink. However, when you start adding flavors, syrup, and sugars, you start to make these drinks dangerous for your teeth. Similar to soda, coffee and tea can be caffeinated and cause you to suffer from dry mouth.


4.) Chewy/Sticky Food


Do you enjoy indulging in those fruity candies? You know, Starbursts, Skittles, or Sweet Tarts? Due to the texture of these candies, they tend to stay on your teeth for long periods of time and cause damage. In addition to candies, dried fruits are typically chewy and will do damage to your teeth as well. Rinsing your mouth with water, brushing, and flossing will help to remove particles of chewy food from your teeth.


5.) Citric Fruits


The biggest drawback of soda is the acids that they introduce to your mouth. Similar to soda, citric fruits are chalk full of acid. Acids eat away at your enamel and make you more prone to developing cavities over time. Squeezing lemons or limes into your water might seem like an innocent habit, but it can actually ruin the health benefits of drinking water for your mouth. Always drink plain tap water.


Are you in need of a dentist in Rockville, MD?


If you read this article, you are probably concerned about the health of your teeth and mouth. Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD wants your mouth to be as healthy and happy as possible. If you are in need of a dentist, Dr. Samuels welcomes you to schedule an appointment at his office!

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.

As an adult, you probably take good care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. If you don’t, you should start! As a parent, it is important to remember to continue to take good care of your own mouth AND also make sure your kids are doing the same.

Unfortunately, tooth decay is the most common disease amongst children. This occurs because children do not floss and brush as directed, and their parents do not take enough interest in their child’s hygiene habits. If you do look after your child’s dental care, and make sure their hygiene habits are sound, it can last them a lifetime. For more information on your child's dental hygiene, click here


When should your child start brushing?


As soon as your child’s first tooth breaks through the gum line, it needs to be brushed. Most parents do not know this and start brushing their child’s teeth too late. To go along with brushing, as soon as your child has two of more teeth that are touching, you should begin flossing between the teeth that are touching one another. 


In addition to brushing and flossing, it is critical that your child gets in the routine of visiting the dentist. According to the ADA, you child's first dental appointment should not be later than their first birthday!


Do you have any questions about your child’s dental hygiene or pediatric dentistry?


If you have any questions about your child’s hygiene, feel free to contact us today. Remember, your child does not require as much toothpaste as an adult, as his/her teeth are much smaller. 


If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child at our office in Rockville, MD, click here!


In our next blog post, Dr. Samuels will offer some tips to help get your child brush twice per day for two minutes at a time! 

May 02, 2017
Category: Dental Health

As we grow older, we naturally begin to experience more health issues and problems. Unfortunately, this statement remains true for our dental health as well. Due to a decline in saliva, our mouth does not have as much protection as it used to, and we begin to develop more cavities and gum disease. Saliva is one of the most important protections that your mouth has against disease. So, if you are experiencing dry mouth, this should not be ignored.

What makes saliva so important is that it balances out the acids that are introduced into our mouths by a variety of foods. Saliva is a natural barrier and reduces tooth decay, enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, and more. 

As we grow older, why do we produce less saliva?

Saliva is produced in our salivary glands under our tongue and in our cheeks. As people grow older, these glands start to do other things, like how our serous glands start to store fat. As a result of this, they create less saliva.

In addition to storing fat, our salivary glands are also affected by a variety of other things. These things include medications and treatments like chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the medications that we take are necessary, as they treat things like hypertension and heart disease.

As our bodies age, and we grow older, it is critical to maintain routine dental appointments. Maintaining these appointments is the best way to keep your mouth as healthy as possible. In addition to maintaining appointments, you should consider using dental products that contain fluoride. Fluoride will help to keep your tooth enamel strong. 

Do you need to schedule a dentist appointment?

If you are in need of dentist appointment for any reason, feel free to schedule one with Dr. Samuels today. Dr. Samuels performs all kinds of dental services, including tooth restorations, if you have developed a cavity.

December 28, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Ways to Relieve Dry Mouth

In our last two blog posts, we discussed what dry mouth is, as well as some common causes. Unfortunately, one of the most common causes of dry mouth is as a side effect of medications. When this is the case, it is hard to avoid dry mouth, as you need many of the medications. 

Though you may not be able to avoid dry mouth, there are many steps you can take to find relief. Below, Dr Samuels in Rockville, MD provides several ways to stimulate your saliva production and fight back against dry mouth.

Dry Mouth Rockville MD

- Increase the amount of water you consume.
- Maintain your regular brushing and flossing schedule.
- Chew sugarless chewing gum that contains Xylitol.
- Eat foods that promote saliva production (carrots, celery, pears).
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Make sure that your lips are hydrated. If you suffer from dry lips, keep lip balm handy.
- Use a product like Biotene, a saliva substitute. 
- Maintain your routine dental checkups.

In our next blog post, we will conclude our blog series on dry mouth by looking at things to eliminate in order to avoid dry mouth. If you are suffering from dry mouth, or would like to schedule a routine dental check up, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD is always welcoming new patients. Feel free to contact us today!

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Rockville, MD 20852
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