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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. 

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.

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.

February 06, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Whether you are a smoker or not, whether you know a smoker or not, you probably know how unhealthy smoking is for you. In fact, smoking is arguably the most unhealthy habit you can form. According to the CDC, smoking cigarettes causes 480,000 deaths per year in the US. You can find that fact, and others about smoking, here. When it comes to your dental health alone, smoking can cause your teeth to yellow, increase the plaque and tartar build up in your mouth (leading to gum disease), and increase your risk of developing mouth cancer.



Dr. Jay H. Samuels, DDS, and his entire team, are committed to improving the health and wellness of all their patients, and everyone, in the Rockville, MD area. For this reason, Dr. Samuels wants to offer you a few tips to help you quit smoking. One of the most important things to do to quit smoking is to identify what triggers it.


One of the primary reasons that people smoke is as a method to relieve stress. For this reason, it might be important to manage your stress in order to effectively quit smoking. Some ways to manage your stress other than smoking includes: a massage, meditating, listening to calming music, or trying some yoga.


Another common trigger of smoking is the consumption of alcohol. If this is the case for you, you should try to limit your alcohol intake. When you do consume alcohol, you should ensure that there are no cigarettes available to smoke.


Lastly, many people smoke after they finish their meal. If this is the case for you, try to replace your cigarette with gum or mints. You can also try to replace your cigarette with a tasty treat (just make sure to brush after).


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Are your teeth discolored from using cigarettes, or are you developing gum disease? Our team can help! Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.


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January 23, 2017
Category: Dental Health

The new year is almost a month in. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolution? Many people’s resolution is to be healthier in 2017! Dr. Samuels wants to offer a few tips to help you reach your New Year’s resolution goal.

ONE: Try to build stronger relationships.


There are scientific studies that show people who have better relationships with one another live a longer life. Everyone has someone with whom they have fallen out of touch with. Maybe it was your first friend in grade school, the group you went to Senior homecoming with, or your dormmate in college. Regardless of who it is, try reaching out and reconnecting. Healthy relationships could mean a healthier you. (If, for some reason, you haven’t seen your dentist in the last year, your dentist is someone you should reconnect with.)


TWO: Try to eat healthier.


No, you don’t need a strict diet out of a book or an app on your phone. A good way to eat healthier is to budget your calories like your budget your money. Doing so will help you from overeating and taking in more calories than you can burn. For example, if you eat too many calories at lunch, cut back at dinner. One tip to limit your calorie intake is to fill half your plate with vegetables. Veggies fill you up quicker and contain less calories than other foods.


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THREE: Try to eat breakfast every day.


Yes, it’s true: it is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast helps you have more energy in the morning and keep you from overeating at lunchtime. Doing this will help you better allocate your calories throughout the day.


Dr. Samuels hopes that these three tips can help get you on track for your New Year’s resolution. In addition to these three tips, remember that your oral health is imperative to your overall health. If you stopped going to the dentist, 2017 is a great time to start again. We always welcome new patients. Feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Rockville, MD.

11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
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