Posts for tag: gum disease

We all want to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but many of our patients may not think about what is going on below the gum line. When gum disease occurs, regular cleanings cannot fully restore your gums and teeth back to a healthy state. This is when your dentist will recommend receiving a deep cleaning. 

What is a deep cleaning?
A deep cleaning is also called scaling and root planing. Scaling is a procedure that cleans underneath your gums and in the pockets of gum tissue in order to remove tartar. Root planing smoothes out the roots of areas where germs may be able to get in and thrive. The scaling and root planing process helps your gums heal and for the periodontal pockets to shrink. This procedure usually requires 2-4 visits to complete.

Although gum disease is not always 100% curable, it is easily treatable. Deep cleanings are an important part of treating gum disease and keeping it from causing more harm to your mouth. After your first treatment, regular visits to the dentist will be necessary to keep your gums healthy along with proper at-home hygiene.

To protect your gums from this disease, be sure to click here to learn more ways to fight against gum disease. 

Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you have not been to the dentist lately and are concerned that your gums may not be healthy, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels to examine your gums and teeth and make sure that any issues are taken care of.

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
November 27, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds a tooth begins to wear away, leaving the tooth and its roots exposed. You may notice sensitivity, teeth appearing longer or notches above the tooth. If recession goes left untreated, pockets may develop in the gums allowing food and bacteria to build up. This can lead to advanced gum disease and may end with having the tooth removed.

What are some of the things that cause gums to recede? 

1. The main cause of gum recession is periodontal (gum) disease. Gum disease damages the bone and gum tissue that keep your teeth in place.

2. Genetics is also a factor in gum disease and recession.

3. Inadequate dental hygiene, like brushing aggressively, can wear away at the gum tissue. Tartar build-up due to a lack of brushing and flossing can also cause gums to become damaged. 

4. Teeth grinding or clenching can be another cause of recession. If done with enough force, gums can actually begin to recede. 

5. Lip or tongue piercings can rub the gums and irritate them to the point where gum tissue is worn away.

Proper oral care is the first step in ensuring your gums remain healthy. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day as well as visit the dentist on a regular basis for check-ups.

Are you concerned about the health of your gums?

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your gums, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD to receive a periodontal exam.

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.

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!

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
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.



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