Posts for tag: oral health

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
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.

By contactus@dentalrockville.com
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!

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!

In our prior blog post, Dr. Samuels began a discussion on how important it is for your children to develop good oral hygiene habits. Unfortunately for your children, oral hygiene is not entertaining. Because of this, your children will not want to brush twice per day or for two minutes at a time. However, developing these brushing habits is important for your children to have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy life. 

Dr. Samuels treats many children at his office in Rockville, MD, and wants to help your children improve their oral health. Below, he shares some hints and tips to get your children to brush twice a day and for two minutes at a time. 

 

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1: Create a brushing schedule

 

Setting up a schedule is important because it makes brushing mandatory, not optional. If you put brushing on your child’s schedule, just like school or homework, they will start to brush every day. Once it is a part of their schedule, after about 3 weeks, brushing will become habitual to your child. 

 

2: Reserve a song for when your child brushes

 

Is there a catchy tune that your child really enjoys listening to? If so, you should consider reserving this song and playing it for them while they brush. If your child knows they get to listen to their favorite song while they brush, they will begin to look forward to this time. Not only will this song make your child want to brush more often, but it will also help them brush longer, as they will want to listen to more of their favorite song. 

 

3: Make brushing a family activity 

 

If you brush with your child, you will be able to evaluate how they are doing in a better manner and ensure they are properly avoiding cavities. Here is what the ADA says about cavities in children. While your children do not need to use as much toothpaste as you, they still need to brush for the same amount of time. By brushing with your children, it will encourage them to brush for as long as you do. 

 

4: Buy your child an electric toothbrush

 

An electric toothbrush will help your child in a couple of ways. First, an electric toothbrush will help to make up for the bad form that your child employs. Secondly, using something that is motorized will be more entertaining for your children than using something that is not.

 

Does your child need a dental appointment?

 

If your child needs a dentist, Dr. Samuels is always welcoming new patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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
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