Posts for tag: oral hygiene

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!

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. 

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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
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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By contactus@dentalrockville.com
January 09, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Things to Avoid to Eliminate Dry Mouth

In our final post on dry mouth, Dr. Samuels in Rockville, MD, will look at some things you can eliminate to help minimize dry mouth. Previously, we have discussed what dry mouth is, some of the common causes, and ways to relieve dry mouth. Below, we offer some suggestions of things to avoid to minimize dry mouth: 

 

- Avoid consuming alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates your body which leads to dry mouth.

 

- Avoid consuming large amounts of caffeine. Like alcohol, caffeine dehydrates your body, which leads to dry mouth.

 

 

- Avoid fruits and juices that contain a lot of citric acid.

 

- Avoid foods that are high in sodium.

 

- Avoid tobacco products. 

 

In addition to these things, you should try to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. 

 

While dry mouth is annoying, it can lead to more serious problems like severe tooth decay and gum disease. It has been found that nearly 30% of cavities in adults can be attributed to dry mouth, per the Oral Cancer Foundation. All this considered, if you start to spot the signs and symptoms of dry mouth, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine what is causing your dry mouth, and explore ways to relieve your dry mouth.  

 

Dr. Samuels, and his entire team, hope that our blog series on Dry Mouth can help you maintain good oral health. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our team, feel free to contact us today. 



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