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So You Think You Can Brush

March 30th, 2016

YOU MAY BRISTLE at the suggestion you could be brushing your teeth incorrectly. You've brushed so often you could probably do it in your sleep. And yet it’s easy to fall into a routine of bad habits if we’re not careful! Developing correct brushing techniques and sticking to them is crucial to the health and appearance of your smile.

Toothbrushing DO’s

  1. Use the right technique. Tilt the brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush using small circles. This method is the most gentle and effective way to remove plaque!
  2. Brush for the correct amount of time. Proper brushing takes at least two minutes! To make sure you brush for the right amount of time, use a stopwatch or listen to your favorite song while brushing. When deciding how much time to spend brushing your teeth, the important thing to remember is that it’s not about a prescribed amount of time, it’s about cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth.
  3. Brush morning and night. Brushing your teeth should be an absolutely essential part of your daily and nightly routine. It’s also important to avoid midnight snacking! Sleeping directly after eating significantly raises your risk for cavities.
  4. Replace your brush. The ADA recommends buying a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. Over time, the bristles of the toothbrush wear down and become less effective at removing plaque and bacteria. It’s also important to swap out your toothbrush after being sick, otherwise the germs from your illness may reinfect you.

Toothbrushing DON’Ts

  1. Don’t put yourself at risk for gum recession. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and refrain from aggressive brushing. Brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or using excessive force while brushing can slowly cause gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth and leading to sensitivity. Not fun!
  2. Don’t brush immediately after eating. Wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth. When you eat, bacteria produce acid that temporarily weakens the enamel. Brushing too soon after eating, especially acidic foods, can damage the enamel in its weakened state. After eating, it’s best to rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production. These measures will help to wash away bacteria without damaging your teeth!
  3. Don’t ignore the rest of your mouth. Especially your tongue! Did you know that 90 percent of bad breath is due to a dirty tongue? That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper.
  4. Don’t underestimate the importance of visiting your dentist. No matter how well you brush, biannual visits to your dentist are imperative to keeping your smile radiant and healthy! Professional cleanings and checkups are the easiest way to avoid dental problems in the future.

Little Things Can Make A Big Difference!

What you do everyday has an effect on the health and beauty of your smile. We hope these little tips will make a big difference in your oral hygiene routine!

SPECIAL OFFER

Want to win a $25 Starbucks Card? You must have your next hygiene cleaning scheduled, and enter by Friday, April 8th to qualify. You can request your next hygiene cleaning, when you enter our raffle. Click here to enter the raffle.

February is Children's Dental Health Month

February 23rd, 2016

THE CDC REPORTS that 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.

In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.

YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!

  1. Encourage them to brush for two full minutes. Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
  2. Set reminders to brush twice a day. Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
  3. Show them flossing is fun, not harmful. Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
  4. Be persistent. Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
  5. Set their first dental appointment before age 1. Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.

SPECIAL OFFERS FOR KIDS

For a limited time, we're offering a complimentary exam & x-ray or an kid's electric toothbrush kit with paid exam & x-rays for first time patients.

If your child is already a current patient, you can receive 10% off your child's next cleaning if you schedule by April 30th. Limited to the first 5 callers only. Simply call 650-273-4309 and mention this offer when you schedule. Offers expire April 30th. Call today!

Help Us Spread The Word!

Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!

United Family Day Raffle

October 21st, 2015

On Sunday, October 11th, we spent the day with United Airlines at their 10th annual Family Day Fair to show our appreciation to our patients. Visitors to our booth spun for prizes and entered our raffle to win 20 movie tickets and more. Scroll below for the results from our United Family Day Raffle!

20 Movie Tickets Winner
Liz Tang

Teeth Whitening Kit Winner
Tim Sor

Electric Toothbrush Kit Winners (3)
Benito Del Rosario
Paul Gozzip
Henry Tsang

Selfie-Stick (3)
Karl Hemming
Chris Pace
Tsang Chung

United Family Day Special Offer Winners
Complimentary New Patient Exam & X-rays* ($225)
and 10% Off General Dental Care
Winners: All United Airlines Employees, Family & Friends!

To Claim Your Prize
Please contact Chris at (650) 209-6096 or rewards@ssfsmile.com,
if we have not been able to contact you. You have 30 days to confirm your prizes or new winners will be announced.

Special Offers Expire December 31, 2015!
Call (650) 209-6096 or schedule online today to claim your special offers.
*New patients only.




A Day of Free Dental Care - Smiles for All

September 11th, 2015

The sun will shine a little brighter on Sunday, October 18th, when we hold our fifth day of free dental care, Smiles for All. From dawn til dusk, we will work with our team of volunteers to give the under-served in our community - many who lined up before dawn - a free examination followed by a cleaning, filling or extraction.

“We want our community to know that we're here for them - whether they’re out of a job, or just don’t have dental insurance. To us, dentistry is much more than just fixing a person's teeth. It's also about restoring their sense of dignity, and hope. ” said Dr. Kelvin Choi.

After four years hosting this event, we have donated $200,000 worth of dental treatment to over 400 neighbors in need. Our efforts have been recognized by the South San Francisco Mayor's office, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Please help us bring Smiles for All to your community:

To learn more about Smiles for All, visit http://www.southsanfranciscodentalcare.com/smiles-for-all