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Celebrating Presidential Smiles!


Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February; Presidents Day 2019 occurs on Monday, February 18. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.

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Take a moment to see if you can identify these Presidential Smiles

How much of an impression have presidential smiles made on you? See if you can identify these recent past presidents based on their smiles alone:


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Fun Fact: While serving in the Navy, legend has it that when his ship sank after coming under enemy fire, this president swam for safety while dragging injured men by a rope clenched in his teeth.


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Fun Fact: An early dental exam of this president revealed he didn’t have any wisdom teeth.


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 Fun Fact: The front teeth you’re looking at are actually capped, as this president broke his teeth in an accident when he was younger.


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 Fun Fact: This president was known to give electric toothbrushes as gifts so people would “think of [him] right away when they wake up and right before they go to bed.”


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How many did you get right? Share your results with us on Facebook!

February Is Children's Dental Health Month!


February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. We wanted to take a moment to recognize how important it is to our team at Tamal Vista Family Dentistry to provide your child with the best possible experience when it comes to visiting our office. Kids can be nervous, especially when someone is getting up close to their face and mouth. Sometimes children detect a parent’s apprehension, which might have come from a negative experience they had as a child. Whatever the reason may be, we take special care in making every patient in our office feel calm and comfortable!

A recent article made the news this week, discussing the overuse of toothpaste, especially for younger children. Just a pea sized drop is all you need, but that is hard to do when some of the flavored toothpastes taste so good!

Many Children Are Overdoing It on the Toothpaste, C.D.C. Study Says

Many Children Are Overdoing It on the Toothpaste, C.D.C. Study Says


At 104, Mr. Joe Saccone can still charm this dental team with his sweet smile and a great sense of humor!

           Joe Saccone, a treasured member of the Marin community, founder of United Market and Marin Bocce enthusiast, stopped by this week to make sure his pearly whites were in top condition! When asked what the key was to maintaining his smile all these years, he said "My secret to keeping my teeth for over 100 years is to see my favorite dentist regularly, use my electric toothbrush - brushing my gums ALWAYS. I eat healthy, having very little sugar, though I do like a good chocolate every once in a while!  But the true key to longevity is a nightly scotch - 18 year old is my preference."  Joe has been so dedicated to his oral health, that he came to his dental cleaning scheduled on his 100th birthday!  We were so pleased to see him, we told him "this one is on us - you earn a complementary cleaning every 100 years! Joe will celebrate #105 in January 2019! We wish you well!

For More Info on Joe and his fruitful life, see the links below.

Joe celebrates his 100th birthday

United Market circa 1960