Daniel Scott DDS

Celebrating Presidential Smiles!

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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.

~ Courtesy of https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day


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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4. 

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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!

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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

Dr. Scott's Dental Bytes: How Does Sparkling Water Affect Your Teeth?

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With the popularity of sparkling water on the rise, products like La Croix and San Pellegrino are being consumed more and more as people are shifting away from sugary sodas. Many patients and friends have expressed concerns over whether or not carbonated water is damaging their teeth. 

 Here is the scoop! Sparkling water’s abscence of sugar is an added plus, however it is acidic. All acidity weakens teeth, but it is the amount of time in contact with the teeth, as well as the level of acidity, that determines how much damage can occur. Sparkling water gets its fizz from carbon dioxide, which in your mouth becomes carbonic acid, giving you that refreshing sensation. Although your teeth are in contact with the carbonic acid in these beverages, the level of acidity in most sparkling water is much less harmful than sodas and fruit juices. Unfortunately, many of these fizzy waters are flavored with citrus juices (sorry Pamplemousse fans), which can make them more harmful.

 As with most things we enjoy, moderation is the key. Consumption of fizzy water is safe for your teeth, especially those without added flavoring. Be mindful of what is in your sparkling water. Those with more citrus flavors or sugar added can increase the risk of damage to your enamel. Try to enjoy these drinks in one sitting or with meals to limit the exposure to your teeth. Also, rinsing out with plain water will help minimize the effects by neutralizing the oral environment.