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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

Impress Your Friends with Dental Trivia!

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Did you know? 

  • The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
  • People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
  • Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!
  • If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
  • If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different
  • The average woman smiles 62 times/day. The average man smiles about 8 times/day.
  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
  • Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
  • Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
  • The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.
  • 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
  • 1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.
  • The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today's terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring! (source: Guinness World Records 2002).
  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
  • Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, & an armadillo has 104 teeth.
  • A snail's mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it can have over 25,000 teeth!
  • The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant's molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds
  • The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
  • The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile's teeth!
  • There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.
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Dental History –            Who Knew?

  • In 1866, Lucy Beaman Hobbs became the first licensed female dentist.
  • In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling ODONTALGIA (which means toothache)
  • The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.
  • The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.
  • The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth.
  • Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.
  • George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!
  • In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.

* Note: All facts and jokes have been gathered from different internet sources including Children’s Dental Village.

Do your teeth like what you eat?

This week we hope to shed some light on why the dentist says: “You might want to steer clear of these foods to help protect your teeth.”  Now, mind you, we love to eat (and drink) many of these foods too!  As with everything, less is more and moderation is key!  Take a peak at this article to learn the “why’s” of limiting these foods — some may surprise you — and always remember to "BRUSH YOUR TEETH"

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