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Happy Earth Day, from Dr. Baruffi and Southcenter Dental

April 22nd, 2010

At Southcenter Dental, we support Earth Day. Whether lending our helping hands to plant trees or grasses or getting out to volunteer in various projects around Seattle, today was our opportunity to get involved in making our year-round impact in the community. Dr. Baruffi wants to know: Did you make a difference today? Tell us, what Earth Day-related activities did you accomplish? How long have you participated in helping our community and planet?

Earth Day, which today marks its 40th anniversary, is designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment and ecosystem. If you’d like to join the millions of people around the world who are making small but important changes to help sustain our ecosystem, we encourage you to try these helpful environmental tips, courtesy of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Ask Dr. Baruffi: Which toothbrush and toothpaste should my child use?

April 13th, 2010

Dr. Baruffi and our staff will tell you that brushing your teeth is one of the easiest methods of cavity prevention. But which type of toothbrush should your child use? When choosing a toothbrush, look for round-ended (polished) bristles that clean while being gentle on the gums. Choose one that is specifically designed for children's smaller mouths and hands. Also, look for large handles that can help children control the toothbrush. Lastly, throw out a toothbrush after three months or sooner if the bristles are fraying. Frayed bristles have the ability to harm your gums, and are not as effective in cleaning teeth.

As far as which toothpaste is best? It doesn't matter as long as it has fluoride in it. However, for small children who tend to swallow toothpaste, do not use fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure to touch each tooth and every side of that tooth. Also, you do need to gently brush on your gums.

To learn more about choosing the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your child, we encourage you to read this helpful article from Parenthood.com. Or, you may give us a call at Southcenter Dental and we'll try to answer any question you may have about keeping your child's mouth as healthy as possible!

Dr. Baruffi and Southcenter Dental, helping calm children's dental fears and anxieties

April 9th, 2010

Dr. Jerome Baruffi knows many kids have fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. Our team at Southcenter Dental found a great article on helping kids overcome fears of the dentist, courtesy of our friends at WebMD.

Dr. Baruffi and our staff at Southcenter Dental excel at making children feel comfortable visiting the dentist. In fact, most of our young patients look forward to their next visit!

Has your child visited Dr. Baruffi in the last six months? If not, it’s time to schedule an appointment!

Smile wide and often! From Dr. Baruffi and Southcenter Dental

March 31st, 2010


Dr. Baruffi
has some good news to report! People with big, happy smiles may actually out-live those who don’t, according to a new study conducted at Wayne State University in Michigan.

Our staff knew that positive emotion has been linked to both physical and mental health, but researchers at the university did something quite interesting: they used information from the Baseball Register to look at photos of 230 players who began their baseball careers prior to 1950 and studied their smile intensity (wide smile, no smile or partial smile). The players' smile ratings were then compared with data from deaths that occurred from 2006 through last year.

The researchers then took into account other factors associated with longevity, such as body mass index, or BMI, career length and college attendance. They found that players who weren't smiling died at the average age of 72.9 years. Players with partial smiles lived to be 75. Those with big smiles, however, lived on average to be 79.9 years old!

The take-away from the new study? Smile now, smile often and you might just live longer! Have you perfected your smile by visiting Southcenter Dental lately? If not, give us a call today at 206.973.8211!

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