May 5th, 2010
Did you know the month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? In 1983, President Reagan encouraged people to include more physical activity into our lives, and the reminder is even more significant today as folks are more distracted by television, social networking and working more and more hours. Living an active lifestyle can - and does - improve physical and mental health, productivity and overall well-being. The best part? It doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has provided these public health guidelines for your reference. The guidelines call for people to exercise one hour every day of moderate intensity physical activity (such as playing sports or brisk walking) or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous activity (jogging, jumping rope or dancing).
At Southcenter Dental, we always encourage our patients to exercise or participate in sports. However, we would like to stress that you always wear a mouth guard or other forms of facial protection when doing so. To learn more about how often you should exercise, we recommend you check out these helpful tips, courtesy of our friends at the American Heart Association.
April 27th, 2010
Dr. Baruffi knows everybody loves a bright white smile, but dentists everywhere are becoming more and more concerned that their patients are reporting more mouth problems due to excessive whitening.
In an age—and culture—where looks matter as much as anything in life, more and more folks want to look and feel great. But there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to teeth whitening. At Southcenter Dental, we offer in-office whitening, the quickest, most effective way to achieve whiter teeth. Our BriteSmile® treatment is simple, relaxing and painless! First, you'll meet with the doctor for a complimentary consultation to answer your questions. And if you are interested in the treatment, the doctor will examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy and ready for the treatment. During the procedure, BriteSmile's proprietary gel and blue light treatment whitens your teeth with stunning results.
We also offer at-home whitening (over-the-counter) products and at-home whitening (doctor-dispensed): We offer at-home whitening kits as well. At Southcenter dental, we're here to whiten your teeth professionally and effectively.
Lastly, we'd like you to read this helpful article on teeth whitening.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
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!
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!