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Spring Fever

March 26th, 2018

As March comes to a close and April quickly approaches, you can bet we are in full spring mode at the office. Our winter decorations are neatly packed away to make room for cheery spring colors and a new succulent here and there.

Even though spring is still a bit chilly around here, we’re thankful to see the sun shining through our windows. We have to admit, though, a tropical vacation sounds pretty good right about now. Costa Rica, Aruba, and Barbados are all on our dream destination list - really anywhere warm with a beautiful beach is fine with us! For now, we’ll continue to cozy up next to the fireplace while we patiently wait for warmer days to come.

Now that the days are longer, we’ve got our doors open to let in as much fresh air as we can get! We’re making it a goal to set aside more time for exercise and can’t wait to get moving outside, and the sunshine provides excellent motivation! Speaking of which, every year, we usually participate in local 5K races - maybe we’ll see some of you! For more leisurely sunny day activities, we love hiking with our families and dogs or simply curling up with a good book outside.

We’re always pleased to see how well our patients take care of their teeth but everyone’s dental hygiene routine could use a little freshening up from time to time. Dr. Johnson recommends checking out holisticoralhealthsummit.com. It’s chock full of great information about oral and systemic!

We hope you are enjoying spring so far! Have a wonderful rest of the month and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Resolutions 2018

January 24th, 2018

If you’re like us, you might be eager to get back into a productive routine and create healthier habits this year. Before you start writing out a long list of resolutions, here are a few small ways to establish a lifestyle you can actually stick to!

Resolutions are made with good intentions but often are abandoned by the time February rolls around. Instead, Dr. Johnson finds better success in creating a healthy lifestyle that is maintainable year-round, rather than setting goals with an expiration date. Adding in more whole foods into your diet (and less sugar!) paired with regular exercise is a great way to get started. Trust us, your body will thank you. Even small changes like drinking more water every day can add up over time to make a big difference in how you feel.

We started our first day back at work with lots of positive energy and of course, some hugs after being apart for a while. We were excited to be back together and happy to see our wonderful patients who wanted to start off their year by taking care of their oral health.

Speaking of, one of our office resolutions this year is to keep educating our community about how important oral health is for your overall well being. We suggest our patients use a power toothbrush to get the best quality at-home brushing possible. Floss is also so important! It helps to get rid of food particles stuck in your teeth that a toothbrush can’t get out. Keep floss in your car, shower or wherever will best remind you to get it done every day.

We’re excited to continue practicing above the standard of care with your total health in mind. And, we are passionate about helping patients reach their optimal health potential. Dr. Johnson also has some exciting news: this year, she will graduate from the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Way to go!

Thank you for always being awesome patients. We look forward to seeing you in the office soon and hope you are having an energetic, joyful and healthy start of the year!

Been a While? Come See Us!

January 19th, 2018

Guilt is a powerful feeling. It can keep you from doing many things, including going to the dentist. The good news is that Brentwood Dental Designs is a judgement-free zone, and coming back (even after an extended period of being MIA) can be easier than you think. Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your first appointment back with us — so here’s a little overview of what you can expect.

We’ll start with a series of dental X-rays, which are usually taken every three to five years. The set of X-rays will depend on your individual needs and it will help us get a more thorough look at what’s going on with your dental structure and keep an eye out for any prominent dental issues.

Next up will be your hygiene appointment. That appointment will consist of a review of your medical history and be followed by a thorough cleaning of your teeth. This is the perfect time to share concerns you may have about your oral health and ask us questions.

You’ll finish up with a comprehensive exam, which will review everything you covered with the hygienist. Dr. Johnson will go over your medical history with you and address any dental concerns that might remain. If any special treatment is needed for such issues as cavities or broken fillings, we will discuss that with you as well.

Once all that is done, you’ll head over to the front desk to talk about payment and scheduling your next appointment. And that’s it! Your first visit back is an important step toward continuing to look out for your dental health.

Just because you slacked for a little while or life got in the way, this doesn’t mean things have to stay that way! We’re happy to help you get you back on track, so schedule an appointment at our Epping office today!

What's in toothpaste and how does it work?

January 5th, 2018

Dr. Johnson and our team recommend that you brush your teeth two to three times a day, for at least two minutes each time. But have you ever wondered what’s in toothpaste and how it actually works? The mouth is home to more than 500 types of microorganisms that feed on leftover food that gets stuck on and around your teeth. Toothpaste is the best line of defense against all those pesky microorganisms (especially when you brush two to three times a day). Here’s how it works.


Toothpaste contains mild abrasive additives that combat microorganisms and fight plaque. When you brush, the abrasives in toothpaste dislodge food particles and microorganisms more effectively than if you simply brush your teeth with water. The abrasives also work to remove food stains and polish the surface of the tooth. Some toothpastes include ingredients like triclosan and Xylitol. These chemicals prevent the growth of bacteria that produce plaque. Plaque not only causes cavities, but it can also lead to more dangerous issues like periodontal disease.


Fluoride is key ingredient in toothpaste. As the microorganisms in your mouth feed off the leftover food particles, they leave behind acid and sulfur byproducts that wear away the enamel of the teeth. This is the fancy, technical way of saying that the acid on your teeth causes cavities. As for the sulfur byproduct –well, that’s just a fancy, scientific name for bad breath. Fluoride works to fight the acid and help protect the teeth. By brushing, the fluoride is incorporated into the tooth enamel, which in turn makes the tooth more resistant to acid and plaque.

Flavoring and Sweetening Agents

Not all toothpaste tastes the same, right? The type of flavoring or sweetening agents added to the toothpaste doesn't have anything to do with fighting microorganisms and plaque, but taste is one of the most important selling points in finding a toothpaste brand you like. Flavoring agents mask the taste of some of the other ingredients in toothpaste, and without those agents chances are nobody would be brushing their teeth two to three time a day.

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