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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.

New Year's Day Around the World

December 29th, 2017

New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the calendar year in most parts of the world. The holiday is celebrated on January 1st of each year. Customs and celebrations vary by country, religion, and even individual desires. Whether celebrated quietly or with gusto, the day brings the start of new opportunities for those that observe it.

United States and Canada

In both the US and Canada, celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve. At midnight on January 1st the New Year is welcomed with bells, horns, whistles, and other noisemakers. Fireworks are often part of the celebrations. In New York City, Times Square comes alive with revelers. In Toronto, there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late-night partying, sporting events, and fireworks, with free public transit service during peak party times. Many individuals in North America greet the year by making resolutions for improvements in their lives.


In China, many people celebrate two forms of a new year. They may observe January 1st, but the traditional Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar. Parades with paper lanterns and dragons made from silk are a significant part of the festivities. Legends say that the dragon spends most of its time in hibernation so fireworks are used to keep the dragon awake.

Jewish Celebration

Jewish New Year’s observances begin with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year, and end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This ten-day celebration is held in September or October, based on the Hebrew calendar. The New Year is not marked as much with loud celebrations as with personal insight to mend wrongs and resolve to better oneself.

Other countries and cultures also have different dates for New Year’s Day observances:

  • Vietnam observes the New Year in February
  • In Iran, the day is celebrated on March 21st
  • Islamic cultures often observe the tenth day of the month of Muharram
  • Russian Orthodox observers use the Julian calendar and celebrate on January 14th
  • Buddhist celebrations are held from April 13th through 15th

If you observe New Year’s Day by making healthy resolutions, include dental care in your plans with Dr. Johnson. The health of your teeth and gums contributes to your overall health. Caring for your mouth now can prevent many dental problems later in life. Brentwood Dental Designs wishes you a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year!

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