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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.

China

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!

Is there a correlation between my dental and cardiovascular health?

December 22nd, 2017

YES!  Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care. Cardiovascular disease remains American’s leading killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to our friends at the American Heart Association. In fact, an estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

Studies suggest that people with gum disease are believed to have an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke. Since most patients are not regularly visiting a heart specialist, their regular visits to our Epping office can help detect early warning signs of heart issues, prevent gum disease, or at the very least catch it at its early stage. We’d also like you to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25).

There are many benefits to visiting Brentwood Dental Designs in addition to maintaining your dental health. If it has been a while since your last visit, please give us a call!

So Long 2017, Hello 2018!

December 19th, 2017

We can’t believe it’s that time again but the new year is almost here! This year brought many wonderful achievements to Brentwood Dental Designs and we can’t thank our patients enough for helping make this year one we are proud of.

We love learning new technology and we’re proud to say we’ve got a few new tools under our belt! We added the air polisher as part of our daily routine to help get rid of stubborn plaque and stains. For those needing periodontal therapy, our new CO2 laser is better than a scalpel when treating periodontal disease. We also use Ozone technology in everything we do to help stop and reverse tooth decay.

In addition to all of that, Dr. Johnson is now an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral and Medical Toxicology and became a fellow in the Academy of Oral and Systemic Health. She plans to complete the College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry Residency in 2018. Way to go!

Because we’re so passionate about safe technique and sharing why dental health is so important to your overall wellbeing, we became certified in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. This means our patients won’t be exposed to mercury during filling removals. Our office underwent a rigorous water line test and, we don’t like to brag, but we passed with flying colors!

This season, we’re thankful for our many blessings and the memories we’ve made together throughout the year. Over the summer, we enjoyed sunshine and good company at Jo-Ann’s poolside party. The BDD family also sent three kids off to college!

We’re excited to have a few days of rest to spend quality time with our families, including our newest furry members, Camo and Starla. We hope the rest of your year is filled with family, friends and wonderful memories.

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Dental Emergencies in Children

December 15th, 2017

Dental emergencies are bound to come up when you have young children. Dr. Johnson and our team want to you to be prepared in case you run into a difficult situation. Problems can vary, from minor gum irritation to knocked-out teeth. Take a look at the different possibilities and how you can handle them.

Teething

Depending on the age of your child, there are common things to watch for when it comes to his or her teeth. Starting from a young age, your son or daughter may experience teething pain. This starts at about four months and can last up to three years.

Teething may cause your little one to become irritable and more prone to drooling due to tender gums. This is very common in young children who are teething, and can be alleviated by giving them a cold teething ring or by rubbing their gums with your finger.

Teething pain is as normal as your child’s first set of teeth falling out. On the other hand, if a baby tooth is knocked out in a forceful accident, make sure you bring him or her into our Epping office to check that other damage hasn’t occurred in the mouth. On occasion, permanent teeth may grow in before baby teeth have fallen out. This may not cause any discomfort, but Dr. Johnson should make sure the teeth are growing in properly. Catching teeth that are coming in incorrectly can prevent issues from arising in adulthood.

Gum Issues

If you’ve noticed your child’s gums bleeding often, this could result from a number of things. Bleeding gums may be an early sign of periodontal disease, which is caused by poor oral hygiene when it appears in children. Excessive gum bleeding can also occur when children brush their teeth too hard, or suffer an injury to their gum tissue.

If bleeding is continuous, rinse your child’s mouth with warm salt water and apply light pressure to the area. If you become concerned about the amount of blood, contact our Epping office and we will schedule an appointment for your youngster as soon as possible.

Depending on what type of dental issue your child is experiencing, you should make sure to treat it quickly and properly. If you have questions or concerns about what you can do to help your son or daughter develop better oral hygiene habits, ask Dr. Johnson for tips during your next appointment.

Don’t forget: As a parent, you can provide the best education to your children on the importance of proper oral hygiene by setting a good example. 

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