How to Brush like a Pro


Brushing Well


Do you want to know how to brush your teeth to keep your mouth really clean? With proper technique and the correct tools, you can always have a healthy, bright smile. Brush up on your teeth-cleaning skills, and effectively get rid of mouth germs to prevent oral health problems, such as bad breath and tooth decay.

Start with the Correct Tools

The first step to brushing well is to use the appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. The American Dental Association says that both manual and powered brushes can effectively clean your mouth. Simply choose a brush that is comfortable for you and that can easily clean back teeth and other hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Colgate�� 360�� has a flexible head and innovative tongue cleaner, which are great for getting rid of the bacteria in your mouth. Add a stream of fluoride toothpaste, and you are ready to clean and protect that smile!

Clean Outer Surfaces

How do you brush your teeth like a professional? A methodical approach will ensure that you are being thorough every time you brush your teeth. Begin by tilting your brush at an angle and gently sweeping it back and forth along the gum line for both the front and back of the upper teeth; brushing this way also at the gum line for the lower teeth too. Brush the front six teeth on the upper and lower teeth on the inside by the palate and tongue using the tip of the toothbrush using up and down strokes to remove plaque from the gumline and the back of these teeth.

Clean Chewing Surfaces

It takes a full two minutes to effectively clean your teeth. After brushing the gum line and outer surfaces, it is time to focus on the chewing surfaces. The chewing surfaces are not as smooth as the front and back of your teeth, and substances stick to uneven surfaces more easily. Using gentle back-and-forth strokes, brush these areas well to prevent buildup.

Clean Your Tongue

To keep your mouth healthy, don’t just brush your teeth. Scrub your tongue as well to remove bacteria. Brushing your tongue is important for routine bad breath prevention.

Do It All Again

You’ve done it! You’ve learned how to brush your teeth and scrubbed and removed plaque and germs. Your teeth feel clean and smooth, and your mouth feels fresh. Now it is time to keep up your amazing brushing habits. Brush twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You can talk to your dentist about brushing more frequently if you feel that your teeth could use the extra cleaning.

Your Smiley Face :)


Smile is the best accessory that one can flaunt. It has been seen that a sweet smile is enough to break the ice among strangers. Many a love stories have been triggered off by a sweet smile and many songs have been dedicated by lovers to the sweet smile of their beloved. The art of mastering the perfect smile is extremely crucial for all of us. After all, who does not want to look good? All of us want to – right? A smile alone can light up your entire face and make you look ravishing. Have you thought why some snaps of yours are better than the others? It is only because of your smile. A smile changes the contours of your face and accentuates your features. A sweet smile can transform you from a plain Jane to a ravishing Diva.

One needs to sport a good set of teeth while smiling. It is important that you consult a dentist and get your smile situation fixed. Nothing is more unattractive and disturbing than a set of ugly teeth jutting out every time you smile. It is important that you get your gum and teeth setting rectified as required. That does not mean that it is a dire necessity. Many people are supposed to have a sweet smile even if the setting of their teeth is not perfect and correct.

Lips play an important role while smiling. Ensure that your lips are not chapped, and are perfectly outlined and filled with lipstick,

in order to accentuate your features.Chapped lips are a no-no and rob the charm from your smiles.

Ensure that your smile is genuine and reaches to your eyes. Nothing is a big turn off than a pretentious and false smile. Even if you grin, ensure that it reaches your eyes and seem genuine. Only then will it reach the heart of others.


Taking care of teeth at work

Smiles By Baker

On average, we spend a third of our day at work. While at work, we eat lunch and often grab a snack from the vending machine or birthday cake from the lunchroom. Do you clean your teeth during the long workday? Here are a few tips for keeping your smile healthy at the workplace:

  • Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste in your desk, locker or lunchbox and brush after eating.  Or try the single-use toothbrushes, preloaded with toothpaste (Ex: Colgate Wisps).
  • If you are embarrassed to brush your teeth at work, try rinsing your mouth with mouthwash.
  • Chewing sugarless gum will increase saliva production and neutralize acids in the mouth that cause tooth decay.

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What Does Color Say About Your Teeth?

Castro Valley Dental Care

iStock_000000214466MediumHealthy adult teeth naturally contain a mixture of yellow, red, and gray shades. Teeth whitening can work wonders – no matter how your teeth look on the color spectrum. Regular teeth cleanings can help make your teeth whiter.


The dentin is revealed when enamel is thinned, usually due to ageing or brushing too hard.


It’s likely that you have experienced tetracycline damage – probably sometime during your youth.


Some studies show that too much unsupervised whitening can give teeth a blue hue – boo hoo!


Could be too much coffee, tea, or red wine, or due to smoking or chewing tobacco.


You probably have a great home-care routine, keep regular checkups, and accept professional dental advice about tooth whitening.

 Joseph A. Whitehouse M.S. D.D.S.
(510) 881-1924 |
3603 Jamison Way Castro Valley, CA 94546

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Coming of Age Cavity Free

Castro Valley Dental Care

113559178_HIGH_Black FamilyYour children’s cavity-counting days could soon be over. Pit and fissure sealants are a simple and effective way to stop the decay that causes cavities, especially in kids’ teeth. Here’s how they work. Sealants are clear or white plastic coatings we can apply to the chewing surface of the back teeth. The sealant material covers the depressions and grooves on the surface of the teeth where cavities are most likely to form. They work best protecting new teeth. That makes them ideal for children. Sealants give those teeth some protective armor through the ages of seven to fifteen when children are most vulnerable to tooth decay. Regular oral exams should always be done first.

Sealants for Your Kids

Depending on your child’s chewing patterns, the sealants can last from six months to several years. We will check them at every appointment to make sure they are still doing their job properly…

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Does it really take more musles to frown? #Smileyface #:)

You’ve likely been told that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown, and that, in light of this fact, you should smile more often. There are quite a few numbers that get tossed around when this line is used. Some claim it takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but open Aunt Milda’s chain letter and you might be surprised to learn it takes 26 to smile and 62 to frown. And some naysayers claim it’s quite the opposite, that in fact it takes more muscles to smile than to frown.

When we make facial expressions, we’re essentially transmitting a packet of information that can be received, read and interpreted by others. By contracting or expanding our facial muscles in different degrees and combinations, we can produce thousands of different messages that provide cues to our overall emotional state, our short-term feelings about our immediate environment, our mental well-being, our personality and mood, our physical health, our creditability and whether or not we view others as being creditable.

The smile — transmitted either consciously or subconsciously — is viewed across cultures as a sign of friendliness, especially when greeting someone. Frowns, too, are generally recognized as indicating sadness or disapproval.

There are 43 muscles in the face, most of which are controlled by the seventh cranial nerve (also known as the facial nerve). This nerve exits the cerebral cortex and emerges from your skull just in front of your ears. It then splits into five primary branches: temporal, zygomatic, buccal, mandibular and cervical. These branches reach different areas of the face and enervate muscles that allow the face to twist and contort into a variety of expressions.

However, nobody has really come up with a definitive number for how many muscles it takes to smile or frown — one person’s smile is another person’s smirk. Also, not everyone has the same number of facial muscles; some have more, enabling a wider range of expression, while some people actually have 40 percent fewer .

The truth is that people smile — and frown — differently, even when presented with similar stimuli. There is an even wider range of variety when one begins using different expressive muscles for the eyes, mouth, nose and forehead.

So will this divisive matter ever be resolved?

Smile vs. Frown

While nobody could possibly tell you with accuracy exactly how many muscles you use when you smile (43? 17? 26?), it’s possible to tell you the minimum number of muscles that are used in the most insincere, subtle, restrained, mouth-only smile or frown.

If we analyze a smile that only raises the corners of the lips and the upper lip (the smile you give when you bump into your former boss in the grocery store, perhaps), then there are five muscle pairs (or 10 total muscles) that accomplish this. Two muscle pairs primarily raise the upper lip, while three other muscle pairs are tasked mainly with raising the corners of the mouth.

If we reduce a frown only to the lowering of the corners of the mouth along with a slight downward pouting of the lower lip, we’re dealing with only three muscle pairs (one pair to drop the lower lip, and two pairs to lower the corners).

Counted individually (as you might count your biceps to be two different muscles, instead of one muscle pair), we reach a tally that very well may turn our understanding of the universe completely on end: 10 muscles to smile, and six muscles to frown.

But before you abandon your smile for a look of mild disappointment in order to conserve energy, consider that we can reduce both a smile and a frown even further, so that each is produced merely by raising or lowering the corners of the mouth into a robotic expression. In this case, we have a tie: two muscle pairs (for a total of four) to “smile,” and the same number to “frown.”

While such expressions would hardly be recognized as a proper smile or frown, the fact that the same amount of effort is used to produce one or the other means that the scientific minds of this generation and the next will have to continue searching for a good reason for humans to put a smile on their faces — and not a frown of equal but opposing effort.



…And Justice for All…


I know life isn’t always fair. Believe me that I know! But for years I’ve been outraged at how out of reach the perfect smile is. Did you realized 75% of American’s suffer from malocclusion (or “bad bite”, the main cause for braces) That is HUGE!!!! If you are NOT one of the lucky kids to get braces, then you have crowded teeth which leads to an impossibility of proper brushing, which leads to gum disease and tooth loss. When are we going to realize this is a national health crisis! Not only that, healthy teeth and gums are interwoven with everything sacred and true that is the American dream. People with bad teeth won’t interview as well. People with bad teeth won’t date as well. Which means they potentially won’t work as well or marry as well. Such an important issue that strikes at our very core and is out of reach for most Americans. This should be a national issue, the fact that most company’s don’t even offer dental insurance and the wait for the few plans that do exist is often six months to a YEAR! In a year a tooth can go from a filling to needing a root canal. The average root canal cost $1,200.00 not including the crown!!! So for most people your only choice is extraction! How is this a choice? Now your whole bite is thrown off and you’re putting more stress on teeth that weren’t designed for the load. Which creates more stress and more cavities and if left untreated creates another root canal or potential extraction. How is it possible that we are eliminating the middle class through tooth decay! Really it’s that serious. Open your eyes! We all need our teeth and studies show, we have more respect for people with pretty ones! Live Well, Brush Well


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