Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Talented in and out of the office....

Not only are our staff members skilled in the office, they are equally talented artists as well. Heather, Simone, Connie and Keri recently got together to show off their artistic abilities. Check out their humming bird paintings.  Dr. Uetsuki says he taught them everything they know.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

HMDC promotes healthy food options

At HMDC we promote healthy eating. Reducing processed foods and sugar is good for your body and your oral health too. Need ideas for school lunches or your own healthy meal? Check out the following blog on quick and healthy lunch ideas.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Facts on Shark Teeth

In honor of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel we thought some facts on Shark Teeth would be appropriate.

1)  A shark can have up to 50,000 teeth in a lifetime.
2)  Sharks typically lose at least one tooth per week.
3)  Shark teeth are arranged in neat conveyor belt rows and can be replaced within a day of losing one.

4)  Shark teeth were recently discovered to contain fluoride.

5)  Sharks do not suffer from cavities.

6)  The coating of shark teeth is acid resistant and less water soluble than our teeth.

For more information on Sharks check out the Discovery Channel.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

HMDC Congratulates Hygienist, Keri on 10 years of service. We look forward to the next 10 years!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tips on Brushing Children's Teeth

Do you have a child that doesn't like to brush their teeth?  You are not alone. Here are a few tips that may help:

·      Sticker charts – google sticker charts for brushing teeth – some of the kids shows offer online charts so you could pick their favorite character.
·      Make up a silly song about brushing teeth.
·      You can pretend you are looking for the remains of dinner “let’s see how much chicken you have left in your mouth from dinner” and then make a big deal out of what you do pull out.
·      Compete on who can open their mouth the widest while brushing.
·      Brush with your kids and then switch and let them brush yours too.  Interesting as you get to experience from their perspective too.
·      There is a kids Spinbrush on the market that allows you to put stickers on it.  They get to decorate their own brush.  So after you brush they get to put the sticker on it.
·      Using hand flossers seems easier than the string of floss when you are doing someone else.  They can pick the flosser and practice on their own too.
·      Another idea is to look up pictures of sugar bugs on the computer and pictures of yucky cavities and share with your children.
·      There are a ton of video clips on line about cavities that are silly but educational.  You can google some and preview them to show your kids.  We have one cute Japanese video on tooth brushing on our website at    It is fun no matter what language you speak.  Your kids may want to watch it again and again.

No matter what, consistency is key.  The more your child is exposed to brushing their teeth the easier it will get.  Hang in there and feel free to ask any questions during your next visit.

Keep in mind some children experience sensory issues and that is another topic all together.  Depending on the severity it may require a visit to your child's pediatrician and/or possible referral to an occupational therapist.