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If you’re one of the many people who profess a love of cheese, you now have another reason to enjoy this tasty food. A study published in the May/June 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry, reported at EurekAlert found that eating cheese raised the pH in the subjects’ mouths and lowered their risk of tooth decay. It’s thought that the chewing required to eat cheese increases saliva in the mouth. Cheese also contains calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.



Like cheese, yogurt is high in calcium and protein, which makes it a good pick for the strength and health of your teeth. The probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, found in yogurt also benefit your gums because the good bacteria crowd out bacteria that cause cavities. If you decide to add more yogurts to your diet, choose a plain variety with no added sugar.



Like apples, carrots are crunchy and full of fiber. Eating a handful of raw carrots at the end of the meal increases saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your risk of cavities. Along with being high in fiber, carrots are a great source of vitamin A. Top a salad with a few slices of raw carrots, or enjoy some baby carrots on their own.



Celery might get a bad reputation for being bland, watery and full of those pesky strings, but like carrots and apples, it acts a bit like a toothbrush, scraping food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, two antioxidants that give the health of your gums a boost. Make celery even tastier by topping it with cream cheese.



Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch. You can also add a handful to a salad or to a stir-fry dinner.


Teeth are important both for health and beauty. We all know how important it is to brush and floss, but do we know about all the things we shouldn’t do? Read on and find out which common habits can harm your teeth so you can avoid doing them.


  1. If You Smoke

Smoking is generally harmful to your health, but one of the things people don’t usually talk about is how damaging it is for your teeth. It will stain them and cause gum disease. Also, it is the biggest risk factor for cancer of the mouth.


  1. If You Drink Coffee

Coffee is not that bad for you, but it certainly is for your teeth, because the acid in it can yellow them.


  1. Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

Piercing your tongue can look really cool, but the metal in your mouth can damage the teeth. So, if you have one of these, try not to bite on it.


  1. If You Drink Soda

These wonderful refreshing drinks will make your dentist cringe. There’s so much sugar in them, that could never be good for your teeth. You might think that taking diet drinks will be great for your teeth, but the problem is that, while diet drinks have less sugar, they could be more acidic.


  1. If You Drink Red Wine

Your tooth enamel will lose it’s battle against red wine because of the acids it contains. Also, the pigments in red wine will stain the teeth.


  1. If You Drink White Wine

Just because it’s lighter in color, doesn’t mean it’s less harmful to your teeth. It still contains acids that can destroy the enamel of your teeth. The good thing is that you can help your teeth significantly by brushing them after drinking wine.


  1. If You Chew on Ice

During the summer, this can be a favorite “snack” for some people, but it’s a very bad habit because ice can and will damage your teeth if you bite too hard.


  1. Eating Gummy Bears

Gummy candy is sticky, so it stays between your teeth longer. That’s why you should avoid it, and if you can’t, eat them with meals and brush your teeth afterward.


  1. Cough Drops Are Dangerous

These are a life savior when you cough, but they are as bad as candy when it comes to dental health. So, next time you need these, take them, but brush, brush, brush.


  1. Opening Products with Teeth Can Do Serious Damage

This is a no brainer. Doing this can damage your teeth, so avoid it.


The tooth fairy is a fantasy figure of early childhood. The folklore states that when children lose one of their baby teeth, they should place it underneath their pillow and the tooth fairy will visit while they sleep, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.


The tradition of leaving a tooth under a pillow for the tooth fairy to collect is practiced in various countries in the Anglosphere.


During the middle ages, other superstitions arose surrounding children’s teeth. In England, for example, children were instructed to burn their baby teeth in order to save the child from hardship in the afterlife. Children who didn’t consign their baby teeth to the fire would spend eternity searching for them in the afterlife. The Vikings, it is said, paid children for their teeth. In the Norse culture, children’s teeth and other articles belonging to children were said to bring good luck in battle, and Scandinavian warriors hung children’s teeth on a string around their necks. Fear of witches was another reason to bury or burn teeth. In medieval Europe, it was thought that if a witch were to get hold of one’s teeth, it could lead to them having total power over him or her.


However, real tooth fairly will visit only if your teeth is health, so don’t forgot to take care your teeth and make sure go visit your dentist at least twice a year!


Oral health is important, especially for young ones as their teeth are only starting to grow. When kept unclean, long-term effects or conditions may arise, including bad breath or halitosis.

Reports show that American students miss 51 million hours of school every year because of oral health problems. And students who are absent miss critical instruction time—especially in early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks of future learning. And students who have experienced recent oral health pain are four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than their counterparts who have not.

Healthy Kid’s Teeth with the 2-2-2 Rule

Help keep your child’s teeth healthy by using the 2-2-2 rule: visit your dentist TWO times a year, and brush and floss TWO times a day for TWO whole minutes!

How Do You Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth?

Our pediatric dentists recommend parents follow the Tell, Show, Do model:

TELL: In age-appropriate language, explain how to brush and floss and how those actions keep teeth clean and healthy.

• SHOW: Let children watch when mom or dad brush and floss his or her own teeth.
• DO: Help children brush and floss their teeth in the morning and before bed, and keep a regular routine so they know it’s expected. Continue helping to brush a child’s teeth until they’re age 4 or 5. After that, let them do it themselves, but supervise them until age 7 or 8. Children and adults should brush for two minutes, twice a day.

Pacific dental group remind all the parents, if you don’t want your kid to suffer from such conditions that ma affect both their health and self-confidence, it is best to start the habit of cleaning the teeth and mouth as early as possible.


Valentine is almost coming; do you ready to prepare the gifts to your love one?

When you thinking about what to send as a gift, the first thing will pop out, probably is Chocolate.  So why do we eat chocolate on Valentine’s Day?

The tradition of eating chocolate on Valentine’s Day was started by a dedicated marketing campaign by Richard Cadbury in the 1840s. The marketing move occurred as Cadbury had developed a more palatable chocolate recipe. The culture of celebrating Valentine’s Day had also taken hold in Victorian England.

Prior to the introduction of chocolate into Valentine’s Day celebrations, the English-speaking world celebrated by sending love letters and gifts to their loved ones. Richard Cadbury capitalized on the trend by creating customized chocolate boxes with beautiful design and Valentine’s Day imagery. Chaucer first mentioned St. Valentine’s Day as a romantic holiday in 1382.

So pick or you can cook your favorite chocolate to your partner and make them surprise.

Pacific dental group suggestion while you share the delicious chocolate with your other half, don’t take too much because sugar can lead to many dental problems. However, the great news is that it is possible to ward off tooth decay and tooth erosion by means of simply brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily.

Visit us for more advises and regularly check with your dentist for comprehensive dental examinations and professional cleanings.


This year, Chinese New Year lands on January 28th. Though the actual date has passed, people usually have an entire 7 days off from work to celebrate the festival. As the end of celebrations loom, lets look at what makes this festival so important to Chinese people all over the world.


Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is China’s most important traditional festival. It is also the most important celebration for families, and a week of official public holiday.


How do Chinese Celebrate the Festival

The main traditional celebrations of the festival include eating reunion dinner with family, giving red envelopes, firecrackers, new clothes, and decorations. More modern celebrations include watching the CCTV Gala, instant message greetings, and cyber money gifts.


Giving red envelopes to pass on best wishes

Like Christmas in the West, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festival. The most common gifts are red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are given to children and (retired) seniors. It is not a customs to give red envelopes to (working) adults, except by employers.


Eating lucky foods for increased luck in the year ahead

Certain foods are eaten during the festival (especially at the New Year’s Eve dinner) because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearances.

Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish sounds like the word for surplus. Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year.

Other Chinese New Year foods include dumplings, spring rolls, glutinous rice cakes, and sweet rice balls.


It is a happy and exciting festival and Pacific Dental Group wish everyone Happy New Year, while you enjoy your big dinner with family, don’t forgot to brush your teeth and keep them healthy and clean.


Toothbrush, you use it every day, but when was the last time you put real thought into your toothbrush? An effective tool is essential for a proper brushing, which not only shines up your pearly whites, but also prevents bacteria and inflammation – both of which are linked to everything from heart disease to dementia. We asked the experts for a brushup on what features matter most.



Should you opt for an electric brush with a round, rotating head or a traditional rectangular manual brush? Many dentists believe they’re both effective if you’re using the right technique, but a review by the healthcare nonprofit the Cochrane Collaboration found that over a three-month period, round, rotating heads (which resemble the type used during professional cleanings) removed 11 percent more plaque than manual brushes. If you go the manual route, dentist Kimberly Harms, DDS, a consumer adviser for the American Dental Association, recommends that people with narrow jaws (your dentist can tell you) choose a brush with a tapered head.


There’s no one-size-fits-all toothbrush, but keep in mind that big brushes can miss plaque buildup in tight spots between teeth and hard-to-reach areas in the back. “You’ll know you’ve found the right size head if it can comfortably clean all the way around your last top molar,” says Fremont, California–based dentist Ruchi Sahota, DDS.


Always opt for soft or extra soft. The study of Periodontology found that people who brushed with stiffer bristles experienced an 11 percent increase in gum bleeding after eight weeks.


Unless you find them easier to hold, fancy padded grips that appear to be ergonomically designed have no effect on how well you brush, Harms says.


Is it Time to Change Your Toothbrush?

If it’s been more than four months, yes. According to the statics, more than 40 percent of Americans don’t know how often to change their toothbrushes.


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Star Festival is coming! Do you have already plans for the celebration with your lover? Introducing some upcoming events in great Los Angeles area can bring your date. Don’t forget to prepare your perfect smile to make better date!


Ideally, you should visit the dentist every six months for routine cleaning and an examination. During the examination at the dentist, your dentist will examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay. If signs of tooth decay exist, your dentist will work quickly to treat the issues, as well as providing any preventive measures to avoid future tooth decay all together.


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