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How To Smile Like A Boss

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
By: admin


Okay – we admit it. Many people don’t associate smiling with their boss. That’s a shame, but it’s not really what we’re talking about here anyway. Smiling like a boss means owning your smile – and owning the moment when you use it. I don’t remember who said it first, but have you ever heard about the 6 foot rule? It’s a simple rule that you should try out for a couple of days. We think you’ll like it so much you’ll keep it up. Here’s how it works: when you pass within 6 feet of someone, of anyone, you smile at them, acknowledge their presence and see what happens. It’s kind of magical – and it’s a great way to smile…like a boss!

The Tipping Point

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
By: admin


These days it seems like good customer service can be pretty hard to find. When we are out for dinner, we always try to tip a little more for great service. I think that’s both a way of saying thank you, and to encourage more people to know the simple beauty of serving others well. In some countries, tipping for service isn’t done, but I actually think it feels good to do it – especially when someone goes above and beyond.


When one of my patients tells me they love that we run on time or they really appreciate the way a member of the team was sensitive to their needs and, as a result, delivered great service, that feels really good. I expect that kind of commitment from every member of our team and I always try to lead by example. If we ever hear from a patient that someone on the team missed the mark, we talk about it to make it a learning moment for everyone.


If you’re an Encino Tower Dental Patient and you ever feel like we didn’t deliver “gold star” customer service, I hope you know you can speak with me or any member of the team about it. We really would appreciate that. We learn from each other’s successes and failures. I’m very proud of the team and all the great reviews we get from our patients. After all, we’re your neighbors and taking great care of you is our business.


The Practiced Smile

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
By: admin


Have you spent hours practicing a golf swing, a tennis shot or making the perfect omelet? They say practice makes perfect. But if you’ve ever stood at the mirror and practiced smiling, chances are you don’t really like your smile.


A smile is a powerful way to communicate and most of us want our smile to be warm and welcoming, but there are three types of smiles: the fake smile, the social smile and the open smile.


The fake smile is the one you put on when you aren’t really in the moment. The one you use when passing a stranger or when you have to do something that isn’t comfortable; like posing for a photo. The face has little or no change except the corners of the mouth are very slightly turned up and, usually, no teeth are showing.


The social smile is a little more open, a little more turned up at the corners of your mouth, a slight break between the upper and lower lip and maybe a few little wrinkles show around your eyes. This smile can be genuine, but it’s still practiced and a bit guarded.


The open smile is where your lips turn up, your teeth show, the corners of your eye’s crinkle and your face is totally involved. This is the smile that lights up a room and doesn’t require any practice at all.


At Encino Tower Dental, we spend every day helping people love their smiles. Pretty cool way to spend the day! If you’d like to love your smile, we’d love to help. Your face with thank you!


Tooth Eruption in Young Children

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
By: admin

Teeth vary in size, shape and their location in the jaws. These variations enable teeth to work together to help you chew, speak, smile and support your facial structure. At birth, babies usually have twenty primary teeth, which often start about 6 months of age. They then fall out at various times throughout childhood. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually erupted. Here’s a chart that shows the schedule.


Cavities, Cavity Bugs – What?

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
By: admin


One of the most familiar dental terms is the word “cavity”. So what is it really?
The word cavity refers to a breakdown or decay of the tooth enamel that can expand from a small lesion to permanently destroy a larger portion of the tooth. To prevent your teeth from cavities, you can strengthen the structure of your teeth with fluoride and sealants or reduce the harmful bacteria in your mouth


Fluoride strengthens teeth by going into the tooth and replaces lost minerals that can compromise the tooth structure. Everyone should use a fluoride toothpaste daily. Sometimes the dentist will recommend additional toothpaste products and rinses for children and adults. Be sure to talk to us about what toothpaste is being used in your house!


Although you will never get rid of all bacteria in your mouth, brushing and flossing, regular hygiene visits to the dentist and watching the acidic and sugar producing foods in your diet can go a long way to control decay. Many people are not aware that carbohydrates like chips and bread act as sugar on your teeth and if not thoroughly removed can create an environment for decay.


Next time you visit our office, ask us about ways to reduce the risk for cavities. We love providing you with the education to keep your mouth healthy!


Celebrating Your Dental Health

Tuesday February 20th, 2018
By: admin


Christmas (or Hannukah) is a time of year for getting together with family, friends, and loved ones. A great holiday present to yourself is always taking care of your smile! A smile is so important to how you feel about yourself and it’s a FACT that others feel more positively toward those who have a great smile. The team at Encino Tower Dental has been helping others improve their smiles with general dental care. restorative dentistry like crowns, bridges and implants and cosmetic dentistry like veneers and whitening.


At Encino Tower Dental in the heart of Encino California, we’re ready to help you make the best of your smile and your health. The impact that the health of your mouth has on your overall health is enormous; preventing gum disease should be top of mind for everyone who wants to be healthy!


Give us a call and we’ll discuss your goals and concerns and plan a positive future for your dental care.