Author Spotlight and Guest Post with Linda Valderrama

Linda Valderrama R.D.H. has over 25 years experience as a dental hygienist. She has treated patients from ages two to one hundred years old and has successfully developed preventative oral hygiene programs tailored to individual needs. Linda is a strong believer that good oral hygiene habits lead to good overall health and that these daily habits must be acquired early in life. She is working towards developing programs for schools, assisted living facilities and healthcare institutions to enable them to offer more effective oral hygiene programs.

Linda is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and the San Diego Dental Hygienists’ Society. Her book “Brush Barry Brush” is to help parents and young children work together to achieve the simple but very important goal that every time you eat, you should brush your teeth.

She currently is touring her debut children's book, Brush Barry Brush during the July '11 World of Ink Virtual Tour. In addition to writing Brush Barry Brush, Valderrama has also made it her mission to educate San Diego's youth, by hosting speaking engagements, book signings and future seminars.

Brush Barry Brush will helps young children stick with a regular routine of brushing and maintaining a bright healthy smile with its unique story and fun chart with stickers. Even though Brush Barry Brush is a picture book for children ages 3 to 8, any child and adult will enjoy reading about Barry and what happens if you don’t brush after eating. There are cute playful multi-ethnic characters and different types of foods from healthy snacks to sweets, so it’s no wonder it was one of the 2011 International Book Awards Finalists.

Valderrama was kind enough to write a guest post about the importance of brushing your teeth. 

Why is it important to brush your teeth?

 It is essential to develop a lifelong tooth brushing habit early.  Tooth decay is a disease that can develop throughout childhood and affect adulthood. Of four million children born each year, more than half will have cavities by the time that they reach second grade. Over 40% of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5.

The simple idea of brushing right after eating is the key to preventing deterioration of a child’s dentition. It is crucial to start brushing a child’s teeth as soon as they erupt in the mouth. Having bacteria in your mouth is normal, however certain destructive types of bacteria, if present, can cause cavities. The bacteria attach themselves to the tooth enamel and multiply until a colony forms a whitish film on the tooth.  This film is called plaque and this is what causes cavities. Each time you eat a snack containing sugar or starch, the bacteria metabolize the food into an acid, which can deteriorate the tooth. Brushing teeth to disrupt the bacteria, remove plaque, and eliminate remnants of food after eating is an inexpensive, easy habit that will go a long way in fighting the most prevalent yet mostly preventable childhood disease.

In these difficult economic times, many parents have lost their jobs and their dental insurance. Between jobs, and experiencing financial hardship, many parents have to forego routine preventative dental appointments for themselves. This means probably a lot of the children are not getting their routine cleanings and checkups. Now, more than ever, it is important for kids to take the initiative to keep their teeth healthy.


You can find out more about Linda Valderrama’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Valderrama and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Valderrama will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

Brush Barry Brush
Written by: Linda Valderrama R.D. H
Illustrations by: Sudi Memarzadeh
Publisher: Shirley’s Girl Publications
ISBN Number: 978-0-578-06605-9
Publication Date: 1/2011

Book Blurb:
Every parent knows that brushing after eating prevents tooth decay. Now, through vibrant and playful illustrations, this book will make teaching your child this basic yet very essential routine a fun and enjoyable experience. Together, you’ll love reading Barry’s story again and again!
Book Giveaway Rules:
One entry for each comment left per author virtual blog tour stop. (Must leave a real comment about the author, tour or book. Saying “this is cool” or “I love your book” will not count.) Make sure to include your safe email so we can contact you if you are the winner. 
Example: vsgrenier AT storiesforchildrenpublishing DOT com.

        Ask a question – get a bonus entry per author virtual blog tour stop.

Book Giveaway ends July 31, 2011


  1. Thank you so much for posting my article and for your encouraging words. I really appreciate the opportunity to be part of this blog.

  2. This sounds like a great book for kids to learn about proper dental care. Cute cover. This book should be in every dentist's office waiting room.


  3. People should take care of their dental hygiene properly. If not I'm sure that their teeth will deteriorate.
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  4. Looks like my kids can learn a lot from that book. You are never too young to start caring about oral health.

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