Archive for January 2013
I have been taking a very informal survey recently in regards to how people feel about their front teeth. Would you like to take part in it? The question is... How much money would you have to be paid in order to allow me to pull one of your upper front teeth? Non of the people I surveryed could come up with an amount! Modern dentistry can do so much to restore teeth to their original state or even improve on it, but nothing beats a natural healthy smile. It is priceless!
It's cold and flu season again and when you're on the mend be sure to change your toothbrush. Normally you should change your toothbrush every three months, but changing it right after a cold will help keep you from getting reinfected. If you just happened to change your brush right before a cold and want to keep using it afterwards - here's a little trick to save some money. Send your brush through the diswasher! It will be nearly as good as new and freshly disinfected.
This week while seeing a patient for an examination during their six month recare visit with our hygienist Karen, I asked the patient how they kept their mouth in such great shape. (Doesn’t everyone wish their dentist would say that to them?) Our patient said in response that he stayed away from donuts. I asked him what they meant by that. He replied that he knew that sugar causes tooth decay and he did not want that, so he limited his treats to twice a year -once every six months on the same day he has his cleaning appointment. While most of us don’t exercise the same incredible discipline with our sugar intake, I am curious how many people really understand that tooth decay (cavities) is certainly related to our diet. As my patient reminded me this week, less sugar = less tooth decay!