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Top 5 Dental New Year’s Resolutions

In Dental Holiday Health, Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on January 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Who are we kidding; most resolutions are dying on the vine two weeks into the New Year push, right?

And it’s already January 6th, but that’s not going to stop us from publishing this sarcastic snippet of satirical social dental substance.

With the interest of breaking some resolutions and still promoting social-centric dental health info, here is a list of the Top 5 dental health resolutions we can (should) all feel free to break this year.
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  1. Brush 1x per Day
  2. Never Floss
  3. Drink Copious Amounts of Coffee & Smoke Cigarettes Like it’s the Roaring ‘20s
  4. Ditch the Dentist
  5. Keep Our Dentist to Ourselves

Can we not see the folly behind such proclamations?

What Gives?

Maybe we’ve lost it altogether, and the weight of the Holidays has led us to succumb to stupid suggestions.

No more feeling guilty for not keeping up with the exercise regimen, no more beating ourselves up for not taking care of that rotten tooth, no – not in 2012.

This year we can all take comfort in the fact that if we ignore our dental health; our overall physical health will suffer too.

But in no way will we brush our teeth twice a day; if we cut out just 2 minutes each day, that amounts to an additional 730 minutes we can devote to binge eating and continuing the sedentary lifestyle.

Forget about flossing, what is the attraction there?

Gum disease, red bleeding gums, bad breath, periodontitis, receding gums…all sounds peachy to us!

Bring on the coffee and smokes.

In fact, make it a triple-dipped all-foam all-fat double latte – Venti, por favore; and add the acrid accoutrement with a nice smooth Marlboro Red finish.

Mmmm…Welcome the flavor country! Top 5 Dental New Year's Resolutions

If that’s not something to wake up to every morning, who knows what is. And who cares what some doctor says!?!

Speaking of which, why visit the dentist once a year, never mind twice a year?

Eventually, all 32 teeth – or what’s left of them by the time we get done with ‘em – will just rot right out of our heads.

Ipso facto, we no longer need to see the dentist…an estate planner perhaps, but certainly not any dentist!

So, if we resolve to; not even brush our teeth enough to keep away the cavity creeps, forget the floss, pound smokes and joe like it’s a job, stay away from our trusted neighborhood dentist, we certainly can’t be relied upon to share this same local dentist with friends and family.

They can fend for themselves when it comes to ignoring their own dental health.

Let them suffer with everyone else out there that deals with dental anxiety, shoddy toothworkmanship, exorbitant health care related fees, and revolving door family dentistry.

We’d rather spend the money meant for our oral health on something more enduring, like a HDTV.

For all we care, our friends and families can go grab a ticket abroad for their dental care…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A New Year’s Resolution for Dentists!

In Dental Care on January 20, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Gum disease and sleep apnea represent two health issues we need to know more about. It’s up to our doctors and dentists to give us this information, and educate us to the ongoing advancements in diagnosis and treatment. So what if we don’t know the hidden dangers of bleeding gums, or the difference between a CPAP and an iPod. The important thing is our doctors and dentists do; and after we tell them our gums bleed when we brush, or our significant other can no longer take the snoring, they know how to help us maintain optimal health. It’s their job. 

The common denominator here is US. We are the conduit to the dentist and family physician connection. It is important to communicate how we are feeling to both our primary care physicians and our dentists when we are on the examining table or in the dental chair.

And it is important to remember that the patient education and communication taking place between neighborhood medical & dental offices, and their surrounding communities, is something to take seriously…and maybe pay attention to once in a while. Spam and junk mail are annoying, but beneficial information from someone we trust is another story. After all, most of our resolutions include taking better care of ourselves in some way, shape, or form!

Check out this link for a New Year’s resolution you can sleep on: http://www.shiftworkdisorder.com/sleep-dentists-make-resolution-of-increased-sleep-apnea-awareness-in-2011-using-concerto-101723.html

Self-Screening for Oral Cancer

In Dental Care on January 6, 2011 at 4:00 AM

When it comes to leading a long, healthy life, it’s always best to know yourself…and to give yourself a once over every so often. While this advice can take on significant philosophical meaning, we’re talking about knowing yourself better physiologically speaking…of course. Being in tune with your body and watching out for early symptoms of gum disease can make your next dental visit a little more enjoyable.

The more upkeep you do on your chompers, the less your dentist has to chisel away on your next appointment.

Every hour of every day somebody in the United States dies of oral cancer. This serious dental disease, which can lead to and indicate other, even more serious health concerns. You’ll be screened for oral cancer when you go in for your next regular dental exam, but a regular at-home screening is highly recommended as well. This is even more true for those who drink excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke or use tobacco products, have lip-biting and cheek-chewing habits, or ill-fitting dentures. All those things already put you at a higher risk for gum disease.

Here’s how to screen for oral cancer at home, courtesy of Internet Dental Alliance:

– Examine yourself in the mirror. The left and right sides of the face and neck should have the same shape. Check for swelling, lumps and bumps.

– Look at your skin and note any changes in the color or size of sores, moles or other growths.

– Press your fingers along the sides and front of your neck. Do you feel any tenderness or swelling?

– Pull your lower lip out and look for any sores. Use your thumb and forefinger to feel the upper and lower lips for lumps or texture changes.

– Examine the insides of your cheeks for red, white or dark patches. Gently squeeze and roll each cheek between your index finger and thumb to check for bumps and tenderness.

– Tilt your head back to check the roof of your mouth, and then run your finger along the surface. Do you feel or see any unusual lumps or discoloration?

– Check out the top, bottom and sides of your tongue, including the soft tissue under it. Once again, note any swelling, discoloration or unusual lumps.

Symptoms of oral cancer include: sores on the face, neck or mouth that do not heal within a couple of weeks; swelling, lumps or bumps on the lips and gums; chronic bleeding in the mouth; white, red or dark patches in your lips, cheeks, gums or tongue; and numbness, loss of feeling or general pain in any area of the face, mouth or neck.

If you have questions regarding optimum dental health, ASK YOUR DENTIST!

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