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Would This Help Us Keep More Dental Appointments?

In Dental Humor - Oxymoron? on December 6, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Please don’t jump all over us for this one, we have nothing to do with the concept and we’re not trying to publicize Taiwanese Dentistry du jour or expound on Jennifer Aniston’s dental dominatrix display in recent Hollywood cinema.

It was a dental-centric story out of Taiwan, which reports how successful a few women dentists have been at playing up this ‘sexy dentist’ angle that prompted this dental discussion.

Seems hordes of Taiwanese men are lining up at their door for dental exams, with some actually looking to return to the dentist before the next appointment is even needed.

Is a sexy dentist the answer to our neglected dental health here in America?

Despite the angle of the Taiwanese story, this isn’t some chauvinistic piece directed only at the men. On the contrary, we’d be willing to wager that more than a few women out there wouldn’t be too shy about seeing a sexy soap opera character dentist when they need a cleaning, exam, and x-ray. Give the Gift of a Healthy Smile, Save 10% to 60% on Dental Care. Visit DentalPlans.com

Shoot…we’re of the opinion the male dentists would do better than the female dentists here in the States!

Generally speaking, at least when it comes to dentistry, guys are lazy – no matter what the allure.

Now we have no data, research, or even a footnote to back that claim up, and maybe we’re just playing that angle to elicit some response, but would the majority of women out there agree (generally speaking, of course)?

Just remember ladies, we’re only talking about laziness with regards to dentistry!!

Women seem to care more about maintaining proper oral health in the first place, and it’s our bet they’d be more likely to popularize the sexy dentist trend more so than the men.

Maybe our dentists could take a tip from the Taiwanese and turn on the charm to tune in their patients more!

What do you think…would a sexy dentist possibly enhance our dental office visit, and in turn improve our collective oral health?

Here are 3 reasons why we feel a sexy dentist can improve the health of our teeth and gums:

  1. Patients will be captivated, enabling seamless communication and further education.
  2. Bad news – like a root canal – sounds way better.
  3. Missed appointments will be a thing of the past.

Is all this sexy dentist talk just way too subjective to actually have any measurable impact on the health and wellness of our teeth and gums?

Don’t tell that to this dentist!

 

Disclaimer: We actually have zero idea about the content in the abovementioned video, as we do not speak Mandarin, Cantonese, or Taiwanese – or any derivative dialect therein. We just thought it would be a lighthearted topic to discuss on a slow dental news Tuesday.

Top 25 Best Thanksgiving Pies, Period!

In Dental Holiday Health on November 22, 2011 at 4:30 AM

Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, Boston Cream, and Sweet Potato – ok those sound pretty pedestrian, but how about a Pistachio, Mango and Blood Orange Terrine?

Thursday will bring overeating and extended sitting, unending noshing and prolonged pigging out…at least for some of us. Top 25 Best Thanksgiving Pies, Period!

How we treat our teeth, and the foods we eat play an important role in our overall health and the health of our teeth and gums.

We’ve heard it all before, eat this not that, but does this really hold true on Holidays; can we all really be expected to shun the sweets and starches in the name of healthy eating habits on a day when we’re giving thanks? 

We want to be thankful for everything we have, from family down to funnel cake!

So with the interest of providing something worthwhile to read, we’ve compiled a list of tooth-healthy side dishes to complement the turkey, ham, or entrée serving du jour.

Fiber is good for us, and our teeth. Foods high in fiber help us scrub the surfaces of our teeth as we eat; this limits the build-up of plaque and helps us defend against a cavity creep takeover while our defenses are low.

Thanks to Dr. Arman Roksar in Levittown Long Island, NY. for compiling this Top 12 list of tooth-healthy fibrous fruits & veggies we can add to the Thanksgiving Day menu: Save on Rx, Vision & Hearing

  1. Artichokes
  2. Peas
  3. Broccoli
  4. Kale
  5. Raw carrots
  6. Avocados
  7. Asparagus
  8. Apples
  9. Bananas
  10. Blueberries
  11. Raspberries
  12. Pears

And just in case you’re really bored, here is a link to the Top 25 Best Thanksgiving Day Pies, Ever!

We have a lot to be thankful for, we can all take some extra time this week to do some auditing over what it means to be thankful, and how we can show more of that gratitude every day.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

 

 

Can Cutting the Fat Help Us Fight Gum Disease?

In Gum Disease, Oral Systemic on November 17, 2011 at 4:30 AM

In our never-ending quest to singularly promote socially-centric neighborhood dentistry, combined with our shared battle in shrinking our collective expanding waistlines, we hope to bring some attention to this latest round of dental health information purged on the public.

You may only think dentists can be interested in this type of stuff, and you’re right.

Who really cares how quickly science advances, what enzymes help us understand this or that, how the quality of health care improves, or how we can save money?
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Even if we do care about all those things, who has the time to have an actual conversation about it – or even just forward a link, right?

With the next viral puppy video burning a hole in our inbox, and a flurry of text messages to return, it’s no wonder optimal oral health really takes a backseat in our everyday lives.

If weight loss can be considered a popular topic of conversation these days, we can now add gum disease to the list of benefits involved with a reduction in body mass and associated waistline circumference.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers found the human body is better at fighting gum disease when fat cells, which trigger inflammation, disappear.

Now this doesn’t mean if we go out and dive into the next fad diet, that we no longer need to see the dentist as often.

This is only preliminary research and a mountain more needs to be done but at the very least it is another sign of the oral systemic connection.

A new paradigm between dentistry and medicine is now developing regarding patient care. As the oral systemic connection is more clearly understood, dentists who are trained in diagnosing oral and periodontal disease will play a greater role in the overall health of their patients.

Many times, the first signs of unnatural systemic health conditions reveal themselves in changes within the oral cavity.
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The health of our teeth and gums directly correlates to our overall physical health, and vice-versa.

At least that’s how we read all that dental clinicalspeak.

What this means to us, as dental patients is this; the better our dentists understand the connection between oral health and physical health, the better they can communicate this information to the rest of us – but we do have to go see them on the regular…and make sure we befriend them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and bookmark their blog posts!

A down economy should never be a reason to forgo optimal oral health; it will actually cost us more money to delay even just regular dental cleanings and exams.

This neglect leads to the development of oral health, tooth, and gum problems which then require more attention (read: time and money) from our trusted dentists, when the spit finally does hit the sink.

We don’t need to wait for the government to debate our health care, or break the bank on regular dental care.

There other easy to pay dentistry options, and alternatives to dental insurance.

And don’t be afraid to get your primary care physician involved in the conversation.


 
Tell us you wouldn’t Like that doctor’s Facebook page AND share the link?