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If your previous dental history isn't something that you can brag about, then it's easy to feel as though you're destined for a lifetime of ongoing dental problems. You might even be feeling as though you'd rather avoid scheduling an appointment with any dentist for fear of hearing more bad news about your teeth.
You should know that your dental future isn't hopeless, though. No matter how bad things have been in the past, you can actually use your past dental experiences to improve the future of your oral health.
For starters, although some dental problems can come without much warning, most often, they can be prevented or minimized when you take action early. Think about what could have been done to prevent your oral health from spiraling out of control, and make a commitment to prevent them from ever happening again. If you never want to experience a toothache again or never want to lose another tooth, think back to how it all began:
- Did you choose a healthy diet or lifestyle? Processed foods, sports drinks, starchy meals, and poor general health are know to contribute to dental problems.
- Was your oral hygiene routine adequate? Poor hygiene habits and plaque accumulation raise your risk for dental diseases.
- Did you maintain routine dental check-ups? This is the best way to identify and tackle a small problem before it becomes a big one.
- Did you contact the dentist as soon as you noticed a problem or pain? Pain or persistent sensitivity can be a sign of an advanced dental problem.
- Did you follow your dentist's recommendations for preventive or restorative treatments in a timely manner? A small problem can become much worse when you delay or ignore the dentist's recommendations.
With Thanksgiving next week, a look at the history of the holiday is in order. When Americans sit down to dinner each November, the day that Abraham Lincoln designated as the day on which Thanksgiving would be celebrated, they do so thinking that the first Thanksgiving feast was held in Plymouth in 1621. However, according to the National Geographic, the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez Coronado and his men celebrated a feast of Thanksgiving in Texas in 1541, giving Texas the distinction of being the first place where Thanksgiving was ever celebrated!
The Pilgrims at the Plymouth Plantation celebrated an entirely different day of Thanksgiving in 1623. Plagued by a crop-destroying drought, the settlers prayed for relief. They even fasted! A few days later, they received rain that they so desperately needed. Soon thereafter, they received another blessing when Captain Miles Standish came with staples that they could not otherwise have obtained. He also advised them that a Dutch supply ship was en route. In gratitude for the abundance of these blessings, the Plymouth settlers celebrated a day of prayer and Thanksgiving on June 20, 1623.
Surviving journals from that time indicated that their first Thanksgiving feast was not quite like what Americans eat today. The meal consisted of venison, various types of wild fowl (including wild turkey), and Indian corn. There were no cranberries, stuffing, pumpkin pie, potatoes, or any of the other "traditional" foods that appear on modern menus.
Today, Thanksgiving is still a day of feasting, and for some, a day of prayer and thanksgiving. For others, it is a celebration of gathering, especially for families. Still others celebrate in entirely different ways, including watching college football games, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, or by playing family games.
No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving, may we never forget the true blessings, like healthy teeth to enjoy the Holiday's great food, that God has given to each one of us!
While the last baby teeth generally aren't lost until age ten or eleven, most children stop believing in the tooth fairy by the time that they are seven or eight. Of course, children are more than happy to play along with the game when there is money at stake! While it is impossible to know what the tooth fairy does with all of those teeth (are thay labeled and stored like museum pieces in a giant fairytale castle?), it is possible to trace the history and myth of the tooth fairy to several cultures and traditions. Check out some interesting myths about the tooth fairy!
THE MIDDLE AGES
Legend has it that Europeans in the Middle Ages believed a witch could curse someone by using their teeth, so it was important to dispose of baby teeth correctly. Teeth were swallowed, buried, or burned. Sometimes baby teeth were even left for rodents to eat. Despite being pests, rodents were valued for their strong teeth; it was generally believed a tooth fed to a rodent would lead to the development of a healthy and strong adult tooth.
EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FRANCE
The tooth fairy myth began to show more characteristics of a conventional fairytale in 18th century France. La Bonne Petite Souris, a bedtime story, tells the strange tale of a fairy that changes into a mouse to help a good queen defeat an evil king. The mouse secretly hides under the evil king's pillow and defeats him by knocking out his teeth.
So, why does the tooth fairy leave money under the pillow? The idea of exchanging a tooth for coins originated in Scandinavia. Vikings paid children for a lost tooth. Teeth were worn on necklaces as good luck charms in battle. While the idea of exchanging a tooth for coins quickly spread throughout the rest of Europe, a fierce, horn-helmeted Viking is a far cry from the image of a fairy collecting teeth. While the tooth fairy as children know her today didn't make an appearance until the 1900s, tooth myths and rites of passage have existed in numerous cultures since the dawn of time.
Valentine's Day, also known as Saint Valentine's Day, has been said to originate with a Catholic priest named Valentine many years ago. Valentine defied the emperor at that time by secretly marrying men and their brides after the emperor had made it illegal to marry. Since married men were not required to go to war, Emperor Claudius II forbid marriage because he wanted as many single men to fight in his war as he could get.
Valentine disobeyed the emperor's edict by continuing to marry couples until he was sentenced to death. Before his execution, he sent a letter to a secret love and signed it "From your Valentine." Whether you have a valentine of your own or not, check out these Valentine's Day celebration suggestions.
VALENTINE'S DAY IDEAS
ENJOY A TASTY TREAT. There are plenty of options when it comes to cooking and/or baking on Valentine's Day. No matter what treats your may give or receive, just remember their potential impact on your teeth!
MAKE A PERSONALIZED CARD. Instead of buying a card from the grocery store, take the time to make your own for a loved one.
WATCH A MOVIE. Put on your favorite romantic comedy, or pick up your valentine's favorite movie.
DO NOTHING! Valentine's Day restaurant reservations can be hectic! Mixing it up and keeping it simple with a quiet, relaxinf evening may be the best remedy.
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate love and spend quality time with the people you care about the most. Whether you're in a realtionship or single, take some time today to appreciate those you love in your life. Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day celebration and if you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
Although the average patient heads down to the dentist for a cleaning every six months, most people don't realize that even their own dentist may be famous. Yes, the chances are very unlikely, however, there have been a number of dentists throughout our history that have achieved acclaim and celebrity coming from a profession that is not typically associated with such regard. Check out these examples:
DOC HOLIDAY Although he was probably the most famous for his gun fight at the O.K. Corral alongside his buddy, Wyatt Earp, "Doc" also had a day job as a dentist. He trained in Pennsylvania and later opened a busy practice near Atlanta. Sadly, Holiday came down with a case of tuberculosis and had to close his practice. He then packed up his belongs and moved west, and well, the rest is history.
MARK SPITZ Although he was known around the world as a champion swimmer, Spitz was actually accepted into dental school before he became a famous Olympic gold medalist. While he ultimately decided not to attend the school of dentistry, it's safe to say that he made the right choice considering that Mark went on to achieve seven gold medals.
PAUL REVERE The most famous dentist to come out of the American Revolution, Paul Revere was a man of many hats. He, of course, is known throughout our history books for warning the colonies of the impending British troops on the attack, but when he was not involved in the fight, he had a few different jobs. Not only a siversmith, but Paul also advertised his services as a dentist. More specifically, he specialized in making false teeth for the people in need.
MILES DAVIS' FATHER Miles Davis Jr. was one of the most acclaimed and influential jazz musicians of all time and his dad was a dentist. Miles Davis, Sr. had a thriving dental practice and was a member of the NAACP. Dentistry was how he paid the bills and provided for Miles Jr. So in some ways, it seems that we all have the dental profession to thank for allowing Miles Jr. to become such a fantastic musician, and treating the world to his jazz stylings.
Although my only claim to fame might be appearing on stage in my High School Drama Productions, I chose to become a dentist and strive every day to provide excellent dental care to all of my patients! If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!