Everyone should check out this great write up on the comparison of dental costs to items of lesser importance that we don’t even question the cost of.
A week or so ago I published my new book called "How to beat Dental Phobia" I wanted to offer it for free but in my rush I didn't tick the right box and it went out on sale instead of for free. I have now resolved this small error and its back on Amazon for free until December the 4th!
I went to the dentists for two fillings; he gave me mincemeat and stewed apple
So I just had my regular tightening of my braces and in the appointment prior to this my dentist gave me a new type of flosser to try because I told her I’d be doing my best to floss and yet some areas of my gums were still really puffy.
I mean an hour a night before bed to use those dental threaders in order to clean in-between my teeth and I still wasn’t doing a good enough job.
So I substituted my regular routine of flossing using a threader with using a flosser.
The only reason I tried them was:
1. My dentist recommended it to me.
2. I found it that it literally saved me 30 mins or more a night as it’s really easy to use.
3. It’s called Platypus and I’m a big Phineas and Ferb fan!
What Makes This Flosser Different?
How is this flosser different than other flossers you may ask?
Well I wasn’t able to use the standard flossers as the plastic arms are too thick to fit in-between my brackets and underneath the braces wire. The Platypus flosser allowed be me to get in between the brackets as it has a flattened edge that allows it to easily reach in-between the brackets.
Now I must admit, I’ve never been a fan of the flossers as I didn’t think they could reach around the the tooth with the same ease as it had that plastic frame to hold the floss.
To my surprise, my dentist remarked how great of a job I had been doing taking care of my teeth during the appointment. I told her the only difference was that I now used the flossers instead of the standard floss.
Better Than A Toothpick Too!
The Platypus also has a toothpick like end on the opposite side of the flosser. At first I didn’t like it much as I’m used to the Gum Soft-Picks which were always great at getting out any remaining food or bits stuck between my teeth.
I still use it but I’ve found the Platypus one to be quite useful ever since the day I ate spinach and could not for the life of me remove it from my brackets. To anyone how likes their vegetables, the Platypus has a few small spike like points on the pick end of it that allows it to easily grab hard to remove food off your brackets which is a life saver.
So if you’re under going orthodontic braces treatment right now and hate to floss I definitely recommend trying the Platypus Orthodontic Flosser. In case you’re looking to try them, Amazon has the best deal I’ve found so far to purchase them.
Check out this scary picture of what diet soda can do to your #teeth! http://goo.gl/uujlc #dentist
So with the recent scandals in dentistry such as the BC rogue dentist providing unlicensed treatment to patients; I thought I put together a little guide to help you watch out for shady dentists as well as tips for finding a good dentist.
1. Do Your Homework and Make Sure the Dentist is Licensed to Practice.
This is one that people sometimes assume. We assume that the dentist is trained and licensed to practice. Even dentists from overseas that would like to help patients in Canada or the U.S., must complete training in the country they wish to practice in.
Standards of care in dentistry differ from country to country and I’ve heard that there are significant costs difference in some countries. One of my friend’s once told me her sister had her teeth extracted in another country for $5. I’m not saying that it was bad quality but $5 would hardly cover the costs of sterilizing the instruments, the supplies such as gauze and cotton rolls and not to mention the dentist’s time. I know if it were me and I had someone quote me $5 for a procedure that impacts my health and is very, very painful if done incorrectly without freezing; I would think twice.
So how can we ensure that the dentist we’re seeing is licensed. For Canadians, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario or RCDSO has a dentist lookup feature on their website to ensure your dentist that you’re thinking about seeing is licensed.
For those looking for a new dentist, here’s the link:
So I’ve been pretty busy with the start of school, but I do have several more tips and pointers for those looking for a new dentist. So check back shortly and until then remember to brush and floss every day.
Tongue Cleaning with your tooth brush helps get rid of bad breath.
For those who gag when brushing or using the tongue cleaner, form a fist with your non-dominant hand and it’ll help stop the gagging feeling.
Bad Breath Tip
Haha these dental masks will make anyone smile! :) #dentist #humor
Great post for those who have clicking or popping in their jaw when they bite.
It’s a symptom of TMJ which dentists can help treat sometimes with orthodontic braces or in severe cases with surgery. Occasionally if you’re lucky sometimes it just goes away by itself, usually through changes in stress level or coping with stress.
CBC share of the Bedroom Dentist in BC:
This makes me absolutely sick. More interesting is the comments and how some are justifying his actions.
My thoughts on this to come.
- B.C. bedroom dentist headed to Toronto, officials say (cbc.ca)
- Rogue B.C. dentist heading to Toronto (metronews.ca)
- Arrest warrant issued for B.C. ‘bedroom dentist’ (cbc.ca)
- Fake dentist’s patients warned to get tested for diseases like hepatitis and HIV (theprovince.com)