Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The new dentist and healthy teeth.

I received some very happy, sad news last week, my dentist is retiring.  How wonderful to be able to retire while you are still active and able to enjoy life.    I have been going to the same dentist for twenty years and it is not like I didn’t know he was planning to stop working and support his philanthropic endeavors and enjoy his beautiful family. I wish him well and thanks for all the years of service he has given to his patients.
Now comes the hard part I must look for a new dentist.
Yes, he sold his practice to the new guy; an introductory letter makes him sound amazing with advanced training in all the new techniques and services.  The hold up for me is in the last 20 years I have moved and now a trip to the dentist is 25 miles each way.  I hate cavities, and I really loved my dentist.  What is a girl to do, make friends with the new dentist or find one closer to home?
Harley offered his dentist as an alternative, the report was, “he is a no nonsense guy that jumps in with both feet, gets the job done, and you are on your way.”  Hmmm, is that your type of dentist?   I can tell you I don't think he is for me.
I am not happy going to the dentist in the first place so the practicioner  I choose will need to be personable, explain everything they are going to do before they do it, and I love getting the free toothbrush.  The toothbrush isn’t a deal breaker just so you know.
The new candidate is less than a mile from our office and comes highly recommended from my buddy Cecilia.   When Cecilia and her husband moved several years ago she kept her dentist and now travels 50 miles each way for checkups.  If he is as good as she says I may have found my new dentist.   Wish me luck.
Benefits of going to the dentist
  • Swallowing bacteria from plaque buildup is another invader our bodies must fight and can easily be prevented with a good professional cleaning coupled with home care. 
  •  Your dentist can alert you to changes that should be addressed before they become a big problem, like gum disease and decay. 
  • Clean teeth will cut down on bad breath.  
  •  People that have poor dental practices have tested higher for blood inflammation markers a risk factor for heart disease.
Face it part of our overall wellness includes brushing, flossing, and seeing our dentist a minimum of twice each year.

God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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