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We’re Moving. Come On Over and See Us…

We’ve packed up all our junk and moved to another location. All future posts for this blog will be found at www.NashvilleDentistBlog.com . So head on over there and give us a house warming gift…

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The “F” Word is Back in the News

Too much of a good thing?

I know I just talked about this, but there has been a timely update to the fluoride debate, debacle, miracle, or whatever you want to call it. Seriously, I had no idea that the government was about to make new recommendations concerning the use of fluoride in public drinking water to help prevent cavities.

“So Dr. McGee, what’s the deal-e-o?” Turns out, the U.S. government has announced plans to recommend a reduction in the amount of fluoride in the drinking water.

“But you just told us that fluoride helps prevent cavities and is a good thing. So, Dr. McGee you must be a liar liar pants on fire!”

Hey! Why Are My teeth All Polka-Dotted?!

Actually no. It would appear that we may be getting too much of a good thing. With all the fluoride in the water, and in toothpaste, and mouthwash, etc we may be ingesting too much of the stuff. The problem with too much fluoride is that it causes the teeth to develop white spots and in severe cases can even turn them brown. Eeeew.
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I think a lot of this is due to the fact that Americans have many more sources of fluoride at their disposal than they did years ago when it was first introduced into water systems years ago.

All this may have you asking what the right amount of fluoride is. As far as drinking water goes, it’s about 1 part per million. Contact your local water utility to find out how much water you are getting.

Red-Heads Beware… Why Nicole Kidman and Ronald McDonald Don’t like Me

Hi Dr. McGee! I may be hard to get numb…
When I meet people and tell them that I am a dentist, they often tell me some story of their past dental experiences. They often tell how some dentist put his knee on their chest to remove a tooth or how they had to get about 50 shots just to get numb.
I usually nod my head in a “you don’t say” manner and listen to their story. Oddly enough, most stories are similar and more often than not they involve an inability to get numb.
Well now there may actually be some validity to some of these stories. For some time there have been stories here and there about people with red hair not responding well to general and local anesthesia. Some poor souls  that happen to 

who's worse Don Draper or the dentist?

have red hair have been suffering through medical procedures. Ouch!
Turns out they do. Turns out that people with blonde, brown, and black hair have normal receptors for a chemical in the body called melanin. People with red hair have a mutation for the receptor of this chemical melanin.

I bet that receptor ain't the only mutation this guy has

The researchers believe that this mutation has something to do with red head’s ability to feel pain and their increased perception of pain. The researchers also found that people with red hair have increased sensitivity to thermal pain, and are not as responsive to anesthesia.
Not surprisingly, there is some evidence that these poor souls are lees likely to visit the dentist on a regular basis when compared to people with other hair colors.
Now I know why Nicole Kidman keeps avoiding me at Starbucks. She and I cross 

No, Dr. McGee, you can't have the half and half... and stay away from my teeth!!

paths fairly regularly to feed our addiction to caffeine and over priced coffee. I thought the reason that she wouldn’t pass me the creamer is that she was just intimidated by my good looks and great smile. Now I know that she is just really afraid of dentists because of the whole anesthesia thing.
Do you have red hair? Do you experience pain more than the rest of us? If so, I feel for you.
So what have we learned today?
– Dr. McGee pays too much for coffee
– Nicole Kidman may have a tougher time at the dentist than you
– Carrot Top may have lots of mutations
If you have any dental questions, or would like to bring some Starbucks to our office, please feel free to contact us at 615-298-2385 or online at our official website
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The 70’s Called, They Want You to Take Better Care of Your Teeth

If you grew up in the 70’s or early 80’s you should remember these. I’m always on the lookout for great ways to communicate dental health to patients, and I think that these videos are great!!

This first one had me rolling on the floor. Who knew that the germs that cause cavities sound just like Louis Armstrong?!

Check out the yuck mouth video here…

And in this one an animated Danny Zuko tells us to exercise our teeth. O…. K.

Finally, a talking, hat-wearing Pac Man gives us oral hygiene instructions

Man, the last time I heard those I was sitting in a den covered in shag carpet in my Star Wars Pj’s.

Anyway, if you have any questions about dental care, or more vintage videos to share, or if you need a dentist in Nashville, please contact us at 615-298-2385 or check us out online at www.MusicCitySmiles.com

The Perils of Working in a Dental Office and Why I Need a Nap…

Ok, let’s talk about something other than teeth shall we…

When you work in a dental office, the rest of the world seems to think that you have lost the ability to shop for groceries. Consequently, your office becomes a repository for cakes, bagels, pies, brownies, doughnuts, hams, and all sorts of other foods that are not fruits or vegetables as they are delivered by patients, other dentists, labs, or other well wishers in the Nashville area.

All this makes for an expanding waist line and an ongoing battle over who will be responsible for taking home what leftovers remain. Aside from the obvious brushing and flossing after eating sweets, we all get a little sleepy after all this snacking and require a nap around 1:30 or 2 every afternoon. Alas, it never happens.

But wait!! A new study has shown that taking a nap at work can be beneficial!! Ladies and gentlemen of Nashville and dentist offices everywhere take note, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has determined that 20-30 minute power naps can be the perfect refresher in the middle of your work day.

This could be great! We’ve even got that reclining chairs to crash in. Or maybe we should just follow George Costanza’s lead…

A Patient Describes Her Recent Visit To Our Office

We Don’t Recommend This, But It Certainly Is Effective. Happy 4th of July!

This weekend being the 4th of July and all, I thought I’d share this little video about extracting a tooth. I know that many of you may be playing with fireworks and might be tempted to experiment, but I must advise that using explosives to remove teeth is quite harmful.


That being said, this video is funny, and the look on this kid’s face is priceless. Take a moment to enjoy, and have a safe 4th of July!!