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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.


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…