January 31, 2012

Floss Away

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , , at 2:12 am by queenqueer

I am afraid of having a gum disease so I make sure that my teeth are brushed and flossed regularly. Sad to say that such a simple gesture is neglected by most people and they end up developing a certain dental disease that forces them to burn a huge hole in their purse.

So what are the benefits of flossing? If you’ve ever experienced having your teeth cleaned by the dentist, you’ll realize that there are actually little spaces in between your teeth after cleaning. These little spaces are usually occupied by plaque and when it builds up, they form tartar which contributes to tooth decay. To lessen the build up, regular brushing and flossing should be done. The benefit of flossing is that it reaches and cleans the spaces in between your teeth that regular brushing fails to reach. It greatly lessens the build up of tartar and you can prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases.

Just to give you a guide, here’s a video from Colgate on how to properly floss your teeth.

  • Holding the floss Gently slide it between your teeth.
  • Never force the floss to be removed from your teeth as this may bruise your gums.
  • Use a clean section of the floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
  • Rinse with mouthwash or water.
  • Do this at least once a day.

Though regular brushing and flossing helps lessen the chances of tooth decay, there are some dental diseases that may have already developed. Having said that, it’s still necessary to visit your dentist semi-annually.

January 27, 2012

Dental Phobia

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , , , , , at 7:36 am by queenqueer

When I was little, I’ve always wondered why a lot of people have dental anxieties. I am always fortunate enough to end up with a friendly dentist, and I see no reason as to why I should even be afraid of having my teeth pulled out and such. I just thought that it was just really necessary for me to go through it instead of keeping the pain in my mouth. It’s too troublesome for me not to eat my favorite food. That’s merely my logic. Other people don’t think or feel the way I do.

Some wouldn’t mind having some tartar build up in their teeth, just as long as they don’t have to visit the dentist. It’s a dental phobia anyway. When you feel uneasy or panicky when you visit the dentist and the mere thought of it scares you, then that’s probably dental phobia. I’m not a psychologist yet, but if you really need to see the dentist and would want to lessen that fear of having a dental check up, try to talk to a family or friend about it and ask them to accompany you for a check up. Your dentist should also know about your situation so he/she can be aware of your fear and can help you go through with it. If you believe it’s already a severe case of phobia, then it might be best to seek a counselor.

Then again, in my perspective, I’ll just look for a friendly dentist.

January 24, 2012

Willy Wonka Chocolate Memories

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , , , , at 1:34 pm by queenqueer

I had sugar overload during the weekend. I got depressed and like any other woman in such a state, I ran to my bestfriend: Chocolate.

I splurged on some Chocolate Waterfall Pieces from Willy Wonka.

Willy Wonka Chocolate Waterfall Pieces

I don’t understand why some people think that the taste is quite mediocre. The chocolate seems to be rich, like it was really mixed on a chocolate fountain to obtain such texture. This made me remember the chocolate waterfall in the movie Willy Wonka and his Chocolate Factory. If I remember it right, it was a movie in the 70’s based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. As compared to the remake, this  movie had more heart or sincerity with the characters. It was light, fun and it exudes the wonder and imagination of a child.

With all respects to Johnny Depp and the staff of the remake, you all did a great job doing your own version/interpretation of the plot of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I just have this preference of the original movie that’s all. I can just imagine the effort they made to create the world of Willy Wonka in the 70’s version. The set was manually made and digital effects were very much limited. Here’s a sample video from the original movie:

This is Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka singing Pure Imagination.

Anyway, as I munch on these heavenly sweets, my teeth started to hurt. Then I remembered about this article I’ve read before that gingivitis may easily be developed due to accumulated tartar. Tartar is made up of hardened plaque. Having sugar stuck to your teeth contributes to its build up, and when there’s chocolate, there’s sugar. This went to my head as I took another piece of chocolate waterfall. There was divine satisfaction, but there was also this guilt that somehow makes the satisfaction a bit bitter, so I stopped. I had to drink a lot of water since this makes the sugar less sticky and it’ll be easier for me to brush and floss them away from my mouth later.

Willy Wonka Chocolate Waterfall, thank you for accompanying me with this depression, but I need to take care of my teeth before some gum disease develops.

January 19, 2012

SOPA on the Go

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , , , , at 7:34 am by queenqueer

I thought that WordPress will be joining the strike against SOPA or the Stop Online Piracy Act in the US. Guess it didn’t take effect where I’m residing. Anyway, for those of you who are curious what SOPA is all about, take some time to read this article.

 

Google Blackout Image

I find this Stop Online Piracy Act senseless. I was debating with a friend that the blackout is to our advantage anyway, so we can resort to more credible resources rather than plagiarized materials online. Still, that’s the whole nature of the world wide web. There’s freedom to express without the censorship. Of course, there’s this little twist that Google, Wiki and the others are all based in the U.S. so I guess the SOPA can be applicable to them. It’s just one way to ruin the business I guess.

A lot of netizens will be affected over this, and I guess online businesses will be a lot more limited in terms of their online marketing strategies. Optimization will be a lot more tedious now, and the whole purpose of internet will be defeated. How about they just go against pornography instead. Online censorship is just too… Well I don’t know… I am really doubtful that this will even be implemented to begin with. If it’s an issue about copyright, then that should be the resource’s problem. It’s just a challenge of how they can protect their information. Some companies/organizations exactly know how to go with the online trend and compensate with such issues. Well I can’t back this up much since I am not knowledgeable about how this is done, because for some reason I don’t see much Disney series going around that much. Guess there’s still control over that and surely it was effectively done.

So much for SOPA. I already forgot what I was supposed to blog today. Just remembered that I have to buy some sweets. That’s it for now.

January 18, 2012

Time Flies

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , , , at 3:26 am by queenqueer

This morning I found this video of an old Colgate ad in the 80’s.

Hahaha! I find it really cute for some reason. I remember when I was a kid, I loved going to the dentist. While the other kids my age are almost stuck in the car seat, cowering with the thought of dental check ups, I was excited on having to go through my regular dental cleaning, or I’m getting one of my baby teeth pulled out. The dentist would first numb my gums. Not that I’m interested with the procedure itself, but I knew that having my baby teeth fall out made me feel that I’m growing and becoming more mature.

There were some weird quirks but I love it nonetheless. I was born in the late 80’s but I can barely remember anything during that era. My brothers were able to live that decade and they said life was a lot more simple: it seems like everything was cheap back then. Not like cheap-cheap but for just a few bucks you can already feed a whole family. There was still great quality over the products, which I believe is true. I stocked a few writing materials in my stock cabinet. A few years later, I ran out of papers and it was already too late to buy a rim outside so I rummaged through my stock cabinet. Same brand, but the quality back then, even though it’s been stocked in the cabinet for years, was a lot better.

and that simple life has extended until the mid-90’s. Our generation was the first ones to experience the growth of technology.

When I was still in college, I went to a clinic for my regular check up and came across this little boy running around while waiting for his mom to set up an appointment. Then he walked to a table where a typewriter was placed.

“Mommy, what’s this?” he asked.

“It’s a typewriter hon” his mom answered.

For those of you who don’t know how a typewriter looks like, here’s a picture:

I was a little surprised to hear that little boy’s question and then I remembered how old I was and how fast time flew. All the while I was thinking that I was still young and I haven’t witnessed enough events to actually say that I am knowledgeable  about a lot of things. That little boy made me feel like I’ve lived through the stone age.

Then I realized that maybe this is why people are stuck within a certain decade, but that’s probably a different story. I’ll blog about it next time.

January 10, 2012

Dental Stroll

Posted in Daily Dental Dose tagged , , , , , at 8:15 am by queenqueer

No, I was not able to visit the dentist today. I did, however, end up in several dental websites that  made me want to just brush my teeth every minute. I was browsing through the services of Agape Dental and they had brief descriptions on some of the different dental problems. Reading through the articles over other other websites, it made me want to go to a dental clinic quickly.

Never thought that reading articles about your teeth can be such a tooth ache, or it was rather, painful to read. Tooth extractions, bone grafts and root canal treatment… I was actually motivated not to miss a regular toothbrush and floss session every after meals.

I was even conscious that maybe I might have bad breath all along. Well there are ways to find out if you have that green smoke coming out of your mouth and several websites can provide you that certain information. I remember this video in youtube that shows you how to find out if you have bad breath. Here’s one way:

How to find out if you have bad breath:

How to Find out if You Have Bad Breath - Spoon

  1. Take out a spoon, preferably a stainless steel spoon or anything but plastic.
  2. Put the head of the spoon inside your mouth and lightly scrape your tongue with it a bit.
  3. Take it out and let the spoon dry.
  4. After a minute or so, try to sniff the spoon. If it has a foul smell, then you have bad breath.

Of course, that’s just one way. Keep in mind that if you experiencing pain in your gums, then there must be something more serious beyond that bad breath. Have a dental check up as soon as possible as they might already be symptoms of a certain gum disease.