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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

An apple a day...

...keeps the dentist away!

I know, it's supposed to keep the doctor away, but it is actually more effective for dental health.

Got an appointment with the D.D.S.; I lost my last remaining wisdom...tooth last year, not because it was unhealthy, but because it was askew. Consequently, it was creating a "pocket" where trouble kept developing, and "cleanup operations" were freakin' painful! After a couple of bouts of that, I took my dentist's advice, and let him remove it. It wasn't doing anything but causing problems, as there was no opposing tooth against which it could chew. Also, it had caused several of its "neighbors" to become somewhat misaligned.

After that ordeal, and due to using these itty-bitty "bottle brushes" in addition to daily flossing, my visits to the torture chamber have been much easier to bear.

If you're not already using those little brushes, (and it isn't too late) I would HIGHLY recommend them.

I'm serious...


Blogger kwl said...

Hey, I share you enthusiasm for good teeth!! I unfortunately had to have a new crown prepped just before Thanksgiving and they found an old amalgam filling that was cracked and loose. They were on each side of my mouth. So wouldn't you guess it, I have a road trip then vacation through thanksgiving and in LAX, I can't floss where the Dentist put the new filling. I went and bought some of that wide floss and worked and worked and the new filling just crumbled out of my mouth. GREAT!!!!. So I am chewing everthing out of the other side of my mouth and guess what? The temporary crown comes off!!! I used some dental cement to put it back in but of course on my first bite for Thanksgiving, I am now chewing up my temporary.
Hey, the positive here is because I couldn't chew my food, I didn't gain as much weight!!!
Got back to the home front and got my permanent cap and refilled the other tooth with a different type of filling, (at no cost of course) and it sure was nice to have a full set of teeth again to chew!!!
We take them for granted, until you lose them or can't use them!!!


December 07, 2005 8:39 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Wow, kwl, that's quite an "adventure" you had over Thanksgiving! What a pain. I know how fun it can be when the temporary crown comes off. That happened to me last spring. Luckily, my dentist had given me a sample tube of Fixodent to carry in my purse, so I used that until I could get back to have her re-cement the temp. The Fixodent worked well, but the bad part about it was, when I went in for the reattachment of the temp, they had to SCRAPE the Fixodent off of the "post" [remaining tooth stub], and then rinse it with cold water! WOOHOO, THAT was pleasant! I probably put permanent dents into the arms of the chair with my fingers and nails! :-(

Jack...good to know that a fruit that I love is also good for my teeth.

December 07, 2005 10:38 AM  
Blogger JR said...

I like Gala and those Big Red ones from Washington State...

It takes twelve hours before what you have eaten starts to eat away at your teeth... So just about any thing that you do to remove tarter before then is good for your teeth...

About ten years ago, I got into the habit of using toothpicks after I eat... I've tried the brushes when they first came out, but I missed the feeling of wood polishing my teeth...

I have nothing but praises for my water jet floss and it is fun to use...

December 07, 2005 11:58 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

I'm very lucky so far with my teeth, have has one root canal, naturally hated every minute. I too am a big fan of toothpicks, use the plastic kind that taper to a very thin end. Very effective. Those, Crest toothpaste and the Braun rotating head tooth brush seem to do very nicely for this admittedly aging freak

December 07, 2005 2:09 PM  
Blogger kwl said...

These things were and are my lifesaver as far as picking at my teeth. Not only that but because they are soft wood, they stimulate your gums also.

Is this a Dental Week Promo?

Next week "Hemmoroids"

Naa, let's not.

December 07, 2005 2:52 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Don't feel bad, I lost my Wisdom (teeth) long ago.

But seriously, this was a bumper year for my apples: Macintosh, Ida Red, Paula Red and Golden Delicious. My were they good!
And my Golden Delicious apples are NOTHING like those waxy, tasteless things from the supermarket. They are smaller, grainier and sweet and juicy. Too bad they don't keep all year!

They will keep for a looong time, though (several months), if you're using them for juice or cider (or even cooking). Just not for eating.

December 07, 2005 6:28 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...


I'd like to offer the suggestion that a beer-a-day will help to keep the doctor away...


December 07, 2005 7:30 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Toothbrush, floss, bitty "bottle" brush daily...and my dentist says I'm doing pretty well, but he recommends brushing 3 times a day. I'll have to work on it.

Stimudents, huh? I like my li'l "bottle brushes", though.

'da Bunny:
Yes, the apple helps clean your teeth and stimulate your gums.

I like most varieties of apples, but right now I've got some Golden Delicious in stock.

Root canal is why I'm happy to have had that last wisdom tooth removed. I went through it twice because of that bugger.

I don't feel bad about losing my wisdom teeth; my left ones were removed when I was in my 20's, and my lower right one never made an appearance. The one remaining (upper right, obviously) wasn't doing anything good anyway.

Regarding a beer a day, it is my personal policy to not imbibe every day, except occasionally on weekends...

December 08, 2005 12:03 AM  
Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Still have all my original teeth, thanks to brushing and flossing and esting apples. Also now have redundant plumbing through the blood pump. Great to focus on life.
Oh, and wxkwoft to you, too.

December 08, 2005 9:13 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...


I don't even come close to drinking a beer a week, actually. Still, one a day would probably be a healthy habit judging from recent studies.

December 08, 2005 6:42 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

So, Dr. Camojack D.D.S., how much do I owe you for this visit to your office? Let's see... itty-bitty brushes = $3.59, daily flossing = $14.99, Rx for apples = $24.99, Wind-up teeth = Priceless.


hpfhwtma....? Are these things getting longer, or is it just my imagination?

December 08, 2005 8:42 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

It's great that you're still able to focus on life, my friend.

I drank a few beers last weekend; and I had one before going into the stadium to watch the humiliating defeat of my once proud Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.

I've also read that drinking in moderation is actually better than total abstention, health-wise...plus (as you well know) a good brew is quite enjoyable.

It's "on the house".
(Like my roof...)

PS: It's random. Mine was only 5 characters.

December 09, 2005 1:17 AM  
Blogger mig said...

My husband and I went to Rome last spring. We had lunch in the Philly airport during our lay over. Stephen had a deteriorating filling which we didn't know about. He bit down on something in the sandwich that was hard and half the filling came out. It was awful. He said after the initial pain, it didn't hurt while we were on vacation, the first one we had taken along since we had kids, (14 years)!

December 09, 2005 6:11 AM  
Blogger mig said...

Oh and I have terrible teeth. Considering I didn't even own a toothbrush until I was 6 or something, (okay exaggeration).

I had a crown put on last month and let me tell you it was the coolest thing. And most of my teeth are crowns or porcelain fillings...

The dentist has this new program on the computer that maps out the tooth. So they can make a perfect crown in the time it takes to draw it out on the computer in 3-D. Then it sends the image to a machine that makes the crown. Another 15-20 minutes, and it's ready. Then the crown goes on, fits like a glove. No more temporaries! It is amazing. Technology is amazing. So after the first trip for cleaning and x-rays, the second trip took 2 hours and I didn't have to go back.

December 09, 2005 6:16 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Too bad we couldn't have gotten together for a cheesesteak or somethin' when you[se] guys were passing through.

ON topic, dental technology has advanced quite a bit in our lifetime...

December 09, 2005 7:54 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...


I'll bet those little brushes are great for getting the bugs out of your teeth, you happy little biker you! (Can't believe no one has mentioned this yet.)

I had a GREAT dentist (Dr. Ed) who now is a 2-1/2 hour drive for me. If I needed something major done, I'd make the trip(s) to him. He replaced almost all my silver fillings (bad habits as a child) with white, squeezed me in one day when a popcorn husk was under my gum. I thought I had cracked the tooth it was so painful! He didn't even charge me that day! What a guy!

More on topic....Boy lost 3 molars in the last two days, new teeth visable with lots of room to come in now. Tooth Fairy hurtin'....

December 10, 2005 7:39 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

I hear ya buddy,
I have more silver in these teeth than all of New Mexico. Always took good care, just got bad enamel.

December 10, 2005 8:24 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

I s'pose the li'l brushes would be great for getting bugs out of one's teeth...but my Harley's windshield renders it a non-issue.

But don't ya jus' hate those popcorn husks?!

Libby Gone™:
I haven't required any new fillings in years, although my decadent youth provided me with a mouthful...

December 10, 2005 10:40 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Dr. Ed told me that popcorn had made him LOTS of money in his career.

And yes, I love it. Won't eat 'buttered' at the theater anymore (nonissue since I don't go there anymore), cause I've seen that stuff before it's melted. Ewwwww.

December 11, 2005 6:01 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

I can well imagine that between husks jammed below the gumline, and unpopped kernels cracking teeth, that popcorn is responsible for a lot of dental woes.

As for that "buttered" popcorn...I agree, and haven't let them pour that greasy crap on my popcorn at the theatre for decades.

December 11, 2005 6:30 AM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

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December 11, 2005 7:47 PM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

Eh, this post, as strange as it may seem, got me looking at my teeth. Months ago, before I came to Montana, they were straight, perty, white, etc. Well, I looked at them the morning of this post and noticed, while my brushing habits (two times a days, plus flossing) hasn't changed, my teeth are realigning themselves...I've noticed a pain in the bottom front of my teeth, and far in the back, but my dad always talked about his wisdom teeth coming in at 17 or so...well...4 months to my 16th birthday, and by god, I have two big ol' teeth popping out of my gums...making me miserable...I hate teeth...if it weren't for my love of corn on the cob, I'da never had them...


December 11, 2005 7:48 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Those "wisdom" teeth can be a pain...literally. Oft times when they come in they displace other teeth, which is why they are frequently removed. I was lucky; all of my siblings had to get braces, but I did not.

Sometimes having a big mouth can be a good thing...

December 12, 2005 1:16 AM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

Bleh, I have a big mouth...but I'll never have braces. Rather be a toothless, gross wonder than wear those suckers...bleh.

December 12, 2005 3:11 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Some braces are "invisible"; they put 'em behind your teeth. You'll know they're there, and it takes longer with those, but cosmetically they are far superior to the classic "tinsel teeth" look...

December 12, 2005 5:09 AM  
Blogger Josh Fahrni said...

Eh, I'm ugly anyway, metal might just add to the 'whoa, dont mess with that guy' look...Jaws from James Bond sounds about right...Anyway, yeah...too bad my parents are cheap, and I live in something representing an African Village, devoid of any dental care :D

December 12, 2005 8:54 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

If the picture in your comments and profile is of you, you're not ugly.

THIS, on the other hand...is hideous.

December 13, 2005 3:39 AM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

I grew up in Rome, Ohio- Home of the Rome Beauty Apple. I remember several occasions of getting chased by the orchard keeper when we swiped em' warm off of the tree and escaped on our bikes.

I am a big fan of the Granny Smith apples nowadays but still want to sneak off for a beautiful green/red marbled August Rome Beauty from the orchard when I visit my father. Can't do it though- In fact I guess I ought to look up the owners family and pay them for a few bushels.

I'm a Bengals fan myself. I have rooted for them every since Boomer Esaison was the man. Not an easy task in the Bungles Years- an awful lot of ridicule endured. I started also rooting for the Eagles when I began working with Todd Pinkstons' mother and brother. Good folks.

Deus est Semper Fidelis

December 13, 2005 10:00 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

There is certainly no lack of variety when it comes to apples. The red and yellow striated "Gala" apples are pleasing to my eye. Granny Smiths are generally the preferred choice for apple pie, but if you know their history, it's understandable that they're green.
(I would be, too...)

You worked with Todd Pinkston's family, eh? Interesting.

December 13, 2005 2:02 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

Did losing your last wisdom tooth have anything to do with your decision to quit Scrapple Hungry?

I haven't had any wisdom teeth for about 20 years (obviously).

December 19, 2005 7:44 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

My last wisdom (tooth) was gone before there was a "Scrapple Hungry"...but I didn't quit that; last I knew, I had a comment on the most recent thread.

December 20, 2005 12:18 AM  

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