Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday Five: Nothing But the Tooth

Songbird says:

We are in the throes of what will (hopefully) be the final set of braces in this family, and so my mind is on the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

Please share your thoughts on the following:

1) The Tooth Fairy: I love her! When I was 8 years old, I had to have 8 teeth pulled at once. I think she felt sorry for me, so she left me 10 bucks that night! Just a couple of weeks ago, my son lost his first tooth and I got to play Tooth Fairy for the first time!

2) Flossing: Lame joke alert! "You don't have to floss all of your teeth; just the ones you want to keep." If I had a nickel for how many times a dental hygienist has told me that one...

Flossing is very important. I do it every single day. As the wise Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman, "You shouldn't neglect your gums!"

3) Toothpaste Brands: I use Aim because it's cheap, has flouride and is accepted by the American Dental Association. What more do you need?

4) Orthodontia for Adults: Go for it!

5) Whitening products: The marketing frenzy for these products went over the edge when they started advertising "Age-Defying" toothpaste! Give me a break! Also, have you noticed that some people end up with practically glow-in-the-dark teeth after getting their teeth professionally whitened?

Bonus: I'm about to drop my dentist because he has started charging a $7 "sterilization fee." WTF? So, I have to pay extra for him to sterilize his instruments? Has anyone else come across this?


Mary Beth said...

YUCK! So if you didn't pay it he would use the last guy's instruments on you!?

That's like a "hand washing fee" in between patients.

Double yuck!

Songbird said...

That is really, really gross! And silly. And you know the dental insurance won't cover it, and that's gross, too!

revabi said...

Haven't run into that yet, but who knows? It may show up here one day.

Have fun playing the Tooth Fairy. Wow 8 teeth, you were a brave girl.

You can go too far with the whitening, can't you.

Cathy said...

I would drop that dentist too. Ridiculous - wonder where that idea came from?