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Dental Flossing Could Be Going The Way Of The Dodo. Mouthwash Alone Might Be Adequate.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

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I had never flossed, let alone heard of it, until I was in the U.S. of A. and even then I think flossing only entered my life in the mid-1990s.

That is why I thought it was very funny that my young, 30ish, Sikh dentist wanted to know whether I had been flossing all my life. I came home and checked the history of flossing and on my next visit, 6 months, later put him right. He was very gracious.

I no longer floss per se. Instead I use plastic picks and go through quite few. My teeth and gums (for a man of my age) are ‘OK’, the only real problem being the staining due to my vast consumption of red wine, coffee and black tea. So other than bi-yearly cleanings dentist do not make any money from me — to their chagrin.

This take on flossing is interesting and will indubitably please many. I am, yet again, well covered. I have a ‘thing’ about using mouthwash. I gargle, vigorously, with mouthwash at least twice a day — with two different mouthwashes each time! That means I use mouthwash 4 times a day — the alternate mouthwash I use being diluted peroxide. I am a great believer in the magical properties of peroxide. I have, at any time, two large brown bottles under my sink. I use it for all sorts of things.

Anywho … This looked interesting and as such I wanted to share it with you.


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by Anura Guruge

BEWARE: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Dental Insurance In New Hampshire.

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It would appear that NOT too many dentist in New Hampshire ACCEPT Anthem Dental insurance.

So it could very well turn out to be a TOTAL WASTE of MONEY.

So check, and check carefully, before YOU sign-up for Anthem Dental.

I signed up, because I also get Anthem Medical, BUT was FORTUNATE enough to be able to CANCEL (without a penalty or a premium payment) and switch back to Delta Dental VIA healthcare.gov.

So a HUGE Heads Up.


flyingpigrrHere is what I found when I tried to see IF my current dentist was covered.

NO DENTIST within 50 mile radius!

I am so glad that I was able to get out BEFORE it was TOO late.

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Heating Oil In Central New Hampshire $3.19 A Gallon (If NOT Cheaper) — Time To Get Some.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Gas prices, thanks to a massive glut, are ‘depressed’ right now, across the board, across the world. We can see that in terms of gasoline (petrol to us) prices. I still think of it as ‘expensive’ BUT it is cheaper than it was a few months ago.

I called up my buddy, Steve, at Foley today, to order a couple of gallons now that colder weather is in the offing. We have a few dredges left (in our 275 gallon tank) from a delivery we had in the Summer. Given that this is now ‘winter’ as far as the NE oil companies are concerned I expected to be given a price with two significant ‘3’s, such $3.39. But, Steve volunteered, well aware of my continued dire pecuniary straits that heating oil is ‘at its lowest’ — though he, canny as ever, didn’t put any bounds to that statement. But, when he said $3.19 (cash price) even I realized that that wasn’t too bad. So I told him I will have 7.5 gallons as opposed to the 5 that I was going to order.

Just wanted to share that news with YOU — as a kind of Public Service Message.

IF Foley has heating oil at $3.19 (cash) a gallon you should be able to get it, cash, at roughly that price from others, around here — IF NOT CHEAPER. Foley never claims to be the cheapest — just the cheeriest. I am sure Fred Fuller is a full 10 cents cheaper, though I haven’t checked.

So just a heads up.


Have YOU Been Flossing YOUR Teeth ALL Your Life?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.doctor-or-dentist

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Went to see my latest dentist today — after having walked out of a Pittsfield dentist last month, in a huff, about not wanting my blood pressure taken.

The new dentist is a Sikh in Gilford (N.H.). [And to spare him any blushes, assuming he can blush, I will refrain from mentioning his name.]

He seems nice enough though I never got to see him per se though he came to examine my teeth! I am horizontally prone and he strides in, shakes my hand, while all the time covering his face with a sanitization mask. I guess he must be of a shy and retiring disposition. Strange. I kind of thought it was rude. I have never met the guy. So at least for the initial ‘meet-and-greet’ he could have lowered his mask. I guess they don’t teach these new dentists and doctors much about social etiquette.

But, he had a very nice. very pleasant and highly businesslike dental hygienist and 99% of my visit was with her. We kind of knew her, though this was the first time she has ever cleaned my teeth.

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flossing1Anyhow, this masked Sikh, who has to be fairly young, asked me, quite seriously: ‘have you been flossing your teeth all your life?’.

I will admit that I thought, right off the bat, that it was a pretty dumb question. I am even willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and take for granted that ‘by all your life’ he didn’t mean when I was 1 year old or even had baby teeth.

But, I am 60. IF he bothered to look at my chart he would have known that — given that dentist are extremely good with numbers because they seem to spend so much time working out how much they are going to make off you.

So, what he was basically asking me was whether I had been flossing for say 50 years.

50 years.

That would take us to 1964.

440661I was still in Ceylon. I am not sure whether they even floss in Sri Lanka today. We were lucky to have toothbrushes. Often we used our fingers or soft branches from trees!

This guy looks like he was born in the 1980s. But I couldn’t tell. He looked like the Lone Ranger sans the horse.

I told him point blank that HECK NO, I had not been flossing all my life …. maybe for the last 20 years.

I immediately made a mental note that I will check the history of flossing when I got home.

I just did.

Yes, yes, yes. Doctors and dentists invented flossing ‘tools’ in the late 1880s. But they also invented vibrators for calming women’s nerved around that time too.

FLOSSING ONLY BECAME POPULAR IN THE U.S. IN THE 1980s.

So let me categorically tell this masked Sikh … you may be a decent dentist (but I wouldn’t know since you didn’t have to do anything) … but you are rather naive and ill informed.

What a crazy thing to ask a 60 year old brown guy. “Have you been flossing ALL your life?”

I despair.

So how long have YOU been flossing?

Yes, I understand that Teischan, who is 8, could have answered that question in the affirmative. 52 year difference between her and her dad.


 

Perambulating At Dusk In Delightful Wolfeboro, N.H. Mainly On The Snow Packed “Cotton Valley Rail Trail”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. Last night's near divine walk, 7:05 - 8:10 pm.

Click to ENLARGE. Last night’s near divine walk, 7:05 – 8:10 pm.


Last night was my first walk, in the evening, along ‘The Trail‘ — while Devanee was at her weekly ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ practice. Last week, given that I had slogged up Prospect Mountain Road in the morning, I only did 1/4 of the walk — mainly because Deanna wanted me to pick up some stuff for Teischan’s birthday at ‘Rite Aid‘. Rather than drive, I walked.

Last night was an ideal evening for walking. I think it was about 35F. Perfect as far as I am concerned. Not too cold, not too hot!

So tranquil. So picturesque. The Lakes Region, at its best, while there is still ice on the lakes. Crescent Lake is melting — and melting fast.

‘The Trail’, extensively used by snowmobilers, was frozen, icy, rutted — and slushy and muddy in parts. So it was a bit heavy going. I did not want to fall and break anything because I would not hear the end of it from Deanna. Plus since there was no other soul of the trail it would have been awkward if I had to drag myself back to the road.

Provided it is not raining cats and dogs, or it isn’t one of my days off per my ‘3 days on, 1 day off’ schedule, I will be walking this route every Thursday night into June (when we have the Spring concert) and then again from September till Christmas (when we have the Christmas concert).

You should definitely try this trail. It is beautiful. If you can walk it at dusk. The lights from the houses make it magical. And it is so peaceful. Another world.

I love it.

I get back … and then I get to listen to the Chorale. They were in very fine form last night. I feel blessed. 


Congratulations Belknap County, N.H. Per WMUR (Channel 9) Survey Only 27% Adults Obese.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Way to GO Belknap.

Click to access WMUR survey. As is to be expected "Coors" County is the most obese. But, come on. Not fair. They need to pack the fat up there to survive in that semi-Arctic climate. So you have to cut them slack. Why else do we call them "Coors" County. They have to stock up on beer as antifreeze for the body.

Click to access WMUR survey. As is to be expected “Coors” County is the most obese. But, come on. Not fair. They need to pack the fat up there to survive in that semi-Arctic climate. So you have to cut them slack. Why else do we call them “Coors” County. They have to stock up on beer as antifreeze for the body.


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I Just Walked Out, In A Huff, From Deborah Varney, DMD, Pittsfield, N.H., Over Dentists Insisting On Taking My Blood Pressure.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Deborah Varney, DMD of Pittsfield. Click to ENLARGE.

Deborah Varney, DMD of Pittsfield. Click to ENLARGE.

I never thought that it would come to this.

I thought I had thrashed this out with my old dentist and that it was not a ‘non-negotiable’ issue.

I don’t want anybody other than a licensed nurse, a board-approved doctor or Deanna (who was an LNA for nearly a decade) taking my blood pressure. It is MY blood pressure and I, for very easily justifiable reasons, am very fussy as to who takes my pressure and HOW it is taken.

I will not have a dental hygienist trying to take MY blood pressure using a $40 automated cuff they bought off Craig’s List!

Blood pressure and blood pressure monitoring happens to be just another of the many topics that I do know something about. Doctors have been busting my chops about my blood pressure for 20 years. Given that I am a certified Type A+++++ personality, known far and wide for being passionate about many things, it is not surprising that my blood runs hot. In 1997, a very astute Indian Cardiologist, at Lakes Region, put me on a handful of high blood pressure medication for preventive reasons — though my pressure at the time was below 140/70. He, and a urologist who put me on Cardura around the same time, were BIG into preventive medication for folks like me. Thanks to these doctors and their preventive measures I have to take a large handful of pills everyday. I don’t even know how many since Deanna dispenses them for me, in a large, white plastic cup, each night. I think I take about a dozen pills every night.

With that cocktail of concoctions I tend to be fine! That I slog up hills 6-days a week, watch my diet like a crazy person and weight 161 pounds (at 5′ 9″) might help too.

I know that automated blood pressure monitors are not accurate — unless they are calibrated. Yes, I have had cardiologists calibrate my machines (and be amazed by how far out they were, out of the box).

I know, and I am living proof, that my blood pressure differs by 10 – 20 points DEPENDING on which arm the reading is taken — especially as I have a damaged bicep on my right arm from an accident involving dogs, sleds and ice.

I have uncontrollable white coat syndrome.

My cardiologist, the ever impeccable Dr. Hanlon, of Catholic Medical, understands and appreciates that. That I have had more EKGs in the last few years, than most people of my age have had sex in a year, has helped him realize that I most likely will hobble through for another few years — especially if I insist on running up hills most days of the week. So we have a deal. Deanna takes my blood pressure, first thing in the morning — when I LET HER! He, as my cardiologist, will buy Deanna’s readings. That works.

So, I am not going to have my blood pressure taken, with a machine, by a dental hygienist.

Deborah Varney wanted a showdown on this. I either get my blood pressure taken or I walk. I walked. IF I was having a procedure, I would have relented, because, in general, I am only 90% unreasonable. All I was there was for a cleaning. No shots and hopefully no bleeding.

This was never an issue with my prior dentist. I told the hygienist, upfront, long time ago: no blood pressure, NO FLOSSING my teeth! The latter has to do with human kindness. Compared to most I have good teeth. But, even with that I think it is DEMEANING for an hygienist to floss somebody else’s teeth. I am perfectly capable of flossing my own teeth and I do so diligently a few times a day! To me, getting somebody else flossing your teeth is akin to asking somebody else to wipe your butt! I can’t clean my own teeth BECAUSE I don’t have the proper ultrasonic machinery. But, I sure have everything I need to floss my teeth. So why demean a nice lady by asking her to floss my teeth.

Anyhow … I am through with Deborah Varney and her practice. She might be a very good dentist — but I will never know. I will make one observation. I only met her briefly but, and I could be very wrong, she didn’t come across as somebody that was that worried about heart health. I could be wrong on that. 


 

Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush: Final Verdict — Does NOT Remove Stains; Waste Of Money. Peroxide Works Better.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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4. Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush
>>May 16, 2013.
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6. Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.


I get a lot of folks coming here looking for elucidation on the Emmi-Dent. Though I have done a number of posts, as can be seen from the list above, I appear not to have been clear enough because people still seem to be confused and undecided.

There is still and Emmi-Dent toothbrush in our bathroom — but I do NOT use it. I stopped using it in September of last year. The only reason I spend money of ‘ultrasonic’ toothbrushes is that I keep on, fruitlessly so far, looking for a silver-bullet for my teeth staining nightmare. That is, thank god (whoever that is), the only problem I have with my (horse-like) teeth. I drink a lot of ‘black’ tea — two to three mugs during the afternoon. That on top of my two mugs of coffee and my glass of diluted red wine. It is that tanning that is the bane of my life — or at least my teeth.

The Emmi-Dent was pretty useless at even making a dent on my staining — despite its claims.

My new regime of hydrogen peroxide and brutally hard scrubbing, which I can get away with given that I have strong teeth and healthy gums, work much better than the Emmi-Dent ever did. Sorry. But, the facts are facts. My staining, right now, is pretty minimal and over 95% of my teeth are brilliantly white — which helps with my trademark grin.

The Emmi-Dent vibrates but I am not convinced that it produces any ultrasonic waves. Not sure how I can check it. I dunked it in water to see if I could see any waves. Nada. I am sure it will make an excellent personal ‘massager’ for women but, though I am not an expert, I am sure that there are even better personal ‘massagers’ at a much cheaper price.

So bottom line: stay away from from Emmi-Dent If you are looking for a toothbrush to fight tooth staining. It might do other things, though I am not sure what, but it sure didn’t do anything to dent my stains.

Hydrogen peroxide works and is damn CHEAP. That is all I am going to say. That is all I have to say. Thanks.

“Children’s Dentistry of the Lakes Region”, Gilford, N.H. — Our New Dentist For The Kids. Place Is Blinking Beautiful. Like A Theme Park!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access their yet again beautifully crafted, visually stimulating Website.

Click to access their yet again beautifully crafted, visually stimulating Website.

They even have a YouTube video

Click to access YouTube video.

Click to access YouTube video.


A quick perusal of any of the links cited above will tell you that I was in the hunt for a new dentist — for all of us. I had had it with the practice that we had all been going to for the last 7 years or more. They are OK, but it changed hands a few years ago and I just don’t like the ‘drill to your head‘ approach of the new dentists, especially when it comes to extorting money.

Not sure how Deanna found them. I think she put out a Facebook inquiry and hear about them.

We first went there in November and Teischan’s first words when we got there, once she managed to stop gaping and gasping in sheer amazement, was: ‘did we bring the camera?’

That alone captures it all. What was the last time you went to a doctor’s or dentist where a 8 year old wanted pictures of the waiting room?

I too was gob-smacked, though I can’t determine, even yet, whether it was because I was impressed or perturbed. It is like a ‘Bears in a New Hampshire Wonderland’ theme park. They put both (dear) ‘Clark’s Trading Post‘ and ‘Squam Lakes Natural Science Center‘ when it comes to their pervasive and very cute bear motif. They even have bear stools for kids to step on in the bathroom. I used to ‘work’ (and when it comes to me that is a word that has to be used with caution and care) at ‘BestBuy‘ Concord. I can assure you that BestBuy, Concord doesn’t have as many computer and TV screens in their store as these folks have in this practice. I had to take both kids in yesterday morning for filings and I put on SPF-45 just to get some protection from the radiation from all those screens! We won’t even mention the Xbox gaming stations and whatever. If you want to see technology don’t waste gas going to BestBuy in Concord, just swing by this practice. Our last practice, 7-8 years ago, prided themselves of having the most technologically advanced dental facility in the Lakes Region. Compared to this place, the old place looks like a backstreet operation in a third-world country!

Foot-operated drill of the kind we had in Ceylon when I was growing up.

Foot-operated drill of the kind we had in Ceylon when I was growing up.

Talking of third-world countries, that whole thing bothers me … and did so, in buckets, yesterday. The technology that they use to do a kid’s filling is mind boggling. In addition to the ultra-fast drills they use infrared heating guns and this, that and the other. And I think back to when I was a poor kid growing up in Ceylon. The dentist we used was Chinese. I think his name was ‘Boozey‘ — and I know that that had nothing to do with his drinking habits, of which I have no clue. He used a foot powered drill! But, I lucked out. I didn’t need any filings when I was a child. Forget x-rays. We didn’t have any. Now they use spacers to keep baby teeth apart, to provide adequate room for the adult teeth to come in. Spacers? We had none of that and thank God (whoever she may be) NO braces. But, I have better teeth than probably 90% of today’s 20 – 40 year olds. Yes, of course, part of that is genetical, and given that multiple U.S. dentist have claimed that I have teeth like a horse, I have to assume that I must have had a horse as an ancestor at some point. That would explain a lot.

267702The bubbling water glass panels that they have are a masterful touch (though I am not sure of their therapeutic, as opposed to aesthetic, value — as is the suspended, G-gauge, train set (though the pediatrician the two older kids had in Peterborough, NH, 25 years ago had a similar suspended layout, even BIGGER). I want one of those bubbling water panels. I was checking them out yesterday. Not sure where I can put it, but my brain is on it.

The people are very nice. Though yesterday was our third trip I can’t as yet make a total determination as to how good they are. We haven’t had any problems and given that the kids have got good dental insurance we haven’t, thank God (whoever that may be), seen any of the bills. Oh, they like to use nitrous oxide, a.k.a. laughing gas. That was new. Not sure it worked. Both kids had it and they didn’t even talk funny. Deanna (who was sick with a cold and didn’t go) wanted me to take a video of Devanee on laughing gas. I didn’t bother. Devanee was just Devanee with the gas.

So ….

If you need a kid’s dentist or just want to go look at bears, bubbling water panels and high-tech go check them out. You can even play on the Xbox stations for free, if you can work out the complexity. Way beyond my limited IQ level.

Hydrogen Peroxide Regime Appears To Work Better For ME Than The Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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2. Emmi-Dent toothbrush … — Jan. 13, 2013.
3. Emmi-Dent ultrasonic toothbrush — May 16, 2013.
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5. Dental crisis in NH — June 15, 2013.


peroxidemagicOn average, per the cursory stats provided to me by WordPress, I get about 3 hits a day on people searching on ‘Emmi-Dent‘. So I want to make sure that I do not mislead anyone.

Yes, we have an Emmi-Dent Ultrasonic Toothbrush — that I purchased, after considerable research, around March of this year. Deanna and I both used it diligently, at least twice a day, at least for the prescribed 2-minutes a go, till about September. By then I was not convinced. I had started a harsh hydrogen peroxide routine as well as brushing with a normal brush prior to using the Emmi-Dent. That was crazy. So, morning and night I was brushing my teeth twice — once with a normal brush and then with the Emmi-Dent. Regular readers here know my absolute obsession with TIME. That was an additional 4 minutes a day of extra brushing. I could NOT afford that time! 4-minutes is a LOT of time for me. I could do a post in 4-minutes. I was not going to SQUANDER 4-minutes a day of my life.

Do YOU know that 4-minutes a day adds UP TO a FULL DAY, i.e., 24 hours, in one year!

That is why you have to be so, so parsimonious in how you use your time.

So, screw the Emmi-Dent. It was not doing anything for MY stains. The Peroxide seems to be doing a better job.

Plus I am really scrubbing my teeth with cheap, i.e., 2 for a $1, toothbrushes — from the Dollar Store. I toss them out after about a week. I have broken the heads off 3 in my mouth! When I say I brush hard — I mean HARD.

Please don’t worry about me. As I have said, I have teeth like a horse. My gums are in pretty good shape too. I have, most of my life, brushed my teeth vigorously. Maybe that is what it is. My gums do not appear to mind getting scrubbed. They never bleed. So, I am all set.

Deanna still uses the Emmi-Dent religiously. But, we have different oral needs. She doesn’t get the staining I get — for one, she doesn’t touch red wine, my tipple of necessity.

So, we still have the Emmi-Dent in the bathroom. I just don’t use it.

So that is the full story.

My opinion on the Emmi-Dent. I am no longer convinced. But, that could just be me.