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How to save a knocked out tooth.

Dave and Staci were on a long overdue date night.  The date was nothing fancy.  Just a movie at the Regal Theatre, dinner at the local Chili’s restaurant and a walk on the beach.  Most importantly for Dave and Staci, it was time away from the kids!   When the movie ended, Dave and Staci eagerly headed out to […]

“I think my dentist was speaking Latin.”

The dentist walked into the room, said a quick hello without making any eye contact, and immediately focused on the patient’s x-rays.  With no abnormalities found, he then spun around towards the patient and said,   “Let’s bring you back now and take a look.” As he was quickly scanning her oral cavity, the patient pointed towards […]
Short term pain for long term gain applies to dental health and dental visits also.

“Two marshmallow” people have better teeth

“Billy.  Here is one marshmallow for you.  I’m going to leave the room and come back in 15 minutes.  You can eat the one marshmallow while I’m gone, but if you don’t, and you wait the 15 minutes, I’ll give you a second marshmallow when I return.” This is the famous Stanford Marshmallow Experiment which […]
American soldier with nice teeth.

Are your teeth combat ready?

Staff Sergeant Kopp’s army reserve unit got the call.  They will be heading to Iraq.   SSgt Kopp was ready to go.  This guy was a physical specimen.  He passed his annual physical fitness tests without breaking a sweat.  He spent hours at the gym.  He ate a super clean diet.  And he didn’t drink or smoke.  For everyone who knew him, he […]
bad breath treatment from the taunton dental office of Mark R. Turner, DDS

“I dumped my girlfriend, but didn’t tell her why.”

The other day I was listening to a comedy podcast and heard a pretty uncomfortable story.  I don’t remember which podcast it was.  I listen to a lot of comedy podcasts, so it’s easy to forget the source of these stories. This particular podcast episode had 3 or 4 stand-up comedians discussing random topics.  The conversation eventually came […]
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Don’t take flossing advice from mainstream media

Don’t take flossing advice from mainstream media A few years ago, the news was abuzz with stories about the lack of scientific evidence to support the claim that daily flossing is beneficial.  Here are a few of those headlines. U.S. News and World Report “Health Buzz: Flossing Doesn’t Actually Work, Report Says” (1) The Telegraph “Flossing […]
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The Ancient Virtue of Brushing and Flossing

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle was a big proponent of something called virtue ethics.  It was an ethical theory primarily focused on how to develop human virtues (e.g. courage, ambition, patience, etc.), as opposed to creating ethical rules or measuring ethical outcomes.   In other words, the question for him was, “What would an ethical person do?”  And […]

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