Dear Tooth Fairy: I’m disappointed in myself.

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I woke up this morning to find a sheet of beautifully embossed periwinkle stationery washi-taped to my forehead, and what appeared to be a gold glitter bomb explosion on my bathroom vanity.

My immediate reaction: #OopsIdiditagain! Another #NationalToothFairyDay elapsed with no heartfelt missive from me to my favorite fairy.

In all fair(y)ness, the winged wonder was spotlighted earlier this year at thedailyfloss.com. Of course, on that most recent day of revelry, I publicly questioned her sense of fairness: https://thedailyfloss.com/tag/national-tooth-fairy-day/

I’m here to make it right. The Tooth Fairy deserves far more than two days of recognition annually. TheDailyFloss.com hereby proposes #NationalToothFairyMonth. (Full disclosure: My daughter teeters on the decade of wiggly teeth.)

Let the following four FairyFacts serve as sound basis for this nomination:

FairyFact: This entrepreneurial impresario previously earned a spot among the Forbes Fictional 15.

FairyFact: According to Forbes, in 2010 she gifted $145M of her $6.9 billion amassed wealth (nearly 4%!) A true humanitarian in every sense of the word, this fairy is far more generous than her counterparts C. Montgomery Burns and Scrooge McDuck.

FairyFact: If workaholic tendencies seem to prohibit a healthy work life balance, T.F. at least compensates with extensive world travel, a sparkling wardrobe, and loyal following.

FairyFact: A most fascinating take on her truly altruistic nature is demonstrated in the 2012 film Rise of the Guardians in which Toothiana is portrayed as an agile, intelligent (she’s multilingual, of course!), and fearless cherisher of childhood memories.

Need additional convincing? A dossier for your inspection:

In case this heartfelt plea doesn’t earn favor with the fairy, I close with a formal apology:

Dear Tooth Fairy,
TheDailyFloss.com deeply regrets a belated recognition of your day.
Though not an excuse, the root cause falls under the heading “overscheduled” rather than “sheer thoughtlessness”.
Please accept my sincere apology and the promise of future adulation.
From the heart,
MolarMuse

 

 

 

Is floss following the footsteps of Chuck Norris? Its powers seem limitless per @NYTimes

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Three cheers for The New York Times @NYTimes, which yesterday featured a letter to the Editor by Stephen Gross, New York (shown, right) that offers a succinct response to the newspaper’s recent article  “Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing? Maybe There’s No Need”.

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Letter to the Editor as published in The New York Times, August 8, 2016 (Courtesy The New York Times)

In light of the recent flap over flossing, the internationally recognized daily paper creatively corralled “alternative ways to use your cache of tooth-rope.”

Surely any pastry maker with a Pinterest account has made an attempt at cleanly slicing a birthday cake with the slippery stuff, but silencing a dripping faucet, or sewing shut a gunshot wound, well, those potential uses deserve a round of *a-floss*.

Read the full story, where reporter 

Investigate other MacGyver-like methods (sealant tape, garden support, firestarter) for floss at: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2014/07/20-uses-dental-floss-dont-involve-teeth.html

Here at thedailyfloss.com, we’re with Phineas T. Barnum, the 19th century American showman and circus owner, who believed there is no such thing as bad publicity.

If a lack of discussion by the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture in their Dietary Guidelines for Americans generates a week’s worth of discussion of floss, so be it.

Holding out for the oral health benefits of floss? Three cheers for you, too.
See what the ADA has to say: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/f/flossing

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How do we really feel at TheDailyFloss.com? One image (shown above) says it all. 

 

 

Patients tell a dental success story in Garden City, Michigan.

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In Garden City, Michigan, one dental team’s longstanding commitment (since 1958) to “providing energetic and fun loving service to each patient” and “staying abreast of the latest in technological advances” met its match seven months ago.

Earlier this year, Dr. Dan Morof, Dr. Jerry Morof and Dr. Valerie Nakash introduced Solea, by Convergent Dental, to Cherry Hill Dental Center@chdc1 and its patients, according to their Friendly Benco Rep Threasa Liddell To say the first CO2 laser system ever cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue ablation has been well received would be an understatement.

With the help of Solea’s create marketing offerings, they’ve been able to capture the reactions from their patients and share them for the world to see. Fun signage helps illustrate the relief their “satisfied patients” feel  without the drill, without the discomfort, without the noise, and without the anesthesia (“THE SHOT”).

Patients who wants to make their dental visits pain-free can visit Cherry Hill Dental Center in person at 27676 Cherry Hill Rd., Garden City, Michigan 48135. Dentists can  contact them at (734) 237-6920 to learn more about the benefits of incorporating the leading edge technology of Solea and its creative marketing components into the practice.

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We’re shaking our heads at the news.

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Here at thedailyfloss.com we’re in disbelief at the lack of love for our namesake in the latest recommendations for daily health as prescribed in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

A report from NPR.org yesterday allowed experts on both sides of the discussion to weigh in on the fact that flossing is not mentioned in said guidelines, which are presented every five years by the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture.

Even one expert who cites the evidence in support of flossing as “fairly weak” notes the challenge of tracking its long-term benefits to oral health.

According to NPR.org:

“In large epidemiological studies, the evidence for flossing turns out to be fairly weak,” says Tim Iafolla, a dentist with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Iafolla wasn’t involved in drafting the dietary guidelines, but he’s well aware of some of the problems with flossing research. Still, he points out, tracking the long-term benefits of flossing isn’t cheap or easy.

“The condition we’re trying to prevent, which is gum disease, is something that takes years to develop, and most of the studies only last for a few weeks or months,” he says. “So the evidence that we gather from these studies is fairly indirect. We can look at bleeding gums, we can look at inflammation, but we have to extrapolate from that evidence to gum disease.”

With new connection of mouth health to overall health discovered every day, do you really want to give yourself a pass on floss?

Of course you don’t. 

One periodontist with the American Academy of Periodontology shares observations from her 32 years of practice in the NPR.org interview, including the proof that “flossing does help get rid of films of bacteria that gunk up the space between teeth, causing infections and, potentially, contributing to bigger health problems.”

After all, isn’t it human nature to question authority? Why stop now.

The new guidelines don’t stress flossing. Since when did you listen to guidelines? (According to the story, a survey by the academy found that almost 15 percent of adults would rather clean a toilet than floss their teeth.)

Trust your gut, people.

Deep down, flossing makes you feel better  — just like the endorphin rush after a workout, the sigh of relief after filing taxes, the satisfied feeling after cleaning your house.

What are you waiting for? Get flossing.

Read the full report at: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/08/02/488378699/does-flossing-help-or-not-the-evidence-is-mixed-at-best?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20160802&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare

Science + History = A Dose of Fun

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As dental professionals in a science-based field, sharing knowledge with patients is serious business.

Shared laughter – a dose of humor – can be equally important, in the right setting. One educator – Steven Austad, Chair of the Biology Department at the University of Alabama, did just that in a recent column for AL.com.

Austad, whose bio describes him as  enjoying “enjoys nothing more than communicating how science works to the general public” recently created a point system to help you calculate the “Snake Oil Score” for your favorite “natural” supplement.

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World exhibition building in Chicago – United States 1893 / vintage illustration from Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon 1908

In his public service message, the former newspaper reporter, Hollywood wild animal trainer and New York City cab driver, who now spends his days as a research scientist, invoked some history: the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment, and the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906.

Find out how he put it all together in his column and take his quiz: http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/07/austad_column_hold_1.html