You’re Doing It Wrong

A tooth brushing itself7 Basic Things You Won’t Believe You’re All Doing Wrong is an interesting read about daily things most of us do wrong, including (among others):

Tooth Brushing

Traditional wisdom […] is that we should brush twice a day, after meals.

…dentists are now recommending that people, especially small people between the ages of five and 10, not brush their teeth after every meal. The reason is that the acidity in food and beverages causes tooth enamel to soften, and brushing right after eating an acidic meal strips enamel from the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities.

Each item includes a So how the hell are we meant to do it? section. For Pooping (because sitting on a toilet causes hemorrhoids and other fun ailments):

We were not meant to sit on toilets, we were meant to squat in the field.

I don’t know how accurate that information is, but it’s on the internet so it must be true.

What’s The Going Rate For Teeth?

caitlyn's missing tooth 2007From CNN, Tooth Fairy economics ain’t nickel-and-dime:

According to a 2006 survey of 150 mothers conducted by, an online toy store, the Tooth Fairy is giving an average of $2.64, with 60 percent of respondents reporting that they give less than $3 per tooth.

Three bucks?! 30 years ago I was ecstatic to get a quarter. I wouldn’t have guessed that the Tooth Fairy got so generous over the years, although I must admit: the children in our household receive a dollar for their teeth.

Visiting the Dentist

I have a dentist appointment in 30 minutes. I haven’t been to a dentist in about 10 years, maybe longer. I have no cavities and have never had any problems with my teeth. But I have a wisdom tooth that seems to get infected around the gums every couple years. I end up eating on one side of my mouth for a week. Then it goes away. That’s the only thing I’m concerned about.TOOTH

The doctor I had when I was kid, Dr. Fung, didn’t use needles. He used acupuncture instead. Whenever he had to do something that might cause discomfort, he’d press beneath my ear on some pressure point, and I wouldn’t feel a thing. He even removed a tooth when I was 10 without giving me a needle, and I didn’t feel anything.

He’s retired now. I don’t want to get a needle in my gums.

UPDATE (a few hours later): It was only a cleaning, but it was unpleasant. Having gone about 10 years without a professional cleaning, there was some build-up on my teeth, which I assume has all been cleaned away now. Great news: They’re going to tear out my wisdom teeth — all of them. I have to go back on Thursday for a more thorough x-ray and then a decision will be made. But by the looks of it, I’d say all four of my wisdom teeth will be gone by the end of the summer. One of them is severely impacted and the others aren’t in the greatest shape. Oh, blessed joy. After this, screw it, I’m never going back to the dentist.