Health & Dental Hygiene

Do you remember the tooth fairy? The tooth fairy regularly visited my home as a child. I remember receiving anywhere from a quarter to a dollar for a tooth. Those were the good old days, weren’t they? I am pretty sure but cannot confirm that the tooth fairy was my mom. The tooth fairy even has a song.

Tooth Fairy

Yesterday I went to the dentist – not the tooth fairy. It was per the recommendation of my endocrinologist/oncologist. The dentist who I visited with practices here in Hudson, Wisconsin. His name is Dr. David Kell. I was literally blown away by this man and his staff. They were all very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and allowed you to make your own decisions. (A shout out to Denise and Shelby – Thanks, ladies!)

I left his office in the late afternoon armed with more information than I ever wanted to know about my current dental situation. We discussed the importance of dental health and how the best action is prevention. I realized during our conversation that he was saying your mouth is the window to your health.  After further research on my own at home, I discovered the presence of lesions in the mouth may indicate a systemic issue (e.g., diabetes). Even more alarming is the research based link between the lack of dental hygiene and heart issues.

So how does this story end? Well this year (my 53rd to be exact), I was my own tooth fairy. In exchange for visiting the dentist, a Phillips Sonicare toothbrush was my reward. This high powered, low noise, tartar stripping device makes the perfect holiday gift. Check this out, it is even one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things this holiday season. Who knew?