Flossing is almost as good as sex!

Oh yes!  You heard me right.  Studies have revealed that there are numerous ways to add years on to your life.  Ranking as one of the top life extenders is "Engaging in a monogamous sexual relationship," adding 7 years.  Well, I was excited to see that flossing ranked just below it!  "Regular daily flossing" has been shown to add up to 6 years to your life!  So, in conclusion... 

So that got me thinking about all the wonderful ways floss enriches our lives...
Here are just a few of my favorites from www.dailyfinance.com.

11 alternative uses for dental floss

by Marlene Alexander  Aug 19th 2010 9:00AM
Updated Aug 24th 2010 2:26PM
There are so many more ways to use dental floss than just to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Because it's made with nylon or Teflon fibers, floss is stronger than string or thread, easier to work with than wire and you can get it cheap at most dollar stores. Here are just a few of the many alternative uses for dental floss:

Hang time - Use dental floss to hang pictures, sun catchers or Christmas ornaments. In fact, you can use it to hang just about any smallish object in need of string or wire.

Sew neat - I love this one. If you've ever had a coat button that keeps coming off, and who hasn't, try dental floss instead of thread the next time you sew it on. Floss is also strong enough to repair tears in mess on things like playpens, beach bags and laundry bags.

A cut above - If you wrap a length of dental floss around one finger on each hand, you can cut perfect cake slices. It's cleaner and neater than using a knife. You can cut fruit, soft cheese, bread and hard-boiled eggs this way, too.

Picture perfect - All it takes is a little moisture and pictures can become stuck together and ruined. But maybe not. You may need an extra pair of hands for this operation but you can try separating photos by slowly working some floss in between them.

Cookie saver - Crumbling cookies got you down? Slide some floss underneath your baked goods to easily lift them off the baking tray.

It's a wrap - Use dental floss, instead of twine, to securely tie packages for mailing.

Gone fishing - If you happen to break your fishing line, dental floss makes a sturdy replacement.

With this floss - Somehow or other that ring on your finger has shrunk and now you can't get it off. Try this nifty little trick using waxed dental floss: Wrap the floss around your finger from the tip down to the ring. The idea here is to reduce the size of your finger without cutting off the circulation. The ring will then slide over the floss so you can easily remove it.

Clothes call - Forgot the rope on a camping trip? Use a length of unwaxed dental floss as a clothesline. Many hotels already have pull-out clotheslines over the tub. However, if you find yourself in one that doesn't, just whip out the dental floss. You could tie one end to the showerhead and the other to the far end of the curtain rod.

The silencer - Quiet a dripping faucet by tying a piece of floss around the opening and letting it hang down into the sink. The drips will slide noiselessly down the floss. It's a great quick fix until you can repair the taps and save on your water bill.

Ivy league - Support climbing plants by using a piece of dental floss to tie them to a trellis.
For more great tips about the joys of flossing, call Imagine Dentistry at 704 540 7600 or visit our website at www.imaginedentistry.com to set up an appointment. 
Tiffany Claassen, RDH

The meaning behind our logo...

When Dr. Coambs originally met with her graphic designer to create the logo for Imagine Dentistry, the designer asked her, "What do you want your office to stand for?  What should the logo convey to your patients and to the community?"  Dr. Coambs responded by describing a practice that encouraged its patients to reach for the stars.  She wanted an office that would assure everyone who came in its doors that we were health-focused, compassionate, and comprehensive in our approach to oral health care.  With technology,  she said that possibilities outweigh limitations, and you can achieve the type of smile you have always wanted (healthier, cavity-free, whiter, straighter, etc.), without feeling "stuck."  The answer excited me as an employee, because it reconfirmed what I already knew about Dr. Coambs' character.  The sky is the limit, and she wanted to let our patients know that even if it takes baby steps to get there, they should reach for the stars.  Dr. Coambs knows that not everyone can achieve their perfect smile immediately, but as long as a plan is in place, there is always a way to get closer to the goal.

Dr. Coambs also wanted to incorporate her Christian beliefs into the logo.  She wanted a practice that held its employees to a higher standard.  She desired to provide superb care, maintain integrity, and be a dentist that patients could tell their friends about because they knew their friends would be in professional, trustworthy hands.  Imagine Dentistry welcomes patients of all faith backgrounds.  While the blue "swoosh" part of the logo is actually a modified Christian fish, it functions as a daily reminder to its staff that Christ expects us to treat our patients with excellence and to show God's glory through our compassionate care.

So, if you are seeking an office staffed by women that desire to serve their community, spread the message of great oral health, and build relationships with their dental patients, then call our office today at (704) 540-7600.  We would love for you to visit our website and click on the "Meet Us" tab.  There is also a great video that allows you to learn more about Dr. Coambs.  She wants to help you imagine your future with the smile of your dreams AND make it a reality for you.

-Tiffany Claassen, RDH


Dental funnies! Enjoy...

A woman and her husband interrupted their vacation to go to the dentist. "I want a tooth pulled, and I don't want Novacaine because I'm in a big hurry," the woman said. "Just extract the tooth as quickly as possible, and we'll be on our way." The dentist was quite impressed. "You're certainly a courageous woman," he said. "Which tooth is it?" The woman turned to her husband and said, "Show him your tooth, dear."

For our little ones:
A little boy was taken to the dentist for his checkup.  It was discovered that he had a cavity that would need to be filled.  "Now young man," asked the dentist, "what kind of filling would you like for your tooth?"
The child replied "CHOCOLATE PLEASE"

Old man: "Darling, your teeth remind me of the stars"
Old woman: "Because they gleam and sparkle?"
Old man: "No, because they come out at night!"
At Imagine Dentistry, our goal is to make your visit as pleasant as possible.  We may not do stand-up comedy chair-side, but we love a good belly laugh.  If you are looking for a friendly dental home, then look no further.  You will love all the ladies at Imagine Dentistry.  Please get to know us better by visiting our website at www.imaginedentistry.com and click on the "meet us" tab.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 704 540 7600.

Help! My tooth was knocked out!

I have recently had a number of dental calls at odd hours of the night from friends and family.  They asked great questions about what to do for themselves or a family member in the event of some dental trauma.  Here are a few of the best ones...

Q:  "What do I do if my kid face-plants into the floor and chips her front tooth?"
A:  Well, it is always a great answer to say... It depends.  Unfortunately it really does.  If the tooth is loose (and it was a permanent tooth) then I would say get on down to your dentist.  There may be more going on than just a bruised ego.  It is possible that the face-meets-floor incident resulted in a fractured root or other issues that you wouldn't see without a dental x-ray.  If things look good and there is just a little chip, then you are probably ok to just mention it then next time you go in for your routine exam.  Just keep in mind that any trauma can cause the nerve of the tooth to die, and it may not be noticed for months or years.  A tooth that has had the nerve die may discolor and turn dark. 

Q:  "Oh no!  My tooth just got knocked out! What do I do?"(ok so my friend probably wasn't looking as happy as this guy on the other side of the phone, but I just love this picture :)
A:  Don't panic but move fast.  Rinse off the tooth in milk and try to avoid touching to root portion of the tooth if at all possible.  If you are able to wiggle that tooth back in then go for it.  You will have a better chance of saving it if you can get it back in the socket.  If not, put it in milk and call your dentist's emergency line.  You need to be seen within 30 minutes of the tooth being knocked out for your best chance of saving it!

Q:  "Is it ok to use pliers to pull out my daughter's loose baby tooth?"
A:  Ummm... How about you bring her over and let me see exactly what we are dealing with first.  If the tooth is super loose, go for it (just don't let D.S.S. know).  I love the "string tied to the door knob" approach myself.  Just don't traumatize the poor kid.

Q:  "My dog just had a tooth crack.  What should I do?"
A:  Call your vet.  I'm going back to sleep.  :)

If you have any dental questions or would like to be seen for an exam so we can hear all about your own face-meets-back-of-child's-head story, please call Imagine Dentistry at 704 540 7600 or visit our website at www.imaginedentistry.com to schedule an appointment.