Archive for December, 2008

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Dec 30th, 2008 Posted in Books | no comment »

Olivia is my favorite children’s book as an adult. My parents did their best to care for my sister and I but there were no bedtime stories. It’s almost impossible to catch up. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a decent sized Olivia collection of books and stuffed animals, etc. The limited edition FAO Swartz stuffed Opera Doll still eludes me; it’s an on-going search that’s been on-and-off for nearly two years now (sort of like the 1998 large 12 inch tall stuffed pink polka-dotted elephant from The Island of Misfit Toys). My opera doll figurine will have to suffice for now.


Dental Visit December 18, 2008

Dec 20th, 2008 Posted in Angela, braces | no comment »

I saw Dr. B first today before going to the hygienist for my quarterly deep cleaning. Dr. B removed the archwires, elastic ligatures, and elastic band and left the brackets alone. I told Dr. B the elastic band was causing me some discomfort despite my attempts to remedy the situation. The orthodontic wax was not always successful with protecting my mouth from sores. Canker X helped only somewhat. He decided to leave the elastic band off this time since they were doing more harm than good. Luckily he also felt that I didn’t really need them for now. The hygienist had mostly good things to report to Dr. L after everything was said and done. The only problem was I had some plaque build-up behind my bottom front teeth. I had some inflammation and a small amount of bleeding during the cleaning =(. I was really disappointed to see that since I take so good care of my teeth everyday and I use the Sonicare compact head to brush that area (no cheating), but maybe the damage was done and the plaque was building up there even before I began using the Sonicare and made it that much harder to remove? She said it’s a typical issue that she sees in many people just because of where our salivary ducts are situated. She gave me a pediatric brush for that area and taught me the best way to keep it clean. I just started a Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Multi-B Vitamin regimen in hopes to improve the health of my gums. I also thought a Flouride Treatment twice a year could be beneficial (very reasonably priced and takes about 4 minutes). It wasn’t a big deal at all. I was looking through fashion magazines the whole time and listening to her chatter away even though she knew I couldn’t answer her =). The time was up before I even noticed. I went back to Dr. B, everything was put back (pink ligatures and all) and he tightened both the uppers and lowers. Yeah!!! Well, I don’t know what else I can do? My dental health has become like a full-time job. The dental staff have been vocal about being more than willing to help me mainly because I seem to care so much. They also know I have an unfortunate genetic disposition to some of these problems. Maybe I am their successful pet project (a patient that they could finally reach) =))? When I think back to the way I was before; I’m so glad I’ve changed for the better. Hollywood smile, here I come! Only ~ 14 more months to go =( *big sigh* …..

December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008

Everyone Should Own One!

Dec 6th, 2008 Posted in Angela, braces | no comment »

I love my new Sonicare RS930! It really does work well in getting my teeth clean plus I love that it has a sanitizing system for the brushes. I have to work on letting the brush do all the work instead of pressing down too hard. Unfortunately, years of having that bad habit has caused a little gum recession. I may need some minor gum surgery to fix the problem =(. Another aspect of the Sonicare that works well for me is the automatic timer, which helps me to pace my brushing quadrants. It’s pretty subtle. I only wish the beep was a bit louder. I think everyone should be using an electric toothbrush, whether it’s an Oral B or Sonicare. Hopefully I’ll be able to convince my parents.

When I bought my Sonicare, my dentist had mentioned that some of his adult patients with braces were not properly caring for their teeth. He said, “it’s like buying a new car and not getting it cleaned.” That was a perfect simile.

P.S. This particular Sonicare model in the 900 Series uses the ProResults brush head.