Just because the tooth fairy has moved onto someone younger – typical – doesn’t mean that you should neglect your chompers. Do the responsible ‘adult’ thing and take them for a check-up with today’s Groupon: a teeth cleaning appointment for R145 with Dr Ferreira.
Whenever you eat, little bits of food get left behind in your mouth; like anything left alone for long enough they get lonely, sad and sometimes vindictive. It’s the build-up of these vindictive little suckers that can cause bacteria to thrive and in turn lead to problems like plaque, cavities or gingivitis.
Because all of that sounds about as pleasant as receiving a medieval root canal from a blind dentist, Dr Ferreira is advising you to prevent this and come in for a standard teeth cleaning procedure. With no need for anaesthetic, a standard teeth cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing and debridement if there is a severe build-up of tartar.
If the term ‘tooth scaling’ makes you want to hide in the nearest tree, it’s actually a pretty painless standard dental procedure which involves the removal of plaque and stains from the crown and root surfaces of the teeth. Next allow the dentist to use a non-threatening abrasive tool to polish the surface of the tooth making it too slippery for the persistent plaque to accumulate on the surface area.
So now you see; the dentist is far from being the enemy. The guy you’ve got to watch out for is plaque, who’s so sinisterly smooth that you might not know he’s there. Snap up today’s Groupon and say “push off” to plaque and “howdy” to healthy teeth and gums.
Gummy fact: In the late 1890’s, a foreign conspiracy theorist “from a country where no one makes mistakes”, gave a speech on the legitimacy of the tooth fairy. He stated that most fairies were disgusted by the smell of meat stew and would therefore avoid those houses and go only to vegetarian households. This was said to be the idea that ignited the vegetarian craze.