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The dentist and the apple

One of my top 10 favorite foods is an apple.  I’m partial to Jazz or Honeycrisp.  In fact, you don’t want to be standing between me and a Jazz apple.

Why should you care?  This is the blog of a Saginaw dentist, not a fruit market, right?  Well let me tell you a little story.

I got up this morning early.  I mean really early.  Like 4:30am.  It snowed like crazy last night.  Schools were cancelled and the roads were terrible.  My routine is to get up in the morning and feed the horses.  At the moment we have 12 horses and a miniature donkey that I feed a couple times each day.  Also two dogs.  So it takes a while. And with snow, it takes even longer.

So I knew I was going to be trudging through the snow as well as shovelling, so I needed a breakfast on the go.  And since I’m such a huge fan of apples, it made perfect sense.  I grabbed my apple and hopped in the truck. This is when the trouble started.

When I bit into this beautiful, shiny apple I didn’t have any idea the problem I was about to experience. On the very first bite I felt a heavy pressure and sharp pain by my lower left canine. WOW! It lit up my morning like fireworks!  This is the part where you revel in the irony of a dentist explaining his toothache, so enjoy it!

What had happened to me has probably happened to anyone who’s ever eaten a really crispy apple.  I had jammed a little bit of the skin of that apple right between two of my teeth.  And it really stuck!  It was a ton of pressure on that one little spot and wow did it hurt!  

So what was I to do?  It just so happens that I keep a small spool of floss, just like the ones that we give to our patients at their cleaning appointments, in my truck.  I reached into the center console, grabbed my floss and I was as good as new in 2 seconds flat.

So I had a happy ending to my story.  I tell you this tale because I can offer you a happy ending if you were to ever have such a tragedy.  Come get your teeth cleaned here at the office.  Not only will we treat you really nicely but we’ll look over your teeth and make sure everything is O.K.  If there are problems, we’ll offer you solutions.  We’ll tell you how much it will cost to fix them.  If you’ve got insurance, we’ll help you sort out how much they’ll kick in for your treatment.  If you don’t have insurance, we can help you find ways to save some money on dental care costs.

And most importantly…we’ll give you some floss that you can carry with you.  You know, to help out with those tragic apple accidents.

Give us a call at (989) 799-9133 or email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com.  We’ll give you a dental office experience that you’ll want to tell your friends about!