Hey, friends! Here’s another “Quick tips” post in which I answer a few of the questions posed by listeners to a recent Healthy Matters radio broadcast. As is often the case, I can’t get to all the questions, but this week’s grab bag of topics is a good one.
Read on. Or if you are aurally inclined, you can listen to the podcast recording at your leisure by clicking the banner below. The questions here are taken directly from listeners from Healthy Matters show #480, March 25, 2018.
I’m going to scatter pictures of our newly-opened Clinic and Specialty Center, which is a state-of-the-art medical facility in downtown Minneapolis. Cool to see a new medical facility that still has that “new clinic” smell – ha!
I get approached fairly often by colleagues and regular folks with ideas for radio show topics. With over 450 hour-long radio broadcasts so far, you may imagine that staying topical and interesting is something I hope to do. But in all those shows over the past nine years, I have never done a show about dental health in children. Not too surprising, I suppose, since my specialty is adult internal medicine, meaning I know very little about children’s health and I know just about nothing about teeth. (I think there are 32 or them in the human mouth, right? Or maybe it is 28? They don’t teach teeth in medical school).
So when Dr. Eileen Crespo approached me to do a show about the oral health of children, I was intrigued. Dr. Crespo is a pediatrician who has a keen interest and lots of expertise in kids’ dental health. She suggested we include two our Hennepin’s terrific pediatric dentists and – voila – we had a radio show.
So I though I’d explore a bit why the dental health of children should matter to all of us of any age. Here’s the gang who helped me in the WCCO studios in downtown Minneapolis for the show. That’s Dr. Crespo on the left, and next to her are two pediatric dentists, Dr. Andrea Leyland and Dr. Elisabeth Fulling. Click their names to learn more!
As always, I invite you to listen to the podcast of the show (it is shorter with no interruptions when in podcast form). When looking through the podcasts, select Healthy Matters show #456 from October 1, 2017.
In this post I’ll look at:
Why the dental care of children matters
Some basic tips for promoting healthy teeth in kids
On a recent “Open Lines” radio broadcast (in which we have no topic and I simply answer the sundry questions from listeners) somebody asked about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Fair enough.
Well as a highly educated medical professional I am here to firmly and unequivocally state after my extensive exposure to the best in medical science that I know nothing about apple cider vinegar, whether it be the health benefits or culinary benefits or counter top cleaning benefits.
But happily, I’m not 100% ignorant about apple cider vinegar any longer. Just about 90% ignorant. That’s since my daughter introduced me to the stuff while I was visiting her far from home at college. Here’s how it all went down. I was having some queasiness in my belly or some such thing and she goes to the cupboard and pulls down a giant bottle of ACV (apple cider vinegar = ACV). Then she starts telling me all about how ACV improves everything from colds to upset tummy to sunburn and cancer and everything in between. But she does live in Los Angeles so I naturally wondered what the crazy Californians are teaching my level-headed Midwest-raised daughter.
But I was game to give it a try. So we poured some ACV into a glass of water, I held my nose, and drank it all down. It wasn’t too horrible to drink so that was a plus. And dang if my stomach queasiness didn’t get a little better!
So I chalk up my rapid improvement to one of two possibilities:
Placebo effect – I convinced myself that it helped because I wanted it to help.
Apple cider vinegar really does help upset tummies.
Hey, friends, I’m back. This time with a slew of questions from all of YOU about your teeth. Last Sunday on the radio broadcast we talked about dental topics – something I don’t do very often. I don’t talk about the teeth much because basically in medical school we learn exactly NOTHING about teeth. Happily, HCMC (the health care system that employs me) has a terrific group of dentists and oral surgeons.
On the show, we intended to talk about dental implants and other oral surgeries. Eventually, we did do this. But I, of course, had other insightful and probing questions for my guest (oral surgeon Louis Christensen) – questions like:
“Why are they called ‘wisdom teeth’?”
And maybe more to the point, “Did I get dumber when I had my wisdom teeth yanked out?”
I think the correct answer to the first questions is “nobody knows” and the answer to the second question is “Yes.”
Dental implants are really cool if you are a hockey player. Or even if not a hockey player.
Fortunately, listeners to the show had questions that were much more en pointe, as they say. We learned cool stuff from Dr. Louis Christensen (that’s him in the picture) who joined me early on a Sunday morning in the WCCO studios in downtown Minneapolis. He’s an oral surgeon who does surgeries not only on wisdom teeth, but he does dental implants, jaw reconstruction, face reconstruction (oh my!) and lots of other work to keep our teeth and faces in top shape.