Comedian Is Unlikely Source For Dental Lesson!

Posted on Dec 01, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

It’s sometimes funny where life’s lessons come from! I was watching television the other day and a commercial for a heartburn medication came on. It featured a Southern good ol’ boy comedian know as ‘Larry.’ He was asking a good question: “Why get heartburn in the first place when you can prevent it?”

Makes perfect sense. Why get periodontal (gum) disease when you can prevent it? Gum disease is preventable with a good oral home care regimen and sufficient involvement with your dentist and periodontist. When you make the effort to prevent problems from occurring in the first place, you save yourself greatly in time and money.

As a periodontal specialist, I’m trained to diagnose and treat all stages of gum disease, but I’d much rather see you avoid it. When you do, I’m reminded that my patients have succeeded, and so have I. And, if an occasional reminder by the likes of a comedian named Larry helps, so be it!

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