One Lovely Blog

Another day, another reason to smile! Thank you, Ally L. Mare, for the incredible honor of the One Lovely Blogger Award. I encourage everyone to stop by Write! Ally! Write! to get their daily dose of inspired writing.

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The rules of the award are simple:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to his/her blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 people
  • Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them!

So, to get started:

7 Facts About Mirissa D. Price:

  1. I set my mind on dentistry at the age of seven and haven’t looked back since.
  2. I began my journey in writing at the age of 20.
  3. If you looked into my apartment, 90% of the time, you would find me rocking my head and singing aloud to country music.
  4. I come to life in the world of comedy.
  5. I am most passionate about working with children and youth.
  6. I still cannot believe the beauty of a river … with actual water in it! (For a desert girl, this is an incredible sight!)
  7. If I had an extra 24 hours in my day, I would curl up in the corner of a book store and just write and write and write. And then I’d hit the comedy or music scene!

Now, for the most important part:

My Nominations

  1. Tink the Belle
  2. Life’s Fine Wine
  3. Standard Blonde Cat
  4. Writer in Socks
  5. Fabulous with Glitches
  6. Impetuous Afflatus 
  7. Becoming Unstuck
  8. Laura, Honestly
  9. Bello e Bella
  10. A Whistling Caravan 
  11. Elline Andreana
  12. Words in the Light
  13. AND YOU! Because you are one incredible writer with one lovely blog!

These thirteen writers (including YOU) most definitely create ‘One Lovely Blogs’ of their own, and I can’t wait for you to check them all out!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Set Your Oral Health Goal of the Day!

What is your oral health goal of the day?

It could be…

– Brushing your teeth twice tomorrow!

– Pulling out that floss.

– Leaving the toothpaste in your mouth without rinsing after you brush.

– Drinking fluoridated tap water.

– Switching the sticky candies for some cheese and nuts.

– And so much more!

Whatever goal you set, FANTASTIC! It is sure to keep you smiling … in that orally healthy sort of way!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Making Headlines

I’m so honored and thrilled to see my latest Huffington Post articles hit dental news! Now that’s a great Friday feeling 🤗

You can find tips for making toothbrushing fun for the family by CLICKING HERE, and you can find the video HERE.

You can find tips to manage dental anxiety by CLICKING HERE, and you can find the video HERE.

Happy reading and healthy smiling this beautiful Friday!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Fluoride Varnishes the News, Again!

Raise your central incisor [front tooth] if you ever questioned the benefits of Fluoride.

I know I once did.  Years ago, before a dentist ever explained to me what this goopy stuff was.  And now, this goopy substance and water supplement is all over the news!

–> Check out this latest HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE to find out my three reasons for loving Fluoride so much!

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–> And check out the ilikemyteeth.org blog to see how dental professionals responded to the Harvard School of Dental Medicine class blog post about community water fluoridation from a few months back.

Your teeth will thank you!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

We Came, We Brushed, We Smiled!

Wait a minute?! Your dentist didn’t let you in on the trade secret?!

But I must admit, this secret is so good, that the students, faculty, and staff at Harvard School of Dental Medicine just couldn’t keep it quiet any longer!

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Click Here To Read More On The Huffington Post!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Fluoride-Fresh Comedy

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Medical-dental integration is real, and the importance is no laughing matter.  But who doesn’t like a little humor in the dental chair?

CLICK HERE to read a May 2016 reflection about the importance of medical-dental integration, and stay tuned and alert for updates on why the mouth truly cannot be removed from the body.

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Talk. I am listening.

While the city sleeps
tucked beneath a dark embrace
my mind hears yours.
Talk. I am listening.
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Click here to read more of this poem, Cadaver 4, from Doctors Who Create, and be sure to stick around the site to explore what other creative ponderings are going through the minds of your physicians and physicians-in-training.

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

The Dental Buzz: Floss

Dr. Grob at Scottsdale Orthodontic Care fills his blog with fascinating dental facts and finds.  If you have a dental question, he likely has an answer somewhere on that site!

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Googling around, I happened across something familiar: my Huff Post blog!  About floss!  Are you curious to read this buzzing news?  Do you want to see what the dental world has on their minds?

Click here for a reminder about why we dentists (and dentists-to-be) just can’t get enough of that floss! 

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

When Did You Last Use the F (Floss) Word?

Read the article HERE on The Huffington Post.

You know it’s coming: that moment you always dread.  Your hands are already gripping at the edges of the dental chair in squirming anticipation: your dentist is about to drop ‘the F (Floss) bomb.’

And, lo and behold, she does, finishing your exam with a simple question: “Have you been flossing regularly?”

Listen, I’m a dental student.  I LOVE everything tooth-related.  I even woke up on Black Friday for a sale on an electric toothbrush!  But even I miss a day of flossing here and there.  It happens.  I’m busy, days are long, time is limited, and whoops, I forgot to floss.  So believe me when I say I sympathize with the dreaded nagging to floss your teeth.  Don’t dentists get how much of a pain that is?!

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Well, like I said, I’m a dental student, and, from the doctor’s side of the chair, I can say that we do get it!  We’re human, too.  And, we care about you.  We care about your smile and your oral health.  We care about your oral habits and your systemic health.  And we care to let you know that you have power when it comes to preventing oral disease!

I know, I know, it sounds like I’m getting carried away.  Floss is just a little piece of string, after all.  Except, it’s a little string that can make a major impact.  Over five hundred bacterial species can reside in the plaque in your oral cavity.  A toothbrush can start to keep things clean, but what about that bacteria below your gum line?  When that multiplies, you can start to develop chronic inflammation, irritation, and even gum recession and tooth loss, a process you may know as gum or periodontal disease.  Uncontrolled, periodontal disease may even increase risk associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and systemic inflammatory conditions, because your mouth, a highly vascularized orifice, is intimately integrated with the rest of your body’s organ systems.  Though you may think periodontal disease is something you’ll never experience, the reality of its prevalence is startling: the CDC reported that over 47% of American adults had periodontitis, and over 70% of adults above the age of 65 had this disease.

But even with those statistics, periodontal disease may sound a little extreme for your healthy body.  So let’s take a step back and think about your teeth in general.  What causes tooth decay? Acid acting on the enamel surface.  And where is that acid formed?  In the dental biofilm, the site where bacterial metabolism is taking place.  While brushing your teeth is a primary step in managing your oral health, flossing – the added removal of bacterial build-up – is a necessary second step in your oral hygiene routine.  Besides, who wants to walk around all day with a piece of lettuce stuck between two molars or with a particle of food breaking down to cause bad breath?

Listen, I hear you when it comes to flossing.  I don’t always want to do it, and I have never enjoyed my dentist’s well-meaning lectures to make flossing a habit.  In fact, according to a survey in 2014, only four in ten Americans really do floss every day!  But, as much as I understand the dread of that flossing conversation, I am going to keep the conversation alive.  I am going to call out to my medical colleagues and friends in the nursing community.  I am going to holler to teachers and teenagers.  Because not a lot of medical ailments are preventable, but periodontitis is.  The systemic complications that come from periodontitis are, too, preventable.  So let’s keep this flossing conversation alive until every single one of us can say we used the F (floss) word today.

© 2016 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.