On the frontlines

When you walk into the hospital as part of your daily job during a pandemic, you expect to get sick.

But then you walk home, buy food. You can’t avoid touching doorknobs and store counters. You do your best, and you know – with personal protective equipment limited, with sanitizer going missing – it is not enough.

So you simply ask that people who CAN avoid the virus act as though every surface is in contact with a healthcare provider. You ask that everyone around you do their absolute best because, in working in healthcare or the service industry right now, there are too many of us whose best won’t be enough. I have spoken with many people who don’t know how much to social distance, and I just ask, for our sick kiddos, unwell adults and dear elderly friends, try every day to just do your best.

The world is a single community right now and we all will make a difference in how this community moves forward.

You are stronger than a benchpress.

I’m carrying the weight of a pager and a puppy and I’m feeling strong. And not because of the two days of toning I’ve done lately 😅

In fact, strength has nothing to do with those two days at the gym. Strength is not about how much muscle tone you have to your body or how much weight you can benchpress.

Rather, strength is internal.

– It is having a hard weekend and pushing forward.

– It is having multiple responsibilities and seeking balance with a smile.

– It is seeing an obstacle and moving forward, and it is using your past to find determination and joy in the present.

Strength is filling the present moment with the beauty of your smile.

And embracing with gratitude how miraculous it is that you are standing here in this moment with this pain free smile.

What is your strength in this moment?

A Dentist Drops the F[loss] Bomb

VLOG.2 IS NOW OUT.

CLICK HERE to find it on YouTube.

Vlog 2 is all about flossing – the dental kind, the dancing kind. There’s canine comedy and lots of Joey sass. Be sure to check it out, like it if you enjoy the content, and share it with your community.

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If you have a topic you want to see in an upcoming video, be sure to comment on my YouTube channel so that I can answer your questions and cover topics that interest YOU!

Signing out as the Christmas-on-call doc ♥

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Dental Bridges and Do-It-Yourself Fillings

2 new articles are out on Colgate Professional and Colgate Oral Care Center.

Have you ever wondered what replacement options are available for your missing tooth? The first article goes into detail on one of the options you have to fill that dental gap, called a Maryland Bridge.

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And if you have ever thought about do-it-yourself dentistry, this article is for you, explaining from an evidence basis why a trip to the dentist may be the best option for treating your sick teeth.

Do you have dental questions not covered in the topics listed above, or in the articles found on my blog and Colgate profile? Comment or send me a message, and I’ll be sure to get the answer straight to your inbox.

Wishing you a weekend of healthy smiles 🙂

© 2019 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Frequently Asked Questions in the Dental World

As a pediatric dental resident at a leading children’s hospital, life has been busy! And blog posts have been far and few between. However, I still have been actively pushing away at my computer keys, answering the many, frequently asked questions dental patients have about their oral health and dental care. I’ve even been answering some of the questions providers may have in treating their day-to-day patients in the dental chair through my Colgate Oral Care Center and Colgate Professional blogs. And it’s time I bring this information back home to my readers on my own homepage.

Use the links below to find the answers to your dental questions, and feel free to share the links with your friends, families, or patients in your care.

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  1. How bad is your breath really? This article answers questions like ‘What causes bad breath,’ ‘How a dentist measures bad breath,’ and ‘How to reduce your bad breath.’
  2. Your Guide to Denture Alternatives – Everything from implants to overdentures and the process to decide on your best treatment option.
  3. Sedation vs Anesthesia at the Dental Office: What’s the Difference? – An overview of the important risks and benefits when choosing levels of sedation at the dental office.
  4. Sleep Dentistry: A Way to Ease Dental Phobia – Tools to help you manage dental anxiety behaviorally and pharmacologically.

And some exciting topics are coming soon, including:

  1. Antibiotics for a Toothache – When to Expect a Prescription from Your Dentist
  2. Types of Removable Partial Dentures to Restore Your Smile
  3. Maryland Bridges as a Tooth Replacement Option
  4. Why a Homemade Filling Won’t Fix Your Cavity
  5. Early Childhood Caries: Prevention at Home and in the Dental Office
  6. Is Diet for Caries Prevention in your Home Care Instructions?
  7. 5 Tips on How to Shadow a Dentist
  8. The Risks of Clear Aligners
  9. Caring for LGBTQ Patients

AND MORE!

Do you have a question that isn’t answered by one of the topics on this list? Reach out at mirissa.price@childrens.harvard.edu or through the comment section on my blog, and I’ll get a complete, evidence-based answer direct to you!