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Your smile is worth it

Sample of Opinion size 1-1/2 columnInoticed a tinge of pink in the sink while washing my hands the other day. Strange,I thought, yet shrugged it off. A fewdays later there was blood in the sink. Upon closer examination I realized myhands were ble...

Sample of Opinion size 1-1/2 column

Inoticed a tinge of pink in the sink while washing my hands the other day.

Strange,I thought, yet shrugged it off.

A fewdays later there was blood in the sink. Upon closer examination I realized myhands were bleeding.

Iwrapped them in gauze and went about my day.

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Theblood-stained water continued to pour off my hands each time I washed themuntil one day I noticed my thumb seemed a little loose and the nail had turnedblack.

Afriend kindly suggested I go to the doctor, but instead I continued to treat itmyself. A little blood is no big deal.

Doyou think I'm crazy yet?

OK,this didn't really happen to me, but I've heard a similar story from countlesspeople.

Ableeding-hand epidemic? No, that was just to get your attention. I'm actuallytalking about bleeding gums.

Whileblood coming from the skin sends most into a panic, bleeding gums are ignoredfor one simple reason - fear.

"Dentophobia"affects even the most rational, educated individuals, causing them to leavesimple dental annoyances untreated until they become painful dental emergencies.

It isestimated that as many as 50 percent of the U.S. population avoids dental care- and the majority of them say it's due to fear.

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Thatstatistic gives me a toothache.

I'mone of the few who likes going to the dentist. No, I don't just like going tothe dentist, I actually love it.

There'snothing better than the feeling of freshly cleaned, polished and fluoride-treatedteeth.

Ibelieve even the best dentist isn't the perfect match for everyone. Fearful ornot, you need to find a dentist you can trust and who is willing to work withyour anxiety, or excitement, if that's the case, instead of against it.

Remember,you are the customer, and if you don't like the service you receive, you haveevery right to try another dentist.

Thesight of my dentist doesn't send me into a tooth-grinding panic. It brings abig, toothy grin to my face.

Whatimpresses me is when he asks me, "What can we do to make your smile better?"

Andthen there are the checkups when he reminds me how beautiful my teeth are.

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No, Idon't have perfect teeth. My gums bleed sometimes. I forget to floss. I havesome fillings. I had $2,000 worth of orthodontic work done as a teenager. I'vebeen there, done that.

Ikeep going to the dentist because I want to have the best smile I can.

And I believe your smileis worth it too.

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