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Last week I completely lost my voice. No, I wasn’t sick – it was from too much cheering! The sports programs at my kids’ school play in a small school league. All of the charter, private and other small schools around play each other. It’s become quite competitive and the sports programs have really improved.
Cross Country has been my sons’ sport of choice in the fall the last three years, but they both voted for something that involved less pain this year! One son joined the Pleasant Grove High School Rock climbing team, and the other decided to try his hand at the latest sport our school has added – boys volleyball.
It is a funny team – it’s basically all of the basketball players. They are tall, they are athletic..what else do you need? I think one of the players had actually played volleyball before. The first game we asked how they thought they would do, and they had no clue! They had never played anyone but each other.
Well, they did pretty darn well. That first game they played the state champions from the previous year, and barely lost. They continued winning and made it all the way to the state tournament. After two very hard fought games (why I lost my voice!), they were playing in the state championship game – against the team they started out playing at the beginning of the year.
It was interesting, I think this team had come to expect that they would win, and it was their downfall. They quickly got behind in the first set, and weren’t quite sure how to handle it. Our boys won the first set, and in a very anti-climatic ending won the second set and the championship. My voice was gone, but they took home a pretty cool trophy!
This got me thinking about strengths and weaknesses – things that help us win or cause us to lose. Our team’s strength was our athleticism and lack of expectations! Their team’s weakness was big expectations and lack of preparation for someone that may be able to take the title from them. Sometimes knowing your weakness is the biggest part of the battle.
My voice is definitely my current weakness. I can’t make it through church without a hoarse voice some days. I’m doing vigorous research and am trying everything I can think of to make it stronger. I’ll keep working on it and hopefully by the basketball tournament this year I’ll be in good cheering shape.
That’s what we are doing in the office as well. There is a big weakness in the modern practice of dentistry. Most of what we battle has to do with bugs. Tooth decay is from bacteria. Abscess teeth are infected with bacteria. Gum disease is bacterial and sometimes fungal. Cold sores are viral. Bugs are our mouth’s enemies. So why have we never been able to figure out how to kill these bugs?
You might be thinking antibiotics are the answer, but that is a band aid at best. If you kill all the bacteria, the other bugs flourish without the competition. Sigh.
Well, last month I introduced a new soldier in the battle against dental bugs. It’s called Dental Ozone and I’m so excited about it!! I’m going to give you the shortcut version of what Ozone is, then tell you why I’m so excited to have it available for you.
The oxygen we breathe every day is O2 – two molecules of oxygen. Ozone is O3 – three molecules of oxygen. For oxygen, three’s a crowd. Ozone is a very active, unstable gas. It is called an “oxidizer” and is looking for something to give it’s extra molecule to. All of our healthy cells have anti-oxidants in the membrane surrounding them. So ozone can’t do anything to our healthy cells – they can not be oxidized.
Unhealthy cells like bacteria, viruses and fungi don’t have antioxidants in the membrane. The ozone essentially punches a hole in the membrane and destroys the cell. Poof! Bad bugs are dead!
So much more! Next time you are in for a visit, please ask us about ozone and how it can help you. We are so excited to be able to tackle one of our weaknesses! Have a great week!
Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our Provo, UT dental would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.
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