Flossing, Sleeping, & Volunteering

WARNING: A bit of a rant.

flossing, sleep,volunteeringThe media seems to be messing with SCIENCE.  In a Presidential election year, I shouldn’t be surprised that anyone can make a statement or a claim, and the media can take that, put a creative (or not so creative) spin on it, and it will be given as truth.

Just last week (the first week of August 2016), it was reported that flossing your teeth is overrated. Most American’s believe that 7.5 -8 hours a night of sleep, is also overrated. While we’re at it, let’s toss in giving of oneself – as in volunteering, also, is not really necessary and doesn’t benefit the giver either. There you have it, say it, and it’s true!

So, there are standards for studies (recently changed), and for “recommendations”. I don’t even want to get into all of the details. It’s ridiculous. You know as a dentist (or specialist), and I know as a patient who has TEETH, flossing works to keep our gums healthier and cavities down. Let’s leave it at that.

Sleep. More than 40% of people in the U.S. get less than the recommended amount of sleep; Gallup, December 19, 2013, www.gallup.com.  There is new (subjective) research being conducted on sleep, and the lack of it. It’s actually easier to study than flossing, yet just as conclusive. Culturally, we brag about how little sleep we can function on – does that make it okay then, not to get enough sleep?

The most exhaustive study and information I have found on sleep and sleep deprivation is in the book The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington.

VOLUNTEERING. I know of a psychiatrist who never treated a patient for depression, who volunteered on a regular basis. He practiced for over forty years. Napoleon Hill studied “success principles” for over twenty five years, in a scientific manner, and his conclusion was that “giving of oneself, without remuneration (getting paid) was a contributing factor, and necessary for success”.

On a personal note, years ago, when I was struggling with my health after a cerebral hemorrhage, I found that volunteering helped me focus on others, which kept me from focusing on my situation. Bottom line, it helped, then and now. It’s part of my life.

Let’s circle the wagon trains on this. Flossing, sleeping, and volunteering improve your quality of life. It doesn’t matter how these are studied, what popular belief is, or even if you’ve never considered doing something, it doesn’t make it less true.

Reach out to us here at Dentistry It’s Personal, we can help you with two of the above topics, you are on your own for flossing.