Wilbur Wonka D.D.S.

I watched, “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” this weekend. I had only caught bits and pieces of it previously and didn’t know there is a dental theme running throughout.  It seems Willy Wonka’s dad Wilbur Wonka D.D.S. was . . .  well, I guess the D.D.S. gives it away. The sign on his door says, “Wilbur Wonka D.D.S Dental Practitioner”.

It seems Wilbur (played by Christopher Lee) was quite strict with young Willy. Wilbur wouldn’t let him eat any of his Halloween candy and had the poor kid wearing some steampunk looking headgear, which leads us to Willy’s amazingly perfect, and perhaps a tad feminine, teeth.

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As you can see in this photo the teeth are perfectly white, perfectly proportioned and perfectly straight, even the lowers! While I say a tad feminine that is certainly a judgment call. I showed this pic to Dr. Urban who said he thought the teeth might be veneers. He agrees that the rounded edges are a tad fem, but he also said he thought the lipstick might be the more feminine thing about his smile.

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Spicy Teeth

Poor Sean Spicer, he’s got one of the worst gigs in media. He’s on the hot seat every day, and SNL is skewering him at every turn. However, I am sure he will parlay it into something fabulous in the future. So I won’t feel too bad about piling on here about his teeth.


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Sean Spicer, Google Images

Although we don’t see it too often he does a great smile and nice teeth. His teeth are a tad artificial but for a fella his age pretty darn good.


In the pic below you can see he has some food stuck in his lower left teeth as he is speaking to the White House Press Corps on television. I would sean-spicer-spinach-in-teeth_650x400_81490715071 (1)be so embarrassed if that were me.

Here in the dental office we are vigilant about such things. Since we are all dental professionals we have no problem telling each other if we have something stuck in our teeth.


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Here is a pic of Beth and me after lunch last week. “I think you have a little something . . . Hang on let me just take a peek . . .” We are not shy with each other. It’s a shame Sean didn’t have someone who could be so blunt with him before he went on television.


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Carly & Bruce

On Friday we went to a class given by some of my favorite dental gurus, The Madow Brothers.

These guys are very upbeat, funny, and knowledgeable. A story that Rich Madow told on Friday is one I have heard him tell before. In fact, it’s one I’ve recounted myself in chats about perception. I’ve also seen this story in a Tony Robins self-help book, “Awaken the Giant Within”.

Carly Simon on Google Images

Carly Simon is a well-known, popular singer from the 70’s and 80’s. However, very few people have seen her live in concert because she suffers from stage fright.  She says that before a live show she starts to breathe fast, her pulse races, she feels sweaty and nauseated. She can’t deal with it and she flips; there will be no show because Carly is not feeling well.


Bruce Springsteen on Google Images


Bruce Springsteen is one of the most prolific and renowned rock singers of all time. He performs live often, and his fans think his shows are amazing. He performs live for hours on end. He says that before a live show he starts to breathe fast, his pulse races, he feels sweaty and nauseated. He says when he starts to feel that nausea he knows he’s amping up and it’s time to get out there and put on a great show.

So Carley and Bruce have the same feelings before performing live. She perceives it as an illness; he perceives it as amping up. Perception and labels really can set us back or propel us forward.

What label/perception are you putting on dental treatment that is holding you back from that perfect smile that you have always wanted?  It’s too costly? Or is it really a worthwhile investment in your health and appearance that you deserve?

If there is anything we can do to help you to re-label or perceive dental issues differently, give us a call. We can help you with that. 703-532-1712 FallsChurchSmiles.com

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Today is Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color. You can check it out on Wiki with this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi


Wow, that’s some color! We deal with color a lot in the dental office. Tooth color is not one shade. Check out this shade guide I found on Colgate.com



Teeth can have undertones of yellow, red, brown, gray. It can be really tricky to make one tooth match all the other.

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While there is lead in drinking water in Flint Michigan and some tap water is flammable (flammable, for goodness sake!) in Texas one would think folks would be happy if they just had fluoride in the water. But no . . .

Apparently, the anti-fluoride ninnies (that’s right, I  called them ninnies, as there is just no evidence that the amount of fluoride added to drinking water in the U.S. does anything other than help people have fewer cavities) were petitioning the EPA to ban adding fluoride to water.

“The EPA denied the petition and the ADA released a statement Feb. 27 applauding the petition denial, calling the decision ‘scientifically sound’” http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2017-archive/february/epa-denies-petition-to-ban-adding-fluoridation-chemicals-to-water-supplies.Yay science!

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Game Over, Man

Oh, what a bummer. Bill Paxton died yesterday. I was a big fan.  I loved him in, “Frailty” and “Aliens”. In Aliens when the rescue ship crashes, leaving the crew stranded on a planet with scary monsters, that’s the oft-quoted line he delivers, “Game over, man. Game over!”

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Bill Paxton in Weird Sciencehttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/451345193886032687

His teeth were really nice even with the slight gap. In later years he had the gap “fixed”. Handsome, talented, nice teeth, and gone.  Sigh.

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Kissing Cavities

Lately we have seen an increase in cavities in young people who are high school and college-aged. Kids who have had one or two cavities in their entire lives are coming in with five, six, seven, maybe eight cavities. The kids are surprised and their parents, who are footing the bill, are demanding answers.

One thing I have noticed is that some of these young people are gaining weight. This makes me think they are increasing their carb intake. Carbs break down into sugars and contribute to tooth decay. Two other things that young people start experimenting with at that age are smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. Alcohol is loaded with carbs and dehydrates the mouth. Smoking changes the microbiome of the mouth and also dehydrates it. Both of these things can contribute to more cavities.

Finally and most interesting to me is this, “just as a cold virus can be passed from one person to the next, so can these cavity-causing bacteria. One of the most common is Streptococcus mutans . . .   In one instance, a patient in her 40s who had never had a cavity suddenly developed two cavities and was starting to get some gum disease,’ . . . the woman had started dating a man who hadn’t been to a dentist in 18 years and had gum disease” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/health/29really.html.

So yes, you can catch cavities. While the woman in the NY Times article above was in her 40’s young people do tend to kiss new people and might just be catching cavities from them.

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