The Professor, Yes! A Dentist, Never!
…once off the island, that is! Because *on* the island, Ginger and the dentist-like Professor were clearly destined to be.
Maybe it was a perceptive dentist and not a garden variety school yard bully who first coined the famous couplet that has been annoying we Titian-haired types since time immemorial:
“I’d rather be dead than red in the head!”~observant dentist of yore
That was my conclusion when I read the recent study detailed in Prevention. The study found that red heads have a specific gene (MC1R) that may be at the root of why they are twice as likely to report avoiding dental appointments due to fear and anxiety. The study’s authors speculate that redheads with the MC1R gene may be resistant to certain pain medications, and therefore more likely to anticipate a pain that is more intently felt when compared to their fairer- and darker-haired friends and family.
What it means: It’s possible, say the researchers, that redheads with the gene in question tend to be resistant to certain pain medications and therefore really do feel more pain, and, justifiably, more anxiety, during their dental treatments.
But fear of the red-headed variety or not shouldn’t prevent you from getting a twice-annual check up: research links periodontal disease to a wide variety of chronic illnesses including stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
The article had a special reassuring message for redheads:
“Things don’t hurt as much anymore,” ~Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association.
Gain, With No Pain
Are Redheads More Scared of the Dentist?!
With anesthesia much more effective, say the ironically named Harms, patients no longer experience the pain that was common to common dental procedures – an opinion that dentists from around the wrld share.
“It is not like the old saying, No pain no gain,” says Dr. Alberto Meza. D.D.S. who has a private practice in Costa Rica that bustles with so-called American ‘dental tourists’ – a favored destination for patients of Dental Travel Guides. (877-505-5303)
“Our tools and techniques and improved so much in the past decade, it is no pain and all gain!”
Hollywood actor and fitness guru to the stars (George) Russell Reynolds agrees. After a lifetime of insecurity about his smile, Russell took the plunge and had a smile makeover with Dr. Ceballos in his upscale Tijuana Mexico practice located just 20 minutes from San Diego, in the Rio business district of the bustling city. Dr. Ceballos is another popular dentist in the Dental Travel Guides premier dental network.
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“I knew that not only was Dr. Ceballos using the latest and best technologies available in dentistry, but that I was safe in his care and in my decision to do this work with him and Dental Travel Guides.” ~Russell Reynolds, actor and personal trainer