What Do Dr. Gehrig & Hermey the Elf Have In Common?
This excerpt from the famous Christmas Time Movie, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” says it all.
Both Dr. Gehrig and Hermey Wanted to Be Dentists
We know Dr. Gehrig made it, but we aren’t so sure about Hermey because we just don’t know where he could go to dental school while he is living at the North Pole.
In the meantime though, the American Dental Association (ADA) is so proud of Hermey, they presented him with an honorary degree, the DDG. He is now Hermey, DDG. The DDG stands for Dental Do Gooder, the award Hermey earned by teaching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the other residents of the North Pole how to maintain good dental health.
Hermey studied and studied some more about good dental health for preventive dentistry and came up with this list. These tips are not only good for Christmas Day feasting, but all year-round too.
Let’s take a look at the official ADA and Hermey the Elf tips for a healthy mouth:
✓ Brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes. Even the boss elf brushes his teeth for two minutes, two times a day!
✓ Eat healthy snacks. Like fruits and vegetables. It’s not good for your teeth when you eat sticky candy or sugary cookies.
✓ Avoid drinking sodas, juices and sports drinks with a lot of sugar. Rudolph and Santa’s Sleigh Team always drink lots of water with fluoride in it. That’s why they have such strong, healthy teeth.
✓ Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard whenever you play any sports. Rudolph and the reindeer never play games without wearing their mouthguard!
✓ Visit your dentist. Just like Hermey, your dentist wants to help you take care of your teeth. Going to the dentist and getting your teeth cleaned is very important. Why? Because yucky plaque can stick to your teeth and make a hole in your tooth. This is called a cavity. Hermey doesn’t want you to have a cavity because it can make your tooth hurt.
Remember it’s never too late to be nice to your teeth. A healthy mouth is good for your whole body. Now that’s the kind of joy that makes Santa Ho-Ho-Ho!
You can read the entire article on the ADA website by “Clicking Here”.
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