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BlabberMouth! Paperback – September 9, 2015
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My recent interaction with my BlabberMouth may be like yours has been. I completely ignored it...at least until it started SCREAMING, DO SOMETHING! It is only through my own fault that I knew I needed to have this book, not only to read and review but to add to my personal home library. You won't be sorry if you do the same, especially after your read the Book's Preface to start...
The thing is that I had already discovered this when my brother-in-law was rushed to the hospital and was forced to stay for many tests because they couldn't discover what was wrong. Finally, one doctor suddenly asked have you had any dental problems or issues? I tell you that was an awakening for all of us. Yes, Ken had problems and a dentist was immediately called in to care for the issues.
Of course, like many, I forgot about this type of possibility and went on not listening to my Blabbermouth--until my teeth started falling out! Now I'm not talking about when I was a kid and our first teeth fall out...I'm talking about right now! Yes, I'm now in the process of getting false teeth to fit in where my own teeth had decided to bail on me for not listening! Believe me it is not fun to go into stores or talk to people and see that they are noticing I have missing teeth!
But the reason I was really sold on the book was when I started reading Section 1, "Mouthing Off." (I should point out that I absolutely loved the attempts to lighten the major issues with some light humor,) This is when the author suggested readers didn't necessary have to start with Chapter 1 and read through the book... She had further suggestions, but I immediately turned back to the table of contents for what I wanted to read first! Dental Health in relation to Clinical Depression. With this basic information, I knew I wanted to read the chapter... And then moved on to Dental Phobia...
My first dentist was my next door neighbor who I really liked... But when I sat down in that chair, having him bend over me with sharp tools and drilling sounds, I developed the "Bixler Armchair Grip," grabbing hold as if for my life...and it seemed it was... Do you know what, I've never gotten rid of the phobia of that dental chair!
But, you know what? It made me feeler better that a higher percentage of Americans also have this...I call it fear, not anxiety, LOL... So obviously, I continued to read more about what I could do, if anything... It's reallly bad for me during teeth cleaning...Good thing my depression medicine helps to take that "edge" off!
By the way, note that indented "secret" paragraphs are provided for each issue and reflect the messages that your mouth is sending you!
Now the next issue for me was periodontics which is the gum disease mentioned above and, which, is common in my family...
On the other hand, there are a number of significant issues, such as is now being supported by Michael Douglas when he learned that he had oral cancer. Note I am using only the video below since there had been misinformation about Douglas' condition in the news. This has been included in the book under the various sexual health chapters included. I had briefly seen a little about Douglas' situation..All I can say is that Lewinsky should have the specified test!
So, I chose the order of reading this, which is actually, a reference book as well as a book that can be read at one time. I chose the most influential issues which affected my dental health, but there are also hidden secrets that you won't find without reading or referring to the Table of Contents or Glossary. Take for instance, these had a direct impact on my life or family's health: Tooth Loss: The End Game, Traveling Bacteria: The Moveable Infection, Hearth Disease: Killer #1 (also cancer, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease) oral sex, obesity, joint infections, Sleep Apnea, Acid Reflux, Bad Breath, Chapped Lips, snoring, Various addictions including prescription drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and chew, sugar, soda, juice and sports drinks, coffee and energy drinks, processed foods.
Notice that all of these issues aren't even covering the normal dental activities that we are all more familiar with which are all effectively covered--yet even these want to share secrets you may find of value to you or your family!
I was amazed... That's the only thing I can tell you about this book. I was amazed that the content was so far beyond what a reader could expect in a dental health book. The book is more than comprehensive. It will alert you to tests that are available through your dentist office that you would probably never consider asking about. And like I said, the authors have done an excellent job to add a touch of humor that will allow you to feel better about reading noon-fiction material... I liked one in particular that didn't concern me, but could affect me at some time, LOL... How about Chapter 28: Erectile Dysfunction: Floss or Be Flacid? Wow, now, isn't that a huge surprise to be included?!
As with excellent non-fiction, this book includes References in addition to a complex Index and Table of Contents. And provides, as you know I always check for, significant biographical information on both authors.
Got to share this one as a Must-Read...for everyone! Get it for your library and make it a habit to check the index when you have some type of medical issue...You may be surprised to realize that it could be your teeth that is the problem!
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