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June 2017 Article The Cold Sores in Our Lives
We all have them. That family member or old friend who pop up at your house to visit for a week or two. It was okay when they visited that first day, but then they quickly overstayed their welcome. Then you just can’t wait for them to leave. They never put down the toilet seat or they watch TV too loudly with a show that you don’t care for. They eat all your food and never wash the dishes. They may even criticize your habits and routines. Not only do we get cold sores in our lives, but we also receive cold sores on our faces.
Cold sores on your face occur along the edge of the lip. They always occur at the most inconvenient times, and they are never comfortable. The name that is commonly known is herpes, and the scientific name for it is Herpes Simplex Virus-1 or HSV-1. Do not mistaken HSV-1 for HSV-2. HSV-2 is the virus that is seen more negatively as it is the sexually transmitted disease that occurs below the waist. HSV-1 on the other hand is the herpes that is very common and occurs around your lips. About 90% of all adults have been exposed to HSV-1. For most people, the virus lays dormant, and others may experience a cold sore only once or not at all in their lives. About 50% of adults experience multiple cold sores throughout their lives. People receive cold sores from kissing, sharing a toothbrush, shaver, utensils, or towels. So try to teach your kids and grandkids to not share their food or kiss strangers..
Once you contract a cold sore, the virus usually lays dormant unless something causes its manifestation. There are a number of reasons that cause the manifestation of cold sores. Dry lips, dehydration, receiving a cut or a bruise along the lip can cause it. The best way to prevent the onset of cold sores is to always stay hydrated and moisturized. I drink half my weight in ounces to stay hydrated. For me, I aim to drink at least 80 ounces of water a day. Face lotion and lip balm is also key to maintain moisture on and around your lips. Lastly, avoid getting in fights or falling on your face, both of which are helpful for many other reasons as well. Cuts and bruises will cause the cold sore to emerge.
In order to get rid of it, antiviral creams and pills are available. Abreva cream works well especially if you are able apply upon the first feeling of it coming. The initial feeling is a tingly or itchy feeling along one spot of your lip. You can always ask your dentist, family care doctor, or dermatologist for recommendations and a prescription. Often times the cold sore will become a blister. Once it is a blister, you want to try your best to not allow the bubble to pop. You want to keep as much lip balm or vaseline as possible and place your antiviral creams as well. If the blister pops, the fluids from it contains the virus that easily infects others. It can be transferred to your kids and grandkids easily and even get into your own eyes which causes many more problems. You have to be careful at this point to not allow it to spread.
One does not need to be embarrassed about having a cold sore on your face. Yes, it is not the most attractive sight, but more likely than not, the friends and family around you already have it. Also, half the time nobody notices it unless you point it out to them. Like everything else in life, it is all about prevention. Many, especially males young and old, do not like putting on lotion or chapstick. Moisturizers are very important in preventing viruses and diseases. Talk to your kids about partying in college and clubs and the importance of not kissing strangers. Lastly, hydration is always the key for health. Most of our society is not adequately hydrated which causes issues in all aspects of our health.
Dr. Craig Jeong is one of three dentists at Via Verde Dental. He is the son of Dr. Bennett Jeong, and the cousin of Dr. Kimberly Foon. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!
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If a Genie Gave You a Car
Via Verde Dental had a great time at the Easter Egg Hunt at Via Verde Park that took place on March 8, 2017. We gave away bubbles to all the kids and raffled off an adult AND child Sonicare toothbrushes! We hope the lucky winner and their parents have clean teeth with their new electric brushes! We hope to continue supporting our San Dimas community!
It is already commencement season and there are a lot of graduations to attend. Warren Buffett often gives advice to high school and college students. He always wants to give back to society and help secure our future. He has already committed billions of dollars to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which goes to helping those less fortunate. He often cites the story of the genie:
“Let’s say that when I turned sixteen, a genie had appeared to me. And that genie said,‘Warren, I’m going to give you the car of your choice. It’ll be here tomorrow morning with a big bow tied on it. Brand-new. And it’s all yours.’
Having heard all the genie stories, I would say, ‘What’s the catch?’ And the genie would answer, ‘There’s only one catch. This is the last car you’re ever going to get in your life. So it’s got to last a lifetime.’”
Most of us would agree that we would always take care of that one car. You would keep it in the garage as much as you can. You would keep your maintenance schedule. You would fix a scratch or dent right after it occurs. The thing is, a lot of people don't take care of themselves the same way as they would their car.
We are always in a constant battle to stay healthy and to have the correct mindset when we approach certain situations. All of us only get one mind and one body. We want our bodies to last a lifetime so we should take care of it. We should be aware with what we put in our bodies and eat healthy as much as we can. Of course bingeing on foods that make us happy every so often can occur. (You would still go for joy rides with your car). Maintenance of our body is important as well. Going to your annual medical appointments are important, not just for the elderly, but for everyone. Just because we have no aches and pains doesn’t mean everything's okay with our bodies. The same can be said about our cars until your tires blow or your engine gives out when you are in the middle of nowhere. This is a great lesson for your kids and grandkids to always take care of themselves. (Most of your kids might not care about a car so you can substitute the car analogy with a smartphone.)
It is always difficult to hear from our friends or family when they are ailing especially at a young age, whether it is their body, teeth, or mind. On our end, we always want our patients to eat without worry or pain. Food is one of our biggest joys in life and eating with pain hinders that joy. So take the great Warren Buffett’s advice and take care of yourself, you only get one body.
Tooth Fairy: Stay Away!
The price of teeth have gone up. The potential visit from the tooth fairy is usually an exciting time. When a kid loses a tooth, it is a sign that they are growing and getting bigger. As a result, it may be the child’s first introduction to money. While most adults nowadays remember getting a nickel, quarter, or dollar as a child, times have changed a little. The national average cost of a tooth in 2015 was $3.19. Because we live in California where everything costs more, I am assuming the average is now around $5.00. I rarely hear our patients say they receive less than $5.00. Some will say $20 and one even said $100! There are some wealthy tooth fairies out there! The insurance companies report that the tooth fairy’s cost of teeth has gone up 10% per year. Forget the stock market, everyone should invest in their baby teeth! There are times, however, when the tooth fairy is not welcome. We never want the tooth fairy to come too early.
On average, kids will first start losing their two front bottom teeth around 5 years to 6½ years old. The last baby teeth fall out around 11 to 12 years old. Kids lose their teeth because of growth, but they can also lose their teeth due to cavities. Cavities often occur in kids because of lack of brushing, but diet and habits play a large role also. Parents should start cleaning their child’s teeth right when they first see them erupting which is around 6 months old and possibly earlier. Teeth Wipes are available on Amazon or the pharmacy. They are little cloths to wipe their teeth down after drinking milk. Once you find that they might try to bite your finger then parents should switch to a toothbrush. I recommend no toothpaste until 2 years old when all the baby teeth are in because kids WILL swallow the toothpaste, and use children’s toothpaste only. A flat layer or smear of toothpaste is needed, not a glob like we do for ourselves. If you think it's possibly too much toothpaste, then it is too much. Cavities form the most while your child is sleeping. DO NOT allow your child to sleep with their bottle. You can look up “Baby Bottle Cavities” on google images if you are brave enough. The milk staying on their teeth all night will create cavities very quickly. We see too many 1, 2, 3 year olds with multiple cavities because of this.
When they are older and eating food, giving children proper diets is key to their future health, not only for their teeth, but for their heart and rest of their body. Kids should only be drinking milk and water. All juices, Gatorade, and soda are the main causes of cavities. Sweets are the second causes of cavities along with food that is sticky. Sweets include candy, raisins, chocolate, cake, pastries and cookies. In the long run these all can cause diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Growing up in a dental family, my sisters and I all rather eat french fries for dessert than sweets.
We all like the tooth fairy, but only when he or she arrives at the right time, never early. It is always heart breaking when we encounter kids who need multiple teeth treated. Our goal is to educate all parents about the best care for their kids. And our goal is to never have to do a filling or take a child’s tooth out too early. We want the tooth fairy to come when she is scheduled to come.
In 2016, Via Verde Dental grew. We built a new office right next door to the old office. Not only do we have all new state-of-the-art equipment and more space, we now are able to become even more efficient which further improves our health care. We continue to tweak and improve. We hold meetings every morning to review the day and make sure everything runs smoothly. We are always trying to prepare ahead. Not only do we try to be more efficient for our patients’ care, we also try to become more efficient in our own personal lives.
Eating right and exercising is always the mantra. Eating right is different for everyone since everyone is different. I am no longer trying to “eat right and exercise” for health reasons. Instead I focus on becoming more energized throughout the day. My goal is to be more alert and focused so I can become a better dentist, husband, uncle, son, and friend to everyone around me. I want to maintain my level of energy as I grow old, and in turn, it will help prevent my body from breaking down. I am also preparing to maintain energy for when I have children.
I have most recently been trying to find ways to need less sleep but be well rested. If I sleep less, I have more time to accomplish what is needed. It will help in fatherhood where sleep and personal time become luxuries. I have slowly gone from needing 8 hours of sleep to 6.5 hours of sleep, and I have MORE energy throughout the day. I hope to get to 4 hours if possible.
I am lucky to learn from family who eat healthy and always exercise: my cousin, Dr. Kimberly Foon and my father, Dr. Bennett Jeong. Every morning, both always eat oatmeal, which allows you to have enough energy to get you through lunch. For lunch, they always eat a salad which is great because it helps you maintain your energy and prevents the after lunch crash that most of us go through. Dinner is more flexible and is usually different everyday. Dr. Bennett Jeong walks everyday as he prepares for the LA Marathon this month. He also swims 4 to 5 times a week. Dr. Kimberly Foon does yoga, pilates, and swims as well. I now take after them and swim 3 times a week with weights in between, and we all stretch at least once a day. I also adopted their oatmeal for breakfast and salad for lunch for myself. I, however, recently switched from oatmeal to smoothies to decrease my carb intake. When I eat less carbs, the difference has been staggering. I have more sustained energy throughout the day with less carbs. I did say less carbs and not eliminated carbs. I am still going to indulge in my donuts, pizza, pastries, noodles, and all other carb loaded happiness every so often.
My father taught me to always get as much done as possible the Sunday before the week starts. Growing up I used used to eat quesadillas for breakfast everyday. Every Sunday night I prepared 5 quesadillas that would be ready to place on the pan in the morning. I continue that method of preparation today. I prepare all my meals for the week ahead of time. On Sunday night, my fridge is stacked full of lunch salads and containers ready to make my smoothies every morning. And the ingredients are ready to throw in for dinner to be made quickly. My wife and I do very little meal prep during the week.
About a year ago, I started drinking more water. I was always tired by the end of the day and I realized that I was only drinking a few sips of water at lunch. In high school, my sprint track coach told us that to stay hydrated, we should be urinating every hour. That obviously may not be possible for most people, but there are ways to “schedule” your water consumption. I did a little research on how much water we should drink and there was no consistency in the answers. I settled with the amount of “half your weight in ounces.” I weigh 160lbs, my goal is to drink at least 80 ounces a day. I carry two 40 oz Takeya ThermoFlask water bottles from Costco. They are great because they will maintain temperature whether it is ice cold or boiling hot for at least 12 hours, probably more but I usually finish my drinks by then. That amount was daunting in the beginning, but the fatigue I feel if I don't get that amount is something I won't take anymore. I now feel energized when I get home from work. I aim to drink at least 20 oz at each meal and then 20 oz throughout the day. You have to plan it out to make it work. I don't always finish all my water, and I can feel the difference when I don't.
Will my routines help me as my life evolves with age and children? It is hard to say, but I hope to be as prepared as possible. Disclaimer: I don't have any kids. Everything I prepare for is based on my niece and nephews and the experiences of all my friends in our Via Verde family. I know with kids, there are periods of less sleep, more stress, and lack of personal space and time. I doubt I will ever be fully prepared to have kids, but I have learned efficiency, increased energy, and patience will help.