After decades of dreaming about becoming a dentist, Hermey the Elf was named DDG (Dental Do-Gooder) in November by the president of the American Dental Association ADA)!
“Hermey’s passion for dentistry coupled with his devotion to helping others feel good about themselves inside and out, deserves recognition,”said ADA President Maxine Feinberg, DDS.”I know Hermey the Elf, DDG, will continue to inspire young people and those who are young at heart to follow their dreams.”
Hermey, Rudolph and some of their friends have also been honored on a postage stamp. These stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved holiday classic. Here are Five Fun Facts:
According to Ken Muller, brother of ‘Rudolph’ screenwriter Romeo Muller, the original name for Hermey the Elf was supposed to be “Herbie” in honor of a childhood friend. Clarice (Rudolph’s girlfriend) was named after the future bride of another friend.
Yukon Cornelius has a diverse dog sled team. Instead of Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes, his mixed team of pooches includes a Poodle, a Cocker Spaniel, a Saint Bernard, a Dachshund and a Collie.
The animators also created the character –narrator of Sam the Snowman to look like Burl Ives, who was the voice for that part.
In the original script, while Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon Cornelius promise to visit the Island of Misfit Toys and bring them back, they never do so. After the show first aired, Rankin-Bass, the production company, were inundated with letters from concerned kids demanding that the Misfit Toys be rescued. To console the children, they produced a short scene where Rudolph, Santa, and the rest of the reindeer arrive on the Island and deliver the Misfits to new homes. This scene has shown on TV since 1965. Kids rule!!
The original puppets of Santa Claus and the younger Rudolph were eventually purchased by a new owner after going on tour in 2007. Since they were in absolutely horrible condition– Santa had half of his mustache missing while Rudolph was missing his famous nose — the new owner spent $4,000 for them to be restored to mint condition by stop-motion animation studio Screen Novelties International.
Even though we are celebrating Hermey, DDG’s achievements there are other notable elves that we should visit. Who remembers the Elf on the Shelf?
Elf on a shelf is a special “spy” elf. This elf was sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. After the elf arrives and is named, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. You definitely want to stay on this elf’s good side! The next day the scout elf returns to its family and sits in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning. Some came offering candy, like a chocolate sampler box.
Finally, the serious elves. Some believe that Santa employs six elves. Some think that there are as many as 13 elves living with Santa to help him. Elves are the children of Gryla and Leppaludi and are very clever. They help Santa to design toys and process requests of children that are sent to them through snail mail or emails. The popular Western names of the Christmas elves helping Santa Claus are:
Alabaster Snowball (Administrator of the Naughty & Nice list)
Bushy Evergreen (Inventor of the magic toy-making machine).
Pepper Minstix (Guardian of the secret of where Father Christmas’ village is located).
Shinny Upatree (The oldest friend of Santa and the cofounder of the secret village in Lapland).
Sugarplum Mary (Head of the Sweat Treats, she is also known as Mary Christmas. She is an assistant to Mrs. Claus and helps her in the kitchen).
Wunorse Openslae (Designer of Father Christmas’s sleigh and responsible for its maintenance. He also looks after the reindeers and it is believed that his reindeers reach speeds faster than Christmas tree lights.).
Now, you know more than any of your family members about those mysterious elves! The ambitious Hermey. The “Traditional”, like Elf on the Shelf and the “Real” (?), like Santa’s Helpers. Add them to your celebrations and may you remain forever young this holiday season.
With the magnitude of information available to us these
days, it’s harder than ever to separate facts from myths; especially when it
comes to your health. There are a million dental related myths that might steer
you in the wrong direction when it comes to a healthy smile. It’s important to
be informed and know the facts. Here are a few common dental myths, followed by
Oral Hygiene Only Affects Your Teeth
Many people hear the phrase “oral hygiene” and they think of
the simple act of brushing or flossing. While oral hygiene is important for
keeping your teeth healthy, poor oral hygiene can be linked to several other
health problems- including heart disease. Taking care of your mouth actually
means taking care of a lot of things within your body. Untreated periodontal disease contributes to more low birth weight babies than both drinking and
smoking combined. Having poor oral
hygiene can cause a multitude of problems- not all of them related to your
You Shouldn’t Get Your Wisdom Teeth Out Until They Start to
Typically, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and
your dentist will generally advise you of the same. If you wait for your wisdom
teeth to become painful, they might have already done other damage to your gums
or teeth. Many people believe that as long as they have no pain, there’s no
reason to have an unnecessary surgery. In rare cases, wisdom teeth can stay
intact as long as they are not interfering or causing damage. One of the most
common reasons to remove wisdom teeth is because they are so difficult to keep
clean and rather than incurring costly repairs to those teeth many dentists
will suggest having them removed. Frequent
exams are necessary in this case to monitor and maintain your health. It’s
generally better to have your wisdom teeth removed before any pain, rather than
take the gamble.
White Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
Teeth are actually not meant to be pure white. Tooth color
can vary widely, for example, depending on your race, pigmentation varies
greatly. Also, as you get older, your
teeth will naturally take on a more faded color as things do with time, however
they can still beperfectly healthy. A color
beyond a light yellow could be cause for concern, but generally the pinkness of
your gums is a better indication of oral health as opposed to how white your
If Teeth Look Healthy, and Are Not Hurting, There is No
Reason to Visit a Dentist
The most common mistake people make regarding their dental
health is skipping regular preventive visits because they do not see or feel
any problems. Even in the absence of a visible problem or discomfort, regular
visits for x-ray exams, cleaning and necessary restorative care are necessary
to maintain your teeth and gums for life. Discovering diseases in the mouth
earlier rather than later will typically reduce cost,
recovery time and severity of dental treatment that may need to be performed.
It’s important to educate yourself on the facts surrounding whole
body health and well-being. Muddled information and common misperceptions can
leave people confused. The best way to combat myths and augment dental health
is to see and speak with your dentist regularly. Have open dialogue and
productive conversations about what is and is not true. Being informed, savvy
and educated will keep you and your
Treat Trick-or-Treaters to a Healthy Treat This Season
The fall season brings an amazing amount of fun activities
for you and your family. From the excitement of Halloween, to school fall
festivals, kids and parents alike look forward to the cool weather and family
memories. Unfortunately, Halloween and fall festivals can also do a number on
your child’s teeth. Hard candies, sweet treats and sugary snacks can be
cavities waiting to happen. Handing out Halloween candy doesn’t mean you have
to hand out oral health disasters. There are a number of healthy alternatives
to the candy bars and licorice- some that trick-or-treaters might even enjoy
more than the sugar rush. The days of handing out apple slices and pennies to
avoid contributing to tooth destruction are gone! Take a look at some of these
creative trick-or-treat alternatives that will leave all the little ghosts and
ghouls smiling throughout the year.
Applesauce is still a sweet treat, and not nearly as hard on
the teeth. Not only that, they’re portable, affordable and a great way to avoid
the mess of some other treats. You can get a pack of 48 pouches for about 35
dollars on Amazon,
which is enough to give all the trick-or-treaters something healthy to smile
are gluten free, vegan, kosher and only have about 8-11 grams of sugar per bar.
They also come in mini form, making them perfect to hand out on Halloween. The
great thing about these treats is that the kids won’t even know they’re
healthy! LaraBars have flavors such as cherry pie, apple pie and cashew cookie
and are just as delicious as the other mini candy bars that will be weighing
down their bag. If you can’t find LaraBars, or they’re a little too pricey for
you, granola bars of any kind will be a better choice than chocolate.
Vegan Rice Crispy
Rice crispy treats are a delicious sweet treat for trick-or-treaters,
but you don’t have to use all the sugary marshmallow to make them amazing.
There are a number of recipes you can follow which swap out a few classic
ingredients for something a little healthier in order to create the perfect
Halloween snack. By using brown rice syrup instead of marshmallow, brown rice
crisps instead of white rice and coconut oil instead of butter- you can make
delicious, healthy treats that many claim are better than the original. Check
out one the recipes here.
Sugar Free Gum
While sugar free gum may not be the most exciting item in
your child’s bag, it’s still a quality alternative to all the junk they’ll be
getting. You can get tasty sugar free gum such as Dubble
Bubble and throw a few pieces in along with other healthy treats. Parents
will appreciate the lack of sugar, and the kids (especially those kids who love their chewing gum) will be happy
with a full bag of “candy.”
If you want to skip the food items altogether, many parents
have opted to hand out toys instead. There are a number of items you can get in
bulk for cheap such as pencils, erasers, stickers, mini water guns, temporary
tattoos, mini play dough, sidewalk chalk, bouncing balls, bubbles and more. The
possibilities are endless and none of these things will land your child in the
dentist’s chair. If you’re thinking of skipping the candy and handing out toys,
head to your local dollar store to find amazing deals on bulk items.
There’s also the option of handing out pre-made veggie and
fruit snacks, however this may only be a good idea if you’re close with the
surrounding neighbors. Parents are often a little leery of pre-prepared snacks
and the time and money you spent might simply end up in the trash. These days
there really are dozens of candy alternatives that don’t skimp on the flavor.
Do your own research to find what works best for you and your family, have fun
with it, and get everyone involved. Keep in mind that most trick-or-treaters
will be over-flowing with the sugary stuff- so its good practice as a parent
and oral health advocate to provide something that will keep their smiles
healthy throughout the year.
I have always been a Rock and Roll Fan and grew up
collecting albums and seeing many of my favorite groups in concert. Classic and Acoustic Rock and Roll has been
ingrained in my psyche since before I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in
Many of my patients will attest to
the fact that I play this music day in and day out in my office. (Most like it,
some do not but what are you gonna do?)
Back in early 2006, I wondered into a restaurant in Brentwood and was
captivated by and exhibit by Rock and Roll photographer: Richard Aaron (www.rockpix.com) I was instantly drawn to his photographs and
they visually represented many of my favorite artists. A light bulb went off in my head and I
contacted Richard. He helped me pick out
some of his best photographs of my favorite Rockers, I framed them and
carefully placed them in the long corridor of my dental office. Hence my Rock and Roll "Hall of Fame" was born (of course, it didn't hurt that Richard needed some
Many of my patients comment and guess who the rockers
are. An interesting side note is that 3
of the inductees into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of fame are members of my
personal "Hall of Fame!" (Can you name
Please enjoy these photos and feel free to stop by and check
them out in person any time you like!
I cannot really endorse this toothbrush because I have
not seen, tested it myself. However, there is a toothbrush made by oral
B, their top of the line "Precision 5000" that I do endorse, and use
it personally. The cool thing about it, and the similarities to the
toothbrush w/ a smartphone app, is that there is a nice timer/clock, that syncs
via bluetooth to the brush. As soon as you switch on the toothbrush, the
timer starts, and if you turn off the toothbrush (to spit/whatever) the timer
stops momentarily, unless you leave it off for a good 30 seconds.
Besides this nifty timer, the toothbrush and timer also
warn you when you are using too much pressure/brushing too hard. Because
I think this is one of the best brushes on the market, we sell it at my office
for a good 20% less than retail stores.
Virtually all Americans (99.7%) believe a smile is an
important social asset. Consumer studies have proved
that a beautiful smile will make you more attractive, but according to recent research
conducted for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry a new
smile will also make you appear more intelligent, interesting, successful and
Asmile makeover can increase your self-confidence when meeting new people,
giving presentations and conducting meetings.
It allows you
to translate emotions and ideas more easily to colleagues, clients and friends.
74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt an
individual's chance for success and that people have very specific preferences
about the way a smile should appear. When asked "what is the first thing
you notice in a person's smile?" the most common responses were:
Whiteness and color of teeth
Sincerity of smile
Sparkle of smile
When asked "what types of things do you consider make a smile
unattractive?" the most common responses were:
Discolored, yellow or stained teeth
Cavities and decay
Gaps and spaces
And finally when respondents were asked "what would you most like to
improve about your smile," the most common response was "whiter and brighter teeth."
study found that nearly two thirds feel that people with warm and open smiles
are more approachable. A third of the people
surveyed are concerned about their teeth and they have a strong interest in
cosmetic dentistry. But many are held
back by impressions of affordability,
value of success in your career and your relationships is hard to quantify. Ask people who have completed cosmetic dental
treatment (from whitening to 20 veneers and/or porcelain crowns) and they will
tell you it was money very well spent! Cosmetic dentistry can easily fix any of these
smile deficiencies and give you a smile that makes you appear more attractive,
successful and intelligent. Talk to your cosmetic dentist – you’ll find that
almost every practice has affordable ways you can finance your new smile and
enjoy the benefits and the value for the rest of your life.
of the techniques used to repair and improve your smile require artistic
ability on the part of the cosmetic
dentist, since the work is done freehand. Composite tooth bonding is one
such technique. It can work wonders for
your smile if it is done right.
Dental bonding can repair cracked, chipped, and
discolored teeth. The same material
can also be used to replace silver amalgam fillings. Cosmetic bonding can
repair misaligned teeth, providing a straighter and more confident smile.
Tooth Bonding Procedure Cost, Care, and Advantages
Tooth bonding is quick, affordable, relatively painless,
and long lasting. Bonding
involves the layering-on of a strong composite resin which is precisely
color-matched to your teeth. After each layer is applied, it's hardened with a
special, high-intensity light. When enough resin layers are applied, hardened
and bonded, the tooth is sculpted and polished to a comfortable,
veneers are most often considered the state of the art for cosmetic dentistry,
bonding with composite resin can often times satisfy a cosmetic need for a
fraction of the cost.
·to repair decayed teeth (composite resins are used to fill
·to repair chipped or cracked teeth
·to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
·to close spaces between teeth
·to make teeth look longer
·to change the shape of teeth
·as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
·to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed
when gums recede
is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed
tooth. If you are using bonding for cosmetic repair the surface of the tooth
will be roughened and a conditioning liquid applied. Then the tooth-colored,
puttylike resin is applied, molded and smoothed to the desired shape. A visible
light or laser is used to
harden the material and that’s when the artistry kicks in – your dentist has to
shape and sculpt your new tooth by hand.
about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete and can range between $250 to
Dr. Steven Goldy, DDS is a cosmetic dentist
practicing in Beverly Hills. His approach to cosmetic dentistry is founded
in his belief that everyone deserves to have the best possible oral health and
a confident smile. You reach Dr. Goldy at 310 550 1511. His office is located
at 416 N. Bedford Center in Beverly Hills, California.
Learn more at http://www.stevengoldydds.com