Sunday, April 12, 2009

Some Unusual Dental Woes

A couple news stories stood out to me this week.

The first involves the band called "Hold Steady." Never heard of them? Here they are in a recent performance on The Late Show with David Letterman:

You'll notice how much the lead singer bounces his head around while performing. Well, it turns out that rappers aren't the only ones losing their teeth at concerts lately. In a recent interview with, frontman Craig Finn confided:
"It's embarrassing, but I've bashed my teeth on my microphone and knocked them out five times. Now, I put a foam thing over it like a windscreen for protection."
The microphone? Five times? Really?!? There are guys who spend an entire hockey career losing less teeth than that! In another preventative measure, Finn mentioned that during concerts there is now "less beer onstage." Somehow I get the feeling there used to be a lots and lots of beer onstage.

This week's second dental oddity comes from Zac Sunderland, a 17-year-old southern Californian who is attempting to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Before departure, he wisely saw his dentist who informed him that his wisdom teeth should probably come out within 6 months.

Lo and behold, 9 months into the journey he began having some dental pain due to the 3rd molars. He shared his experience on his blog, claiming "Now one of them is pressing on my back molar and feels like it is on fire."

Not to worry, he was able to get some advice from his dentist and in his next post he claimed that the pain had subsided. Good luck Zac, hopefully you won't end up having the same experience as Chuck Noland in the movie "Cast Away."
(Full story found in the LA Times)

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