Getting a Filling? Here is What to Expect.

boy getting a filling

At some point in most of our lives, we need more than just a checkup with the dentist. It could be due to a cavity, an injury to the mouth, or other oral pain.

Cavities are one of the most common reasons for dental trips. Cavities occur when food and bacteria cause plaque to build up on your teeth. The plaque is acidic, and over time this can form holes in your teeth, in other words, your teeth are decaying.

Luckily the dental field has advanced a long way and has treatments readily available for when this happens. When it comes to cavities, usually you will get what’s called a filling. A filling can be resin, plastic, or metal. The cavity is removed and the filling is put in its place, making sure that you don’t walk around with a hold in your tooth.

If you have never had a filling before, it can be unnerving to think about. It is a simple process, the whole thing usually takes no more than an hour. Here is what you can expect.


Once you are in the chair, the dentist may take an X-ray of your mouth. The dentist would have already done this previously to identify the cavity, but this is a good way for them to ensure that they have the most up to date information. This doesn’t always happen when you get a filling, but it is very common.


Once the dentist is ready to begin, you will get your mouth, teeth, and gums numbed. This is done by administering a local anesthetic (medical speak for pain-numbing medication) into your mouth. To ensure that this is as painless as possible, the dentist will numb your mouth using a gel, and then inject the anesthetic, usually Lidocaine, into your mouth.

This numbing will be present throughout the entire operation and for several hours after. The amount of time it takes to wear off depends on the amount of medication administered, and your body.


Once the numbing has been completed, the dentist will start drilling the cavity. They are drilling the rotten or infected part of the tooth and removing it. This is rarely painful, dut to the anesthetic, though if you are experiencing pain they can generally give you more medication.

This part can be a little scary because you can hear the drill and can feel things happening (not pain, but you can feel movement and vibrations from the drill) but you can’t see what is going on. It is important to remain still and calm. Dentists are highly trained and very capable of doing this operation.


Once the bad part of the tooth has been removed, it is time to fill in the tooth. This is done so that you don’t have an awkward hole in your tooth, but also to prevent the tooth from becoming infected or more susceptible to disease.

There are several different filling types, ranging from resin to gold. There are different benefits to the different types of fillings, and also drawbacks. Gold fillings look super cool and last a long time, but they are quite expensive.


If you are going to take anything from this, just know that the process of getting a cavity filled is not anything to stress about. It is a simple procedure, and your dentist will take good care of you. While all dental services differ in process and intensity, just remember that regardless of what the problem is, the solutions are all tested methods that will allow you to have relief from pain and get maintain your 100-watt smile.

The Cause (and woes) of Hammertoes


Many Americans are afflicted by some sort of foot pain. Some are just aches in the muscles while others are far more serious. One injury that is becoming increasingly more common is a condition known as hammertoes.

Hammertoes are an unnatural bend in the toe bone, typically in the smaller toes on the foot. It can be worsened by your choice in footwear, time, and repeated exposure to stimuli such as rubbing or bumping. Minor hammertoes are generally not painful, but get very painful as they worsen. Many people develop hammertoes, but few cases end up being incredibly significant. There are many causes of hammertoes, but here is a look at a few of the most common culprits.

Muscle Imbalance

The most common cause of hammertoes is an unevenness of muscles and tendons. Without the correct forces working to keep the bone straight, the foot’s movements can cause the bone to bow. Once the bend is there, it will continue to worsen, even by doing something as simple as wearing shoes that don’t perfectly fit.


Hammertoes are also known to be caused by trauma to the foot. Injuries such as breaks and stubs are perfect examples of potential injuries that lead to hammertoes. I’m sure all of us have felt like our toe was bent after stubbing it against a wall or foot of the bed. Though it seems to last forever, most of us recover from such pain quickly. Thinking of the last time you stubbed your toe should help paint the picture of how a hammertoe is developed following that incident.


Style and fashion are discussed in great depth by many around the world. Unfortunately, many people are also unaware that their stylish shoes are also causing foot deformities. Tight and restrictive footwear can cause the toe to repeatedly bend and eventually remain that way, even once shoes are removed. High heels are a big culprit in this arena.


There is probably at least one thing your parents passed down to you that you are grateful for; you could be grateful for your mom’s smile, your dad’s sense of humor, or any number of other things. There are other things that you are clearly not grateful to have received from your parents, and hammertoes would definitely fall into that category.

Treatment of Hammertoes

Luckily, hammertoes are common enough that treatments are readily available. As with many medical problems, the earlier you can catch it then easier it is to treat.

  • When identified early, the treatments can be as simple as changing the shoes you wear to a less restrictive fit or size. You might also be given a splint to help keep the toe straight.
  • For hammertoes that are at an advanced stage, there is likely need for an operation. The severity of the hammertoe dictates the aggressiveness of the operation. Some patients have a minor operation and are able to walk out. Others require more in-depth attention and surgery.

If your toes are currently healthy, you can do your best to keep it that way by wearing practical, well-fitting shoes, performing simple foot exercises, or seeking medical opinion. If you think you may have hammertoes, seek medical counsel. An X-Ray can easily confirm or dispel your concerns. Getting the attention you need will get you back on your feet in no time.

Home Health Care Options for Aging Loved Ones

elderly man receiving home care

It is hard to see loved ones grow old. They start to lose the ability to live without assistance, limiting their independence. Note that our aging loved ones can have a hard time accepting the changes that are coming their way.

There are many home health care options out there. It is important to understand the benefits and services they provide, and why those services matter. OneSource Home Health and Hospice, they believe in providing top quality care for everyone; they treat every patient like they are family. Here are some of the great services they provide, and for more details visit

Personal Care

Some caregiving centers just focus on doing only what is necessary and moving on to the next job. OneSource focuses on meeting the needs of their clients. They want to ensure that everything from errands to hygiene is provided. This is vitally important because your loved ones have needs that need to be met. While there may be a list of things that need to be done, it should not be treated as a checklist, your loved ones should be attended to with loving care, ensuring they are comfortable and cared for.

Home Health Care

OneSource offers a variety of services to help your loved ones receive the care, and in many cases healing, they need. There are a number of health professionals ranging from many different disciplines to make sure that any problem that is presented to them can be handled. Nurses, CNA’s Dietitians, and more all work together to provide a quality experience for your loved ones.

Palliative Care

Palliative Care is care provided to those with serious pain and illness. If you have a loved one with a serious medical condition that is causing pain and distress, palliative care is a must when looking for home health care. OneSource, as mentioned before, has an army of medical professionals waiting to assist their patients. They can provide relief and comfort from the symptoms and pain of the health problem. Palliative care is not offered at every home care establishment, and it is a critical need for those with serious health conditions.


There, unfortunately, come times when loved ones are living on borrowed time. Most have been through a lot, fighting disease or serious health conditions. OneSource provided quality hospice services, they will come and care for the needs of the patients. Hospice by definition is care for terminally-ill patients. One Source takes that to the next level by not just bring service, but genuine care and love to their patients.They even use multiple people with different skills and backgrounds to provide everything your loved one needs, from medial to spiritual to emotional.

There are many good options for home care, especially from a mental standpoint. Why settle for good, when you could have the bets? That is OneSource’s hallmark, providing top-quality service and care. They don’t just want to check boxes and get out, they want to love, care, and support your loved ones. You want the best for your loved ones, so do they. They won’t just treat them as patients, they treat them as family.

The Beneficial Anatomy of the Foot


Feet are seriously one of our most useful non-vital body parts. They allow us to stand, walk and run. They provide a lot of incredible benefits. There are a number of people who are incredibly grossed out by feet, but even they would not want to part with one.

The anatomy of the foot is interesting as the different parts work together to provide both similar and unique functions. If we oversimplify the foot, we can group it into four main parts; the toes, arch, heel, and ankle. Ever wonder why your foot was designed the way it is?


Toes. Everyone else’s toes are gross it seems. Many people don’t even like their own. Toes provide essential balance function to the body. They allow us to distribute our weight evenly. Toes also enable us to run effectively by lengthening our foot and therefore our stride as well. Humans cannot run faster than most animals, but funnily enough, humans can outlast almost any animal in a distance run. This is in part due to the longer stride.


Have you ever stubbed your toe? That will make you wish you didn’t have toes for a few minutes. Because toes are so small, they are easy to hurt and to break.

Another downside is their utility. Many mammals can use their feet and toes to grab things. Have you ever tried to grab something with your toes? It might kind of work, depending on what you are trying to do. Most of the time you just look weird.


Your foot is actually made up of three arches; the medial, lateral, and anterior traverse arch. The arches work together to provide flexibility and locomotion. Part of the reason you are able to walk and run is the flexibility the arches provide. Arches function as the shock absorbers in the body. You know those funny springs that are by your tires? They allow the frame of the car to bounce when a bump is hit instead of just slamming into the tires and ground. Your arches function like that. When weight comes down, your foot flattens and then returns to an arch shape when weight is released.


The arch can bear a lot of weight, but when it is hurt you will feel it. It could be something as simple as soreness from standing too long, or poor shoes causing the arch to flatten out a little. These small things can have a massive effect over time. If you have these issues or other foot problems, you need to see a doctor. There are lots of available treatments, just make the call!


The heel is the super tough back of your foot. It helps provide support for when you are standing up. It carries the bulk of the weight when you are standing, hence the tough, thick skin. The heel also works really well if you have to try and kick ice out of your tire wells.


Thick skin means deep pain. When the heel hurts, it really hurts. Plantar fasciitis is a common malady of the foot. It is essentially inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of your foot. It specifically causes pain by the heel. While very treatable, this can become worse with time and cause damage to your heel.


The ankle is made up of the tibia, fibula, and the talus. It is the jack of all trades in the foot. It even supports body weight, assists with movement, increases agility and flexibility and allows for just about any other physical movement involving the feet.


Ankles can easily be twisted and sprained. Ankle injuries can include injuries to the Achilles tendon, which almost always requires surgery. That bone that protrudes on your ankle? It is the bottom of the fibula, and when hit it is sure to drop you to the ground.

The foot serves many incredible and necessary functions. Our feet allow us to do so much. All they really need to be healthy is shoes and daily washing. It really is a great deal. The downsides listed are mostly facetious (jury is still out on the stubbed toe), as the occasional discomfort is well worth having an incredibly versatile and functional base for your body.

5 Reasons You Need Knee Replacement Surgery

knee replacement surgery

Surgery, no matter what kind, does not sound like a lovely prospect. Knee surgery, of all the surgeries, tends to sound like one of the worst things you can have happen to you. The rehab alone is a daunting prospect, but sometimes knee surgery is necessary to help patients return to a more fulfilled way of life. The five main causes for knee replacements are listed below.


Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. The inflammation can eventually lead to the cartilage in the knee slowly wearing away. If the cartilage completely wears away it leaves the bones exposed to painfully rubbing against one another instead of smoothly gliding like they are meant to do. Surgery becomes an option when other treatments can no longer help to manage the pain.

Trauma from a fracture

If you were in a car accident or had some sort of intense trauma happen to your knee you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. For minor injuries, you’ll want to consider alternatives to getting your knee back up to full health, but in the case of a severely fractured knee, surgery could be your best option.

Increased stress

Knees are never given enough credit for how much work we put them through on a daily basis. Being overweight or obese just adds to the stress of everyday movement for your joints. Before your knees give out on you, you may want to speak with your healthcare provider about some weight loss options that would be best for you.


Infected bone or cartilage could be the cause of needing knee replacement surgery. There is only so much that you can do to fight infection before it needs to be completely removed.

Inactive lifestyle

Have you ever heard the phrase that if you don’t use it you will lose it? As scary as this may sound that includes your joints and living an active lifestyle. If you choose to sit on the couch all day you might find that doing some activities gets more and more difficult. In extreme cases, your joints, like your knees, will start to give out on you.

You and your doctor will need to decide together if knee replacement surgery is the correct next step for you on your road to recovery. Many people who undergo a complete knee replacement find an increase in their quality of life.  They finally find relief from intense pain that had been bothering them.

Before considering knee replacement surgery, be sure to talk with your doctor about alternatives. In some cases, a little bit of rehab and certain exercises can help and for others, a change in diet can mean a change in their quality of life. Speak to your doctor about what is right for you.

2 Awesome Recipes to Make with Canned Green Beans

green beans

For some, eating canned vegetables is a challenge. If you’ve had a can of green beans in your cupboard for a long while, give one of these easy dinner recipes a try. Maybe you won’t hate canned green beans so much anymore.

Green Bean Casserole

It honestly doesn’t get easier than this recipe. This is literally a dump, mix, bake meal that will be ready in about 20 minutes. You will need a bowl, spoon, and casserole dish.


  • 2-3 cans green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 package french fried onions
  1. Now that you have your ingredients ready to go, turn your oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Strain the green beans. Dump the green beans and cream of mushroom soup into a bowl and mix until the beans are coated with the soup. If you’d like you can throw in a little salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spread the soup bean mixture evenly into your casserole dish.
  4. Top with french onions.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

When the casserole is done, the onions on top will be a little toasted. If you want to add a little more to the meal put a ½ cup of shredded cheese in with the bean soup mixture. Make sure you let it cool before diving in. For more casserole ideas, be sure to check out the Pillsbury website.

Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is simple and very filling so if you make it, either have a few friends over to help you eat it or plan on having leftovers. You will need a frying pan, staple food items, bowl, casserole dish, and a strip of tin foil.


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 can of biscuits (or you could wipe up a simple biscuit recipe)
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can carrots
  • 1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and put the frying pan on medium heat to warm up.
  2. Cube chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on medium in the frying pan until cooked all the way through. You might want to cook the chicken with some butter or a little oil so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  3. Strain all canned veggies and combine in the bowl along with the soup, cheese, and cooked chicken. After everything is thoroughly combined, spread the mixture on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  4. Put the biscuits on top of the mixture and then cover the casserole dish with tin foil. This will keep your biscuits from burning and help everything else to cook evenly.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes then remove tin foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until the biscuits are golden brown.

If you choose to cook your chicken in the casserole instead of beforehand on the stove, just know that you will need to bake the casserole for about twice as long. Chicken is slow to cook in the oven, but if you have the time, it helps the chicken to be very soft and flavorful. Make sure the chicken cooked before eating. Pink chicken is raw chicken, so stick it back in the oven.

Want a few more simple and quick meals? Check out these easy dinner recipes.

12 Bad Habits For Your Teeth

girl and popcorn bowl

Many seemingly normal habits in your everyday life affect your teeth probably more than you’re aware. If you’re wanting to take a step towards better oral health here are a few bad habits you might want to kick to the curb.


  • Snacking


Snacking all day, or grazing as some people like to call it, isn’t the healthiest thing you can do for your teeth. You may think you’re doing a great job of spacing out the sugar in your day but in reality, you are making sure there is always some sugar in your mouth, putting you more at risk of cavities.  


  • Chewing Ice


Your teeth are hard, but so is ice. One of the two will have to give and usually the ice breaks but on occasion, your teeth may crack or chip from munching on chunks of ice.


  • Nail Biting


You might not have thought of nail-biting as being a risk for your teeth, but it can actually be harmful to your oral health. Nail biting puts you at risk of chipping your teeth and it can impact your jaw. Your jaw wasn’t meant to stay jutted out for long periods of time and making it do such an irregular action can cause jaw dysfunction.


  • Tongue Piercings


The reason a tongue piercing can be dangerous to your teeth is simple. If your teeth come in contact with a solid piece of metal they are likely to break or chip. Having a tongue piercing increases the chance of you biting down on metal.


  • Aggressive Brushing


You may think you are just being thorough when you’re brushing your teeth very hard, but honestly, you’re most likely doing more harm than good. Aggressively brushing your teeth can wear away at your poor gums and damage your teeth.


  • Cough Drops


Cough drops don’t come across as bad for your teeth, but they are loaded with sugar. To keep cough drops from wrecking your teeth make sure to brush soon after using a drop to soothe your throat.


  • Teeth Grinding


Whether you grind your teeth in your sleep or out of stress you need to try to get out of this habit fast. Teeth grinding wears down your teeth, leaving them smaller and more vulnerable. If you grind because of stress try chewing on some sugar-free gum instead. The best advice to keep from grinding in your sleep is to invest in a mouth guard.


  • Teeth Tools


Your teeth should never be used as tools. If you come across a bag that is especially difficult to open, do your teeth a favor and find a pair of scissors instead of ripping into the packaging with your teeth.


  • Sugary Drinks


Everyone knows that sugary drinks are bad for your teeth because they increase the chance of getting cavities. Sugary drinks include almost all sodas, juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, tea, coffee and almost anything that isn’t water. Sugary beverages are great, but try to have water be your main drink of choice.


  • Pencils and Pens


Chewing on anything that wasn’t intended to be eaten is a bad idea. Pencils and pens are a big culprit for nervous or stress munching for a lot of people. Try to replace your writing utensil with sugar-free gum when you have the need to munch.


  • Smoking


Smoking is bad for your teeth for a number of reasons. It stains your teeth a different color and can cause gum disease, which makes your teeth fall out because they no longer have strong gums holding them in place.


  • Binge Eating


Binge eating is bad for your teeth because often when someone binge eats they aren’t munching on fruits and veggies. They reach for all the sugary and unhealthy foods they can get their hands on.

If you found that you are guilty of a few of these bad habits then good luck! Breaking a bad habit is not an easy thing, but it is so very worth it. Your teeth will thank you for thinking of them and putting forth the effort.

5 Common Causes Of Hip Pain

doctor with x-rays looking at joints

Pain in your hips can be anything from frustrating to debilitating. If the pain gets bad enough it can make it difficult to get around and do your daily activities. If you have a bothersome pain in your hip and you’re wondering what a possible cause could be, then here are five of the most common problems that cause hip pain.


A very common cause of hip pain, especially in older adults, is arthritis in the hips. The two main types of arthritis that might be causing your hip pain are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis first causes inflammation in the joints and then it can lead to your cartilage breaking down. The cartilage is what provides cushioning for your joints so if it breaks down enough it leaves your bones painfully rubbing against each other.

Hip Fracture

A hip fracture usually happens due to a fall or impact of some sort. A fracture is a broken bone, and typically hip fractures happen mostly in the elderly because as you age your bones become brittle. Brittle bones are more likely to break from a fall that wouldn’t harm more resilient bones. Do what you can to keep your bone strength up to avoid hip fractures from falling.


“The hip bursa is a collection of smooth mobile tissue which decreases friction of the IT band as it glides over the lateral aspect of the hip, and if this tissue gets inflamed it can be quite painful and tender, creating difficulty lying on one side or walking or climbing stairs,” according to Dr. Dalling an orthopedic surgeon at Biddulph Huntsman and Dalling Orthopedic Surgery.

If the condition is bad enough it can require surgery to fix the problems, however, that is not always the case. Sometimes people can experience pain relief by changing the activities they do, taking anti-inflammatory drugs or even with help through physical therapy. Talking with a specialist is always the best route to take to see what needs to be done.  


Your tendons are extremely important thick bands of tissue that attach the bones to the muscles. Tendinitis is when those tendons become inflamed or irritated. The most common cause for this irritation is some repetitive activity that you might be doing. This could be anything from cleaning your house to skiing. To avoid tendinitis, try to steer clear of overly repetitive motions especially if you start to feel any pain.

Muscle or Tendon Strain

Muscle and tendon strains are similar to tendinitis because they are often caused by repetitive motions that have overworked your muscle or tendon. Straining your muscle or tendon is often painful and you’ll need to rest to allow time for healing.

If you are experiencing any aches or pains in your hips then it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what the root cause is. When the pain first begins, try resting and taking something to bring down any inflammation. If the pain continues, visit with a professional so you can take care of the problem instead of just the symptoms.

4 Tips for Healthy Fingers and Toes

fingers picking up rocks at beach

Your hands and feet deserve a little attention. Let’s be honest, they take care of almost all of your basic needs without so much as a thank you. Here are 4 tips to help keep your fingers and toes healthy and happy.


Hands and feet get dirty throughout the day. Take the time to thoroughly wash your hands each day. When you shower or bath always give your feet a little attention. If you need to, sit on the side of the tub or put a chair in your showers so you can reach your feet and give them a good scrub, opening up the pores and getting rid of all that grime.

Occasionally take the time to clean out from under your finger and toenails. Dirt can get trapped in the tight space between your skin and nails and if left for too long can lead to infection. You can even take a soft old toothbrush and gently scrub away any dirt or dead skin that may still be on or around your nails. Also, regularly cleaning out from under your toenails will help to eliminate foot odor.


Did you now that you shouldn’t trim all of your nails the same? For fingernails, you can be a little more free thinking with the way and style you cut your nails, but toenails take a little bit of extra care to avoid ingrown toenails or infection.

When clipping your toenails always clip the nail straight across. You may be tempted to clip in a curve, but fight the urge. Also, don’t clip your toenails too short. Too short of nails can leave your poor toes open to infection and it can be seriously uncomfortable.

For both toenails and fingernails always make sure your nails are completely dry before clipping them. Wet nails are more delicate and could tear or bend while you’re cutting them, ruining the shape of the nail.


It is important to moisturize your hands and feet especially during the dryer months of the year. The best time to moisturize is right after washing your hands or feet, so typically after a bath or shower. This will help to lock in the moisture that is already in your skin and keep you feeling fresh throughout the day.

It’s also good to take extra care in rubbing in moisturizer around your finger and toenails. These places tend to dry out especially fast and can cause painful hangnails if not taken care of.  


Your hands and feet work hard to serve you well each and every day. Do them a favor and take care of them. Easy ways to keep your hands save is to wear the proper protective gear when doing hard labor or yard work. A pair of gloves could save you from a nasty splinter or sharp edge.

Wear shoes that give you support and have enough room. Improper footwear can lead to flat feet, hammertoes, ankle injuries, and many more issues. Choose shoes that are comfortable from the get-go. Don’t bank on your shoes breaking in. Also, avoid shoes that are too tight. No amount of justifying small shoes will make your feet feel better after wearing them.

You don’t need to lavish your hands and feet with attention, just make sure to give them the simple care they deserve. As you take care of them they’ll be more equipped to keep taking care of you.

Healthy Gums for a More Healthy You

People are always talking about how to keep your teeth healthy and ward off cavities, but what about your gums? The health and care of your gums is important because it is a major line of defense for the roots of your teeth. They help to keep your teeth properly functioning as they should. Here are a few tips for making sure your gums are ready to do their job.

Brush Twice a Day

Brush twice a day and make sure to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may think that scrubbing away at your teeth with a rough brush will make them super clean but, in reality, you could be hurting your teeth and gums and increasing the chance of tooth erosion. To ensure that your teeth brushing is effective, replace your toothbrush about every three months. Also, remember to use toothpaste that contains fluoride to help slow the breakdown of enamel and prevent tooth decay.


Make sure to floss once a day. Food and germs get trapped between teeth and around your gums making it so your toothbrush alone will not be able to dislodge those harmful chunks. Flossing is the extra care your gums need to get rid of the bad so they can focus on the good. If the harmful material were to remain wedged in there it would eventually begin to erode the teeth and affect the gums.

Regular Dental Cleanings

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily help to protect your teeth from germs and keep them clean, but there is usually stubborn plaque on your teeth that your daily routine just can’t get rid of. To guarantee that your oral health is where it needs to be to protect your teeth and gums, dentists recommend that you get a deep dental cleaning every 6 months.

Gum Grafting

You may need a gum graft if you have receding gums and the roots of your teeth are beginning to be exposed. Gum grafting is a surgical process that is relatively quick and simple. It helps to protect the roots of your teeth by covering them back up again with gum from the roof of your mouth. This will help your teeth to last longer by protecting the sensitive root from harmful bacteria and trauma.


Keeping your teeth happy is not only what you eat but when you eat. Of course, keep a healthy diet but also don’t eat at night after you brush your teeth. If you eat after you brush your teeth but before you got to sleep than you could get food stuck in your teeth and gums and that will just sit there through the night working away at your oral defenses.

It doesn’t take a long time each morning and evening to keep up good oral health. Just a few minutes in the bathroom will help you to keep munching away with your own teeth and gums for years to come. I don’t know about you, but that sounds totally worth the effort.