13. Why do you guys always ask us questions when you have your hands in our mouths?
It's just one of those things that we always do. I wish I knew the answer, but as much as I want to make fun of it, I find myself doing the same thing. I wish I could tell you we were taught in school that that's when you ask the questions, but it could also be because we just love to hear ourselves talk. I don't know, but every dentist does it, and I'm definitely guilty myself.
14. What's the best kind of music to listen to during a cleaning?
I mean, right now we pretty much change the playlist all the time. Right now we're listening to the War on Drugs album because I think it's the best album of the year. The new Mumford album, the new Alabama Shakes album and Shaky Graves. Sometimes hip-hop...you're never going to make everybody happy, and hip-hop might be a little intense sometimes when you're getting your teeth cleaned.
15. What kind of toothbrush should I use?
Medium and hard bristles both can actually cause damage to your enamel. You should only use soft or extra soft bristle toothbrushes. Always.
16. Is gum bad for you?
Sugarless gum is not bad for you. It's actually good for you because it's salivary, it stimulates saliva. Gum with sugar in it is bad for you because it can cause cavities.
17. Do you eat a lot of candy?
Yeah. The problem with candy and having things with sugar is you don't want it to stick onto the teeth and stay there and cause problems. If you're drinking a lot of water, you're going to be washing that out and rinsing a lot of that sugar out. So, I drink water when I eat candy.
18. Have you ever gotten bitten while cleaning a child's teeth?
Not just children. Seriously. You think I'm kidding. People do the weirdest things, some of which maybe they can't control and some of which they can. People lick instruments when they're in their mouths. People lick your finger. It's a strange world out there, but we've definitely been bitten.