Mobs, saints and dentistry – dentistry’s patron saint

Patronsaint

As we think of those who have fought for our cause this Memorial Day weekend, I thought you might be interested to learn that dentistry has a patron saint. Few are aware of this fact today, but in fact, St. Apollonia is the Patron Saint of Dentistry and the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Apollonia every year on February 9th. Legend has it that during the Alexandria uprising of 248, and angered by the prophecy of an impending calamity, mobs committed bloody atrocities on Christians whom they blamed for such catastrophes.

Apollonia, an esteemed Christian deaconess at the time, was seized and tortured, having all of her teeth broken or forcibly removed. Gaining a brief moment of freedom, she willingly threw herself into a raging fire to die a martyr rather than commit a blasphemy against Christ.

The legend was thus born and Apollonia became the Patron Saint of Dentistry. The faithful prayed to her for centuries, long before the advent of modern dentistry, to relieve them of toothache pain.

So now you know. Next time you visit with us, don’t feel shy about saying a prayer to this brave woman. Maybe her sacrifice can help you endure your next dental appointment! Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

 

Oral health and eating on the wild side

Eating on the Wild Side

Recently I read a book by Jo Robinson entitled “Eating on the Wild Side”. Basically it’s a well-researched exploration of the evolution of most of the fruits and vegetables we consume. It’s a fascinating read if you have an interest in food. It describes how through decades of cross-breeding and tampering with our food to make it look more appealing, taste sweeter and last longer on store shelves, we have basically destroyed much of the nutritional value of the fruits and veggies we eat.

Some of you may have realized since my feature article in the Doylestown Hospital “Dialogue” magazine, that I am somewhat of a closet “foodie”! It seems that everyone these days is on some kind of special diet, whether it’s the Paleo diet, the Mediterranean diet, or some blend of vegan-vegetarian regime. I myself have been trying to stick to a pescatarian diet (fish and vegetables) ever since the “pink slime” Incident a few years ago gave a black eye to the meat packing industry.

Regardless, talking about one’s personal eating habits is akin to trying to have a rational discussion about politics or religion these days. And what, if anything, does any of this have to do with dentistry? Well, what we consume can have a definite contributory effect on our oral health.

Watch for an upcoming blog on foods that can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you have questions that just can’t wait…please give me a call at the office at 216-230-7667. or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. Until then…happy dining!