2002-12-07 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Esthetics shine at the Greater New York Dental Meeting for Better Dentistry at the New York Jacob J.Javits Center. From Colgate’s Simply White clear gel you paint on your teeth after brushing to BlanX natural tooth whitening toothpaste to strips of whitening power worn from twenty minutes to overnight. But, the biggest hit of the show was the Sonicare Toothbrush that feels like a little rotor rooter attacking your teeth. Wow! What a stimulating sensation. They should warn you, though, if you have any loose teeth in your mouth be very, very cautious. It is so powerful it could easily knock them out of the sockets. (Only kidding, but, then who knows)? However, if you really want to be certain your teeth have been brushed, this is the electric battery charged brush you need. Revolutionary, sure. I have had electric toothbrushes, but nothing like this. A solid investment. Try it. You will never brush any other way again. Then there is a new toothbrush for the kids, Dr. Twinkle’s Flashing Toothbrush. This one lights up and flashes for 60 seconds and does not go out until the child has thoroughly brushed his or her teeth for the proper amount of time. A new program that has proven very effective is the mobile dentist that visits various areas and schools in the city to screen the children for needed dental work. It you wish one in your neighborhood you can call for one.

They have machines now that can make an impression of your tooth and grind out a new one within an hour whereby the patient used to have to wear a temporary and come back a week later for the permanent tooth.

They have offices all over the United States and are increasing their locations as quickly as they can. And, at their prices there is no excuse for anyone to go toothless. If you have a problem snoring at night or your spouse snores and keeps you awake, go to your dentist. He has a device that once placed in your mouth before you sleep prevents snoring. If you have noticed every one who snores, snores with his mouth open. This device keeps the mouth only slightly open so that no noise comes through. Norad, as it is called, could save many a marriage. It can only be obtained by your dentist. As far as fluoride is concerned, you can find it in Topex Take Home Care in the form of gum or toothpaste. An interesting show and one that makes you feel more comfortable about going to the dentist. And, less fearful of pain and losing your teeth.

Happy 50th Birthday to Mary Duignan, daughter of Barbara and Billy Genoese who threw a surprise party for her at Alberto’s in Forest Hills. Mary’s sisters, Perette Ross and Bobby Dee Anderson were hostesses for the day and Mary’s hubby, Bruce Duignan was among the fifty friends and relatives: Aunt Helene Danzilo, Kathleen Conway, Joan Mahoney, Barbara and Vickie Hess to name a few. A happy, memorable day for Mary. Congratulations and many more to come.

George Angle and Diana Feliciano have discovered the Kew Gardens Theatre, near Queens Court House they seem to be happy with since there is none to be found in the immediate area on the west end of the peninsula. It is pretty accessible by bus. And, they highly recommend "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Real Women have Curves" and "Far from Heaven" a remake of an old movie . If the Colony is turned into a theatre as planned, the Breezy Point Cooperative members will not have to travel to see the latest cinema. What a convenience that will be.

There is a new law many of the Coop seniors should be interested in that will enable them to turn the value of their house into higher income for them. It is called a reverse mortgage and in January there are hopes a new law will provide reverse mortgages for Coop seniors. With a reverse mortgage your home is not in jeopardy.

You can take a loan on your house against the value of it. If the value goes up you still profit by it. When you sell the house or die the house goes to the heirs, they pay off your loan and still inherit the house to either sell it or live in it as long as the loan you took out is paid to the bank. So far the Coop does not recognize reverse mortgages, but if the law goes through the Coop will have to allow it. And, this will apply to Coop owners in the city as well. Send me your comments.

At the Four Seasons last night, a beautiful cocktail reception was held for the 2002 Street Tree Award Benefit which honored Elizabeth H. Atwood and the Murray Hill Neighborhood Organization. The founder of Adopt A Tree traveled in from New Jersey where he recently moved to attend the event. Trees are such an important part of our lives. They help beautify any area, bring coolness in the summer and warmth in the winter. It was shocking to me to learn that my next door neighbor killed all four statuesque full, healthy pine trees years ago that stood in the front of my house. Not only that, but he did it with his children who announced to my son they bore holes in the trees and poured poison in the trunks of the trees. When the trees did not die they went back and poured more poison in them. A despicable act. Almost unbelievable that someone could have such disregard for trees, would trespass on another’s property and commit such a crime with his children. He sould have been prosecuted, but, though I suspected it all along, it took a year or so to gather the proof. You can now well understand my deep interest in trees. It was a lovely event with special, nature loving people.

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