Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Non-fluoridated water

So, I've been reading the www.belizeforum.com site, specifically a recent thread about the non-fluoridated tap water in Belize. Many, many emotional pros and cons associated with this topic--from fluoride poisoning to rotting teeth.

I had my last dental checkup with my stateside dentist yesterday and we discussed the issue of fluoride and teeth. Basically, fluoride is needed in children to help develop strong permanent teeth. In adults it seems to be less critical, unless you have: amalgam (silver or gold) fillings, caps or crowns, or your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold. 

If you fall into one of those categories, a "daily dose" of fluoride is needed. The fluoride will remineralize (strengthen) the enamel thus decreasing the sensitivity issue as well as the possibility of cracking around the filling, or-worse case scenario-breaking off the entire tooth at the base of the cap/crown.

The fluoridated salt, in Belize, will probably not be enough of a "daily dose" to do the trick. My dentist suggested brushing twice a day with Fluoridex toothpaste--that will for sure be the right dosage.

I don't know about you, but I'll be taking Fluoridex toothpaste with me!

Monday, August 27, 2012

To magicJack or not to magicJack?

That is the question of the day!

Wanting to keep in contact with family and friends and keeping it inexpensive for all of us, has lead us to the magicJack concept. "All you need" is an internet connection, electricity and a phone (not a cell phone). www.magicjack.com

What we understand is that there are 2 types: magicJack and magicJack Plus.

Plain old magicJack plugs directly in to your computer and has a hard wire plug for the telephone. Current cost is initially around $40 - plus $99.75 for a 5-year plan; or, $29.95/year.

The magicJack Plus plugs directly in to your computer and has a hardwire plug for the phone. It can also be plugged directly into an outlet, utilizing both the phone plug and an ethernet connection.
Current cost is initially around $70 - plus $99.75 for a 5-year plan; or, $29.95 year.

Both claim to offer:
  • FREE long distance
  • FREE local calling
  • Keep your phone number
  • FREE Directory Assistance
  • FREE Call Waiting, Voicemail, Caller ID
  • FREE International calling to the USA

    According to www.belizeforum.com contributors, the magicJack "works well" in Belize! Looks like we're going to join the bandwagon!