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What I learned from My Dentist- In Memory of Dr. Allan Goldstein

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What I learned from My Dentist- In Memory of Dr. Allan Goldstein

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With tears in my eyes, I just got the mail and read a letter about my Dentist- Allan Goldstein.  The letter was from his son Howard who joined his practice as a Dentist himself when I was in college.  The letter was informing us that his father passed away.  He was diagnosed with anaplasic thyroid cancer, which is a very rare and very aggressive cancer.  I sadly wonder if it was from all of those years giving his patients X-rays, radiation exposure.

I write this with only 1 or 2 cavities in my mouth, which were just found this year.  I had gone to Dr. Allan since I was 5.   My Grandparents went to him, my parents and my sister.  And yes, when my first two kids needed to go to the Dentist- I took them to Dr. Allan, even though his office was 45 minutes away now with all the traffic.  That is three generations- all to Dr. Allan.

tooth What I learned from My Dentist  In Memory of Dr. Allan GoldsteinI have memories of “Cherry, Grape  or Orange?” He would ask me that question as a kid meaning which flavor Fluoride I would like applied to my teeth.  My sister and I would sit on this little shelf in his office- think it covered up the radiator or something.  Our feet would bang on it.  We would all sit together and take turns while finding hidden pictures in the highlights magazines.  He would clean and examine your teeth- not a hygienist.  My Mom, sister and I would go every six months and take a trip to the Willow Grove Mall after-wards to go shopping.  My Mom would make us wait 1 hour to eat so the fluoride would work.

When I was in college, I would come home at Thanksgiving and get my teeth cleaned.  When I moved to Boston for Grad School, I arranged Dental visits around trips home to see my family.  I remember when he got computerized X-rays and would show me my teeth on his laptop.  He thought it was so cool!  It was obvious this guy loved his job.

After I got married, my husband started going to Dr. Allan too.  My husband always hated the Dentist growing up.  I promised and coaxed him to go to my Dentist- promising he would like going to the Dentist.  He came home from Dr. Allan happy and told me, “You were right.  It wasn’t that bad.”

When I was pregnant we skipped the X-rays.  After my babies were born, he told me to bring them in with me.  And when I published my book, he asked for a signed copy for his waiting room.  I think it’s still there.  When I complained about the sugary sticky candies the kids get at school, he suggested to trade them out for chocolates.  I still do this today.  Chocolate doesn’t stick, except tootsie rolls- they are terrible.  Here is an article about foods for healthier teeth- check it out.

Dr. Goldstein always had a smile on his face.  He also always had a tan because he took frequent vacations to sunny places.  He was the kind of man that took genuine interest in everyone he met and remembered bits about your life most people would forget.  He was a good listener.  And although you couldn’t talk much because you had those white cotton thingies and U-shaped saliva sucker in your mouth- he would ask you about your life, encourage you and listen.  He remembered everything you told him.

His son writes, “My father loved practicing dentistry and enjoyed spending time speaking with everyone about sports or politics, or whatever else was of interest. He cared and thought of you as his family.”

My sympathy goes out to his family during what I am sure is a very tough time.

Here is what I learned from my all time favorite dentist:
1) Smile
2) Listen
3) Floss
4) Sunshine is good for you
5) Encourage others
6) Eat Chocolate
7) Fluoride vitamins and treatments work.
8) Love your patients like friends or family.
9) Go on vacation.
10) Love what you do.

 

 What I learned from My Dentist  In Memory of Dr. Allan Goldstein

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Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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