I walked by two different paralegals this morning, and noticed that they were viewing web pages on their computers that had nothing to do with work. I say that because I can’t imagine that Kate Gosselin or “how to make a meatless sandwich” is part of a litigation case or a settlement package.
I noticed that when they heard my footsteps, they both quickly clicked to something else that was firm related. Maybe they think that I am oblivious. In fact, I understand that no one is completely focused at all times. I have issued no policies to restrict personal calls and I don’t keep my staff from going on the Internet. In fact, my computer team wanted to know if I was going to install some filter to keep employees from going to job search sites. For me, good employees will police themselves regarding the Internet and if someone wants to leave, then let’s roll out the red carpet. I only want good workers who want to be here.
I guess I’m more bothered about the “quick click” from the non-work websites. If my presence causes that, then maybe there should be a question about going there. Plus, it just feels a little dishonest. I was impressed with the amazing quick wrist capabilities. How do you like how I’m using my blog for employment coaching within the office?
Again, I used this long introduction to get to the question of safety at the dental office. I just was there for a teeth cleaning. Hopefully actions now will keep it from just being a tooth cleaning in the future. Of course, I could barely get in the chair without the announcement that I needed to have dental x-rays. I wondered whether it would ever be possible to have my teeth checked when I go through airport security.
I have been reading a lot about too many x-rays and whether the benefits outweigh the radiation. I was faced with the decision of whether I should just let the teeth fall out of the head or subject myself to the x-rays. I know the suspense is building.
The dental hygienist told me that the x-rays were safe because dental x-rays have far less radiation. Of course, she did admit that she got that information from the x-ray machine technician or salesperson. She wasn’t sure. Since I doubt motives when profit is involved, I came back to research and this is what I found.
This page from the FDA, highlights that such exposure is cumulative. I was a little more relieved after reading it. The impact of many is worse than little, but that’s no surprise. The faster the machine at the dental office, apparently the safer it is. If you are an adult, every 3 years is probably good enough; teens at 2 years and children are every one to 2 years.
One idea I had not thought of is that they recommend rinsing your mouth before and after the x-rays. Also, ask to wear the iron apron. Don’t ask to take that home because it matches with something you already own. (just seeing if you’re still with me). One other thing, it is like the sun a bit in that it can also cause skin cancer at certain levels.
I am always fascinated by teeth cleaning “deals”. It always feels like the 2 liter bottle of Pepsi to get me to the grocery store. The loss leader item then starts the x-ray, teeth whitening or veneer sale. In the end, they usually give me a tooth brush and some little floss as my “lovely parting gift”. Why can’t they give me licorice instead since I did have the x-rays today?