Originally created 06/30/00

Keeping teeth is a tough job

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

- Auguste Rodin

Summer can be a fun time for children playing outdoors, but it can also be a hazardous time.

The Academy of General Dentistry warns that summer takes its toll on the mouths of youngsters.

How about these statistics:

Five million teeth are knocked out each year.

About 10 percent of the children participating in sports receive some sort of facial injury.

A child is injured on a U.S. playground every 2´ minutes.

I believe them, too. Twenty-eight years ago this week I lost five front teeth to a baseball.

If your child happens to have a tooth displaced, push it back into its original position, tell them to bite down so that the tooth doesn't move, then call your dentist or visit the emergency room.

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MAILBAG: Some more summer postcards. Ruth Cole of Goshen Road in Augusta writes that she is "having a great time" in Denmark. And Jay and his lovely wife send greetings from Frankfurt, Germany, on the way to Tel Aviv.

David Josey of Augusta sends a card from the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where he and daughter Lauren went, courtesy of WEKL radio.

Robin, Sharon and Ronnie Cofer write from Monaco, where they are "sending smiles from a beautiful place."

Carrie Welter is taking things cool in St. Paul, Minn. She has company with Gloria Garner, the Gerald Thompson family and Dave Welter. They are attending the Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People convention.

Bettie Hinton sends greetings from Tucson, Ariz.

William Bross of Thomson is having a wonderful time in Hawaii. As is Beverly Roberts of Hephzibah, attending the International Lions Club convention. "Roar, Lions, roar," she writes.

Going on vacation? Send me a postcard at P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: "The trouble with life is, by the time you can read a girl like a book, your library card has expired." - Milton Berle.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Comes from Ruth.

There were two friends, one an optimist and the other a pessimist, who could never quite agree on any topic of discussion.

One day the optimist decided he had found a good way to pull his friend out of his continual pessimistic thinking. It seemed the optimist owned a hunting dog that could walk on water.

His plan?

Take the pessimist and the dog out duck hunting in a boat. They got out into the middle of the lake, and the optimist brought down a duck. The dog immediately walked out across the water, retrieved the duck, and walked back to the boat.

The optimist looked at his pessimistic friend and said, "What do you think about that?"

The pessimist replied, "That dog can't swim, can he?"

Reach Bill Kirby at (706) 868-1222, Ext. 107.


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