Monday, January 21, 2008

CL3: A Dental Tip

Background:

This is speech no 3 in the Competent and Leadership manual. It is about learning how to organize your speech. The objective was to persuade people to FLOSS but the title was intentionally named as such to give as little information about the speech as possible to keep the mystery. This speech was presented on 17th January 2008.

Actual Speech:

(action) Thank you the TME

(action) very excitedly, bend your knees, loudly clap your hands once and smile at the audience

Dear audience, a quick experiment. So please participate and please… be honest.

Alright, we shall start with the left. A SHOW OF HANDS!

HOW MANY OF YOU BRUSHED YOUR TEETH EVERY MORNING?

WELL DONE! NOW TO THE RIGHT

HOW MANY OF YOU BRUSHED YOUR TEETH EVERY MORNING?

EXCELLENT!!

NOW ALL THE PEOPLE AT THE BACK

SHOW OF HANDS!

“HOW MANY OF YOU FLOSSED YOUR TEETH EVERY MORNING?”

(action) react to the audience, step back, look straight

Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow toastmasters, GOOD EVENING!

The point today is FLOSS. And unfortunately, not many people seem to remember to FLOSS these days.

The reasons people forget are easy.

Unlike brushing which cleans the front of your teeth, flossing cleans the back of your teeth.

And like many other things, people tend to concentrate firstly on surface beauty, outlook and appearances. Hence flossing becomes secondary.

But there are many important reasons to floss.

For one, if bad breath is a problem for you. FLOSS.

Do not be swayed by marketing media such as Colgate Total or Listerine Mouthwashes.

They are in effect temporary. Especially for us Malaysians, who without need of mention LOVE to eat things like DURIAN, PETAI, SAMBAL, and MCDs.

(action) take out a sample toothpick with floss

Try this. After you’ve flossed for the first time, dare you take a whiff?

You’d probably be like… “Oh, =( so that’s where the smell is coming from”

On a more serious note, the main purpose of flossing is to remove plaque. Unlike brushing, it removes the plaque behind and in between the teeth.

It may sound cliché, but we remove plaque to prevent two things.

Tartar, Gingivitis!

Now, plaque you can remove it yourself. But tartar can only be removed by your dentist. And when your dentist has removed the tartar, there will be a hole in the tooth called a cavity. No matter if you have an institution, sponsor or company to pay for the fillings to fill up the tooth. A cavity or filling will not make your teeth look nice.

Gingivitis, on the other hand, is the inflammation of gums. When you see bleeding, recurring ulcers and redness, it is probably gingivitis. If the inflammation becomes severe, it probably has reached a later stage called periodontitis.

Now did you know that flossing helps prevent heart related disease?

HOW? Because gingivitis and periodontitis are bacterial forms of infection, bacteria can dislodge from the gums and flow into the bloodstream, travel thru blood vessels and risk creating clots. Clots lead to higher blood pressure and higher risk of getting a stroke.

So ladies and gentlemen, FLOSS. Advance to your nearest pharmacy to get something like this I hold in my hand. They sell by the 50 or 100 for only as low as RM4.00 a box. Watsons perhaps.

This is not a sales pitch. But I AM pitching for all of you to cultivate a new habit.

So, do not make a loss, FLOSS.

Back to you TME

By, Jason Chew