Health

Another wisdom tooth bites the dust

I had a second wisdom tooth out on Saturday -- bottom left, the counterpoint for the top left which I had extracted back in 1998. The dentist had said it was best it came out now. It was moving upwards anyway, due to no pressure from the top left one. Worse, cleaning around it was becoming an issue, so I risked damage to the next (more useful) tooth along. This time, no particular issues --

Health

Electric toothbrushes

In the past I've been unconvinced by the benefits of electric toothbrushes. They just seemed like a gimmick to me. That was until at a checkup last month when the dentist noted that the kids might well find them better, to counter less-than-perfect manual brushing. He recommended the Oral B brand specifically (interesting since the "show bags" from there generally include Colgate stuff). Per

Health, Politics and activism, Ranting

Health insurance

The Medicare levy surcharge is, in my opinion, an stupid tax designed to force some people into getting private health insurance, whether they want it or not, by taxing them more than the cost of the premium if they don't, all in order to subsidise the otherwise unprofitable private health industry. I earn enough to be stung by it, but with the insurers bumping up premiums, it's getting close t