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Post-Game Dental Ritual for Alex Rodriguez

By May 24, 2009

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I had the pleasure of attending my nephews t-ball game on Saturday. I noticed almost all of the players, even at 5 years old, have begun to develop the repetitive pre-swing and pre-pitch rituals that many professional baseball players display in the bullpen and on the mound at each and every game; a superstition or habit that must precede every swing of the bat or throw of the ball. I chuckled when this display of habit reminded me of a humorous story I read the other day about Alex Rodriguez and his post-game rituals.

According to the new book "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" written by Selena Roberts, Rodriguez takes his oral hygiene very seriously. It turns out that Rodriguez would brush his teeth after every game he played for the Texas Rangers. Brushing after a game might not seem like a scandalous post game ritual, but the fact that the job description of a clubhouse attendant was altered to apparently include preparing A-Rods toothbrush with toothpaste for him; now that's gossip! Alright, it's not really that shocking; however if the clubhouse attendant was demanded to measured out A-Rods floss, that's another story! I just hope he uses the correct brushing method during this post-game ritual; all that brushing could result in dental abrasion.

June 1, 2009 at 4:52 pm
(1) Gary says:

I bet A-Rod’s dentist loves this ritual!

July 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm
(2) dentistry says:

I wonder how frequently he visits the dentist… If at all?

June 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(3) Toronto Dentist in Etobicoke says:

Shawn, it sure beats vomiting as a pre-game ritual like I’ve heard some athletes do.

Ritualizing your flossing is the secret to being consistent.

Everyone forgets to floss. It’s not important enough to make it onto the forefront of our agenda of competing demands. So it falls off the radar.

If you make it part of your daily ritual, such as morning wake-up routine, then you don’t have to remember. You just do it.

Make flossing one of your ducks in a row so you don’t even have to think about it.

Joe Bulger DDS
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