Thursday, February 20, 2014

What Do Women (and Men!) Want?

What Do Women (and Men!) Want?

It may be a first date or it may be a long-term relationship, but whatever the goal, young women and men have clearly stated what the “must-haves” are – at least when it comes to initial attractiveness.

Recently a survey was done of over 5,000 single adults, and the results were surprising!

Fortunately, trust and respect both ranked as essential elements in a potential partner.  But before you can even get that far, close to half of the people surveyed claim they research someone online before meeting them, with 38% saying they would cancel the date if they didn’t like what they found!

Perhaps the most interesting part of the survey involved what others are judged on. The results differed for men and women, with women ranking their date’s clothing (58%) over hair (53%), and vice versa for men (51% for hair vs. 45% for clothes).

Fortunately, at the bottom of the list, only 9% judge others on the electronic device they carry. And towards the top for both sexes came grammar – so watch what you say!!

But least surprising (to us anyway) was the fact that the number one thing both sexes look at when sizing up their dates are…..teeth!

According to one very wise survey participant, “Taking care of your teeth is a good indicator of hygiene.” How true!

Anthropologist Helen Fisher, a professor at Rutgers University, agrees. She says “From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indication of your health – how much you drink, smoke, and what you’re eating.” Even more so, yellow, stained, uneven and otherwise unsightly teeth can leave a first impression that is hard to overturn.

Whether you are single, married, dating, or not interested – a healthy attractive smile says so much about you. That’s why regular preventive dental care is one of the most important things you can do for your appearance and physical well-being.

At Cosgrove Dental Care, we care about you and your smile! If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth or your dental health in general, we are here for you!! Whether it’s a confidential smile evaluation, problems with bad breath, or a routine dental cleaning – we will be glad to see you and answer any questions you may have. Please call us today at 205-967-4080. We can help!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Thomas P Cosgrove DMD, PC Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Thomas P Cosgrove DMD, PC Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Thomas P Cosgrove DMD, PC has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.
“Only about 5 percent of the companies Thomas P Cosgrove DMD, PC competes with in Birmingham AL are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on


Angie's List helps consumers have happy transactions with local service professionals in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to healthcare. More than 2 million paid households use Angie's List to gain access to local ratings, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List Magazine and the Angie's List complaint resolution service.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fun Facts about Flossing

Fun Facts about Flossing:

1.Less than half of Americans floss daily; with men flossing less than women.

2.Brushing your teeth without flossing is like only washing 70% of your body.

3.Dental floss was first manufactured in 1882 and was made of silk.

4.In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled a wall and escaped.

5.If flossing properly, the average person should use 122 yards of floss per year. Sales data shows that only an average of 18 yards is sold per person each year.

6.If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of you tooth surfaces.

7.Over 3 million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

The global theme for Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change.

For many, climate change seems like a remote problem, but the reality is that it’s already affecting people,
animals and places around the world. As these Faces of Climate Change begin to multiply, others are multiplying too: the faces of those stepping up to do something about it.

From now until Earth Day, Earth Day Network is collecting images to depict The Face of Climate Change. We've partnered with Earth Day Network to support the cause, and we need your help!

Upload your photos and share your stories at, or post your photos to Twitter or
Instagram using the hash-tag: #FaceOfClimate. And check out the Face of Climate Change photo display at!

On and around Earth Day – April 22 – a massive digital display of these images will be shown at thousands of events around the world.

Together, we’ll personalize the challenge that climate change presents, while uniting people around the globe
into a powerful call to action. Go to to learn more.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 2013 marks the 14th Annual Oral Cancer Awareness Month. 

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, 8000 resulting in death. Dr Cosgrove wants to remind everyone that regular oral cancer screenings are the best method to detecting oral cancer early. Early detection is crucial, because the cancer can be treated  more easily. At Cosgrove Dental Care we utilize a device called VELscope to facilitate early detection. Call (205)967-4080 to schedule your oral cancer screening today!

To find out more about risk factors, signs, symptoms and treatment options visit the Oral Cancer FoundationADA and VELscope websites.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

National Children's Dental Health Month

February is National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM)

The American Dental Association (ADA) encourages children to practice good oral health habits.
The ADA offers free downloadable oral health information to provide fun tools to promote the benefits of good oral health. The NCDHM program guide includes easy-to-do classroom activities and program planning timetable tips.

During NCDHM, it is particularly important to raise awareness of the plight of children from low income families, many of whom have difficulty eating, sleeping, paying attention in school and smiling due to rampant dental disease.

Call our office (205)967-4080 today to schedule an appointment for yourself or your children. Here at Thomas P. Cosgrove DMD, PC we welcome new patients!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Valentine’s Day – Are You And Your Mouth Ready?

You probably know that Valentine’s Day is February 14th – but here are some interesting Valentine’s Day trivia facts you may not be aware of!!

·         Every year over 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sent – second only to Christmas.
·         The people who receive the most Valentine’s cards are teachers. They deserve it!
·        Most flowers sold in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day are imported from South America.
·         Richard Cadbury sold the first Valentine’s Day box of chocolates in 1868.
·         This year over $1 billion will be spent on Valentine’s chocolates.
·         It is believed that St. Valentine was put to death on February 14th. His last letter to his love (the jailer’s daughter) was    signed, “From Your Valentine.”
·        NECCO has been making heart-shaped candies with sweet sayings since 1902!
·         Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent on Valentine’s Day in 1876. Many years later on February 14th penicillin was introduced!
·        Men spend approximately twice as much as women for Valentine’s Day!

Okay – now that you are an expert on Valentine’s Day – is your mouth ready? Here are some things you can do to make sure!!

·         Avoid foods that can cause bad breath such as garlic, onions and curry. While these foods are believed to be healthy, they can cause a kissing disaster unless your mate participates too!
·         Use lip balm frequently. The cold winter months can make your lips feel like alligator skin!
·         Drink water often throughout the day. This washes food particles out of your mouth and prevents dehydration, a leading cause of foul breath.
·         If you are a fan of gum or mints, try those which contain Xylitol. Unlike sugar, it’s not harmful to your teeth, and actually fights off bad bacteria.
·         Mouthwash can be good, but if your mouthwash contains alcohol (as many do) be careful! It can dry out the tissues of your mouth causing damage and a characteristic bad smell.

If you are due for a dental cleaning, want to find out about tooth whitening, or have any dental questions, give us a call at (205)967-4080! After all, you want your Cupid kisses to be as pleasant as possible, and at Thomas P. Cosgrove DMD, PC, we do too!!!