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Charlotte Simpson, aka the Traveling Black Widow is a retired guidance counselor and special education teacher. After losing her husband of 31 years, she made solo-world-travel a central part of her retirement and has traveled all seven continents and 50 states. ​

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  1. Wow! What an interesting and insightful view of the mouth from an “ inside” view. There are so many perspectives of every possible life lesson. So proud of your daughter that she fulfilled her promise to herself and became a dentist. For me, that’s the real message here. Kudos to her.

  2. I actually love going to my dentist! I know that’s crazy, but thanks for spreading awareness!! More people need to read this! And I’ll share it on my social media platforms!!

  3. I am a retired Dentist, thank you so much for your article and sharing this important information. You should be proud of your daughter. Oral health is very important and it is important to know how it affects your entire body. Education is very important and it should start young.
    My mother who was a nurse would tell me when I was young a healthy mouth will lead to a healthy body.

  4. I appreciated this article. It came at the right time. It has taken me awhile to get my nerve up to go to the dentist, plus I didn’t have dental insurance. I decided this would be the year to add the supplement to my Medicare in order to get dental insurance. After visiting the dentist she referred me to another dentist an endodontics who found I needed to get a root canal. When I questioned her about the root canal I shared some of the horror stories I have heard, she said” I think a lot of the problem with dentist is word of mouth. We hear the bad things about others experiences with the dentist, but never the good.” There is always room to learn. Thanks for sharing. The more we know…

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