Sunday, February 20, 2011

And my Dentist* didn't believe me...

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/06/the-pain-of-being-a-redhead/

"A growing body of research shows that people with red hair need larger doses of anesthesia and often are resistant to local pain blockers like Novocaine. As a result, redheads tend to be particularly nervous about dental procedures and are twice as likely to avoid going to the dentist as people with other hair colors, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Researchers believe redheads are more sensitive to pain because of a mutation in a gene that affects hair color. In people with brown, black and blond hair, the gene, for the melanocortin-1 receptor, produces melanin. But a mutation in the MC1R gene results in the production of a substance called pheomelanin that results in red hair and fair skin."

I told you I wasn't being a drama queen!!

Take that.  See Emily, we aren't being babies.  It's our genetics.

And to my other sisters, the next time you try to pull out one of my gray hairs and I scream, remember this article.  (me = redhead = more pain = more screaming). 

* Not this dentist... he's the BEST and I will never switch. It was my old dentist and he just kinda laughed at me and then kept on drilling.

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