“Ouch!! My tooth aches.” This is when we think about going to that dreaded place… The dentist. But the dentist doesn’t have to be that dreaded place. If we go regularly, brush twice a day, floss one a day, and use mouthwash, we help our teeth and gums.
I always enjoyed going to the dentist as a child. I knew that I was going to get a sticker, a pretty toothbrush, some toothpaste, my favorite scented floss, and a balloon. Oh, and the best part, I always checked out of school to go to the dentist. My dentist experiences were fun. Sit on big bright chairs and wear cool sunglasses, so that the light wouldn’t be in my eyes. As I grew up, and started going to the family dentist, it was like blah, do I really have to go twice a
year. All they are going to do is clean and poke my teeth, and try to hold a conversation while their hands are in my mouth.
Going to the dentist is more than just brushing and flossing, it is about prevention. I never knew that gum disease affects your overall health, and has been
linked to heart disease and strokes. Simple things like bad breath could be a small dental problem.
Parents it is important to teach your children how to properly brush and floss their teeth. No one wants to have cavities, because they didn’t floss or brush. I use to get in trouble for not flossing, because when I did, I always made my gums bleed. So my dentist made me use a different floss. There are simple solutions for dental problems.
Do not wait until you need a root canal to go to the dentist. Go twice a year, brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use mouthwash. These few steps will help you prevent gum disease, cavities, halitosis, root canals, and much much more. Remember to change toothbrushes every three months, and if you are sick or have a cold, change after your cold is gone.
Oh yea, Smile!!