Along with our visits to the doctor for our annual check ups, I make sure we visit the dentist regularly, too. And believe it or not, my children love going to the dentist.
Every time they've gone, since they were very young, they've loved the experience. We go to a family dentist and everyone working there treats my children so well. Making kids feel welcomed and relaxed is important in helping them have a positive experience when they’re sitting in the chair being examined.
Regular visits to the dentist is the secret to a great experience, and regular visits most certainly take away the fear of seeing your dentist. There are simple thing you can do to maintain healthy teeth (which result in a beautiful smile) and achieve a healthier lifestyle, overall.
- Regular visits to the dentist.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day (and flossing!).
- Eating a well balanced diet (limit the sugar intake!).
- Staying away from things that will have a negative impact on your health and mouth, like smoking.
- Check your mouth on a regular basis to get familiar with what is normal for you. That way you'll be able to tell your dentist at your next appointment.
- Replace your toothbrush often.
- Stay physically active (this will help reduce your levels of stress, too).
Live by example, and your children will follow in your footsteps by eating well, staying active, and brushing their teeth. Visiting the dentist won’t be a chore or a painful, scary experience if it’s something you often do. Usually after a child’s first visit, each visit after will be no problem at all. I can’t tell you how much my boys love visiting their dentist!
Also, regular visits to the dentist mean that most dental diseases, like tooth decay, are easier to treat and will cost you a lot less time and money if you're getting your teeth checked on a regular basis.
Since it’s Oral Health Month, it’s a good time to make sure you’re making your teeth a big deal. It’s alway a great time to see your dentist, and there is no better spring accessory than a dazzling, healthy, white smile.
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Disclaimer: Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Ontario Dental Association, the opinions and language are my own.