I have always HATED going to the dentist.
Well, I take that back. If I’m just going in for a cleaning and I’m pretty sure that everything else is fine and nothing crazy is gonna crop up, then I’m okay. I even like how my teeth feel after a good cleaning. So smooth. I can’t quit rolling my tongue over them. Ya with me?
But any other time? I HATE IT. So naturally, I’m a little concerned that our girls (who are only 20 months old and haven’t been to the dentist yet) will have a bit of my aversion in them, as well. I mean, let’s face it: going to the dentist is something that many people dread. After all, who can say they really enjoy having their teeth probed and poked before being given a bill for the pleasure?
On that note, I really am hoping that the earlier I remove any fear of the dentist the easier it will be for my kiddos to visit one and take care of their teeth for life.
You might be surprised to know that 65% of Australians haven’t visited the dentist in 2 years! Cost is a major factor in the decision not to go; fear is the other one. It is, therefore, important to help your anxious kid as soon as possible.
Well, I had to cancel my 6-month cleaning at my dentist the other day. Those of you who have ever had morning sickness know why, HA! The experience could turn out very unpleasantly for myself AND the hygienist, so I figured I’d spare both of us until my gag reflex isn’t so sensitive. Isn’t that nice of me?
However, I don’t have the strongest teeth in the world. I never have. I had PERFECT teeth until I hit 18 years old, and then it all went downhill from there! My husband (who has fantastic teeth and horrible eyes) and I joke and say we hope the kids get his teeth and my eyes (which are fabulous) because if they get his eyes and my teeth, they’ll be in trouble!
So, until I’m able to make a cleaning appointment happen, I figured I’d check over my oral hygiene routine and make sure I’m doing what needs to be done. How about you?
In order to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your teeth and gums perfectly healthy, you need to follow a strict daily routine that includes brushing and flossing. Take a few minutes to read through the tips below to either establish a dental hygiene routine or enhance your existing one. Then make sure that you see a dentist regularly, in addition to your home care, in order to have your teeth cleaned professionally and examined for any problems.