Here’s a question nobody asks me…
Many people say, I haven’t come in for a while because (insert excuse here)… or some are just honest and say, “No offence Doc but I hate the dentist.” No, I don’t take it personally. What we do is a little invasive, and working in someone’s face with the work that we have to do can be less fun than sitting on the beach, but if you ask the people who don’t have many teeth (or any) they will tell you the same thing: “I wish I had taken better care of my teeth.”
Yes, you can either have the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The pain of discipline is short and intermittent, like going to the gym. The pain of regret is heavier.
So, if you want to see the dentist less, here’s what you should do…
- Brush twice a day, morning and before bed.
- Floss every day, always.
- Limit sugar, but if you are going to eat sugar there is a ‘right way’ and it is this: limit the duration of exposure of sugar to your teeth. Example in Canadian terms: drink your “double-double” in a short period of time, then rinse your mouth with water, instead of sipping on for 3 hours. Sugar is addicting (yes, like drugs).
- Visit the dental office for regular cleaning and checkup visits – your work with the hygienist will keep you on the right path, and if there is a problem developing, catching it early means less work, less costly work, and less time in the chair.
If you do these 4 simple things, then you and I can see each other in short checkup visits, rather than to have dental work done.
If anxiety is keeping you away, note that we have sedation options from laughing gas (mild sedation) to completely out (general anesthesia) right in our office, for adults and kids as young as 2 years.
Now go brush and floss and I’ll see you at your next visit, for a short checkup