There are some things I never take for granted. Clean water, fresh air, good food, and healthy teeth. ALWAYS healthy teeth.
Think about it. Healthy teeth lead to a healthy smile, which is by far everyone’s best beauty asset. And, just like a classic designer handbag, fresh, clean breath is always in style.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been *mildly obsessed* with oral health. After two years of braces, several allergies to cavity fillings and eight tooth extractions (including four impacted wisdom teeth), I’ve had my share of dental dilemmas. So I always pay particular attention to staying on top of my oral hygiene; let’s face it, we rely on good dental health for everything from the food we eat to the way we speak. Think of your mouth as the gateway to your overall health, and your teeth as the guards. Wouldn’t you want them to be strong and healthy?
(Also? I love hard candy. Teeth, don’t fail me now!)
Part of my oral hygiene regime is to visit a dentist every 4-6 months, like clockwork, without exception. And it’s a family thing; I started taking both my boys to the dentist before they turned two years old! At the time, the dental hygienist simply counted their teeth and checked for “sugar buds”. Now, they get the full treatment – scaling, fluoride wash and power cleaning!
And cool sunglasses, of course.
It’s no secret: regular dental appointments are the best way to prevent and detect problems before they affect your family’s quality of life. By visiting your Ontario dentist and taking other proactive measures, you can skip the costly and painful treatments that result from neglect. (An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure… take it from someone who has had four cavities!) And thanks to the Ontario Dental Association, you can learn your dental care options and find a dentist near you online.
Of course, dentists do more than just polish those pearly whites. Your dentist can help detect, diagnose, and treat/prevent problems you might not know about – including gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that sneaks up on almost all Canadians at one time or another.
Are you a fellow “pro-dentite?” (As opposed to an “anti-dentite”, a term made famous by the hit show Seinfeld.) Here are some tips and tricks for a great smile and healthy mouth:
– Brush for 2-3 minutes at least twice a day to prevent tooth decay and gum disease
– Eat a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits & veggies, and lean meats
– See your dentist regularly
– Wear a mouth guard when playing sports or other aggressive activities
– Reduce your risks caused from stress, smoking and drug use
Have I inspired you to stay on top of your oral health? Call your dentist to book your next appointment today! Don’t have a dentist? Click here.
Although this post has been generously sponsored by the Ontario Dental Association, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect the Ontario Dental Association.
Thanks Lena! We are pretty firm on the oral health care here. About once a day they try really hard to get away with not brushing.. sometimes it’s a battle but I’m pretty happy to say it’s one I *always* win.
Of course, threatening to take away electronics can get’em to do just about anything!
Thanks for the reminder, I need to book an appointment for a check-up & cleaning, I keep putting it off!
Our whole family uses electric toothbrushes – not only for the superior cleaning but as they have a built in timer you know you’re brushing long enough.
I’m due for my dental appointment soon, Lena. Thanks for the reminder and love your post!
I’m all about clean teeth, I have actually been told by dentist to not floss as much. I floss so much my gums get really sore. I could spend at least 1/2 or more flossing.
We have a good dentist, and the kids don’t mind going, which makes it easier.
We go to the dentist as often as we should. Jack has his second visit in June! He will do great!
Going to the dentist soon, nothing major every time phew!
We have one coming up this month, I should phone to make sure there are no conflicts.
I go to the dentist every 6 months and so does my 5 year old and my hubby. I’m so happy that my son isn’t afraid of the dentist. :)
I used to dread going to the dentist, but now I have a much better one and it’s not so bad.
We are dedicated on going to the dentist and keeping our teeth clean with everyday oral hygiene. I am the one in the house with the phobia of the dentist. But once they figured out I am allergic to latex, I really don’t mind going so much. Makes a huge difference.
I am totally obsessed with dental health too after having braces as a teen. I’m headed to the dentist for a cleaning today!
I keep up with the 6 months appointments with the dentist. I should floss more (my dentist reminds me) it’s always a problem.
Surprisingly I enjoy going to the dentist. Smiles are definitely important!
Oral health is so important! I love hearing from the dentist how I did a wonderful job with brushing, flossing and taking care of my teeth in between dental visits
It’s true that brushing for only 2-3 minutes a day can make a difference. My child has special needs & will only let me brush his teeth a very short time. We visit a childrens hospital dentist every 6 months & my son is cavity free!
I’m definitely a pro-dentite!
Oral health is so important for your overall health
Debbie White Beattie
I brush twice a day and I floss every day. Luckily I’ve never had any problems with my teeth
Oral care is a constant battle with the kids and it’s so important they get it right !