Thursday, February 17, 2011

Healthy Habit # 6 Practice Good Dental Hygiene

How many of you dread your visits to the Dentist?  The pain, those long needles, drilling a tunnel in your teeth.  Or that little wedge thing to keep your mouth open, or when the dentist brings in someone to help pull out a tooth?  Egads!!!  Why on earth does one look forward to that visit?
Try spending a long weekend with an abscessed tooth, while your dentist in out of town, and forgot to leave a message who was filling in for him/her and you have no PAIN PILLS.  Now that is motivation my friends.  I’m standing at the door before they open, waiting to get into the chair - fix this NOW!!  He sent me to a specialist and pain was gone within an hour!
Like many other topics on this blog, we are learning more each passing day about so many things, our bodies, the environment, new technology, new discoveries, new ways of treating so many things.
Crowns used to take weeks to make.  Make the mold, send it off to a third party.  Today, a couple of digital pictures, some adjustment by the dentist, and a fancy machine down the hall begins making the one of a kind crown for you.  A few minutes later, a big smile and  you are walking out the door - another satisfied customer.
Remember, practicing good dental hygiene begins at home, with Mom and Dad helping, setting the example for you to follow.  Brushing your teeth, flossing and rinsing at least daily!  Eating the right foods to help you have strong healthy teeth and to last a life time.  It is important that you visit your dentist twice a year for a good cleaning and check up.
We have an excellent dentist who has been given several awards over the years in the Greater Washington DC Metro area.  We are also friends and have a good time during our visits. 


  1. My motto...."You only floss the ones you want to keep".....

  2. Oh, many of us don't understand the importance of having a dentist to check our teeth. We should change our mindset towards them because they help us have good teeth. Since we fear them badly, we avoid them unless we're experiencing excruciating pain. We should not wait for that moment to happen. Remember that prevention is always better than cure. :)

  3. Thank you Emmy for your comments and a different perspective - which are always welcome.