A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
You care for your family, so their well-being matters to you. You want them to get the best medical care. Going to the dentist twice a year is the best way to keep your family's teeth in excellent condition. Unfortunately, many people are resistant to going to the dentist. If your spouse or older children don't want to go to the dentist, don't give up. Here are four tips you can try to get your whole family to the dentist:
1. Lead by example.
Children watch everything their parents do. Whether consciously or not, they're always looking to mom and dad for an example of how to live. Even your spouse is watching you to see if your actions line up with your words. If you say it's important for your family to go to the dentist, you need to walk your talk and lead by example. Go to the dentist for a cleaning and checkup every six months. Don't make excuses, or your family members might decide that dental care isn't really so important after all.
2. Visit a family dentistry practice.
When you all have the same dentist, biannual checkups can be a family bonding experience. Your family can discuss the experiences they had at the dentist, and any stories you tell will be more enjoyable since you all know the staff at the dentist's office. Find a family dentistry practice that specializes in family dental care. These dentists have experience working with patients of all ages, from children to older adults. Don't be afraid to try a few different dentists so that you can find one that clicks with your whole family.
3. Schedule your appointments for the same day.
Whenever possible, schedule your entire family's dental appointments for the same day. Back to back scheduling is best, since it will get you in and out of the dentist's office in the shortest amount of time. When it's difficult to complete a task, people are more likely to give up. Make your family's dental appointments very easy by taking care of them all in one shot.
4. Plan a fun outing afterward.
Going to the dentist is necessary, but it isn't particularly fun. You can make it fun by scheduling an exciting activity for the whole family to do after you visit the dentist. Pick something that everyone will enjoy. You can enjoy a movie, visit an amusement park, or even play miniature golf. Creating positive associations with the dentist will make it easier to get everyone on board with proper dental care.