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Why a Family Trip to your Family Dentist is a Great Way to Start 2019


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2019 is almost here.
There’s no better way to start the new year than by making appointments for all
your family members with your family dentist.
You’ll know right away if there are any dental health concerns you should know
about. Also, you’ll be able to plan your cavity-prevention strategy for the
entire year.

10 Ways to Have a Tooth-Friendly 2019

Most of us don’t give
much thought to our oral health. That’s unfortunate, because teeth and gums are
the gateway to the rest of the body. With that in mind, here are 10 tips for a tooth-friendly
2019:

  1. Make dental
    appointments for the whole family, including yourself. There’s no better way to
    teach the importance of oral hygiene than by setting a good example. Plus, this
    will tell you where you and your loved ones stand when it comes to your teeth
    and gums.
  2. Bring
    your coverage information with you and ask the office staff to review it. That
    way you’ll have no unexpected delays in getting treatment.
  3. Set
    appointments for exams and cleanings. A good rule of thumb is to see the
    dentist twice a year, once in summer and later when winter rolls around. Ask
    the office staff to give you a reminder text message or phone call when the
    time comes near.
  4. Double-check
    your coverage. Make sure it’s not due for expiration or changes during the next
    12 months. You should also check your co-pays and coverage limits, so you’re
    not caught unawares by an unexpected bill.
  5. Begin to
    phase out sugars and simple starches from your family diet. Sugar-free versions
    of favorite treats are easier to find than ever before. Without a steady supply
    of sugary fuel, cavity-causing bacteria will have a much harder time attacking
    your family’s dental health.
  6. If you or
    any of your family members smoke, then make 2019 your year to quit. Tobacco
    products of any kind, including vaping devices, can have devastating
    consequences on your health. Ask your dentist about new medications and
    treatment strategies that can help you to kick the habit for good and all.
  7. Buy new
    toothbrushes for everyone in your household. Dentists recommend replacing your
    brush every two months on average. But most of us wait far too long to attend
    to this simple task. A new brush is far more effective at keeping teeth clean
    than one which has become worn and frayed.
  8. Teach
    your children the importance of good dental care habits. Set a daily brushing
    and flossing schedule that works with everyone’s commitments. Dentists
    recommend brushing at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. Daily
    flossing is important as well.
  9. Use
    positive reinforcement to help your family members practice good oral health
    habits. For example, you might reward your child for behaving at the dentist
    with a trip to the movies or a sugar-free treat afterwards.
  10. At the
    end of 2019, have a family conference to discuss how well each of you adhered to
    your yearly plans. A little accountability is important for staying true to your
    goals.

The new year is all
about starting things afresh. Make 2019 your family’s year to take better care
of your teeth and gums. There’s no better way to greet the future with a smile
on your face.

About the Author

Dr. William Olafson earned
his DMD degree from Nova Southeastern University in Florida before completing a
one-year residency at Philadelphia’s Albert Einstein Medical Center. He is trained
in many advanced aspects of dental care, including implants, root canal
therapy, and oral surgery. You can reach his office online or by
calling  (781) 337-6644.

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