With the start of the school year just around the corner, I’m reminded of how often an older patient with a mouthful of dental problems shares the same words of regrets. When I give them the diagnosis of how many teeth need crowns, replacement or realigment to prevent headaches or further wearing, the majority all say something like, “If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken much better care of my teeth all along.”
It’s like telling our teenage daughters to use sunscreen and to avoid tanning beds. Or, for those of us with relatives who smoke, we know how difficult it is to try to convince them to quit because of the health risks. Yet, until they are looking at the Doctor facing treatment decisions because of their choices, we know people (including ourselves!) can easily assume, “It won’t happen to me.”
With the new school year upon us, challenge yourself to think youthfully and do what needs to be done NOW so you can avoid dental problems that are costly and time consuming. To be fully proactive with your dental health, call to arrange a comprehensive exam and treatment plan so you’ll have a thorough understanding of what will provide an optimal smile! Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.