Can you say “I love going to the dentist!”? One of my very young patients wrote that on the colouring-in sheet we gave her to complete while she was waiting for her mum who was getting a check-up and clean. She showed it to me proudly and said “I love coming in and seeing you!”. It made me feel fantastic and I wished all patients were like this.
She comes to see me every 6 months for a check-up and clean when her mum is due for hers. She wants to go first, opens wide straight away and shows me her teeth without hesitation. She likes to tell me about what’s going on in her mouth, like which tooth is becoming wobbly, and enjoys learning about her teeth and which ones are erupting next. When we discuss oral hygiene, she pays attention and follows my instructions. She doesn’t mind getting her teeth cleaned and even tells me the fluoride gel doesn’t taste too bad. I get a big smile and a big thank you at the end with a “see you in 6 months!”.
It might be surprising, but there actually are a lot of people out there, just like my young patient, that can say “I love going to the dentist!”. If you look after your teeth and gums with good oral hygiene and come see us every 6 months for a check-up and clean, you most likely won’t have any major dental problems. The 6 monthly appointments are quick and easy as there is little calculus to clean off and there is no need for any fillings or other dental treatment. Many patients who start on the 6 monthly maintenance routine after only coming in for dental emergencies comment “that was an easy visit!”.
A dental tip for everyone from my young patient who says “I love going to the dentist!”: “Make brushing your teeth funner by going to the dentist!”. When I asked her if she meant, “Make going to the dentist more fun by brushing your teeth!”. She said it works both ways. Very true!