Keeping My Teeth Healthy is a Lifetime Goal and Commitment

Most of my family waits until they have a problem before they see a dentist. I go to get things treated proactively to prevent those situations when I might have to see a dentist with a toothache or cracked or chipped tooth. I regularly go to a dentist in DTC to get my teeth cleaned […]

Most of my family waits until they have a problem before they see a dentist. I go to get things treated proactively to prevent those situations when I might have to see a dentist with a toothache or cracked or chipped tooth. I regularly go to a dentist in DTC to get my teeth cleaned and examined. I have only had a couple of cavities so far in my whole life. I was always meticulous about brushing and flossing even though my parents kind of left it to my siblings and I to make sure we did the routine every night before bed and in the morning before school. They did make sure I was not just wetting the toothbrush, but they did not monitor how we brushed after we learned. We did not have to floss either.

I chose to brush and floss and use a fluoride rinse. I paid attention in health class when I was little. We got a toothbrush, some toothpaste, some floss and a couple of sweet-tasting tablets we had to dissolve in our mouths to reveal any leftover plaque after brushing. I was surprised at what was left behind, and I never wanted to have a rotting tooth or have a tooth pulled like they showed in the pictures. The statistics they talked about said that I would have much better oral health if I brushed and flossed twice per day, and even better chances of better oral health if I used a rinse.

I stuck with it from the day I got home from school. I drove my mom crazy having her get me the rinse and floss and having her replace that toothbrush every three months. Well, I still have all of my teeth. My siblings have partials and dentures or mouths full of resin fillings and root canals. I am glad I chose to brush, floss and rinse.