How is the oral health in your household? How is your own oral health? Whatever the answer may be, you can rest assured that brushing frequency plays a huge part.
Regular teeth-brushing seems like a no-brainer to most people. It is certainly talked about that way. However, you would be shocked at how low dental health is on many people’s priority lists. Bad dental habits form in all kind of different ways. Most often, bad habits get established in childhood and become very difficult to shake as people get older. At Smile Designers, we place special emphasis on helping our younger patients understand the importance of dental health because we understand the massive impact it can have in the future. We want to help our patients’ parents reinforce good habits, which is why we wrote a blog with tips for parents wondering where to start.
Speaking of parents and good habits, are your habits up to snuff? Whether you’re molding young minds or not, dental health is very important. Maybe you’re in a relationship. Just because you’ve found someone who doesn’t mind your morning breath doesn’t mean you (or they) can neglect brushing. Even if you’re on your own and nobody has to deal with your dental habits beyond the occasional coworker, friend, or family member, your entire dental future lies in your hands and your habits. That is why we are going to take this blog and discuss ways you can get someone to brush their teeth. Keep in mind, we may be speaking to you!
Convincing Someone to Brush Their Teeth
Habits may be more difficult to change as we get older, but that doesn’t mean they cannot shift. Whether you’re trying to convince someone else or convince yourself, here are some ways to get the job done.
Put it all out there (nicely).
We know: telling someone their teeth look nasty or their breath would kill a rhino (hopefully in kinder words) is nobody’s idea of a fun conversation, especially when the guilty party is someone you love. However, tiptoeing around the problem is not going to solve it and may actually make it worse. What if they ask you how long you’ve thought their breath stinks, and you have to tell them it’s been months (years)? You can bet they’ll wonder why you let them gross everyone out that long.
- The best approach to an awkward subject like this one is to choose a method that will be taken in the kindest way by the person. Maybe you and your loved one rag on each other a lot and they’ll get the message from some teasing. Maybe you need to take them aside and be gentle and quiet about it. You can even write them a note and say you want to talk about it with them. Just show you care and be honest about your feelings so your loved one can be honest about theirs. You may be surprised at the reasons behind your loved one’s dental habits.
If you’re wondering if you’re the one with the bad breath, you aren’t alone. Everyone does the “smell test” every now and then to figure out if they are putting everyone off the minute they open their mouths. However, in this instance, the best thing to do is go for the jugular again and ask. Ask people who you know will be honest, and you’ll get an answer you can actually work with.
In both cases, once the truth is out and improvement is wanted, it’s time for patience. Habit changes take time and may require multiple check-ins. If you can, provide some kind of positive reinforcement for improvement whether you’re the one making changes or a loved one is.
Bring data to the table.
We’re a society that loves to track progress and performance. We’ve got sleep trackers, food trackers, fitness trackers, and beyond. Teeth don’t have to be any different!
If you or your loved one can’t see why better dental care is needed, you can take pictures. Pictures can provide and important view into how the rest of the world sees your teeth. This type of picture can also serve as the perfect starting point for tracking progress! You can take photos every week or month to see how dental care improves the appearance of the teeth.
If pictures won’t serve, here are some numbers you and your loved one don’t want to be part of:
- 29 percent of adults suffer from regular tooth pain
- 74 percent of adults have needed at least one tooth extraction
- 66 percent of adults go around with visible plaque on their teeth
Tooth pain, the expense and discomfort of removals, and a smile featuring plaque are all negative experiences your loved one/you can avoid by simply improving your dental habits. The team at Smile Designers in Longmont is here to help you in any way we can!
Get some backup.
If honest concern, pictures, and data aren’t enough to convince you or your loved one to make a change, you should get a professional’s opinion. Assessment with experience and knowledge behind it is a lot more difficult to ignore. Maybe the dentist will say you’re taking care of your teeth perfectly, in which case you can go on doing what you’re doing with an extra swagger. However, if the dentist discovers you aren’t taking care of your teeth correctly, you’ll walk out with great advice and insights to motivate you.
Make An Appointment With Smile Designers in Longmont
At Smile Designers, we understand that very few things happen in life “just because.” Some people are so depressed or otherwise mentally sick that brushing their teeth is next to impossible. Others have been affected by childhood trauma, and their struggle manifests itself in bad dental habits. Whether there’s something very serious going on or already-present habits that need fine-tuning, we can help you. Our team of professionals will always put your comfort, needs, and education first. We see ourselves as caring allies to our patients, not finger-shaking surrogate parents. Contact our Longmont dental office for an appointment today!