We shouldn’t need good oral health tips. We all know how important it is to look after our teeth. It’s fundamental to self-care. In theory, at least, it’s so simple—cleaning your teeth and gums, looking after your mouth and making sure a dentist regularly checks that your teeth are in good shape. But looking after ourselves tends to take a back seat to so many other things in life. Work commitments and taking care of everyone else in the family.
Making time for the basics
Taking care of your teeth is one of those things we just have to do in life—like we need to exercise, we need to eat healthily, we need a good night’s sleep. We all make choices about priorities in life. As a dentist, I’m not here to judge your choices. I’m here to give you some good oral health tips.
And the facts are quite simple—you only get one set of teeth as an adult, and you need to take care of them. If you do this effectively, do it really well—even if it’s only once a day. You don’t even have to do it twice a day. If you’re doing it really well, once is fine.
Put it in the diary
For some people, the challenge seems to be actually getting themselves to the dentist. Modern life doesn’t make many allowances, and it can be hard to see where you’re going to fit it in to your day, particularly if you’re juggling work and family. Make room for an appointment in your diary, just like you would for any other meeting. A check-up will normally take about 30 to 45 minutes of your time—it’s not that much of an investment of your time if you plan for it.
I find a lot of patients will come in and be relieved that they get some time with their feet up, even if it is in the dentist’s chair. Look at the positive. If you need to have your dental check-up, treat it as a break from a busy day. You’re getting a bit of head space in a busy world!
But I’m a busy mum!
Mums are always busy. They come in and they’re often frazzled. They’re running a household and a full-time job and are doing a great job of holding everything together. But they love it when they come in as they see it as a chance to lie down!
Mums often need to do their admin during the day, outside of the peak meal times at either end of the day. One of the most popular times to visit the practice, for mums as well as other full-time workers, is from mid-morning to lunch. They’ve usually had time to settle in at work, sort out the urgent emails and had those first meetings, and the rest of the day is somewhat mapped out, so you can be a bit more flexible after this time.
We can easily fit in patients around lunchtime and we’ll try to accommodate after hours to fit a busy schedule.
Regularity is the key
In dentistry, being regular is very important. We know that if something is in the diary, we’re all much more likely to do it. We book patients six months ahead and get in touch with them two weeks prior to that to ask if that still suits them. If they can, great—if something has cropped up, then we reschedule. There’s still that regularity.
Even if you don’t book ahead, we’ll send you a handy reminder in six months. The other thing we offer is online bookings. They are useful for people who can’t make those personal admin calls during the day, and you can jump online at any time of the night or day to make them.