Self-Care Challenge (Day 173): Going to the Dentist

On day 173 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I stayed up to date on preventive care by going to the dentist.

I understand that not everyone enjoys going to the dentist. I mean, it’s not exactly comfortable lying there with your mouth wide open while someone pokes around at your teeth.

But oddly enough, I’ve always kind of looked forward to going to the dentist. I like the way my teeth feel when I leave: clean, shiny and smooth.

As a kid, I remember the excitement I felt seeing my name added to the “cavity free” bulletin board in my dentist’s office. As silly as it sounds, it felt I’d just won first place in some strange dental contest.

One of my recent self-care priorities has been to develop a daily flossing habit. (And it clearly paid off because my hygienist noticed!) It’s something that has always been hard for me to remember to do. The only exception was after my braces were removed – flossing was so much easier without having to use a threaded needle that free-flossing felt like a gift. I couldn’t wait to floss!

Maintaining good dental hygiene is a basic tenet of health. Most insurance plans cover cleanings every year, and many cover visits every six months. This is one area of health where prevention is key. A consistent brushing and flossing routine can help reduce the need for more invasive (and sometimes painful) dental treatments down the road.

When was your last visit to the dentist?

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