We are proud to treat generations of fathers here at the office of Dr. Michael Bezbatchenko, being here since 1979 has allowed us the privilege of knowing many of our families, their children, and their children’s children. We are thrilled to see our patients pass down their great oral health home care routines on to their children, who then do the same. Father’s have such a positive influence on their children’s behavior. Studies have shown that it is the things we do that can have the biggest impact, of course, what we say is important as well, but we all know that children watch everything we do and are highly impressionable.

An alarming study that was recently released found that almost 30 percent of men do not visit a dentist for regular check-ups and another 40 percent never floss. Considering you only reach 60 percent of the tooth when you brush this spells trouble for the health of your mouth. As you can see flossing is also crucial for the health of children and adolescents teeth. Seeing a role model brush and floss, sends a strong message to their children about the importance of taking care of their oral health. Studies have shown that children are influenced more by their parents than their peers even into the teen years.

So, why not let your children see you brush and floss from time to time and when you do, perhaps comment on how glad you are that you have made taking care of your oral health an important part of your day! Your children are sure to thank you for it one day, even if that thank you comes in the form of a beautiful smile.