We are very proud to be able to say that we’ve treated generations of fathers here at the office of Dr. Bez. Since 1979, we’ve had the privilege of knowing many of our patients’ children, as well as 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–especially when it comes to taking care of your mouth. 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 released, finding 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. Seeing a role model brush and floss (or not floss and brush, as the case may be), sends a strong message to children about the importance of taking care of their oral health. Studies have also shown that children are influenced more by their parents than their peers even into the teen years.
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’ve made taking care of your mouth an important part of your day! Your children are sure to thank you for it one day, even if that thanks comes in the form of a beautiful smile.
Happy Father’s Day!