We’ve all got them — the friends and family members who seem to be oblivious to their dental health. Right now, that just means a little bad breath and a less-than-bright smile, but later on, your friend or cousin is at risk of tooth loss, gum disease, and all the associated health risks of poor dental hygiene. As your dentists in New York City, we want to remind you that you can pay it forward when you help your friends enjoy healthier teeth and fresher breath! You wouldn’t let your friends get behind the wheel after a long night out, so why brush off the fact that they are putting their overall health at risk by skipping the dentist? Give the Gift of Health with a referral to the Drs. Boyd!
How to Talk to Your Friends About Oral Hygiene
Talking to your friends about their dental hygiene (or lack thereof) can be difficult, but it really couldn’t be more important. Gum disease is the number one cause of missing teeth in adults over the age of 35, and it’s also been linked to a number of health conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and even breast cancer.
Nervous about talking to your loved one about their teeth? We’ve got some suggestions for how to broach the dental hygiene subject.
#1: Invite Them Along
The next time you’re calling to schedule an appointment with the Drs. Boyd, why don’t you ask your friend if they’d like you to schedule an appointment for them, too? Many adults skip the dentist simply because they don’t know who to call. Make it easy on them — bring up the fact that you love your dentist, and offer to make two appointments. Just be sure to remind your loved one that you’re already calling for yourself.
#2: Talk About Dental Anxiety
Too many people avoid the dentist due to fear. Maybe your friend is afraid of needles, or has had a traumatic experience at the dentist in the past. Let them know the Drs. Boyd take a calm, slow approach to dentistry — and that there are options using mild sedation for extra help relaxing.
#3: Point Out the Repercussions of Bad Dental Health
Often, people will skip checkups and cleanings because they think preventive dental care is too expensive. But there’s one thing that’s definitely more expensive than a routine visit to the dentist — tooth replacement. Gently remind your friend that the repercussions of avoiding dental care are significant.
#4: Just Be Honest
Of course, you can also just tell your friend that you care about them, and wish they would care for their dental health. He or she may appreciate a dose of reality.
Give the Gift of Health
Whether you visit the Drs. Boyd for general checkups and cleanings or you’re enjoying your amazing smile transformation, we know you’ve had positive experiences with your dental care. Why don’t you share the wealth? We love patient referrals! Please contact Treatment Coordinator, Rebecca or one of our Patient Care Coordinators, Kristine, Denise or Danielle for more information about referring someone to our office.