Giving the Gift of a Smile

Giving the Gift of a Smile

Dr. Matt Artho

by Dr. Matt who is a practicing dentist and owner of Country Lakes Family Dental www.CountryLakesDental.com

If you are one of the lucky ones, or maybe just consistently prepared, you were able to complete your Christmas gift shopping on time or even ahead of time. It’s that annual exercise of meticulously browsing through the online depositories and store aisles of toys, tools, and treasures for that perfectly tailored gift that yields the anxiously awaited smile of our loved one. I propose that this year, consider giving your loved ones, just that: the gift of a smile.

The significance of the gift of a smile is easily apparent. There are a variety of articles and studies that show how important a smile is with regard to first impressions, job interviews, and social relations. Giving a healthy smile is a gift with notable benefits and lasting longevity. Here are some ideas:

The easiest way to start is with products that encourage good oral hygiene. Electric toothbrushes make easy stocking stuffers, as well as travel size items like toothpaste, floss, or mouthwash. You may be able to even add an over-the-counter whitening kit.

Though it may not appear as the most exciting present, if your family is out of the routine of regular dental appointments, get them scheduled. You may even consider coupling a cleaning appointment with a session of dental whitening. If your family member has expressed a desire for orthodontic care, start with a consult. This is a perfect time to set up care that has a potential for a lifelong impact. Hopefully, your recipients will appreciate your care for their dental health.

I, myself, often witness patients putting off either desired or necessary dental care or dental treatment, like Invisalign, dental implants, or even routine dental treatment. Whatever the reason for the delay, having a healthy, beautiful and fully restored smile for five to ten to twenty years is not only worth it, but may be even long enough to outlast most appliances or electronics these days. Take the time to consider giving yourself or your loved one this long awaited dental care.

Of course, there are many ways to give the gift of a smile. Sharing your time, happiness, and charity with those you love and those in need will always put a smile on the face of others, and maybe even your own. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and happy smiling!


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