There’s an expression for when you’ve got something handled, taken care of, or under control: We sometimes say it’s “in the bag.”
Some famous fictional characters have bags. Santa has a bag of toys (I wish I had that bag). Mary Poppins had just about everything under the sun in her carpetbag. That miraculous bag had the power to heal others drawing from it a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
When I say, “it’s in the bag” there’s no way I can deliver on that kind of wonderful mystery or magical delight. But, I still feel that it’s a purposeful expression and I literally deliver critically healthful materials to my patients in a bag every day.
So, what’s in the bag? It’s pretty simple:
- A tooth brush
- A tube of toothpaste
- Return appointment card
If we use these items in our normal daily routine, then we would have fewer instances of tooth decay and infected teeth. A healthy diet also plays an important role in good oral health. With that said, you have to know how to use the items in the bag properly.
Believe it or not, you can apply too much toothpaste to the toothbrush. A pea-size amount is all you need … ever. When the bristles on the toothbrush fray and bend down instead of stand up, then it’s time to get a new toothbrush. If you never use the dental floss then you can allow small particles of food to settle in between and behind your teeth after eating. That unflossed food breaks down and ferments, causing an odor that is unpleasant and sometimes offensive to others. And, it creates an unhealthy oral environment that can initiate bone loss.
Also, you need to visit your friendly dentist every six months. As good as we are at brushing away plaque, we will never be able to remove it all on our own. A little help by the dental hygienist goes a long way in keeping our teeth in tip-top shape. Parents can help model these good habits to their children as they create a home with healthy and beautiful white smiles.
So, when I think about it, the things that I put in our patients’ goody bag can help us to take care of our teeth, handle it, and keep things under control. And as we use them we can say with confidence: It’s in the bag!
About McKinney Smiles:
Dr. Paul Lawrence of McKinney Smiles offers top-quality, comprehensive dental care for adults and children so that any dental health need can be addressed. McKinney Smiles is conveniently located at 2780 Virginia Parkway, Suite 201, in McKinney.
McKinney Smiles’ services include:
- Orthodontics, including clear aligner orthodontics
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Sedation dentistry
- Restorative care
- One-visit root canals
- Preventive care
- And much more!
If it’s been a while since you or your loved ones have been to the dentist, no worries. Dr. Lawrence’s patients appreciate his kind demeanor — he understands that time has a way of sneaking by, and he will partner with you to help restore your dental health.
At McKinney Smiles, Dr. Lawrence also believes in preventive care to ensure you a lifetime of smiles. McKinney Smiles wants to help patients keep their teeth healthy for life — and Dr. Lawrence tells patients that tooth decay and gum disease can be stealthy opponents. That’s where McKinney Smiles’ preventive care strategy comes in: Dr. Lawrence and his staff do a comprehensive examination, keep steps ahead of decay and disease, catch concerns early, and teach you to practice effective home hygiene.
Please call McKinney Smiles at 972-542-8400 so the friendly, wonderful McKinney Smiles staff can help you and your loved ones achieve your healthiest smiles possible!