It’s true! Your friends and family do play an important role in your oral health. An assistant professor of health policy and health services research at Boston University came to this conclusion after researchers conducted a study on oral health among residents of a particular area of Boston. The purpose of the study was not only to determine how best to distribute information to people about their oral health but about their overall health as well.
Although you don’t want to give up on family dental care at your Amherst dentist, it’s interesting to consider how your social network might influence the way you take care of your teeth and gums. Read on!
How Your Friends and Family Provide Influence
The study pointed out that although women can be motivated by doctors on how to care for their children’s physical and oral health, changes were usually short-lived. But when the advice came from those people close to these mothers—friends, family members, and others within their social circle—the advice tended to be followed. What’s more, the advice actually made a difference in how the mothers cared for their children.
The conclusion is that for the most part, people are more inclined to listen to and follow the advice of people they know—and know well.
The Basics of Dental Health
Your friends and family might have great advice on keeping your mouth healthy, but nothing replaces visiting your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Good home care—brushing and flossing regularly—is also important. Prevention is always better when it comes to dentistry, and it means you can often avoid extensive—and sometimes expensive—treatment!