Preventive Care Broken Down Into Days, Hours, Minutes

Curious about the day-to-day details of preventive care? Maybe you’ve often wondered how many hours or minutes of your life you are spending brushing, flossing, and seeing us for dental checkups and cleanings. While you may think it amounts to quite a lot, you may be shocked to learn that, mathematically speaking, it comes out to practically no time at all, though the benefits are exceptional. Find out more regarding this unique perspective from our Ankeny, IA team!

Let’s Talk Day To Day Details

First, patients often want to know how many days of their life they are going to spend visiting us. Of course, you already know that when it comes to your prevention at home, this is a daily thing (however, it takes such a small amount of time, that you don’t think of it in terms of days from your life). As for seeing us, you know that you may need to block time off, take time off of work, and more, which can cause you to think: How many days of the year will I need to participate in professional preventive care? The answer is such a nice one: Out of the 365 days of the year, you will need to see us during two of them. We encourage patients to set up cleanings and checkups every six months. It’s not much but it offers powerful protection against decay and more!

Let’s Talk About Prevention In Hours

Again, we realize that you probably think of your preventive care at home in terms of minutes, so let’s stick with considering how many hours of your life you will need to spend with us for professional prevention. You’ll be surprised by what a very small amount of your whole year it requires! Let’s be generous and say that from driving to see us, parking, experiencing your visits, and leaving, it takes about two hours. Now multiply this by two. You’ve got four hours. Did you know that there are 8,760 hours in a year? When you do the math, you’re spending about .045% of your year on your professional prevention. Not much!

Let’s Discuss Prevention Down To The Minute!

Now, for the home preventive care that you practice. Your brushing sessions should be two minutes each and you brush twice daily, so that’s four minutes of daily brushing. Flossing takes about a minute (you do this once). That’s five minutes out of your entire day for prevention. Ready for some more math? That’s 5 minutes out of 1,440 daily minutes! It’s .35% of your day. See what we’re getting at? It protects your smile and takes nearly no time at all. Pretty cool!

Protect Your Smile With Prevention

See us for the preventive dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile! Find out if you’re making good choices by scheduling a visit with your Ankeny, IA dentist today! Contact Peddicord Family Dentistry to set up an appointment by calling 515-963-3339.