Over the last few years, I’ve gone through a number of career changes. I went from working a full-time job in sales, to spending a semester as a full-time student. After that, I worked briefly as a web designer, before landing a job as a social media coordinator at a marketing agency. What am I doing now? Well, for the last 6 months, I’ve been blogging and freelancing full-time. That sounds like a lot of job hopping, doesn’t it?

It seems as though moving from job-to-job is pretty common for millennials. The reason I’ve pursued a number of different paths is because I don’t want to settle. I want to be happy, challenged and fulfilled in my career and I know there’s plenty of others who want the same. Anytime my career choice has lacked those qualities, I’ve moved on. While I’ve never regretted leaving a job, the obvious downside to changing careers is that it can take its toll on your salary.

Regardless of how many 0’s there are on my paycheque each week, there are certain things that I will always spend my money on.

  • manicures and waxing
  • buying coffee
  • brunch and eating out
  • fresh flowers
  • fancy cheese
  • getting my hair done
  • dental checkups

I’m aware that some of these are more frivolous than others, but they’re all important to me. They are things that make me feel good; both mentally and physically. Despite the fact that time and money aren’t always plentiful, I find a way to make it work.

At first glance, it may seem a little bit out of place to include dental checkups on my list. However, if you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me preach on my stories about the importance of regular dental checkups.

I get it – going to the dentist isn’t necessarily a “fun” thing to do, but that doesn’t make it any less important. To me, going for regular dental checkups are just as important as brunch dates.

COMMON REASONS PEOPLE AVOID DENTAL CHECKUPS:

People come up with so many excuses for not going to the dentist on a regular basis. Here’s a few of the common ones that may resonate with you –

“I hate going to the dentist!” – Nobody enjoys dental checkups, but sometimes, we all have to do things we don’t like. Nowadays, many dentists make it a priority to ease dental anxiety for their patients. Trust me, if you visit regularly, your teeth and mouth will be healthier, so the experience will be a lot better.

“I don’t have time” – I’ve got news for you. Everyone is busy! That said, everyone can make time for the things that matter to them. Keep in mind, there are plenty of dental offices that are open during the evenings or weekends. Why not find a dentist near work and go on your lunch break?

“It’s too expensive and I don’t have benefits” – Now…this one, I understand. I don’t have dental benefits either, but I still go for regular dental checkups. I also recently needed to have a tooth filled, so I paid out of pocket to have that done. Obviously, I’d rather take that money and put it towards clothing or travel, but to me, visits to the dentist are non-negotiable expenses. I view dental checkups in the same way as car expenses. Not fun, but necessary. As well, if you take proper care of your teeth, they will stay healthier and save you money in the long run. For the record, a filling is much more affordable (and less painful) than a root canal.

YOUR TEETH ARE WORTH IT – GET REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS

Ultimately, I believe that teeth are a big deal! We all go to great lengths to care for our skin, hair, and bodies for the sake of health, wellness and feeling confident about ourselves. Maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile falls into that same category. Shouldn’t your teeth get the same type of love?

I’m proud to say that I brush my teeth twice a day, floss (almost) every single day, and visit my dentist for regular checkups. Despite my sweet tooth, I also think twice about eating sugary candies, or drinking soda. Why? Because ultimately, prevention is key to maintaining a healthy smile.

If you didn’t already know this, April is Oral Health Month. No more excuses – do yourself a favour and visit your dentist for a checkup and cleaning.

This post was written in partnership with the Ontario Dental Association but the opinions expressed are, as always, my own. #MyConfidenceChecklist