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Everything I need to know about teeth, I learned from a preschooler!


Almost 10 years ago, Dr. Michael Willes’s office was full of eager Carlsbad Kruger House preschoolers who were learning about how very un-scary it is to go to the dentist. They got to hear a story about “Little Critter” visiting his dentist; they talked about proper brushing and flossing techniques with a set of giant teeth; they squirmed at the thought of thousands of “invisible cavity bugs” in their mouths; they had a chance to touch a spinning hand piece and see that it tickles and doesn’t hurt …. and best of all, they got to give their enthusiastic input about how to take care of healthy teeth.

Several things Dr. Willes taught those cute little kids can provide us insights, too … like why flossing is important and how it works: “Think of your teeth and gums like wearing a turtleneck sweater; just like the space between the sweater and your neck, there’s a space between your teeth and gums that needs to be cleaned.” Or, on how braces work: “It’s like the brackets are handles that the wire can use to move your teeth.” Or on healthy eating habits: “It’s OK to have some gum or soda, as long as you clean your teeth afterward.” And on toothbrush choice: “Soft bristles are best because sometimes if the bristles are too hard, it can hurt your gums.”

The best idea, though, came when one of the darling kids suggested that a great way to go to the dentist would be on a zipline. That would certainly add a whole new level of excitement to dental care! Don't you think?

One thing is for sure, we at Willes Orthodontics appreciate the excitement that having those sweet kids in our office provided!!


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“As a dental hygienist in Carlsbad for thirteen years, my expectations are higher than most. The results I have seen on patients over the years as well as on my own children are five stars all the way around.
Thank you, Dr. Willes!”
Debbie, Carlsbad
“We have had four children benefit from the care and expertise of Dr. Willes and his staff. The people in the office really care about not just making beautiful smiles, but engaging and understanding their patients.” Jennifer, Oceanside
“Couldn’t ask for a better team. Always prompt and courteous, with great skills and service.” Richard, San Marcos
“Dr. Willes and his staff clearly love what they do. They are knowledgeable, genuine, and professional, and take pride in creating healthy, beautiful smiles.” Colleen, Carlsbad
“I love Dr. Willes and all the staff! I look forward to my regular visits because it’s like seeing family. My teeth are getting so straight, and I can hardly wait to see my forever smile!” Brandon, Vista
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