Resolutions: Commitments that an individual makes on New Year’s Day.
Well, we are already into the new year. The first week of January looks a lot like this: Get back to work, drink coffee, take holiday decorations down, clean, toss out stale Christmas cookies (if they all haven’t been devoured yet), etc. Basically, we get back to being busy. Oftentimes, we crash out at the end of each day without taking enough time for ourselves.
Resolutions don’t always stick.
We all start out with good intentions… gym membership, exercise more, eat healthier, quit smoking, etc. But, what about our oral health? Are we taking enough time daily to keep our mouths healthy? At the end of each busy day, the majority of adults brush for only about 30 seconds before bed. And, only about 30% of the population floss daily. Let’s take more time for ourselves and our health!
Here are a few dental tip resolutions that are doable & will hopefully keep you motivated:
Take an extra few minutes for yourself before bed each day. Instead of a quick, 30 second brush and done, spend the recommended 2 minutes for brushing. This will ensure you reach all of the surfaces of the teeth more thoroughly. If you prefer a manual toothbrush, just be sure you’re brushing properly. Even better, invest in a new electric toothbrush this year (if you don’t already have one!). Many of them, including the less-expensive models have built-in, 2 minute timers. Oral-B & Sonicare are both quality options. They do really work! Your teeth will feel nice, clean, and slick like they’re supposed to. And of course, floss daily!
Dental Tip: If your teeth feel a little “fuzzy” you have plaque (biofilm/bacteria) stuck to them. Teeth should always feel nice, slick, smooth, and fuzzy-free!
Drink more water. Not only is drinking water good for your overall health, it helps to clear food debris throughout the day and helps you avoid (or at least decrease) sugary beverages. Water helps to clear food and plaque, so take sips after each meal or snack. It also helps keep your mouth hydrated. Dry mouth (xerostomia), especially when chronic, can cause tooth decay. Saliva protects the oral tissues and teeth by keeping it lubricated and neutralizing acid, among other benefits. Keep in mind, age, and many medications can cause dry mouth. If you’ve noticed your mouth feeling dry, ask us about hydrating options and products. We’re here to help!
Dental Tip: You’ll save 200 gallons of water per month just by shutting off the faucet while you brush your teeth!
Make time for yourself.
Begin the year off by organizing and prioritizing your health. Look at the calendar and make the time for necessary appointments (like dental visits!). If you plan ahead, you’re more likely to follow through. Let’s catch small issues before they become large ones. It’s easy to put it off, so schedule time for yourself. We’ll be so happy to see you!
Yes, there’s always something to look forward to… We hope your 2018 is off to a happy, healthy, positive start! Whether you just want to get a cleaning or an entire smile makeover, we are here for you. Happy new year!
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