The New Year is fast approaching and for many of us, that means committing to a New Year’s Resolution of something you’d like to accomplish over the next 365 days ahead. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to finally lose the extra weight, or learn a new skill – there’s something about a fresh new start to the calendar year that gets people ready to change.
This year, consider making a resolution for better oral care. Taking better care of your teeth in 2018 will have a positive impact on your smile and your overall health. Here are some tips to get you started.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
If you’ve been using the same toothbrush for the last few months, it might be time for a replacement. Start the year off right with a brand new tooth brush. Consider buying a tooth brush with bristles that meet your desired outcome. It is recommended to replace your tooth brush every three months so plan on at least four shopping trips in 2018 for a new tooth brush.
Remember to Floss
While this may be something we’ve been hearing for years, the fact that flossing our teeth is critical for oral health remains true. Flossing is the only way to remove debris that is stuck between our teeth so that it doesn’t sit there and cause decay. The ADA recommends flossing before you brush your teeth to loosen up any debris and then allowing your tooth brush and mouth wash to help get rid of the plaque.
Drink More Water
While there are many benefits for overall health associated with drinking more water, when it comes to your teeth, water is also a tool to help keep cavities away. In 2018, resolve to drink more water and while you do, swish it around in your mouth, so it can wash away food particles trapped in your teeth in between brushing.
Stick to a Routine
For most people, the motivation to stick to a New Year’s Resolution wanes down after a few weeks. That’s why it’s important to create a routine you can stick to and one that fits in with your daily life for the best success rate. Schedule a time in the morning and before bed to brush your teeth and you’ll sail through the year with good hygiene and a smile to match.
If you’ve been looking for a dentist in the Wallingford, Conn. area, Fried Dentistry welcomes the whole family. We offer payment options for all budgets. You can trust your smile with us.