New Year. It’s a time of change that can encourage us to make certain resolutions. Many people promise themselves that they will take better care of their body in one way or another. That could mean exercising more or eating less – or both. Let’s be honest about resolutions, though; they often don’t last beyond January. Maybe this is the norm because we make our resolutions too difficult. Here, we want to point out a few super easy commitments you can make that will support a great smile all year long.
- Brush! This is easy because you probably already do it. This commitment could go a bit farther, though. You could promise to brush twice a day no matter how tired you may be. Brushing before bed is just as critical, if not more so, than brushing before going to school or work. Brushing is also more than running the brush over the chewing surface of teeth. Get all teeth, all surfaces.
- Time your brushing. Brushing is one thing, but to do it well takes commitment. Did you know that you are supposed to brush for two full minutes every morning and night that you stand at the sink? Do you know how long you’re brushing? Consider setting a timer or playing music to make sure you’re not stopping before it’s time.
- Add an oral rinse. Talk with your dentist about what oral rinse may be right for you. We are all different and may get more from a particular type of product; one without alcohol, for instance, or one formulated to fight dry mouth. Adding the appropriate oral rinse to your hygiene routine can mean a lot to your smile.
- If the only commitment you add to your existing routine is to floss every day, that is enough. A large number of the dental problems that need restorative treatment stem from a lack of consistent flossing. Gingivitis can be stopped by the floss, as can full-blown gum disease, as can cavities. You get the idea: flossing rules!
- Get a new toothbrush – or three. Toothbrushes are only made to serve us well for a few months at a time. After that, they harbor germs and don’t get the job done due to the softness of over-used bristles. Getting a new toothbrush every three months may be easier if you put it on the calendar.
These suggestions assume that you have already resolved to see your dentist two times this coming year. To schedule your visit to our Shakopee office, call (952) 445-6657.