We know how hard it can be to keep your New Year’s Resolutions. Since staying healthy is the most common resolution, we wanted to share a few small habits you can implement to improve your overall health.
Brush twice daily for at least two minutes – Electric toothbrushes are the best go to.
Brush your teeth as soon as you wake up and right before you go to bed. You can brush your teeth in the middle of the day too if you like but those two times are the most important.
Keep in mind that each time you brush, you should be brushing your teeth for two whole minutes. That’s 30 seconds for the top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right of your mouth. There are some electric toothbrushes that even time it out for you or you can set your phone timer to help you.
Flossing is often thought of in the importance of cavity prevention, but in reality it is what is keeping your gums clean. 30% of your gums are not reached with brushing alone.
When you have down time, think when you are watching a movie, TV, reading, etc. and place homecare items close by. We always say, anytime to floss in the day is better than none!
Schedule regular appointments with your dentist
When you see your hygienist and dentist 2-4 times per year, we are looking at more than just how much calculus (hard tartar) and cavities you have. We are looking for total oral health, systemic health issues, oral cancer, and how hygiene habits are going. Just to name a few. Most people see us more frequently than their primary care physician.
Replace your toothbrush every three months
Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 months due to breakdown of the bristles leading you to only be able to remove a maximum of 30% of the plaque in your mouth. Always think in multiples of 3: March (3), June(6), Sept.(9) and Dec(12).
While you are at it, don’t forget to brush your tongue and rinse with a mouthwash!
Get set up for success
The best way to make a habit stick is to prepare for the times when you might be too busy to remember. Put reminders in your calendar, write out a list of your morning/nighttime routine to put on your mirror, and schedule out your dental appointments so you don’t have to remember to call.
Other helpful tips are to keep a toothbrush and floss at work.
When you’re ready, call us at Wilder Dentistry at (509) 891-7770.