Archive for February, 2013
Now that January has come and gone, how many of us have stuck with our resolutions? If you’ve already fallen off the wagon, don’t give up, there are still 11 months left to try to make positive changes in 2013.
Maybe your goal wasn’t realistic, if that’s the case why not start small. I thought I would put together a list of possible oral habits that are easy to incorporate into your daily life but will also create a big benefit to your health.
So here goes:
1. Flossing at least once a day!
Even the best brusher cannot access the areas between the teeth. By not flossing you are missing about 30% of your tooth surface…yuck! Flossing helps with everything from bad breath to supporting a healthy immune system. With practice flossing once a day will only take you 1-2 minutes to do.
2. Brushing at least twice a day.
It always fascinates me that many people only brush once a day. Quite often it’s night time brushing that gets the axe. If you fall into this category, this could be one of the best changes you make for yourself. By leaving a day’s worth of food debris and plaque on your teeth while you sleep you are more prone to such things as gingivitis, periodontal disease, cavities, and bad breath.
3. Have your teeth cleaned professionally.
Most adults with relatively healthy teeth and gums should visit their hygienist at least twice a year. It’s important to have your mouth checked on a regular basis in order to avoid more painful and costly problems down the road. A couple of hours a year could vastly improve the look and feel of your mouth.
4. Switch to a battery or electric toothbrush.
The vibration that these brushes create help to disturb more plaque than the average person tends to remove with a manual brush. Many of these brushes have timers and other settings that make brushing a more customized experience. If you are confused by the huge selection, speak with us at your next visit and we will help point you in the right direction.
5. Quit smoking.
Ok this is definitely not an easy one, but a resolution list is not complete without it. I am sure you are aware of the health problems associated with smoking, but by quitting you will also benefit from less teeth staining, better sense of taste and smell and not having to stand outside in the cold a few times a day. If this is something on your list and you are looking for some guidance there are a lot of resources and we would be happy to help find the right ones for you.
This year why not resolve to treat your mouth right? At The Dental Hygiene Group we want everyone to have a smile they are proud to show off! By implementing any of these suggestions, you can have a great smile as well as the satisfaction of knowing that you are sticking to your New Year’s resolution of maintaining good dental health!
We would be interested in hearing what your resolutions are and what you do to stay motivated to keep it up, share your story here or on facebook.
Stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!