Flossing is one of the more popular and common resolutions for the New Year. It’s because we all know we need to do it, yet we all find ourselves too tired or forgetful to keep up the habit. As dentists, of course we hope everyone will adopt the resolution of flossing, but don’t stop there! The new year is an excellent time to make several resolutions for your oral hygiene. Even if you have perfectly white and cavity-less teeth, you can make changes that will improve your oral health for 2018.
5 Oral Hygiene New Year’s Resolutions
- Floss: You already knew that was coming. But are you doing it right? Floss BEFORE brushing so you aren’t just spreading leftover food onto clean teeth. Use a fresh section of floss between each tooth. Don’t forget the backs of teeth and slightly below the gum line.
- Mouthwash: Adding mouthwash to your routine for 2018 is a quick and powerful impact on your dental health. You can use any variety that you think will improve your oral health, whether you’re concerned about whitening, cavity prevention, killing germs and bacteria, or fresh breath – there’s a mouthwash for you. Consult your dentist if you’re not sure which mouthwash would be best for your oral hygiene.
- Dental Cleaning & Checkups: It is recommended for children and adults to get dental cleaning & checkups 1-2 times per year, more frequently if you have issues like soft teeth or frequent cavities. Schedule them now! You can schedule appointments for the year, or just set a reminder in your calendar a few months before you’ll need a cleaning so you can remember to schedule it when you’re closer. Don’t put it off.
- New Brushes: Did you know most people aren’t replacing their toothbrushes as regularly as they should be? New brushes are cleaner and more effective, but we often stick with our old, soft, and germ-ridden toothbrushes out of habit. Buy a multi-pack of toothbrushes and set a chart or reminder in your phone to replace the brush at certain intervals (3-4 months or once the bristles start to fray).
- Brush More: Do you notice a plaque feeling after your lunches at work? Maybe you have hours between dinner and bedtime. Adding an extra brush session after a meal can remove food and plaque from your teeth more frequently, preventing stains and buildup. Try keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste at work or in your car, just in case.
This new year could be your best year yet, and a few new habits can give you your best mouth!