It’s officially the start of 2018 and you’ve already got your new year resolutions underway. You’ve opted for waking earlier to make breakfast before work instead of stopping by the greasy café. You’ve even started walking around your neighborhood after work to get more exercise and fresh air. It’s these small steps that make keeping a strict oral regimen seem like cake in comparison.
However, if you haven’t taken the steps to improve your oral hygiene, it’s not too late. Your dentist in Richardson knows the perfect way to introduce some habits that your 2019 self will thank you dearly for.
Create an Oral Regimen You’ll Stick To
The ADA recommends consumers brush at least twice a day for two minutes a day using a fluoridated toothpaste, floss once a day, and visit your dentist twice a year for dental exams and cleanings. That’s it. Once you meet that criteria, you’ll be ahead of a majority of people who might skip a brushing or two. If you need help sticking to this regimen, keep physical track of it on a notepad or your phone to easily view your progress.
Sometimes to meet resolutions you need just a little motivation in the morning and at night. If you find yourself skipping oral habits, remind your loved ones to pressure you into getting in the bathroom and getting it done. Sure, it may seem annoying at first, but after all, they are doing it for your own good. Ask them if they have any resolutions they promised to themselves and try to return the favor so they don’t skip either. While you establish your oral regimen, take the time to review the foods you consume throughout the day.
Swap that Snack Out for Something Better
Most people make losing weight or eating healthier a part of their resolution since everyone else does it too. The hardest part of doing this however, is breaking out of expectations you’ve set for yourself in the first place. For example, if you always start the day with a doughnut, one of the early expectations you create for yourself is a craving for sugar. By making the change to something healthier, such as apple slices for example, you can manually override the expectation you made previously.
Furthermore, snacking throughout the day makes it more difficult to have full meals when you need to. Eating a balanced meal improves your saliva production over having just a snack, so try to incorporate more meals throughout your day instead of snacks. A great substitute for snacking is simply drinking more water.
Your Mouth Craves Water as Much as Your Body
Not only does water hydrate your body, it plays a key role in your oral health. There are few drinks that are as refreshing and beneficial as water, so consuming more should be one of the easier resolutions to fulfil. You’ll notice how much less food debris is leftover in your mouth after you drink more. Your mouth will also be less acidic as the water dilutes it and washes loose bacteria off your teeth.
Similar to brushing, keep track of how much water you consume daily and try to meet a daily quota. Write it down near your workspace to keep track of your progress.
Keep your mouth healthy in 2018. Track your progress with your dentist in Richardson by scheduling an appointment today!
About the Author
Dr. Nathan Coughlin is passionate about bringing beautiful and straight smiles to all his patients. That’s why he became an orthodontist, earned his dental degree, and served in third world countries like Honduras to provide dental care to disadvantaged areas. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (972) 248-9119 or visit his website.