How Is Your Dental Resolution for 2019 Going?

When the new year rolls over, many people take the opportunity to start fresh. Gym memberships skyrocket, coworkers start showing up on time, and more.

Why not take this opportunity to improve your dental hygiene routine?

If your dentist has told you that you need to floss, do a better job brushing, or any other dental routine, you should listen. You risk getting bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease when you don’t listen to your dentist.

The best way to create a solid dental hygiene routine is to make it a habit. Here is how.

1. Keep your toothbrush and toothpaste somewhere noticeable.

Make sure you store everything you need for your dental hygiene in a noticeable place. Get a holder that is brightly-colored. Place it front and center on your sink or in your shower.

2. Set an alarm on your phone.

Set the alarm to go off during a convenient time for you to do your dental hygiene routine. The key for this to work is to never ignore the alarm. If you ignore it once, you start to become desensitize to the reminder.

3. Brush your teeth right after you do something that is already a habit.

Shower every morning? Try brushing your teeth either in the shower or right after. The steady routine will help you build a new one.

4. Make it fun.

How can your dental hygiene be fun? Most people want to get their teeth clean as fast as possible. It is never a good idea to do your dental hygiene routine in a hurry. This could cause you to brush too hard, miss spaces with your floss, and more.

Brushing your teeth doesn’t take much concentration. Try listening to music or the morning news. Here are a few songs we recommend.

5. Ask for reminders.

Got housemates or family? Ask them to remind you to brush your teeth. Their memory might not be better than yours, but two minds on the job is better than one.

6. Educate yourself on the importance of brushing twice a day.

Perhaps you are having a hard time remembering to brush your teeth because you are not aware of how important it is to do so. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash prevent bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, and more.

Remember the last time you had to get a cavity filled? Or a root canal? Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on something else?

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