The new year is right around the corner, and if you’re like most people, you probably have some resolutions you’re hoping will stick in 2019. If you’re looking for some resolutions that will help your teeth, resolve to break some of these common dental habits that can be detrimental to your oral health.
Break These Five Brushing Habits In The New Year
Here are five brushing habits you should strive to break in the new year.
- Keeping that old, ratty brush – If you’re looking for an easy win, consider replacing that old toothbrush with a newer model. You don’t need to upgrade to an electric toothbrush if you don’t want, but get rid of that one with the frayed and broken bristles. Those old, frayed brushes aren’t going to be able to effectively clean your teeth. Ditch the old brush in the new year.
- Not brushing long enough – Most people brush their teeth, but a lot of them don’t brush for the appropriate duration. In order to effectively hit all the surfaces and crevices in your mouth, you’ll need to brush for about two minutes. Considering you’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day, that means you’ll need four minutes to effectively brush throughout the day. It’s such a small portion of your day, but most people don’t hit that four-minute mark on a regular basis. Make it a point to hit the mark in 2019.
- Brushing after eating – It might sound odd that we’re recommending that you don’t brush after eating, but it’s true. Brushing right after eating can actually help spread sugars or acids from foods if you don’t brush thoroughly enough. Instead, chew some sugarless gum or drink some water right after eating. It’s a good idea to wait at least a half hour after your meal to brush your teeth.
- Skipping your regular dental visits – We understand that very few people look forward to coming to the dentist, but you shouldn’t skip visits just because it’s not your favorite place to be. Aside from giving you a good, deep cleaning, your dentist can help spot the signs of potential problems, catching them before they turn into a huge issue. Let us do our thing for 20-30 minutes, two times a year, and we can help you have great oral health.
- Not flossing – Finally, another dental habit you should add to your routine in the new year is flossing. You don’t need to floss after every single meal, but flossing at least once a day will help dislodge any food particles that your brush couldn’t get. It will also help to strengthen your gums, even if they bleed a little the first couple times you floss. Get in the habit of flossing before bed, and you’ll greatly reduce your risk of cavities and other problems caused by tooth decay.
So if you’re looking for some resolutions to add to your list this year, consider adding some that will keep your teeth white and your smile perfect for years to come. And if you want to set up an appointment with Dr. Brooks, contact his office today.