5 Oral Health Resolutions
Did you know that at the beginning of every New Year many people make resolutions, but less than 10 percent of people actually keep those commitments beyond the month of January? With these easy-to-keep 5 Oral Health Resolutions you can be a part of that exceptional group who follow through all year long!
• FLOSS DAILY
According to recent national well-being surveys, only 4 in 10 Americans floss daily and 20 percent of Americans report that they never floss at all. Flossing at least once a day is an essential part of oral health as it helps keep plaque at bay and reduces the risk of gum disease and gingivitis.
• BRUSH TWICE DAILY
More than 30 percent of Americans report skipping nighttime tooth brushing. Brushing before bed helps remove an entire day’s worth of food particles, bacteria and plaque. If you skip brushing before bed you are allowing plaque and build-up to rest against teeth all night, which, over time, can be harmful to your entire mouth… especially your gums and tooth enamel.
• COMMIT TO TWO MINUTES
Brushing sessions should last for approximately two minutes to ensure that all the plaque and build-up is reached and removed from the tough ‘nooks and crannies’ in a person’s mouth. Even dedicated brushers have difficulty keeping track of the time that they are actually spending brushing and many do not brush for the full 120 seconds. Use a timer, free mobile app or toothbrush with a built in timer to help keep this resolution.
• MAKE A DENTAL APPOINTMENT
Seeing a dentist regularly means that any oral health concerns you may have can be identified early. In the long run, early identification saves a person time, money and potential pain. Plus, people who visit the dentist on a regular basis tend to have better oral health and better overall well-being. You are worth it, so the appointment is well worth the time and money spent.
• DRINK MORE WATER
Drinking water is just as beneficial for your mouth as it is for the rest of your body. Being properly hydrated can prevent issues related to dry mouth and it also helps rinse food particles and bacteria away from teeth. Carrying a refillable water bottle is a convenient, economic and eco-friendly way to stay ‘well-watered’ this year.