(480) 899-52402470 West Ray Road Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85224

Daniel G. Kline DDS - Chandler Dentist

(480) 899-5240

2470 West Ray Road Suite 1, Chandler, AZ 85224

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New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthier Smile

Posted by Editor in , , on January 2, 2018

The majority of New Year’s resolutions get abandoned. However, if you choose healthy resolutions that are fast and easy to adopt, you gain leverage. It takes between four and eight weeks for form a habit, so make 2018 the year that you step up your oral hygiene game. It only takes a few minutes per day and a little planning ahead to optimize your oral health. Here are a few of the best resolutions any dentist would love to see on your list.

How many are you up for?

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes. Two minutes can seem like a long time. Plus, it’s just as much the quality of the quantity as the quantity that matters. Ask your dentist or hygienist for a “brush up” course on the best brushing techniques. This might include switching to a different sized brush to reach back teeth, learning to angle the brush, and switching up bristle stiffness. Get an egg timer or set the clock on your phone to make sure you get the two minutes in.
  • Schedule your dental appointments for the year now. Once per year is just an average. Some people need to see the dentist more often (particularly if you’re prone to plaque buildup). Set aside a couple of minutes to schedule these appointments for you and your family for the remainder of 2018.
  • Floss at least once per day. Remember that the correct order is floss first, then brush. If you’re really tired at the end of the day and know you’ll skip it—or really rushed in the morning and will likely forget—make time to floss whenever you know you’ll get to it. For those who don’t like the process, waterpicks can be a fantastic alternative.
  • Adopt a mouthwash routine. An alcohol-free option, such as Act!, will prevent mouth dryness. Choose a mouthwash with fluoride to give your teeth some extra strengthening.

Oral hygiene is connected to overall health. Commit to bettering your routine, and by the time 2019 rolls around you’ll really have something to smile about.