My Oral Health Resolutions for 2018

2018 written in sparklers, during nighttime

A new year is upon us— and that means it’s the time for New Year’s resolutions! The truth is, even though we have the best of intentions, most of our resolutions will fall by the wayside by the time February rolls around. We all want to be happier and healthier, but sometimes we make goals that just don’t stick.

Make this year different. Consider adopting some of these dental health goals for your 2018 resolutions. Your mouth will thank you for it!

1. Follow the 2×2 Rule

Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. This might seem straightforward, but many people still struggle with this golden rule of dental health. Be the brusher you’ve always wanted to be! Buy yourself a timer if you think it will help. Make sure to use a soft toothbrush, and replace it every few months.

2. Floss Daily

Don’t cheat your mouth by forgetting to floss. Yes, it’s no one’s favorite activity, but flossing is essential for good dental health. If traditional floss doesn’t appeal to you, buy floss picks and keep them with you wherever you go. You could also use a water flosser, such as a Waterpik, which directs a stream of high-pressure water at your teeth and gums, serving the same purpose as floss. Choose whichever method works for you, but make a habit of doing it every day!

3. See your Dentist Regularly

Make sure to schedule (and attend!) your twice-yearly dental visits. If you always forget to schedule these, force yourself to call today and make one appointment for now, and one for six months from now. Don’t put this off!

4. Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

If you feel self-conscious about your smile, perhaps this is the year to look into cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry covers a broad spectrum of treatments and will give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you suffer from a chipped or missing tooth, an overbite, yellow teeth, or any number of other unsightly problems, cosmetic dentistry can give you a smile you’ll love.

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