Although we’re already into 2020, there’s no statute of limitations on making resolutions. Each year we make a few that are out of practical reach. Rather than reach for the stars, La Jolla Dental Image Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in La Jolla, CA, challenges you to make a commitment to these five everyday dental health routines to maintain your beautiful smile.
1: Brush Your Teeth At Least Twice Daily
It’s no secret that every dentist and dental organization urges you to thoroughly brush your teeth twice per day. On the one hand, it’s understandable that our fast-paced lives lead to shortcuts. Not cleaning regularly, unfortunately, leads to tooth decay. Let’s start a real commitment to brushing each morning and again after dinner at night. Once you get into the habit, it’s a natural health habit to keep.
2: Commit To Brushing For A Full 120 Seconds
The idea of brushing twice daily is only truly effective if you do a thorough job. That quick skimming of the teeth with paste is nice but often falls far short of the mark. By resolving to go the full two minutes, you are far more likely to give your teeth the relief they need from plaque buildup.
3: Floss At Least Once Daily
One of the primary reasons that people fail to floss regularly is the awkwardness of the practice. Wrapping the floss around your fingers and leveraging the string into the crevices between your teeth is no fun. Fortunately, the dental hygiene industry has numerous small floss holders that make it easy. There’s nothing holding you back any longer.
4: Add Mouthwash Into The Mix
One of the sometimes overlooked dental hygiene mainstays is mouthwash. People often feel as if brushing is enough to avoid the pain of cavities and other dental hygiene issues. But rinsing with mouthwash delivers a powerful antiseptic treatment that cleans and protects your teeth and gums. It only takes 30 seconds to rinse. Consider adding mouthwash to one of your two daily brushings.
5: Replace Your Worn Out Toothbrush
A standard toothbrush should be replaced every 3-6 months. That’s largely because germs tend to congregate inside the bristles. They also wear out and become less effective over time. Considering you are likely taking on the above resolutions, it’s time to start fresh. Toothbrushes are relatively inexpensive and available in most supermarkets and pharmacies. Unwrapping that new toothbrush can serve as your rite of passage into improved dental care in 2020 and beyond.
Call Your La Jolla Dentist For A Checkup Today!
If you are experiencing tooth pain, discomfort, or are overdue for a dental checkup and cleaning, call La Jolla Dental Image Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at 858-202-0481 today. We’re here to help you help yourself to the best possible dental health and the amazing smile you deserve.