At the end of January, most people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions.
Changing your routines and habits is never easy, but if you stick with it, making better choices regarding your lifestyle and health becomes second nature.
That’s why, while your resolutions may be different from one year to the next, it’s a good idea to maintain daily habits that should always be on your list of health goals.
Keeping your oral health on track is easier when you’re committed to making these three practices a normal part of your lifestyle:
- Brushing – The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. If this is difficult for you to stick with, try investing in an electric toothbrush that signals about every 30 seconds when it’s time to move to the next area of your mouth. You can also play a song or set the timer on your smartphone if you need help getting the timing right.
- Flossing – Perhaps one of the toughest habits to start is flossing every single day, another important daily practice recommended by the ADA. Keep your floss in a spot where you know you’ll see it every morning until it becomes a habit. Set up an alert on your phone the way you would for other important daily reminders.
- Dental Checkups – Brushing and flossing at home are important, but that part of your overall oral care routine should be supplemented with dental cleanings and exams every six months. Not only will we remove what your toothbrush and dental floss can’t, our skilled Lexington dentists will set up any necessary treatment you might need for problems detected during your routine exams. Catching decay, cavities, and gum disease early is key to staying ahead of dental problems that most threaten your long-term oral health and function.
Ready to make these habits an easy part of your life so you can enjoy great dental health every year? Call Beaumont Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment or visit us online.