If you let your good oral hygiene habits lapse over the long, cold winter, you’re not alone. But Spring brings all kinds of new beginnings, and now’s your chance to turn over a new leaf. Here are 3 easy ways that you can give your smile a brand new start.
Make flossing a habit: More than 70% of people don’t floss regularly. But that doesn’t change the fact that flossing is super important for your oral health. Flossing cleans all the parts of your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Brushing without flossing is like taking a bath and cleaning only 65% of your body! So start practicing the habit of flossing right before you brush your teeth at night. Before long, you won’t even think about it. You’ll just do it. You can make it easier to remember to floss by putting the floss dispenser right next to your bathroom sink.
Cut down on sugary snacks: You probably had your share of candy over the holidays, and now it’s time to give your teeth a break. Cavity-causing bacteria turn sugar into acids that eat away at our teeth. So one big favor you can do for your teeth is to cut down on your sugar intake. Instead of soda, choose water. Instead of candy, satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit. If you do decide to eat a sugary treat, don’t take forever to eat it. Letting sugar hang around on your teeth for long periods is a major cause of tooth decay.
Brush after meals. You probably have heard that you are supposed to brush your teeth two times per day. And if you do, that’s great. Good job! But do you know what’s even better? Brushing after every meal. That’s right. Get in the habit, and soon enough, you’ll start to crave that just-brushed feeling after every meal!
Start Spring off right with these three simple habits. Your smile will thank you!