Get A Floss Buddy And Other Tips To Brush Up Your Oral Hygiene Routine

By: Liza Alicea B.A, R.D.H 

Welcome 2020!

January, the first month of the New Year, is traditionally known for fresh starts. We discard behaviors that no longer serve us and replace them with intentions that benefit us in the long run. 

In exploring homecare options, we often need to dabble with all obstacles that prevent optimal oral hygiene results. The satisfaction that you feel after a dental cleaning, doesn’t need to end with the polish. You can keep that experience going until your next visit! 

Here are 5 tips to help improve your dental health habits in 2020: 

1. Scope Out the Bathroom Real Estate 

So where does your electric toothbrush live? Where do you put all of the brushes, flosses, picks, tongue scrubbers, mouth rinses and toothpaste varieties that we talk about during your appointment? 

Out of sight, out of mind. More than likely, if your dental tools aren’t in front of the bathroom mirror, you won’t use it. Try keeping your dental tools in sight. 

2. Ditch the Distractions 

Oh, how the mind wanders. I often find that aggressive tooth brushing, which can lead to hypersensitive gum recession, starts with daydreaming while we’re brushing. For New Yorkers, what that really means is that we are multi- tasking. 

Try putting your lists aside and just brush your teeth. Let’s call it Zen-like brushing. Everything else can wait for the 2-4 effective minutes needed to complete that step in your homecare routine . 

And keep it simple. You probably don’t need all of those dental gadgets anyways. But that’s another blog all together. 

3. Aesthetic Indulgences 

Yes,  I know I just said to keep it simple, but you can still indulge in your favorite color toothbrush. Black brushes for the avant garde, bamboo handles  for the environmentally conscious… your options are limitless. Find a brand that you like with a comfortably sized handle and soft bristles. 

That’s not the same as an expensive gadget you will stick in the bottom drawer and never use again. The idea is to create as many ways as possible to look forward to the experience. 

4. Traverse a New Routine

Euchred is such a fantastic word! It means to be exhausted , utterly done in or at the end of one’s tether. What does that have to do with dental hygiene? Glad you asked. Timing is  essential to task completion. Routine doesn’t have to be boring. It can be useful.

If you wait until the  last minutes of a long day , the momentum has escaped you.  Your bleary eyes can give the illusion of a double set of teeth in the mirror looking back at you.  You’ve waited too long. 

Change things up. What if you flossed before lunch? Sounds silly? Sure it is, but you got your once-a day flossing done!

5. Get A Floss Buddy

Oral hygiene can be a lonely business. You can make flossing fun with a  floss buddy. A partner-in – floss will keep you honest, making sure you put in the work that’s required. Ask your spouse, roommate or anyone else in the vicinity to be your buddy. You can race to the finish, and your breath will be better for it.

Your homecare is as unique to your dental needs as your smile. There’s only one you and this is the last set of teeth that you get.  We’re here to help you keep them looking and feeling their best. 

See you soon! 

Liza Alicea is one of Gallery57Dental’s awesome hygienists, who help keep your pearly whites shiny and healthy all-year-long.

 Call 212.246.8700 to find out more information or click here to schedule an appointment with Gallery57Dental. Follow Gallery 57 Dental on Facebook here!


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