New Year, New Teeth

This year make the resolution of taking better care of your teeth. Your oral health plays a significant role in your overall health. Here are some small changes you can try for a big impact.

  • See your dentist
    • It may have been a while since your last dental cleaning and check-up. Sometimes when I have a problem I’m afraid to go to the doctor because I know they might tell me bad news. But the longer you wait, the worse the problem can get. See your dentist sooner, and typically the treatment will be easier!
  • Make oral hygiene fun
    • If you hate brushing your teeth, try an electric toothbrush. It may motivate you to brush your teeth more consistently, and for longer. There are many different options of toothbrushes, each with some fun different features that will make you want to pick it up every morning and night. I would recommend trying one of these:
      • Oral-B iO: this toothbrush is user-friendly and interactive. It lights up different colors to let you know how hard you are brushing. It also uses AI to show you which parts of your teeth you may have missed – it makes brushing your teeth feel like a video game!
      • Phillips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart: this toothbrush also has a companion app, with lots of different settings to try out. Phillips is known for having traditional oval-shaped brush heads, while Oral-B has round brushes – so you can choose based on personal preference.
      • Goby: if you’re not ready to shell out the big bucks, this is only $65 and a great way to test out whether you’ll like the feel of an electric toothbrush. It is also by far the most stylish option, and will look like an intentional addition to your bathroom counter. 
  • Floss
    • Flossing is the most commonly avoided part of oral hygiene. Patients complain that it takes too long, they don’t like string floss, or sometimes that they can’t get floss between the tight contacts of their teeth. If you’re someone that hates flossing, I recommend trying a floss pick/stick. Even though string floss is ideal, a floss pick is a million times better than not flossing at all. A floss pick will help you speed up your nighttime routine and make taking care of your teeth more efficient. Just make sure that you replace it every day!
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