The freshness of the New Year is a great time to recommit ourselves to our health! Why not make a New Year’s resolution for a healthier mouth? Did you know that a healthy mouth has been linked to better overall health, while plaque build-up has been shown to negatively affect heart health? Here’s how you can put yourself on track for a healthier mouth in 2014! It’s simple and can have far-reaching benefits for your health, as well as your personal and professional life.
- Replace Your Toothbrush Every 2-3 Months
Most of us brush our teeth morning and night. But did you know that it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months? The brush bristles become worn over time and can become less effective. They can also damage the gums.
- Schedule Your Dental Check-Ups Now
We all do it…. We make a note to schedule our dental cleaning and then somehow, 3 weeks later it’s STILL on the “To Do” list! Pick up the phone now and make your appointments for your dental check-ups for this year. Regular visits to the dentist help keep your teeth sparkling and your gums healthy. Having your teeth cleaned regularly reduces plaque which can build up and create tartar on your teeth. Plaque also irritates the gums and can cause gum disease. So even though having your teeth cleaned can be uncomfortable, committing yourself to check-ups can make a big difference for the health of your mouth.
- Floss Once a Day
Flossing is the best way to keep plaque at bay between dental visits. But most of us don’t floss every day. Why not? Well it’s just not that interesting, a little yucky and uncomfortable. Plus it takes time when we have better things to do like start our day or get to bed. But as with any routine, the key is just to start. Put your floss in plain view as a reminder. Start with your upper teeth on Monday and then the lower teeth on Tuesday. Once you get into practice, flossing the whole mouth will be a snap. Plus the feeling of clean gums and the fresh breath that it fosters will be its own reward.
- Clean Your Tongue
Tongue cleaning can go a long way toward reducing bacteria in the mouth that contribute to plaque and cause bad breath. Maybe you already brush your tongue? But using a toothbrush to clean the tongue is like using a broom to clean a shag carpet. The surface of the tongue is very rough; to get to the pesky bacteria that are lurking in the groves of your tongue the most effective tool is a tongue cleaner. They are inexpensive and you can pick one up at the local pharmacy. Tongue cleaning can take some getting used to, but once you do, it’s quick and easy!
- Ditch the Mouthwash and Switch to a Chlorine Dioxide Mouth Rinse
Most mouthwash masks breath odors for a short time but does little to improve your breath or the health of your mouth for the long term. Why throw your money away on mouthwash that doesn’t really get the job done? Switch to a chlorine dioxide mouth rinse and get some serious results. For example, ProFresh (www.profresh.com) is clinically proven 99.9% effective in killing the bacteria that cause bad breath. It keeps your breath fresh for 24 hours. Plus, reducing the bacteria in the mouth will also reduce plaque build-up on your teeth leading to a much healthier mouth!
By committing yourself to these 5 simple things in 2014 you can significantly improve the health of your mouth. Not only will you have healthier teeth and gums, but fresh breath and better general health. Plus with a terrific smile and fresh breath, you can approach your professional and social interactions with confidence!