Brushing AND flossing are important at all times of the year… but during the holiday season we tend to get a little bit busier, schedules get crowded, we’re constantly on the run and some of our good habits get forgotten or over looked completely.
Good oral health really does contribute to your overall health and well-being and committing less than five minutes morning and evening will keep your smile bright, your gums healthy and your breath minty fresh.
We recommend brushing for two minutes, that’s 120 seconds-no cheating! A creative way to accomplish this and not take a single second away from other things in your life is to brush during commercials while watching TV. Most commercials are either 30 or 60 seconds in length, this is an easy way to time your brushing. Be sure not to over scrub or brush too hard, if you own an electric toothbrush let it do the work for you and if you don’t own one, they make great stocking stuffers. Electric toothbrushes are a great way to get that I just left the Dentist’s office feeling every day, they are like brushing your teeth on auto-pilot.
Few people love to floss, but it truly is an essential part of your daily brushing routine. We recommend ‘C-shape flossing’, your hygienist can show you how best to guide your floss between teeth and along gum lines or our 45 second video (link at the bottom) will also show you the best technique to practice and perfect.
If you or a family member has braces, implants or deep pockets in the gums, a water pick can be a very useful and easy tool to use.
Lastly, before you head out to your holiday parties and family gatherings don’t forget to brush your tongue. It sounds strange we know, but it can vastly decrease the amount of sulphur-producing bacteria that causes lingering bad breath. Ask for a tongue cleaner during your next appointment at no charge, it’s like a magic wand for your breath.
Enjoy your holiday parties and get-togethers and remember to brush when you get home!
We are always happy to answer any questions about your oral health.
Here’s a link to our page on Home Maintenance.