2021 is getting closer and closer, and it’s time to start making your plans for the new year. If getting a brighter, healthier smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening can help, but flossing will be crucial in helping to improve your oral health. Keep reading if you’re ready to learn how to set yourself up for success and keep your resolution to floss more often this year!
Set Realistic Goals
Having a resolution to floss more often is a good, but trying to force yourself to floss every day without easing into it may end up setting you up for failure. If flossing hasn’t ever really been part of your regular dental routine, try starting with a goal to floss every Monday and Friday for the first month. The next month, increase it to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Keep increasing the frequency each month until it’s time for your annual dental cleaning. By then you should definitely see an improvement. If you keep going, just imagine how healthy your mouth will be this time next year!
Use a Tool that Makes Flossing Fun
While some like the classic minty floss, picking a strawberry or cupcake-flavored floss can help break up the monotony of flossing. There are even coconut and fruit oil-infused floss options! Water flossers are also a great flossing tool that can be fun to use. They are also a great choice for those who suffer from arthritis or other conditions that make using string floss difficult.
Make Your Plaque Easier to See
When it’s not built up, plaque can be very difficult to see because it’s clear. But it doesn’t have to be. Toothpaste and mouth rinse that makes plaque visible is easy to find. It can help you see exactly where your problem areas are and give you the satisfaction of knowing your mouth is truly clean.
Your at-home dental care regime is just as important as visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Following these tips can help you stay on track with flossing at least once a day and minimize your risk of developing cavities, gingivitis and other dental issues. You don’t have to wait until the new year to start flossing. Find some delicious floss flavors and get started today!
About the Author
Dr. Thaddeus Michalski has been transforming smiles since 2001. He received his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and continued his training as an elective Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Today, Dr. Michalski continues his education in efforts to provide his patients with the latest techniques in services like cosmetic, rehabilitative, implant dentistry and more. If you’re ready to get your smile on track this year, contact the office at (860) 563-4544 or visit the website so schedule a visit.