Happy New Year, awesome 2020 is here. Every new year some of us make new year resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins, the common ones are to read the whole Bible in one year, lose weight, get better organized, fall in love and to make more & spend less money. This year we are going to add one more “Be Teethlicious”. Teethlicious actually means having teeth that are healthy, desirable and extremely attractive. YES I totally formed it.
Here are 10 Teethlicious New Year’s Resolutions you should actually keep in year 2020
1. Change your toothbrush:
Let that be a New Year gift to your mouth. Give your teeth, tongue and gums the opportunity to start the year with new instruments around them and promise them new instruments every 3 months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
2. Use a soft or medium bristled toothbrush.
Check the pack for the label. Avoid the hard bristled tooth brush and avoid brushing with too much pressure or soon you will brush your gums away and invite sensitivity. When you know better, you do better.
3. Apply the 2-minute rule of brushing teeth and Brush twice daily:
Spend minimum of 2 minutes brushing your teeth. It is NOT a rehearsed speed drill of brush front teeth, top of back teeth, brush tongue, spit and you’re done. Actually, let all 32 teeth or what is left to all feel the touch of the toothbrush anointing, don’t neglect anyone or soon they will start crying with pain. Brush twice daily actually do it, not just telling your dentist you do it when we can clearly see the evidence you don’t do it. Walk the Talk.
4. Try different flavors of toothpaste.
I know it’s easy to stick to the familiar, for many years the only flavor choice were mint and perhaps peppermint or spearmint. But these days, toothpaste come in spicy flavors like fennel or cinnamon-clove or even in fruit flavors such as apricot or peach. Exotic flavors like mint chocolate trek, vanilla mint spark, lime spearmint zest, aloe, eucalyptus mint, herbal. Other bizarre I-am-not-making-it-up flavors like salt, cupcake, bacon, coca cola, blueberry, pumpkin pudding, Fuji apple, Japanese plum, charcoal and monkey banana. Yes, there is flavor zero. Just make sure it contains fluoride. The brand is not the issue, ‘Fluoride and the seal of FDI world dental federation or ADA approval’ is what to look out for.
5. Swish and swallow.
After taking sugary foods, drinks and candies you can do this trick of swishing water around in your mouth for as long as possible, gargle and swallow. Repeat at least 2 times to reduce the substrate for the bacteria to act on.
6. Stop late night snacking–
The night shift bacteria in your mouth will have an all-night party with your teeth as the dance-floor and you know what happens the morning after, every where is messy and damages have taken place. Plus, your body will take the calories from snacks and store as fat anyway. #teamhealthy
7. Floss between your teeth more often.
Floss at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where toothbrush can’t reach. Once upon a time we used tooth picks to remove substances stuck between our teeth, well lots of research have gone on and its 2016 and its recommended that floss (not just any thread oh) is better. Ladies this should be like a handkerchief and a must have in your hand bag.
8. No matter your age, see the dentist:
See a dentist, at least twice this year for scaling and polishing. Your toothbrush can’t remove the yellow, greenish hard substances stuck behind and around your teeth called calculus, a dentist or dental hygienist can. Don’t wait until there is pain. Go for a routine checkup.
9. Stop postponing your dental appointment:
If you are seeking treatment. Stop using school, work or absence of pain as excuse to skip your dental appointments. A stitch in time saves nine.
10. Do more of what you enjoy doing and smile while doing it.
Thanks for reading. It’s Teethlicious Toothday and once again Happy New Year!
Stay connected to the vine, Stay Gorgeous & Stay Professional.
Credit: Dr Oyaks‘ Teethlicious Toothday