As you enter the new year, you may have a few New Years’ resolutions in mind. Some of the most popular resolutions include exercising more or spending less. However, did you know that there are resolutions for better dental health too? Try incorporating some of these easy dental resolutions for healthier teeth in the new year:
- Replace your toothbrush often.
It’s important that you replace your toothbrush often in order to maximize a toothbrush’s ability to effectively clean your teeth. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. However, if you’ve noticed that the bristles of your toothbrush have begun to fray sooner, replace the toothbrush then. In addition, if you become sick, make sure you immediately replace your toothbrush after you have fully recovered.
- Brush for a full 2 minutes twice a day.
While you may already be good about brushing your teeth twice a day, there are many people who actually don’t brush their teeth long enough. In fact, the average time people brush their teeth is 45 seconds! This year, aim closer to the 2-minute mark by either setting a timer, passing the time by walking around or even listening to your favorite song.
- Be more gentle with your teeth.
Many people assume that by brushing your teeth harder, you’re able to eliminate more bacteria and food particles. This can actually cause problems for your teeth. By brushing harder, you are putting your teeth enamel at risk by gradually wearing it down. A gentle brushing is all you need for bacteria-free teeth.
While your teeth may seem strong, it’s actually not healthy to put them under a lot of pressure. Another way you can be more gentle with your teeth is reducing the number of hard foods or objects you chew on. Chewing on things like ice cubes can actually damage your teeth over time.