Let’s face it, brushing can feel like a chore. Brushing your teeth may not be the most glamorous part of your daily routine, but it’s certainly one of the most essential. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice per day for two full minutes, as well as flossing daily. But sticking to this habit day in and day out can get daunting.
Ways to Simplify Oral Hygiene
We know that with our busy lives, it can be easy to not be as diligent about daily oral care as you should be. That’s why we’ve put together this list of new – and simple – ways to make brushing easier and more enjoyable.
Try a High-Tech Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes have continued to grow in popularity, and for good reason. They can make brushing much easier, as they do most of the work for you. Many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers, ensuring you brush for the recommended two minutes. Plus, they can be more effective at removing plaque and debris from your teeth than a manual brush.
Newer technology means modern electric toothbrushes are sleeker, easier to handle, and more effective than their bulkier predecessors. So, if you haven’t already, give an electric toothbrush a try.
Invest in a Toothbrush Subscription
Subscriptions are everywhere and can help automate challenging things (like remembering to change your toothbrush every three months). A toothbrush subscription can be an easy and affordable solution. You can find subscriptions for both manual and electric toothbrushes. Once you sign up, your chosen service will send your new brush right to your door just when you need it. It doesn’t get easier than that!
Consider a Water Flosser
If you dislike traditional flossing, that may mean it’s time to find out more about this newer flossing option. Water flossers are devices that utilize a concentrated stream of water to clean between teeth and along the gum line. Many people find them to be preferable to traditional floss, and they appear to be similarly effective.
Create a Brushing Playlist
Are you the type who has trouble timing their brushing? According to studies, that is most of us since people tend to underestimate brushing time. Of course, you can choose a toothbrush timer or set a timer on your phone, but that’s boring.
Why not create a playlist of your favorite songs instead? Choose upbeat, catchy songs that last about two minutes each – the perfect length for a thorough brushing session. Not only will this make brushing more enjoyable, but it will also help you brush for the recommended amount of time.
Use a Brushing App
Brushing apps available for smartphones can help make the process more engaging and fun. There are many general habit-tracking apps out there that you can use to track your oral hygiene habits as well as other health-centered goals. There are also a few specific toothbrushing apps that offer brushing timers, reminders, and even games to encourage better brushing habits. Find an app that appeals to you and give it a try.
Practice Mindfulness While Brushing
Living a purposeful life through mindfulness and meditation is a growing trend. But many of us believe finding the time for a mindfulness practice is difficult. Instead of rushing through your brushing routine, try slowing down and focusing on the sensations of the bristles against your teeth and gums. Or, if much of your day is hectic or chaotic, try to savor this quiet alone time. Strategies like this can help turn brushing into a calming, meditative practice that leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Don’t Forget Your Dental Appointment
Keeping your teeth healthy and clean is not just about oral care at home. Set reminders to make your twice-a-year dental appointments so you don’t forget. If it’s been a while, call our office and schedule your next visit. We are also always happy to talk to you about simple ways to brush better at home.