When you have kids— especially little kids— one of the most fun parts of New year’s is the ability to sit down together as a family and make New Year’s resolutions. And although you can make resolutions to do things like turn off the TV and read more, don’t forget to make resolutions surrounding your oral health. Here are three New Year’s resolutions you and your family can set for healthier smiles.
Tips for a Healthier Smile
- Brush Longer
When you are trying to get your kids either out of the door to school or into bed at bedtime, the last thing you may be concerned with is how long they are brushing. However, it’s important that your child brushes their teeth for at least 90 seconds so that every tooth and gumline gets cleaned. As a suggestion, set a timer on your phone so that you ensure everyone is brushing for long enough.
- Brush Often
In addition to encouraging your entire family to brush for at least 90 seconds, try to set a resolution to have everyone brush more often. For instance, as soon as your kids get home from school every day, encourage them to run and brush their teeth. Remember that the more often your kids brush their teeth, the less likely harmful tartar and plaque is to build up on their teeth.
- Visit the Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit the dentist every six months. Make it a goal to make every dentist cleaning with Dr. Steven Holbrook a priority this year. Regular cleanings will help you cut down on harmful germs, bacteria, and oral diseases.
Schedule a Consultation
Want to learn more about how you and your family can take better care of your oral health? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook today by calling (505) 881-1159.