Spring has sprung! And with spring comes more time outdoors, lots of family activities, and often some time off of work or school. In this busy and exciting time of year, we know that it can be difficult to keep up with your oral health regimen. New Year’s resolutions are now a distant blur. We’re here to recharge your routine and bring excitement back to brushing.
Below are five tips on how to revitalize your dental health this spring.
1. Healthy holidays. Easter and Passover are some pretty big holidays this spring. Both come with family time and lots of treats. Easter especially brings an entire basket of sugary indulgences that can be detrimental to your enamel. Try to bring dental health to your holiday. Put some floss in an Easter egg, encourage brushing after your Passover meal, or write a letter to your kids from the Easter Bunny detailing the importance of brushing teeth. Offer yourself or others holiday-inspired incentives for keeping up with your oral health routine.
2. Get outside. The greatest thing about spring? The weather! Reward yourself with time outside after brushing. Maybe you can even brush your teeth outside! Exercise is also a great reward. Getting your body in shape will make you more motivated to get your teeth and gums in shape, too.
3. Take lots of photos. Take pictures of the beautiful spring weather, your friends, your family and yourself. If you see your teeth more often in photos, you may be more motivated to get them clean and sparkly. Now is the season for vacations, family reunions and graduations, all events with plenty of photo opportunities. Photos will make you aware of the state of your teeth and in turn more willing to make a healthy change.
4. Play games. Dental games are great for families! Teach your kids to sing and dance when brushing or make it a competition to see who can floss the most days in a row. Remember that games aren’t only for children. Get yourself in on the fun. Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to your 8pm playtime (aka brush-time)!
5. Spring-cleaning. You know the drill. Out with the old, in with the new. Replace that old toothbrush, buy a new kind of floss, stop squeezing the last remnants from your toothpaste tube. Treat yourself to a new set of oral care products.
6. Schedule an appointment. The best way to get your teeth in tip-top shape for the spring season is to see a dentist. You will be able to get your teeth professionally cleaned as well as get X-rays to see if there may be more extensive issues.
Spring is a wonderful time of year. It is a time of growth, adventure, and lots of smiling. Follow these tips to make sure that your oral health stays on track with your busy spring schedule.