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Is Self-Care one of you Resolutions?

Oh hey! So we hear that all things 'self-care' are trending right now - we can't go a day without hearing about self-care-this and self-care-that. And that's excellent! People are realizing that they should be investing in themselves - otherwise, they'll get frustrated, experience fatigue, find themselves with increased anxiety levels, burn out, etc. But, as fun-sounding as a spa day might be, or taking off to go travel, a major part of self-care is taking care of your overall health as well as your oral health.

Yes. Oral. Care. Is. Self. Care.

It's not just about having a nice-looking smile - although there is a self-confidence boost when people improve their teeth! But, having healthy teeth can also improve your digestion (they are there to help you masticate your food, after all!) There's a connection between poor oral health and some conditions like heart disease and Alzheimer's. And let's not forget how an oral infection can change a regular day to a miserable day!

But the good news is that it is easy - and a lot of it has to do with home care.

  • Invest 2 minutes, twice a day to brush all your teeth thoroughly.

  • Invest the time to floss daily.

  • You can invest in an electric toothbrush, but manual brushes are fine too (it has more to do with your technique and time spent brushing than having the latest gadget - so be sure to invest the TIME you spend on your teeth).

  • Invest in routine hygiene appointments.

  • Invest in repairing anything that's worn away or is broken - because problems don't get better on their own and they often become costlier, the longer you wait.

  • Invest in a healthy diet - especially if you love sweets, either consider reducing the amount consumed or you can also kick it up a notch in terms of improving your oral hygiene!

  • Invest in preventative, prophylactic procedures and/or appliances like retainers or trays you wear for night grinding - so you're either protecting your teeth from shifting or protecting them from damaging themselves.

Have we forgotten anything? If you care for your teeth, they will last a lifetime!


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