Teeth are Something to Love
Without your teeth, how would your life change? If you’re like us, and most people, it could be pretty devastating to live without teeth. They really do a lot to help us enjoy our lives such as when savoring a good meal or feeling confident. Our teeth are always up for the challenge of helping us chew different types of food too. Since our teeth work so hard for us, let’s show them well-deserved love this Valentine’s Day. We have ten ways to do just that!
1) Love Them Gently
If we had our way, our teeth would have the strength of Hulk and would be able to withstand all forces that came their way. Unfortunately, our teeth have limits. Vigorous brushing can cause wear to your enamel or gum recession, both of which can result in sensitivity. Surrender the tough guy personality when it comes to your teeth. Instead, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush lightly like you’re gently rubbing lotion over your hands. It only takes a little bit of pressure to get the job done. Your teeth will simply love you for a gentle touch.
2) Spend Time with Them
This tip should be the number one lesson in Relationships 101. In order to have happy, healthy teeth, they need to be given daily attention. Doing so can dramatically decrease the risk of developing problems such as cavities or gum disease. Luckily, this is a relationship that requires only a few minutes of your time each day. We recommend brushing your pearly whites two times (morning and night) a day for 2 – 3 minutes per session. When you need a little boost of motivation, listen to one of your favorite songs. Music: how romantic!
3) Love Every Part
Even in the midst of our greatest intentions, sometimes we just can’t love everything about someone or something. At times, flossing in between your teeth might feel unnecessary or like you’re taking on an extra chore. Without flossing, we miss out on cleaning all surfaces of our teeth. Brushing alone only reaches 60% of a tooth’s surface. Flossing accounts for the other 40%. Even if you’re not in love with this part, consider the positives that come from showing love to every surface. At our office, we suggest trying soft picks if you’re unhappy with other flossing methods.
4) Embrace Alcohol-Free Mornings and Nights
Don’t worry. This isn’t about margaritas and sangria. We’re talking about your mouthwash. Using an alcohol-free mouth rinse allows for better saliva production since alcohol can be drying to your mouth. The alcohol component can also be rougher on the skin. With more moisture in your mouth, the easier it will be to prevent cavities as saliva is capable of removing particles from your teeth. Go ahead and pick up alcohol-free next time you’re on the hunt for mouthwash.
5) Make them a Date on Your Calendar
Your teeth need a date. With the dentist. And let’s make that regularly. The dentist is really the fountain of youth for your teeth. They can detect problems that you’re unaware of and can clean your teeth in ways that normal brushing and flossing simply cannot pull off alone. A good dentist like Dr. Bowie will even get you to smile and laugh during the visit. It’s really the ideal date for your teeth. So be sure to plan ahead and get your next dental visit on the calendar even if it’s a few months out. You’ll be more likely to stick to it if you set the date.
6) Give Your Teeth Frequent Baths
Honestly, we love a good bath and so do your teeth! Giving your mouth a good swish with water is a great option after consuming yummy Valentine’s Day chocolates or acidic foods. Like saliva, water can help remove particles on the teeth. Rinsing with water will also assist in bringing acidic levels back to normal. This method is a useful pro-tip for keeping your teeth squeaky clean.
7) Relax with Your Teeth in Mind
When we’re under a lot of stress and tension, some of us tend to respond by tensing up and clenching. We might even find ourselves grinding our teeth as well. Grinding long-term can become rather damaging to your teeth. Give yourself permission to relax and stay calm for the sake of your precious teeth. Engage in activities daily that truly bring out your inner peace. Keep in mind that there are other reasons why someone might grind their teeth too, so it’s important to show your teeth extra love by addressing grinding concerns with your dentist.
8) Buy Something Nice
Everyone loves a good gift. Get your teeth a little something in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Try buying soft picks, for example, if those are new to you. Maybe you’ve always wanted an electric toothbrush. Now might be the perfect time to purchase one. At our office, you can also purchase products at a reasonable price. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
9) Write Your Teeth a Letter
Perhaps, this sounds a bit silly, but the truth is that it can be challenging to take care of your teeth on a daily basis. Write a letter to your teeth telling them what you would like to do for them. Doing so will help your goals come to life and will also serve as a way to put those goals into perspective. Plus, you can make it cheesy for a good laugh. “Dear Teeth, I look forward to flossing with you every night from here on out.”
10) Smile with Them
Smiling is a surefire way to boost your confidence and mood. You’ll feel good, and it’ll rub off on others too. When you smile, everyone around you will feel you coming from a place of love. Plus, you and your teeth deserve to share a big happy smile with the world!
Let’s make a date! Contact us today to make an appointment.