Dental Hygiene New Year’s Resolutions

Published on December 22nd, 2020 by Michael C. Griffin, D.M.D.

As your family dentist near Wrigleyville, at Northalsted Dental Spa we take pride in providing the very best in dental care for all. One of our primary goals is to educate our patients on ways to maintain their dental health the year around, and we hope everyone will make these dental hygiene resolutions for the coming year.

Brush Twice Daily for 2 Minutes

We know most of you already brush twice each day, but if you’re not brushing at least two minutes every time you brush your teeth, you’re not devoting the time needed to really clean your teeth and gums. If it’s helpful, we encourage you to set a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full two minutes.

Use the Right Toothbrush

With so many types of toothbrushes available, both manual and electric, it’s difficult to make a generalized recommendation. That said, our dentist near Wrigleyville generally recommends a soft-bristled brush with rounded tips. Hard-bristled brushes could potentially harm the gums, root surfaces and protective enamel.

When deciding between manual versus electric, both can effectively clean your teeth, but if an injury or arthritis makes brushing difficult, you may find a powered model easier and more comfortable to use.

Finally, for small children still getting their adult teeth, we recommend not using an electric toothbrush until they have all their permanent teeth.

Floss Daily

It can’t be said enough, daily flossing is essential for dental health. No matter the toothbrush you’re using, when it comes to the hard-to-reach particles between your teeth, there’s no substitute for flossing. Please don’t neglect this essential daily practice.

Looking for a Dentist Near Wrigleyville?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. At Northalsted Dental Spa, we hope you’ll keep all these extremely easy resolutions, as well as coming to us for regular cleanings and dental exams. Dentally speaking, to get 2021 started the right way, contact us today to schedule your first appointment for the New Year.

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