The best way to ensure you are following good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing regularly is by building a daily routine and following it religiously.
Some scientists say it takes anywhere from 21 to 28 days to break a bad habit or create a new positive one. By establishing a morning and evening routine that includes thoroughly brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash then following it rigorously for about a month, it can quickly become second nature.
Establishing good oral habits early in life can help reduce the risk of serious issues later such as gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. But you don’t have to be young to create positive daily habits that promote oral health. You can create a new twice-daily routine at any age and reap the benefits for the rest of your life.
Determine a time that works best in the morning for you. It may be immediately after getting out of bed. Or it could be right after your morning shower. The best time may be right before you leave for work because then you can brush away any residual food or drink stains from your breakfast and morning coffee.
At night, the best time to brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash is right before getting into bed. That way there is little chance you will eat or drink anything else and can go to bed with fresh breath and a clean mouth and gums.
Developing Positive Habits
Daily oral health care, in conjunction with regular checkups with your dentist, can help decrease the chance of having serious dental issues. By making it a part of your morning and nighttime ritual, you can promote good oral health.
Developing good habits now — regardless of your age — can make your whole life healthier, happier, and more fulfilling.