A month is a convenient amount of time. Long enough to apply yourself to a new hobby, but short enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) would like to encourage you to use National Dental Hygiene Month – also known as October – as an opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new dental hygiene-related habit.
“Strong dental health is built upon good habits, and habits don’t happen by accident,” explained Dr. David Fried, CSDA President. “Brushing, flossing, using mouth wash – these may have been viewed as chores when we were younger, but these are good daily habits.”
If you already brush regularly, try adding flossing to your routine. If you already floss, consider brushing after lunch. If your dental hygiene can’t get any better, try reducing your sugar intake for the month and see how you feel.
“Making these changes won’t take too much time out of your day, but over the long run, a new habit will be very beneficial to your overall dental health,” assured Dr. Fried. While any new habit may seem intimidating, there are plenty of ways to make it easier and one such was is by setting a daily alarm on your phone. It’s a simple reminder, and most of the time all you need is a little nudge.