If Your Teeth and Gums Could Make Dental Health Resolutions for 2014

You’re the decision-maker in your body, but if your teeth and gums had a say in the matter, we think they might do things a little different. That’s why we came up with the following New Year’s Resolutions for 2014, courtesy of your teeth and gums.

Why are we giving a voice to these guys? Because they’re entirely at your mercy, and sometimes the decisions people make are not always in your mouth’s best interest.

So we thought we’d let these guys have a say in what you do in 2014.

  • Floss us. Every day. Flossing is an absolute necessity, and unfortunately, the number one thing people forget to do. Plus would you like to walk around all day with a piece of celery sticking out under your arm? Uh huh. Didn’t think so.
  • Change your toothbrush head. Hey, you buy yourself a new outfit when the old one wears out – why not give us the same courtesy? And please, PLEASE, throw that old toothbrush head out after you’ve been sick. Bacteria hides in those brushes. Yuck.
  • 2 x 2. Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes. Use your iPhone to time yourself. If you’re on that thing all the time, why not put it to good use?
  • Brush your tongue. Sorry, but it gets pretty stinky here at times. Keeping your tongue clean will definitely freshen up the place.
  • Sip all day, get decay. We’re not sure if you realize this, but sugary drinks are our mortal enemies. That sugary stuff eats away at our enamel and leaves cavities in its wake. If you simply must drink a sugary beverage, drink it all at once for the benefit for all involved.
  • Make your mouth a waterpark. Trade in the soda and drink water. (We dig waterparks.)
  • White is all right. Please move to more of a white diet; that includes, white wine over red, alfredo sauce instead of marinara. The less staining material you dump on us, the better.
  • Go electric. An electric toothbrush is the wise choice. It’s like a nice massage at the spa (and we’ve earned it!)
  • Use a straw. Whenever possible, use a straw to drink. It moves liquids past your front teeth in a hurry, minimizing the chance of staining.

We’re sure your teeth and gums could go on, but these resolutions are a great start. Focus on resolving these key issues, you and your mouth will be happy campers in 2014.

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