The start of a new year is always an exciting time. The year ahead is filled with promise and endless possibilities, and many of us may already be making “to-do” lists, calendar items, and New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. Whether you’re gung-ho to start the year ahead or still just trying to get through the holidays, here are a few tips from your Overland Park dentist that can help make sure your year is one filled with smiles and good health!
Make bi-annual dental appointments for the whole family. Everyone in your family—from the youngest members to the oldest—should be seeing your Overland Park dentist for checkups once every six months or so, and scheduling appointments early can help you to save the date and take one more item off your list.
Replace your toothbrush every three months. If you or your family members got new toothbrushes in your stockings this holiday season or if there was a new electric toothbrush under the tree, you’ll be replacing the brushes around March, June, September, and around the holidays again next year.
Buy mouthguards for summer sports. If your child is playing summer sports—or if you are—then it’s a good idea to invest in a mouthguard. It’s a simple preventive measure that can have a huge impact on a child’s dental health. Your child will need one for sports during the school year, as well.
Taking a business trip? Plan for good oral hygiene on the road. It’s all too easy to let good habits slip when we’re traveling, so if you’ve got a trip planned in the coming year, also plan some ways to help keep yourself on track while you’re on the road, including packing a dental kit in your bag, taking along some pocket flossers and sugar-free chewing gum, and remembering to snack smart!
Send those college students back to school with everything they need. If you’ve got a kid heading to college this year, make sure he or she is ready to go by packing an oral health care kit in one of your care packages. Money and time are always in short supply in college, so maybe send three or four toothbrushes to last the entire school year.
Schedule a teeth whitening. If it’s been on your list for months or weeks or years, there’s no time like the present to schedule a fast, easy, and safe teeth whitening procedure. Your Overland Park dentist can walk you through your options, including take-home trays and in-office procedures, and help you choose the one that’s best for you!
Plan to smile more. If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, you could do a lot worse than to resolve to smile more in the coming year. After all, smiling actually helps benefit your overall health and can help in social and professional situations, too!
Here at Watts Family Dental, we love to see our patients smile all year long! If you have any questions or just want to schedule an appointment with your Overland Park dentist, just give us a call at (913) 338-3384 today!