4 Smart Suggestions for Developing Great Dental Habits in 2018

It’s deep into January across the Triangle; more people are exercising and watching their diets, as they put positive New Year’s resolutions to work. Along with the focus on weight and fitness, the new year also is a perfect time to commit to better dental health habits.

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman wants his patients to have the best and most beautiful smiles in North Carolina. Patients do their part when they brush, floss and eat right every day. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to educating patients on the best ways to care for their smiles. Our team offers four simple ways to develop a regular routine and keep teeth free of plaque between appointments.

These four suggestions from E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are a great start to better dental hygiene this year:

  • Start small: Dentists know that flossing makes a world of difference to dental health, yet many people still resist the daily flossing habit. A good suggestion is to break the goal into smaller bits, such as resolving to floss just once a day. That’s a goal anyone can achieve and likely will expand to include all the teeth.
  • Smartphone reminders: Smartphones have become all-purpose devices, including scheduling and remembering appointments. Anyone with a smartphone can schedule a daily alert for reminders to floss and brush.
  • Make it simple: Patients with braces quickly get accustomed to brushing after every meal. But there’s no reason everyone without braces cannot do the same. Small travel toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes fit into bags, briefcases or lunch totes. Some people keep a box of floss handy when they watch TV.
  • Rewards work: In elementary school, teachers use paper stars and stickers to mark students’ achievements. These visual rewards provide feedback that inspires students to keep up the good work. Adults can use the same method when building new habits, perhaps rewarding themselves with an activity or a special dessert when they’ve completed a month of daily flossing or brushing after every meal.

Developing great dental routines pays benefits in both oral and general health. Keep your promises to positive dental health, and make sure to get that appointment for cleaning scheduled with E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. The office treats patients of all ages and is accepting new patients. Cary, Apex, Morrisville, and the entire Triangle are welcome to call!


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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