It may come as a surprise, but oral health is an important part of overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to resolve to improve your health. Cavities, sensitive teeth or a stained smile are some of the leading concerns that Hispanics admit to experiencing, according to a recent survey by Colgate and Toluna. To maintain a healthy smile, these four small steps are a great way to start. Just remember, consistency is key with any resolution that you make!
• Commit to your oral health.
In 2016, 8 in 10 Hispanics made a goal of theirs to invest more time into the health of their teeth and gums. Routine visits to the dentist every 6 months may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Make healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks and quit using tobacco.
]b]• Brush, floss, and rinse daily.[/b]
1 in 5 Hispanics think you should ideally be brushing your teeth for 5+ minutes. For successful bacterial plaque removal, it is important to brush at least twice a day during two minutes and floss at least once per day. No need to waste more time or water!
• Improve your Smile.
Half of Hispanics wish they could change the color of their teeth. Whitening enhances the appearance of teeth by removing deep or surface stains. There are different tooth whitening products that can be purchased over-the-counter for at-home use, administered by a dentist at the dental office or dispensed by a dentist for at-home use.
• Install healthy habits for healthy families.
Most multicultural families are following the tradition of the tooth fairy, but they may not know exactly how much money they should be giving their child. Lead by the example and install good habits to your kids, creativity is a big part of it! Fun options are the tooth fairy, regardless the amount of money, and creating a special "brush together" moment.
Source: Colgate-Palmolive/Toluna. Nationally-representative survey of 1,450 of U.S. Hispanic respondents. Fielded March 2016.