Here we are in Labor Day weekend – the unofficial end of summer. As the backyard barbecues, late-night happy hours, and extended leave come to an end, you should start thinking about getting back to a normal routine.

Setting goals for your oral hygiene now will help ensure you finish off the year in a happy and healthy state.

Be Proactive & Plan Ahead

Now is the perfect time to schedule your dental appointments because you’re in between summer and the holiday season. There is lot going on during this time of year – school is back in session, summer vacations are over, businesses are coming down from their busy season – and it can be easy to lose focus. Book an appointment now so you can stay productive without compromising your oral health.

Replace Your Tooth Brush

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. That means that you should be investing in a new one about once per season. With summer coming to an end, consider spending just a few dollars on something that will have a much bigger impact on your oral health in the long run.

Be Mindful of Your Habits

Too busy to floss? Skipping your nightly brushing? When you’re always on the move, overlooking important aspects of your normal routine is common. We encourage you to reflect on your daily practices and give yourself more time for self-care. It takes about three weeks to make or break a new habit, so get started as soon as possible to build accountability.

Monitor Your Diet

Most of us probably indulged in too many sodas or cocktails over the summer. You may have even relied on coffee to help you counteract those late nights. But now it’s time to hydrate our bodies and build enamel strength. Consider swapping out some of your favorite beverages with some water or unsweetened tea to prevent further damage and protect your smile.

Get a Professional Cleaning

A professional cleaning won’t just offset some of the harm you’ve done over the summer, it will also increase the lifespan of your teeth. While brushing and flossing is an important aspect of dental hygiene, professional cleanings are critical when it comes to fighting off oral disease. In fact, many patients don’t catch symptoms before they become problematic. Air on the side of caution by consulting with your dentist in the next few weeks. Whether you need a routine cleaning or a deep cleaning to treat a problem you’ve been avoiding, we’re on standby to help.

Our team at Kabani Dental is committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and expertise. We hope each one of you had a summer full of unforgettable memories. As we close out the season with Labor Day, we hope you’ll give us the opportunity to get you back on track with your oral health and closer to the smile of your dreams.