Marshall Orthodontics - January 2020




Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to lose a bit of weight, give up dessert, or go to the gym three times a week, only to give up on it before January ended? You’re not alone! I’ve been there, and so have most Americans. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, 80% of resolutions go out the window by February. So, what can a determined person do to make sure they follow through? The first step is picking resolutions that are realistic (don’t resolve to save half of your paycheck each month, for example, if your bills don’t allow it). The second step, in my experience, is to make sure the problems you’re solving confront you every day — which is why I advocate making resolutions to benefit your smile. If you’re treating your teeth right, you’ll see the results in the mirror, and if you’re not, your smile will remind you! Here are five resolutions I’d recommend to help you beautify your smile and avoid the post-resolution blues:

the answer is yes, it’s time for a new one. Do this throughout 2020 for the best results. RESOLVE TO SWITCH TO WHITENING TOOTHPASTE Most major toothpaste brands offer a whitening option, which typically comes with all of the same tooth- cleaning benefits as the traditional choice, plus this perk, for minimal extra cost. Make the swap today for a gleaming smile. RESOLVE TO EAT SMILE-FRIENDLY FOODS Not all foods are created equal for your smile. If you have braces, a retainer, or other orthodontia, then you know eating certain foods, like sticky candies or whole apples, can wreak havoc on your teeth. Resolve to stick to your approved foods this year and spare your wallet and smile! Even if you don’t have orthodontia, you can resolve to better your smile by avoiding high-acid foods (which can damage tooth enamel) or drinking too much coffee or tea (which can stain your teeth).

it off just because it’s difficult to navigate around the wires. Resolve to change that in 2020 to avoid tooth decay, inflamed gums, and other unsightly side effects! RESOLVE TO NEVER TO SKIP A SMILE APPOINTMENT This could be the most important resolution you make in 2020. Your dentist and orthodontist can spot potential problems with your teeth visible only to a professional eye, and, even if your teeth are in great shape, regular cleanings and check-ups will set you up for success in the long term. Not to mention, if you have orthodontia and miss an appointment, you’ll set back your improvement and potentially experience discomfort! Resolving to not let that happen is just common sense. If you’re ready to get started on resolution No. 5, call Marshall Orthodontics today! We can work with you to find a way around any issues that have kept you out of the office — whether they’re scheduling conflicts or financial worries — and help you toward a beautiful smile in 2020.

“If you’re treating your teeth right, you’ll see the results in the mirror, and if you’re not, your smile will remind you!”

RESOLVE TO REMEMBER TO FLOSS Many people have a difficult time remembering to floss even under the best circumstances, but, if you have braces or permanent retainers, odds are you’ve put

RESOLVE TO REEVALUATE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH Next time you’re in the bathroom, take a minute to check out your toothbrush. Are the bristles fraying? Have you had it for more than three months? If

– Dr. William Marshall

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