If you want to have beautiful and healthy teeth throughout your lifetime, it’s important to brush your teeth. The Oral Health Foundation suggests that you should brush your teeth at least one time during the day and once at night with a fluoride toothpaste to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Remembering to brush two times a day can be quite difficult, let alone once a day especially when we are in a hurry. To help you out, this article will go through 8 various ways that can help you remember to brush your teeth.
1. Put A Sticky Note On Your Bathroom Mirror
A common but effective way to remind yourself to brush is to have a note simply dangling right in your face telling you to do it. Write something positive about yourself first before it says to brush your teeth like, “You have a beautiful smile, so brush your teeth!” It’s more effective when the note entirely blocks your view of your face or is in the way of the task you are doing. After all, you can’t shave your facial hair or fix your hair in the morning if you can’t see it!
2. Keep A Toothbrush and Toothpaste In The Shower
Most people practice good hygiene every day or at least we hope so. Since brushing your teeth is also a form of hygiene what better way is there to remember it than by keeping some brushes in the shower? The nice thing about this is that you can both brush your teeth and bathe all at once. It might seem gross to be spitting out toothpaste on the shower floor, but honestly, it will be washed down your drain anyways.
3. Use An Alarm On Your Mobile Phone
Many cell phones have an alarm or clock function that you can set to go off at any time of the day. Most people use these to wake up in the morning but that doesn’t mean you can’t set it for brushing. To make it even better, you can usually enter in a title or label for the alarm which will show every time it goes off. Just make sure your phone is not on silent or you will not hear the alert.
4. Brush During Your Work Break
When the majority of your time is spent at work or school, it’s a good idea to consider brushing there. Just discreetly slip into the restrooms during a routine break and brush away. Most likely nobody will be bothered by it or even has to know so it would be easy to include during your break.
5. Chew Mild Flavored Gum Regularly
You know that taste you get in your mouth once your gum loses its flavor? Often that is intensified by leftover food in your mouth and is a bitter reminder that you need to brush your teeth. Choose a flavor of gum that is very mild or non-minty to increase the level of grossness.
6. Place A Note Under Your Food Dish
This may seem strange but you can do this whenever you sit down for dinner with your family. Write in permanent, large, bold letters to brush your teeth on simple construction paper and have it ready every meal time to slip under your plate. So whenever you are done eating, you will pick your plate up and be reminded to brush your teeth.
7. Make A “Bored” Board
Sometimes during the day, a sudden pang of boredom hits you out of nowhere. You don’t know why but you feel that you need to do something else. This is a great time to remind yourself to brush. Simply buy a dry erase board and create a list of things to do when you get bored. Make brushing your teeth at the top of the list.
8. Create A Habit and Routine You Will Not Break
The final and most important tip for brushing your teeth twice a day is to simply make the routine fit into your habits. Any places that you frequently occupy at home or out and about, consider incorporating time to brush your teeth. If in any way the routine feels natural to you, definitely stick with it and in no time you will have sparkling white teeth.