We all know we need to brush & floss well in order to maintain a healthy smile! Unfortunately, that fact doesn’t make keeping up with oral care any easier. Especially during the summer months, when the days are longer and we feel lazier and chilled out, our dental care can easily slip from the forefront of our minds.
I have devised a few simple habits and tricks to help keep on top of your dental care:
Everyone has heard that they should brush their teeth for 2 minutes, but in our fast-paced world, 2 minutes seems like a lot of time to spend brushing away! In order to make sure I brush (AND FLOSS!) sufficiently each day, I either listen to music/podcasts I enjoy, or watch some youtube videos while I work on my dental care. This keeps me entertained, and I end up being more thorough in my brushing and flossing when there’s something entertaining me in my periphery.
I’m not the best at flossing regularly, so being intentional and strategic about what I use/when I use it can help me do a better job vs. just hap-hazardly trying to keep my teeth in good shape.
For example, using our Dr. Plotka’s brushes with flossing bristles helps to sweep away much more plaque than brushes I previously used, so when it comes to flossing, I have less work to do!
Another good trick is to actually floss BEFORE you brush. Sometimes, once you’ve brushed your teeth, they already “feel clean” so you can’t be bothered to floss. By flossing first, you’ve dislodged some plaque but don’t yet have that “squeaky clean” feeling, so you brush afterwards as well.
Summertime is notorious for icecream, lemonade, and all kinds of sweet treats. Whether it’s sugary sodas/drinks or funnel cake at a theme park, it’s always important to do your best to make sure sugar can’t linger on your teeth! Drinking lots of water not only helps your general health, but also helps to flush away the stuff you don’t want sitting on your teeth/creating plaque.
Since vacations/outings are more common during the summer months, make sure you have the necessary supplies to keep your teeth healthy while you’re out and about! I recommend keeping some floss or inter-dental brushes on you, as well as one of our nifty travel brushes! Keeping your teeth clean on the go means less work at the beginning and end of each day, and overall better oral health.
I hope this was helpful for you! Best of luck keeping your smile in tip-top shape during the lazy months. Now, off to have a nap in the shade…..
I wanted to interview one of the coolest Dental Assistants I know (My Cousin) and see what her perspective was!
I asked her some questions and she was more than happy to let me get a close look into what a Dental Assistant thinks like!
1) What made you want to become a Dental Assistant?
I wanted to become a dental assistant for many reason. Two of the most important reason are, I was terribly afraid of the dentist growing up and the importance of Oral Health isn't discussed as much as I personally believe it should be! I never wanted another child//adult to go trough some of the horror stories you hear. I wanted to be the reason they come back to the dentist, a happy face and to make every appointment as personable as I could! Lastly what made me become a dental assistant is because oral health is one of the most important things to maintain. Many hear through out school, work daily life how important it is to follow up with your PCP regularly, however oral health is just as important. Poor oral health is the gateway to many different infections, diseases and if I could help spread awareness to each patient and make them love the dentist in return, my job would be complete!
First. I am no expert in the subject, and far from me the idea of giving any lesson to anybody. I just love thinking about the idea of gathering pieces to make a better whole, and will speak below with all my heart and sole. Nothing from books or websites, beside the below definition.
Second. I manage a toothbrush company (www.mouthwatchers.com mind you, they are the BEST.BRUSH. EVER, but that’s beside the point here :). Laugh all you want. It doesn’t matter what we make, so as long as it’s right to your heart, it could be about anything, really. My point is that I don’t think creating synergy for a company that thrives in discovering children’s cancer treatment or is sending troupes of medical help in under-developed countries is any easier.
Google dictionary: “the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.”
In other words: The whole is greater than the sum of parts.
Let’s agree here: there is no whole without the parts. And that’s the beginning, the core and the end of the below blurb you’re about to read.
Consider people as individual first.
Then, and only then, as a group.
It’s not like I can get my employees exited about toothbrushes… Can I? (though you’d be surprised, this toothbrush makes people go crazy so I might have it a bit easier than if I was managing a bolt factory…). I have to find the excitement source, the beginning of the sparks, the origin of the individual thrive. But where? You’ll ask.
Within each of them. What motivates them, personally? Is it money? Yes, could be. But it’s not always financial rewards, you’d be surprise. Appreciation, feeling useful, successful, trusted, having more family time, learning, getting more flexibility… ?
Understand their heart so they’ll give it to you.
Take time to listen, take time to dig-in, take time to sit-down and truly grasp who your employees are. What triggers their emotions? Let them tell YOU what they need. Create that space where they can talk, express how they feel, an idea, a comment. Anything they feel they want to share. Not only you’ll understand them more, but they’ll build trust that they are respected for who they are, and their opinion matters. They will, in turn, put they heart in what they do and naturally contribute to the Greater Plan.
I want to be a mentor to all my employees. I want to share my knowledge and experience, and I want to learn from them. I want to build nutritive relationship.
Let people exist as individuals. They need to know and hear that they are, indeed, valuable and worthy as an individual first, and not just a piece of a puzzle that can be replaced. I try to encourage opinion and input from all members as much as I can (granted not everything needs to be questioned or you wouldn’t get anything done), so we grow as a whole, navigate on the same boat, in the same direction.
Care about them as individuals before asking them to care about your business.
I know, I know, many will say you should leave your personal problems and life at the door when walking into work. Well, I disagree. We are no machines. We have feelings, we have things going on outside the office hours. Whether they are passions, family issues or happiness, health, financial stress, projects… And I UNDERSTAND it. It doesn’t mean I transform the office into a psychology unit! But accept there will be no any company without considering the HUMAN ASPECT of it and there will be no greater accomplishment without it.
MouthWatchers is first and foremost made out of amazing Human Beings. Each of us is truly appreciated as individuals much before than as “tools” to achieve business financial success. We all have our own goals and motivations in Life. We all have our stories we come in with, our baggage. And I want to welcome everybody the way they are. Because our differences is what makes us strong together. What makes each of my team member valuable is their passion, uniqueness, desire to succeed, desire to learn, desire of someone in their family to be proud, desire to be financially independent, desire to have a stepping-stone for their career, desire to be part of a team that will help all of us achieve our own personal goals, and together, the company’s goals.
To end, as a young manager, shy of 6 years experience, I learn everyday, that the thrive comes from WITHIN. We, as managers, need to create an environment where talent and deep human emotions such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment can flourish.
And as Dr. Plotka, MouthWatchers’ President, likes to says: “No one of us is as smart as all of us” (Kenneth H. Blanchard).
I am only trying to apply this on the small scale of our toothbrush company… But is it Utopia to wish that one day, million dollar multinational corporates will understand that, too?