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…..
It’s that time of the year again… back to school shenanigans! Some might be excited to head back to school, but I know for the rest of us, it’s hard making that adjustment from summer mode to school mode 😒 But not to worry! Here are some tips that I found to help me get prepped and ready for the new school year. This usually did the trick for me, so I hope it helps you all too!
1: Start going to bed early
Now, the older I got, I realized how important sleep is to function throughout the day. When it’s summer, especially when you don’t have any responsibilities early in the morning, you build up the habit of staying up late and sleeping in. But once you do that when school starts, you’ll highly regret it!! (I know from experience). So I recommend going to bed earlier than you normally do, especially a week or two before school starts. This will just make the routine easier!
2: Get your school supplies early
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE school supplies! I’m sure we’ve all been inside Target, Walmart, and etc. and have seen all the Back to School deals, but didn’t take advantage of it since school was so far away. But trust me! It’s better to get your school supplies early and at a great cost, because once you decide to go shopping later on, you’ll be left with just one pencil and a stepped on notebook!
3: Know your plan
I know going back to school can be nerve-wracking, whether it be elementary, middle, high school or even college! One thing that calms my nerves down a little is checking my classes before the first day. When I was younger, I loved checking to see where my class(es) would be because I hate getting lost on the first day! And as I got older, that became a habit within every school year. I also loved checking the class roster to see who my teacher(s) would be and who would be in my classes!
These are just a few things that help me shift from summer to school mode! I hope you find these helpful as well! What do you do to prepare for the school year?
I am not a sunshine and/or heat enthusiast. Most people can guess this as soon as they meet me—I am one of the palest humans I’ve ever met, and I can’t tan; I only burn and then somehow get even paler. I also tend to run extremely warm, so the high temps aren’t my friend either. Suffice to say, surviving summer can be difficult. Here’s a list of my top tips for keeping cool/not burning to a crisp during the summer months!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
According to the USGS Water Science School, up to 60% of the human adult body is water. When the temperatures rise, it becomes even more important for us to replenish our bodies with constant hydration! Personally, I’m not so great at keeping hydrated, but I have noticed that I hydrate much more often when I carry a very durable water bottle with me (I’m quite clumsy – nothing is safe!). My current favorite water bottle is this one from Camelbak. It’s large enough that I don’t feel like I’m constantly refilling it, and it stays watertight and sealed throughout the day which helps me to avoid unnecessary spills.
Use Accessories to your advantage
In addition to hydration, you can use accessories to help regulate temperature. In the past, I’ve used neckerchiefs like this. You just submerge them in water for 10-20 minutes, letting the beads inside expand, then pop them in the fridge or wear them right away. Having the moisture/cooling beads on the back of your neck effectively spreads cooling to the rest of your body rather quickly.
To protect from the sun, try a fashionable sun hat! This one even has a secret ponytail hole so you can wear your hair up while wearing it!
Be Aware and Prepare!
As a near-transparent person, I’ve grown accustomed to putting on sunscreen routinely. If sunscreen isn’t a routine for you, try your best each morning to anticipate where your day will take you: Will you be driving a lot? If so, make sure to at least put sunscreen on your face, as the rays get in through your windshield/windows. Will you be walking outside much? If so, either have clothes that cover everything, or apply sunscreen before leaving.
The same kind of preparation applies to temperature! If you know it is going to be hot, close the blinds/curtains in your house in order to block out some heat. I make sure to do this before I leave for work, and when I return home my apartment is always cooler than the outside temps. I also recommend investing in a sunshade for your windshield if you don’t have access to shade when parking your car at home or work. I use this one. I unfold/position the shade each morning before I walk into the office, and when I return at the end of the day my car is MUCH cooler than it would have been without the shade.
I hope these tips help you to stay safe and comfortable amidst the sunshine and heat this summer! What are your top tips for summer survival?
Sitting in my swivel chair as I write this, I find my gaze drawn out the nearby window to take in the bright sun, blue sky, and green trees swaying in the breeze. The view offers welcome relief from the sterile white walls and abrasive fluorescent light of the office. It is also a bittersweet reminder of being confined indoors to attend to my professional tasks. I lament that I cannot able step out into the scene just beyond my window sill. At least today I have the opportunity go there in my mind and reflect on what I love most about these Summer months.
Longer Days & Warmer Weather
Here in New England, it is oft bemoaned that during the winter we ‘go to work in the dark and drive home in the dark’. The short cold days means that daytime almost feels squandered by being stuck inside. When Summer comes around, there is sweet reprieve from the workday grind with the knowledge that there will still be a few hours of daylight after it is time to clock out. On most days, when you step outside you are welcomed by the warm embrace of Summer air and birds chirping. Those of us privileged to experience the four seasons know that this is much different from heading outside in the winter- which typically means ducking down and shuffling through the snow to reach your car as quickly as possible before risking certain death from exposure! The bright sunshine and warm air beckons us to feel more open and relaxed. We are encouraged to feel less guarded and free as we are embraced by the nurturing rays of the sun.
Nature is Alive and In Bloom
This sense of invigoration by the warmer months appears to extend throughout nature. The trees are full and green, catching the wind and sunshine, and provide us with fresh air. The birds are chirping and chasing each other. The local ponds become a hub of activity as fish, fowl, and frogs lark about the shores. Wild flowers and manicured gardens adorn the landscape with vibrant hues like confetti at a birthday. Summer makes it feel like there is a party outside!
Being More Social
People seem to become more social when the weather gets nice. There’s the chance to come together in open spaces and warm air and sunshine. We feel less guarded, as we don’t need to actually physically guard ourselves from the elements. There’s something to the idea of “summer love”. We feel freer and more open with ourselves and others when the weather is nice, and the sun is bright!
Everything I have described so far supports the fact that it is great to get outdoors! The benefits of being outside is something innate that really doesn’t require description. I think we all sort of intuitively know that it is good for us to get out of the house. It makes sense. Outdoors is where 99% of our evolution has occurred. This whole spending much of our time indoors thing is a pretty new phenomenon. Humans evolved conjointly with our natural settings. This natural relationship and its benefits have become the subject of a vast breadth of contemporary research. That inquiry has shown numerous health benefits to being outdoors and in nature. Here’s a non-inclusive list of the benefits of the outdoors:
For years, Japanese culture has practiced something called “nature bathing”. This means to go to a natural setting and taking in the environment- which has a cleansing effect on our bodies and minds. Research into the practice has only validated the correlation between nature and well-being. My favorite part of Summer is that it lends us the access to getting outside and being more well.
Let me take this opportunity to remind you that when venturing off to find a healthier you, bring along your Mouth Watchers travel brush!
Hi Everyone, It’s Jackie and I’m back!
I’m so excited to be writing to you all again, and this time about TRAVELING!
I am going away this week and there are essentials that I need before heading on vacation!
Below are the TOP 5 things I NEED with me when I travel:
It is a MUST that I bring the brush with me. I love how I do not have to buy a mini-brush AND a separate casing around it because it comes all in one! With the same anti-microbial, silver infused, floss-like bristle formula just in a travel size with the protectant folding case you will not have to spend any extra money!
I HOPE I do not get stuck in the airport this week, BUT if I do I need to make sure I have a way to make sure my phone is charged so I can keep updated on my flights. I found one on AMAZON right after I bought my travel Dr. Plotka’s brush. Super affordable and I bought a cute lime green one J
Since I am going on vacation I will be going out to some nice dinners and gatherings and want to doll up. I do not want to bring my at home make-up bag because you can definitely tell I get a little crazy with the make-up. I wanted to take the make-up I think is essential and place it nicely in a clear cute make-up bad on AMAZON AGAIN to make traveling easier through airports for security checks and it definitely is stylish!
OK! OK! Yes, I shop on amazon a lot! That’s where I got my rolling luggage too! I am trying to make it the most effective and lightest trip. If I ever had to run for my flight then the luggage will be easier to keep up instead of lugging it around! So many colors to choose from and it is very chic if I do say so myself!
Did you think I was going to forget the snacks?! UH, NO! I need to be prepared at all times to a delay or even just a quick rest and I definitely want to snack on something while waiting. I went to a couple different stores and got myself some mixed-nuts, a couple of LIFE bars, and some candy! I am trying to make sure I can choose healthier options, but still need some sugary energy!
I can’t wait to update you all when I am back!
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