How can I make sure that I brush my teeth every night?
May 14, 2010 4:12 PM Subscribe
How can I make sure that I brush my teeth every single night?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (41 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I never developed a good tooth-brushing regime as a child.
(I didn't understand why toothbrushing was important, and I was rebellious, so I would pretend that I was brushing by scrubbing the bathroom bench instead to make the brushing sounds my parents expected to hear.)
Now I'm an adult with bleeding gums - seriously, if I bite into a banana, there will be blood on the banana - and my dentist has stressed to me that I really need to brush every single day, or I will lose teeth down the line.
Obviously, I really, really don't want that to happen.
He's also told me that gum disease = greater risk of heart disease and Alzheimer's.
So I really, really want to brush my teeth every night.
But I forget until I'm going to bed - and by that time, I'm so exhausted that I say to myself "I'm far too tired - I'll do it tommorrow."
Ideally, I would like to brush my teeth around 8pm or 8:30pm - that way I won't be too tired, but also I won't eat afterwards and mess up my nice clean teeth.
How can I remind myself to brush my teeth at 8pm? And how can I make myself stop whatever I am doing (watching a DVD, talking to a friend on the phone, whatever) and go brush my teeth right that instant?