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New Year Resolutions: Taking Better Care of My Dental Health

We all make new year’s resolutions, and typically they would include looking after ourselves, losing weight, working out at home, eating healthy home cooked food, and the likes. In general, they aim to have a healthier lifestyle, but many forget that your overall health can be influenced by your oral health as well. Hence we rarely hear people say their new year’s resolution is to start developing a better oral hygiene habit, or to take better care when looking after teeth and gum. 

While we’re still in the first few weeks of 2021, why not start now? Sure, deciding on a resolution is easy – the hardest part is to follow through with it. Here we list down some tips on how to follow through on this resolution diligently.

Brushing

Find a toothpaste and a toothbrush that makes brushing fun. If you’ve been eyeing some rubber bristles toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, this is the time to go for it! Aside from dental kits, you can also look for some bathroom accessories that could make your brushing session more exciting. Bring out the child in you and get a cute toothpaste dispenser, or you can reward your anal and sophisticated personality with a multifunctional toothbrush holder. 

Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months or whenever it appears to be getting worn out, so that you’ll get excited to try your new toothbrush every time you change to a new one! 

Flossing

You may tell your dentist “Yes, I floss every day” but your bleeding gums and the plaque build-ups between your teeth will betray your deception far more effectively than a lie detector ever could. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start. One way to make it easier to remember to floss is to store your floss very close to your toothbrush and toothpaste. 

You can also buy a mini floss or even better: a dental floss keychain! This way you can floss on the go if you forget to do it at home. If you store floss all over the place, or always have it with you, you’ll find plenty of opportunities throughout the day to floss!

Dentist Visit

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist for other than teeth straightening, you’re not alone. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019) conducted in Malaysia involving 17,000 people, showed that only 25% visited the dentist over the last 12 months. That’s a bad news, since getting a routine checkup is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth. 

Even if your teeth look and feel fine, set a reminder in your phone to call a dental clinic for an appointment. If you don’t feel motivated enough, perhaps a buddy could help. Find a friend or family member who is diligent in attending their dental appointments and set an appointment on the same day at the same clinic so you can go together every 6 months. This buddy of yours will, hopefully, help make sure you don’t miss your checkups. 

Reward Yourself

The problem with flossing and brushing is you might not notice the difference, hence there’s almost no instant gratification. One way to keep yourself motivated is to have a clearly defined reward. There are two types of rewards: Intrinsic rewards and extrinsic rewards. 

An extrinsic reward is a tangible, external outcome. For example “If I floss my teeth every day for 15 days, I will treat myself to a slice of Biscoff cheesecake”. On the other hand, intrinsic rewards are not tangible, and it comes from within. It is performing the task itself that gives a person a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction. So think to yourself “I’m taking good care of my teeth, it means I’m taking care of my overall health. This is a great achievement – I’m committing to my new year’s resolution!” 

Bear in mind that whatever you do now to take care of your dental health might save you thousands of dollars at the dentist in the future.

Teeth Straightening

Your new year’s dental health resolution may include to finally correct your misaligned teeth, be it crowding or your slightly overjet teeth. Correcting any of these problems will not only enhance your look but most importantly, improves your oral health and self confidence. That being said, getting your teeth straightened will reward you both extrinsically and intrinsically!  

Correcting your smile doesn’t have to cost a bomb and be a hassle. With become invisible braces, you get to straighten your teeth with only one dentist appointment, minimal pain and no food restrictions! Check out more reasons on why become should be a part of your dental health resolutions by visiting our website here

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Lifestyle & Inspiration

Introducing Our 2020 Influencers

become is all about bringing smiles to people we care about. We are proud to introduce our growing team of influencers we have partnered with to empower more people to change their lives and teeth straightening is just the start. 

Nelly

An avid traveller, influencer and YouTuber shows off the amazing food and hidden gems of the Philippines, Nelly brings warmth and good vibes throughout her profile reminding everyone that it is ‘more fun in the Philippines.’ Join Nelly on her adventures and discoveries all while straightening her teeth at the same time. Check her vlog channel here and instagram for more!

Cassandra Chloe

Meet Cassandra/Chloe, an influencer who shares plenty ranging from food and beverages, cosmetics to travel and lifestyle, you name it. Having a very wide variety of promotions throughout her feed, something become and Cassandra have in common is that both want to inspire others to be better. Follow her smile journey here

Bill Bello 

Bill, our latest influencer partner shares his fitness, fashion and lifestyle all while having fun and enthusiastic as he goes. Follow him here as he posts his teeth straightening progress  and spreads smiles without anyone noticing his invisible braces! 

And that’s become’s influencers. We’re always striving to help people smile with confidence with affordable teeth straightening. Check out the ‘Most-read articles in 2020’ here or book your free scan here.

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Lifestyle & Inspiration

New Year Resolution: Bad habits to ditch

From being late to biting nails, we cover some bad habits that carry different levels of consequences and results. In this post, we share with you some tips and solutions that could help you ditch these bad habits for good. 

1. Being late

We all know the saying, if you’re on time, you’re late. While we can’t stop factors outside of our control from happening every now and then, habitual lateness will eventually bring serious damage to your credibility. Whether it is getting to work late or dialing in to video calls late, by doing so, you are giving off the impression that you are either disorganised or you do not care to respect the time of others. 

Always plan to be early, don’t plan to be on time. Plan ahead and leave enough room between meetings in case of any unexpected delays. Good practice is to always be 10-15 minutes early to any appointments. That little space of time can be a valuable moment in a busy day, to allow us to stop catching up with our agenda and stay ahead in life

2. Spending too much time on social media

This can be especially difficult for some professions that unavoidably require to log heavy hours on social media. Adding to the barriers in breaking this habit, we are facing a lockdown where from breaking news to the hottest memes are all on social media. We often know the signs, we probably even ignore them by now — sore eyes, concentration difficulty, finding it hard to sleep. 

If too much screen time has you feeling drained, it may be time for some adjustments. Some activities to try off screens: painting, cooking, reading or something you find relaxing and therapeutic might help you feel refreshed than looking into screens every hour you’re awake.

3. Work/life imbalance

A study conducted by Kisi called “Best Cities For Work-Life Balance 2020” reveals Kuala Lumpur as globally ranked 4th last for worst work-life balance. While being passionate about your job is great, you shouldn’t grind out over time every day. Especially given that working from home is the new norm, the lines between work and personal life get blurry. 

Respecting the boundaries of when to clock out can leave you feeling less stressed and gives you more opportunities to pursue your other interests as well. Finding that balance between work commitments and to unwind will do you big favours in the long run

4. Drinking too much coffee or soda

If you’re the type of person who needs 5 cups of coffee a day ‘just to stay awake’, it is time to leave this habit behind. Firstly, is the issue that coffee stains your teeth because of the presence of tannins in it. Next, similarly to soda, coffee is highly acidic. Excessive consumption will wear away the enamel that protects your teeth. Soda also has high levels of sugar, which is one of the biggest harms to oral hygiene. 

Cutting down on these beverages and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will help to prevent stains!

5. Biting your nails

Some of us – albeit being adults now – still have the bad habit of biting our nails. Be it as a response to being nervous, stressed or anxious, it is warned against. Not only it may be deemed childish but could also bring real consequences especially during this time – where you are at risk of putting germs in your mouth.  Regular nail biting can also chip your teeth or cause you to move your teeth.  Add that to the unnatural pressure you place on your jaw and lead to jaw dysfunction. 

You can always practice good care by using proper tools to cut your nails beforehand so as not to fix them with your teeth. Enlisting the help of your family members to point it out also proves to be an effective step.

These are the habits to ditch and focus on better ones this year. A good habit is always to smile more. At become, we look to empower people to smile with confidence without breaking the bank. Click here to check the rest of our blog and when you’re ready, book a scan here.

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Most-read articles in 2020 on The become Journal

Thanks to the global pandemic and lockdown, we have spent half the year staying home to avoid spreading and getting infected by the novel coronavirus. With nothing much to do at home (at least for some of us), it’s only natural that we turned to the Internet for our source of entertainment and information. 

Out of all the articles we’ve created, published and shared this year, these five articles are the ones that people keep coming back to. Take a look in case you missed out!

1. Barter Communities in The Philippines

2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but those who earn income on a daily basis such as farmers and market vendors are the ones mostly affected by it. Due to this, barter trading found its way back into modern Filipino houses with the help of modern technology. Read these heartwarming stories of the barter communities in the Philippines and who knows you might get inspired to start something in your local community.

2. Why DIY Teeth Straightening and Fake Braces are Bad Ideas

A growing trend in the teeth straightening space is do-it-yourself (DIY) methods – be it closing gaps by installing the wires by yourself around the lower incisors or by buying ready-made plastic braces. Achtung! Moving your teeth without dental professionals designing your treatment can have serious consequences. Read on to learn why we say it’s a bad idea.

3. Trending Christmas Gifts 2020

Whether you’re looking for a nice gift for your boss or a cheeky present for your brother, the process can be daunting. It comes as no surprise that this article made it to the list, despite being published very close to Christmas day itself. The Christmas season has passed, but you can still benefit from this article for ideas for birthday gifts or other special occasions!

4. The Different Types of Crooked Teeth

There are different types of teeth misalignment and they are not all mutually exclusive. Toothy gaps and crowded teeth are all we’re familiar with. Here is our guide to the types of teeth misalignment – from overjet to crossbite – so you can identify which one describes your teeth.

5. What Happens at a Scan Session

You have submitted your assessment form, now you are waiting excitedly for your scan session but what happens there? Is there anything I need to know or bring? Would it be painful, or do I need to take a chill pill? In this article we explain what happens at a becomeStudio™ scan session.

So that’s it, our five most read articles in 2020. If you are looking for more information on teeth straightening and invisible braces, visit our website and see what promotions are available!