Samantha Sasso, Branded Content beauty editor, said because of her role, she has tons of skin-care and hair products, but she wanted to adopt another routine: her dental hygiene.
"As someone who had braces for, like, 10 years and spent a lot of time at the dentist and orthodontist, you'd think my oral hygiene routine was 10/10, but it wasn't," she said. "Yes, like most people, I brushed twice a day and occasionally flossed, but I always felt a bit lazy and unmotivated when I got to that part of my routine every day." Once she went down the rabbit hole of dentist TikTok, she realized her regimen could be better, so last spring she stocked up on a range of mouthwashes, floss, toothpaste, whitening products, and a bulk pack of electric toothbrush replacement tips.
"It sounds like the smallest thing in the world to just take care of your teeth, but after a few months I felt like these habits of excessively swishing and flossing really changed everything for me. Even on my laziest nights a tinge of guilt washes over me when I even consider skipping a quick floss (and now I almost never do). Not to mention, anyone else who struggles with depression knows that sometimes just brushing your teeth feels like an uphill battle, so being able to maintain even this part of my routine feels like a huge win."
Better yet, Sasso got a glowing review from her dentist at a recent appointment! "After years of resenting my teeth for being crooked and perpetually bothersome, I essentially fell in love with taking care of them again."