Happy New Year! Many of our clients head into the new year determined to improve their dental health, but this can be a challenging task if you don’t have a plan in place. Set yourself up for success with these ideas.
Realistic Dental Health Resolutions
The best dental health resolution that you can make is the one you are going to stick to. Making and breaking resolutions can lead to even less confidence and more guilt than you had to begin with, so think about a resolution that will be doable for you.
The best way to stick to a resolution is to make it something you can easily incorporate into your daily schedule. Take into consideration things like your work hours, your responsibilities outside of the work day, and your sleep patterns. For example, if you go into work later in the day and generally go to bed late in the evening, it’s a good idea to make a resolution to floss in the morning, when you are the most rested and have the most willpower. On the other hand, if you are often in a rush to get to work in the morning, it might make more sense to save flossing for the evening, once you have had a chance to wind down and relax. Be strategic and realistic when making dental health resolutions will increase your ability to succeed.
Our #1 Most Important Dental Health Resolution
Good oral health is made up of many components, but there is one resolution that you can make to decrease your chances of running into trouble in the dentist’s chair in 2019: scheduling and attending regular dental cleanings.
Healthy adults should be having their teeth cleaned twice each year. Most dental offices will book your appointments months in advance, making it easy for you to get the date on your calendar, plan ahead, and see your preferred provider. It’s important to clear your schedule for these cleanings, whether that means scheduling a half day at work or securing a babysitter so that you are free to attend. Making regular cleanings a top priority is the single best way to head off dental issues before they start or early in their progression; your dental professionals can assess your oral health, make recommendations, and adjust treatment plans as needed if you do have a problem that needs to be addressed.