Looking for the perfect New Year’s resolution? How about improving your oral health?
As the new year approaches, be determined to hold yourself to your resolutions! Whether or not you are still coming up with a list, be sure to make your oral health a top priority.
While it seems almost inevitable that many individuals’ New Year’s resolutions include enhancing their physiques, consider the research that suggests one’s smile is the first thing others notice. A great, healthy smile is a perfect goal for boosting your self-esteem and your overall health.
As you burn off calories from those delicious holiday party treats, remember to brush your teeth to remove the sugary residue too. Being healthy is not restricted to just one area of your body – don’t neglect your oral health because you are too focused on something else! By caring for both your physical and oral health, you will look and feel even better in 2014.
Set goals for yourself that are realistic – it is easier to stick to small, achievable goals than to attempt to make a huge change overnight. After reaching each small goal, you will gain more confidence and become closer to attaining your “dream” goal.
Just as you would not expect to complete a marathon after a few weeks of training, don’t get discouraged if your next dental appointment is still mediocre. Keep working toward better oral health and the results will follow!
For better oral health, you can easily implement good habits in your everyday routine. Hopefully, you are already brushing your teeth twice a day, but are you brushing for long enough? Perhaps it would be helpful to listen to music while you brush your teeth to help you keep track of time and make it a more pleasant experience. Are you also flossing regularly and using mouthwash?
Take the time to make a schedule for addressing your oral health needs. If you have not visited your dentist recently, make an appointment. Also, it could be beneficial to write reminders and tape them to your bathroom mirror. This would make it difficult to forget to floss or brush your teeth before leaving for work or going to sleep at night!
Educate yourself about oral health. Stay updated by reading about oral heath in the news. Additionally, continue to look for ideas on how you can improve your oral hygiene.
Be proactive in learning about dental procedures and don’t be afraid to ask your dentist what he or she is inserting in your mouth. As a patient, you have the right to know whether or not the dental laboratory that produced your restoration and its technicians are certified. Understanding dental procedures and knowing which materials were used can protect your oral health.
Consider these tips and have a happier New Year by becoming a better advocate for your own health!