What are your resolutions for 2018? More importantly, will you be able to keep them? Every year, with the best of intentions, we set personal goals, resolving to do something good for us in the coming year. Usually though, our resolutions are abandoned almost as quickly as we made them. So, what’s the easiest way to keep your New Year’s Resolutions? Make them easy to achieve.
Have the confidence to take on whatever the New Year brings you by resolving to take better care of your oral health. Here are Dr. Silva’s four simple New Year’s Resolutions for making sure you look and feel great all year long.
- Visit your dentist more frequently. According to the American Dental Association, one third of people in the United States do not see a dentist yearly. The older you get, the more sensitive your teeth get. Even if you think your teeth look and feel great, you will still need to visit your dentist a recommended two times a year. Set a reminder on your phone to make an appointment with your dentist on January 2nd.
- Floss. In order to keep plaque from building up on and in between your teeth, brushing daily isn’t enough. Make a resolution to begin the habit of flossing after each meal. To remember to floss, keep a container next to your toothbrush and toothpaste on your sink and with you, either in your car, pocket, or purse.
- Quit Smoking. Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease and can also initiate many other health issues for you. On the first of the New Year, get rid of the tobacco products and ask your family and friends for their support with this new resolution. Find a replacement activity to take up when you get the craving to use tobacco products.
- Eat Healthier. Decrease your consumption of sugar foods in 2018. There happens to be a link between tooth decay and the amount of sugar a person eats. Add more dairy to your diet, which is good for your teeth.
Don’t let your New Year’s Resolutions fall through, especially when it comes to your oral health. Make an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva after you finish reading this blog or on January 2nd. Your healthy smile is important to us. Happy New Year!