What were your New Year’s Resolutions this year? Surveys indicate that about half of all Americans set goals for themselves at the start of the year, but only about 8% stick to them. If you haven’t settled on any New Year’s Resolutions yet—or if you’ve set a few that you’re afraid are too unrealistic—not to worry; your Overland Park dentist has some tips for New Year’s Resolutions that you can keep, and that’ll help you meet the year with a happier, healthier smile!
You may’ve already seen suggestions for resolutions that include brushing and flossing more regularly or scheduling trips to the dentist. Of course, eating better and giving up smoking are among the top 10 most common New Year’s Resolutions ever year. Those are all great goals, and eating right and smoking less can definitely help prevent problems with your teeth and gums.
Maybe you’re already doing some or all of those, so here are a few simple but perhaps lesser-known resolutions that you can start doing today that will benefit your smile all year long:
- Help your family floss. Most everyone brushes their teeth, but only about 28% of people say that they floss every day. (In fact, 73% of Americans say they would rather go grocery shopping than floss.) So even if you’re flossing daily, it could be that your spouse or partner isn’t. So this year, make a Resolution to help each other remember. It’s easy enough to give flossing a pass when you’re the only one relying on you to do it, but it’s a lot harder to let down someone you love.
- Change out your toothbrush every 3 months. Brushing your teeth twice a day is great, but like any job, the result is only going to be as good as the tool you’re using. Research shows that most people only change out their toothbrush once or twice a year, which means that the toothbrush is not functioning at optimal capacity for much of that time. Make a Resolution to change out your toothbrush—or the brush head on your electric toothbrush—every 3 months, or more often if needed. Many toothbrushes today feature indicators such as color-changing bristles to help remind you when they need to be tossed out. After all, a new toothbrush is a lot cheaper than tooth problems down the road.
- Learn what foods are great for your teeth and gums. “Eat better” is a very noble resolution, but “better” is a pretty broad term, and isn’t always too helpful when you’re standing in the aisle at the supermarket. So this year, resolve to spend some time learning what foods are actually great for the health of your teeth and gums. You can start with our article on Superfoods for Your Teeth!
Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions this year, you can always use that new iPhone or other device that you got for Christmas to help keep yourself accountable. You can set up reminders to brush or floss, or keep an appointment with your Overland Park family dentist.
This article brought to you by Watts Family Dental in Overland Park, Kansas. Our friendly office specializes in preventative dental care for the whole family. To make an appointment, please call (913) 338-3384 or click here to fill out our online contact form.