With the New Year upon us, you’ve probably started your new resolutions for 2017. But did you know that of the 40% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, only 8% actually make good on them? Turning over a new leaf in the New Year can be tricky, but finding a way to stick with it is important when that resolution benefits your health.
If you want to take better care when looking after your teeth and gums this year, include these five resolutions in your plan.
Schedule a Dental Appointment: If it’s been some time since you’ve seen a dentist, you’re not alone. About one third of people in the U.S. don’t see a dentist yearly. But booking this appointment is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth, even if your teeth look and feel fine.
Commit to Flossing: Brushing your teeth twice a day isn’t enough to keep plaque from building, or to completely remove bits of food from your mouth. To take the best care of your teeth, you need to floss too.
Cut Back on Sugar: Studies have confirmed a direct link between the amount of sugar a person eats and the amount of tooth decay they have. The most convenient way to cut back on sugar is to reduce the number of sugary treats you buy.
Kick the Smoking Habit: Smoking doubles your risk for gum disease, and is linked to a host of other health issues. Pick a date to give up the habit, get rid of all the tobacco products from your home and solicit the support of your friends and family to help you quit.
Eat More Mouth-Healthy Foods: When you cut back on sugar, resolve to add more orally healthy foods to your diet to solidify your diet’s benefit to your teeth. Dairy products, which are high in calcium, are great for your teeth, as are fibrous foods that call up saliva and scrub away plaque and other food bits.
Making your 2017 resolutions as easy as possible to stick with will help you keep them. Take things one step at a time, and if you forget to floss one day or eat a big piece of caramel the next, don’t give up. Remember that there’s always tomorrow!