As 2019 rolls around, one of the main things that you want to keep consistent are your teeth. Sure, you might want them to be cleaner, whiter, or healthier, but it’s much less painful and expensive to do so with the ones that are already in your mouth. That is why this is the perfect time to get committed or re-committed to your teeth and make 2019 the year of having a pearly white smile.
Good dental health is a low-investment resolution, compared to something like weight loss, as long as you understand exactly where you need to invest your time and effort. What’s important to recognize in the pursuit of good dental health is that it requires both an emphasis on healthy eating, and establishing good cleaning habits. By utilizing both in your dental practice, you can reclaim control over the health of your teeth.
The Power of Habit
While healthy decision making is, as we will see, a great way to prevent your teeth from getting ‘dirty,’ the first prong of our approach to good dental health is crucial for keeping your teeth, gums, and tongue clean, regardless of how healthy you eat.
One of the easiest ways to make teeth cleaning a regular part of your life is by ritualizing it. Incorporate a routine into your morning and evening plans. In the morning, by making brushing a part of your shower routine, or as the punctuation on your breakfast, it will ensure that you are less likely to forget about your teeth before you set out on your day. At night, brushing is a great addition to your face washing routine.
To keep on top of pesky old flossing, try keeping your floss somewhere near you in places where you’re sitting or lying down, such as the couch while you watch TV, or your bedside table.
The Psychology of Dental Health
‘Mind over matter’ is a phrase that often gets thrown around, particularly when it comes to avoiding unhealthy foods and sweets. Our cravings are almost always for food that we know we shouldn’t be eating, and this can make it difficult to stand tall in the face of McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.
That is why one of the most powerful tools in your dental health arsenal is intentional decision making. Whether it’s when you’re at the grocery store, out for dinner with friends, or haunting the kitchen for nighttime snacks, it’s important to weigh the consequences of your food and drink choices, instead of acting on cravings. By choosing what you eat and drink in this way, you will empower yourself to take control of your diet in a way that reflects positively in your dental health. There’s no shame in taking pride in making healthy choices.
By tying dental health into your existing rituals and making well-informed and intentional choices with what you eat and drink, 2019 will be the year that your dental health takes off.
Whether you’re looking for reinforcement for your new dental habits, or just want to check in on how your teeth are doing, now is the perfect time to book an appointment with Plancich Dental. Our dedicated team will ensure that your cleaning experience is handled with care. Contact us today!