With so many possibilities on the horizon for the new year, declaring your new year’s resolution can seem daunting. There are so many things that you want to accomplish—especially when it comes to your smile.
If you need a little help choosing attainable, realistic resolutions, your Evergreen dentist is here to help you narrow down on a few dental goals that you can reach! Take some time to read our list of new year’s resolutions and choose which is best for you and dental goals.
Create a Commitment to Flossing
Your dentist is sure to explain that brushing twice a day just isn’t enough to maintain a strong, healthy smile, but there are still many patients that don’t floss every day. The new year is a wonderful time of year to start fresh with a new, consistent flossing habit.
One way to make this task easier is to remember to place a container of floss right next to your other dental tools in the bathroom. Try positioning the container so that you must see it when taking your toothpaste out of your medicine cabinet or drawer. Another great practice is to always carry a portable floss in your purse or middle piece of your car, so you can floss on-the-go!
Trash Your Tobacco Habit
Did you know that smoking actually doubles your risk for gum disease, one of the most debilitating dental diseases that can affect your mouth? That’s right, gum disease can be quickly catalyzed by tobacco use because of the many chemicals that are in each cigarette.
Even if you don’t smoke it, tobacco use can increase your risk for cancers—especially oral cancer. It’s true that kicking the habit can be difficult, but if you develop a support system (including your dentist), you can overcome that nasty practice and become healthier this upcoming year!
Schedule and Keep Your Dental Appointments
One of the best things you can do this upcoming year is to commit to keeping your dental appointments. Although the other listed resolutions will help your oral health improve, they don’t compare to being able to have a professional view your oral structures.
During your appointment, you’ll receive a comprehensive dental exam, professional cleaning, and personalized dental treatment plan to maintain your healthy smile. If there are any abnormalities spotted during your appointment, your dentist will be able to discuss them with you and develop your customized plan to repair them.
Remember, when making resolutions that stick, you need to choose goals that are realistic and give you unlimited benefits, so you have no reason to stop! Maintaining a better smile is one of the best things you can do for yourself in the new year.
About Our Office
Here at Evergreen Dental Group, we know that you need a supportive dental team behind you to meet your goals. That’s why our doctors and helpful office team work to provide a multitude of services for all ages, with a special focus on patient comforts. We use our modern technology to provide positive dental experiences no matter what treatment or procedure you need. Feel free to call our office to schedule your appointment now. We would be happy to help you map out your goals for 2018.