January is almost done. How are those New Year’s Resolutions coming along? Are you still exercising like you planned? Still eating healthy? Quit smoking? If you have already fallen off the wagon, don’t despair. Making a large change in your life is difficult and takes time to accomplish. Setbacks are bound to happen. The key is to not become discouraged. It can take 90 days or more to change a habit or start a new one, especially when you are changing a habit that has be part of your life for many, many years.
When you are making a change in a behavior, small, incremental improvements are better than occasional large ones. Why? As you make small improvements, it is easy to track your progress. And as you see improvements for yourself motivation to continue will be easier.
A resolution to make changes in one’s health is very common.A great one to make is toon to improve your oral health. They key is to work on small improvements over time. Need to floss more? If you don’t floss at all, start with once or twice a week. After that, work your way up to every other day. Eventually, flossing every day will become part of your normal routine. This is a much easier path than simply trying to floss every day right from the start. It is also much more likely to become a lifelong habit.
Good habits for the New Year include:
- flossing daily,
- brushing twice a day,
- reduction in consumption of sugary and acidic beverages such as soda, energy drinks and sports drinks,
- wear an athletic mouthguard when playing contact sports,
- quitting smoking.
At Marathon Family Dentistry we want to be your partners for a healthy mouth. Ask us about steps YOU can take to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime.