‘A new year, a new you’….an idiom we’re all likely far too familiar with hearing when the clock has strikes midnight on January 1st and on our way into the new year. It can be a cathartic way of reinventing oneself. If you feel truly committed, it’s a feel-good way of bringing important, meaningful changes to your life. A downfall of making a new year’s resolutions, though, is that they commonly fail very soon after beginning. This is why motivation, support, and consistency are essential in sticking to your resolution during 2020.
Although, making lifestyle changes isn’t easy, and it can be just as true when it comes to making changes to how we take care of our teeth. You might be the type of person to struggle with looking after their teeth on a day-to-day basis. So, take a look at some of Synergy’s top recommendations for ways towards a happier and healthier smile in the new year.
What Dental Changes Could You Make?
Try flossing every day
It’s a step that a great many of us overlook when thinking about oral hygiene. Some of us may avoid it due to an increase in pain and bleeding, while others may not realise it is considered as essential just like a toothbrush. Flossing should be a daily practice, and many people prefer to do this prior to brushing later on in the evening. The truth is, the initial few weeks of flossing for the first time will likely result in some pain and blood. This is simply because your gums aren’t used to being aggravated in this way. Over a period of two or three weeks, your gums should start to settle and get used to it.
Visit your dentist
Remember when we discussed how making a big change in your life might require some additional support? Well, your everyday dentist will be more than happy to be that shoulder to lean on. Visiting your dentist regularly throughout the year is an important thing for your oral health. Not only are they able to pick up on issues you could be having before serious harm is caused, but they can offer educated and trained advise to the average patient that can support you in your journey to a healthier smile in 2020.
Completely revamping your diet is difficult but by putting in the time and effort, you will definitely reap the rewards. Eating a nutritious, varied, yet monitored diet can boost your general health and your dental health too. Healthier eating greatly reducing the number of time people will spend snacking between meals (which is a key factor driving obesity and tooth decay rates). It can also lessen the likelihood of your teeth coming into continued contact with dangerous and damaging sugars and acids that usually come from unhealthy foods.
Whether you’re putting effort into improving your dental health, physical activity levels, or diet, it won’t happen overnight. It’s important that you feel motivated to make changes, and you have support around you to start seeing results. Make 2020 your year!
Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.