Delta Dental Offers Alternative Approach to Resolutions

Failure to keep New Year’s resolutions is so commonplace these days that it has become an easy punch line for many derisive jokes. Studies have found only eight percent of people actually keep their resolutions annually. Conversely, one out of four people have never successfully kept a New Year’s resolution.

Maybe the problem is how you think of these resolutions, and simply changing your mindset might help. In 2014, take a cue from the 2007 movie The Bucket List, and put together a list of things that you must do before the year ends.

We at Delta Dental suggest you consider including some oral health-related items in your bucket list. Dr. Bill Kohn, DDS, DDPA’s vice president of dental science and policy, has a few time-honored suggestions:

  • Brush/floss regularly: Commit to brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. Simple tools like egg timers or mobile apps can help you keep track of the time. If you never, ever floss, pledge to do so more frequently (starting with once a week and increasing to once a day).
  • Easy on the sweets: Limit your consumption of sugary snacks because the more times teeth are exposed to sugar, the longer acids have time to attack tooth enamel – and expedite tooth decay!
  • Kick butts: Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of severe gum disease in the U.S., so do yourself a favor and quit using tobacco products. Your teeth, gums and lungs will thank you.

Fill your bucket list with things that will make you happy and healthy, provide some adventure, and encourage personal growth. The length of your list doesn’t matter, but you should write it down and refer to it regularly throughout the year. Keep it simple and try to do at least one thing on your list each month.

An appointment with your dentist should be at the top of any healthy checklist. Like most things that we value and want to keep working properly, a regular dental check-up and some preventive maintenance goes a long way towards maintaining long-term, disease-free oral health.

Delta Dental sends you our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!

12 thoughts on “Delta Dental Offers Alternative Approach to Resolutions

  1. I think we do both, we exceed and fall short of our goals because we are human. It’s good to have goals larger than what we are able to achieve. On an individual level and in business if we fall short its’ okay because life is a learning curve and we are encouraged to move forward with confidence even if we didn’t reach all the goals we wanted to reach for that year. There is always next year. Happy 2014!

  2. Two minutes is much longer than you realize! Take a stroll around your house if you get bored so you commit to the full two minutes. Try to tack on your new oral health resolutions to existing habits, making it easier to stick to them.

  3. Smoking cessation is more difficult than most realize. I’ve had a few smokers try to quit with the aid of smoking cessation meds, only to end up stuck at 1 cigarette/day or week, and never able to fully quit. I would be interested to know other dentists/physicians results with smoking cessation.

  4. I thought the percentage would be a lot higher for keeping resolutions for the year. It’s nice to make them and even better if you can at least keep one of them. I like the idea from the movie “The Bucket List.” Happy New Year to all and good luck on your own “Bucket List!”

  5. The best advice I have given to my patients is make their doctor’s appointments around their birthday month. I know it doesn’t sound good, but it’s a great remind. Birthday=Doctor’s appointments.

  6. Since we are an orthodontic office we encourage our patients to minimize on the sweets and if they do we remind them to drink water afterwards so they can loosen up any sugars that might have got stuck in between their braces.

  7. I think it’s a great idea to make your appointments around your birthday. I will pass that one on to the office staff to tell the patients. That is why these blogs are so important to read. You can get some great information that is very helpful in the office.

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