05 Jan New Year: Better Dental Habits
New Year: Better Dental Habits
Develop Better Oral Health By Establishing Better Habits In 2023
Many people have New Year’s resolutions when one year comes to a close and a new one begins. As we now enter in to 2023, we are challenging you to develop better dental habits to help improve both oral health and general health
Improving your dental habits
According to AP Smilecare, 1 in 5 people in Britain don’t brush their teeth twice a day, while 33% of adults have never flossed or used an interdental brush (Dental Health), while the majority of the UK do not clean their tongue. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend:
- Floss or using an interdental brush to remove food particles in between your teeth before brushing your teeth
- Brushing your teeth twice a day (once before breakfast and once in the evening) for a minimum of two minutes
- Cleaning your tongue, using a JiBee tongue cleaner (not your toothbrush), after brushing
- If you choose to use mouthwash, we recommend using it at a separate point of the day.
- Check when the last time was you visited the dentist or hygienist and if it has been more than 6 months, schedule a time
How can I ensure I am consistent with my dental habits
- The principle of anchoring – this is where a new behaviour is paired with something you do instinctively. For example, if you forget to floss, always make sure you do it, by keeping the floss next to your toothbrush so you can complete this action during your brushing window, this will increase the likelihood of you remembering to floss.
- Having your toothbrush, floss equipment (floss picks, water flosser) and tongue cleaner in sight. If you see something, you are more likely to do it. If your tongue cleaner is in a cupboard in your bathroom, you are less likely to remember to clean your tongue.
Most of all, throughout 2023 and beyond, it’s important to stay consistent with your new habits to promote your wellness and wellbeing. Keeping the consistency will ensure that you will feel better overall. Consistency doesn’t just need to be with your oral health habits, it can be with all of your New Year’s resolutions, whether that is to eat well, exercise more or reduce your stress. Every resolution is just as important as the other – as long as you stick to it. Making positive changes is great for your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Verywellminded have put together ten tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. The start of the year is always seen as a fresh start and a great opportunity to establish new routines, your oral health being one of them! One of the key tips is very simple “small steps lead to success” which means if you take on too much too quickly with unsustainable and unattainable goals, you are more likely to lose focus on the goal and lose interest. This means, small incremental changes are very important. You may be trying to eat healthier, rather than going cold turkey, it’s important to make small changes, such as replacing unhealthy snacks with healthier ones, reduce your portion size, cut out one takeaway a week and then move onto the next mini goal in attaining an overall healthy diet.
This is no different to your oral health. Make small changes that will last and form part of your habit!
There is also a fantastic book that can help you to understand habits in more detail. The book Atomic Habits written by James Clear is an easy, proven way to make good habits and break your old ones. There are a number of additional resources available with the book, which you can use, including the habit tracker.
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