We all make new year’s resolutions, and typically they would include looking after ourselves, losing weight, working out at home, eating healthy home cooked food, and the likes. In general, they aim to have a healthier lifestyle, but many forget that your overall health can be influenced by your oral health as well. Hence we rarely hear people say their new year’s resolution is to start developing a better oral hygiene habit, or to take better care when looking after teeth and gum.
While we’re still in the first few weeks of 2021, why not start now? Sure, deciding on a resolution is easy – the hardest part is to follow through with it. Here we list down some tips on how to follow through on this resolution diligently.
Find a toothpaste and a toothbrush that makes brushing fun. If you’ve been eyeing some rubber bristles toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, this is the time to go for it! Aside from dental kits, you can also look for some accessories that could make your brushing session more exciting. Bring out the child in you and get a cute toothpaste dispenser, or you can reward your anal and sophisticated personality with a multifunctional toothbrush holder.
Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every 3 months or whenever it appears to be getting worn out, so that you’ll get excited to try your new toothbrush every time you change to a new one!
You may tell your dentist “Yes, I floss every day” but your bleeding gums and the plaque build-ups between your teeth will betray your deception far more effectively than a lie detector ever could. If you’re not in the habit of flossing, the new year is a great time to start. One way to make it easier to remember to floss is to store your floss very close to your toothbrush and toothpaste.
You can also buy a mini floss or even better: a dental floss keychain! This way you can floss on the go if you forget to do it at home. If you store floss all over the place, or always have it with you, you’ll find plenty of opportunities throughout the day to floss!
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a dentist for other than teeth straightening, you’re not alone. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS 2019) conducted in Malaysia involving 17,000 people, showed that only 25% visited the dentist over the last 12 months. That’s a bad news, since getting a routine checkup is one of the most important things you can do when looking after your teeth.
Even if your teeth look and feel fine, set a reminder in your phone to call a dental clinic for an appointment. If you don’t feel motivated enough, perhaps a buddy could help. Find a friend or family member who is diligent in attending their dental appointments and set an appointment on the same day at the same clinic so you can go together every 6 months. This buddy of yours will, hopefully, help make sure you don’t miss your checkups.
The problem with flossing and brushing is you might not notice the difference, hence there’s almost no instant gratification. One way to keep yourself motivated is to have a clearly defined reward. There are two types of rewards: Intrinsic rewards and extrinsic rewards.
An extrinsic reward is a tangible, external outcome. For example “If I floss my teeth every day for 15 days, I will treat myself to a slice of Biscoff cheesecake”. On the other hand, intrinsic rewards are not tangible, and it comes from within. It is performing the task itself that gives a person a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction. So think to yourself “I’m taking good care of my teeth, it means I’m taking care of my overall health. This is a great achievement – I’m committing to my new year’s resolution!”
Bear in mind that whatever you do now to take care of your dental health might save you thousands of dollars at the dentist in the future.
Your new year’s dental health resolution may include to finally correct your misaligned teeth, be it crowding or slightly overjet teeth. Correcting any of these problems will not only enhance your look but most importantly, improves your oral health and self confidence. That being said, getting your teeth straightened will reward you both extrinsically and intrinsically!
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