Like many New year’s resolutions, they may seem hard to commit to and stick with. Like any goal you set for yourself, it is very important to remember why you are doing it to ensure you stick to it long-term. You may want to post that reminder somewhere visible for you to see every day to assist in keeping you on task. You want to set yourself up for success.

So where should you start in setting dental goals for yourself?

When setting dental goals, it is essential to first consider your overall health. Speak with your dentist to determine what your current oral health looks like and what areas may need improvement. After an assessment, your dentist can suggest specific goals to work towards.

Start Fresh

If your dental care has been sporadic, it’s important to have your teeth cleaned and have all the plaque, and tarter removed. Give your mouth a fresh and clean start.

Turn bad habits into good ones

It is all about a routine like getting dressed and making your bed every morning. Something you do consistently every day becomes second nature and when it involves self-care your body and mind will be grateful. Some things to consider making part of your oral care daily routine:

  • Consider new dental products/tools such as an electric toothbrush and whitening products to help you reach your goals.
  • Get yourself some floss or dental floss picks, they are easier to get into hard-to-reach places. There are also some great flavoured floss products to make flossing more enjoyable.
  • Use fluoride mouthwash.
  • Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, and floss every night. A fun tip is to find a song you love that is at least 2 minutes and play that while brushing.
  • Book your 6-month dental cleanings and check-ups in advance.

Small Attainable Goals

Following these small attainable goals will get you on the path to being cavity and gum-disease-free.

If you require more extensive restoration work, don’t get overwhelmed. Your dentist is there to support you and create a plan that works for you both emotionally, physically and financially. Look at this as a phased approach and when you tackle it in smaller pieces you will still end up at the finish line with a healthier and more confident you.

This new approach to your oral care will not only improve your oral health but your overall health as well, and who doesn’t want to look and feel healthier? Don’t forget to make a list of the things you want to improve with your oral health and go over that list with your dentist in order for you both to get on the same page and create the treatment plan that is best for you.

Cheers to the new year and healthier smiles!