How are those resolutions faring at this stage?
Even if some of your other New Year’s resolutions have been broken at this stage, don’t give up on your dental care regime.
According to the experts (whoever they might be), over 90% of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions already. And it’s not hard to see why.
We tend to go mad when we make resolutions, vowing to lose weight, give us the fags, take up painting – all at the same time. It’s an absolute recipe for disaster.
Those self-same experts tell us that we have a better chance of staying on the straight and narrow if we make just one resolution – and more to the point, if we break the resolution into small, manageable chunks.
If you wanted to lose weight, for example, you should break this into mini-tasks like walking four times a week, giving up fried food, drinking lots of water etc.
So what about my dental care regime?
If we apply this same principle to resolving to look after our teeth a tad better in the New Year, it would help if we broke it into the following steps, each making its own contribution to our overall success:
Will this solve all your dental problems?
The answer to this question is that it will address MOST of the normal problems like cavities, gum disease etc.
Yu might still need treatment such as wisdom teeth removal, for example, as this is pretty much a condition that you’re born with – and that takes a number of years to manifest it.
When wisdom teeth symptoms appear, no amount of brusing your teeth will sort it, but it’s nice to know that all of those other expensive treatments will be kept off your radar with a good dental health regime.
It’s a fantastic resolution to make – regardless of how many other you may have broken. So go on, resolve once again to look after your teeth. They’ll last you a lifetime if you do!
One last thought before we go. We get a lot of people coming into the surgery at this time of year looking to improve their appearance by having their teeth whitened. If you’re considering this, you might like to check out the Irish Dental Council for some guidance on this topic – http://www.dentalcouncil.ie/toothwhitening.php