27 Dec Make Small Health Commitments For A Long-Term Change
Commit to changing your personal oral care ready for 2017.
During this quiet period between Christmas and New Year, here at your Egham dentist we want to encourage you to think about healthy changes you might want to make in the New Year. Oral health is a key part of your overall wellness, and this time of year is wonderful for making changes to improve it.
Along with hefty New Year’s resolutions like changing career or going travelling, there are small changes you can make that will give you big health benefits. Little things like getting a new toothbrush more often, booking a dental appointment or chewing more sugar free gum might seem like they are too small to even bother with, but little changes do make a big difference overall.
So today, your Egham dentist is encouraging you not to make huge dental health changes and plans, but little ones that you can be consistent with. Here are some examples to help inspire you:
Committing To Always Brush Twice A Day
This sounds so obvious, but it can be easy to become lax with habits, especially at this time of year when there are so many parties going on. Committing to always brushing your teeth twice a day is a great commitment to your oral health.
Committing To Always Brush For Two Minutes
This is a big one, and often something that comes up when we delve a little deeper into a person’s oral health habits. Just because you brush twice a day doesn’t mean it is effective. Brush for two minutes, thoroughly brushing each area, starting somewhere different everyday.
Registering With A Dentist
If you haven’t been to a dentist in years through a phobia, or for other reasons, perhaps the first step you could make towards better oral health this year is to register with a dentist. All you have to do is call our Egham clinic on 01784432641; we only want to help you get your teeth in tip top condition, we are not here to judge. We will also always discuss costs up front so you never have to worry about unexpected charges. Struggling with a dental phobia? We are trained to help you with this common problem too. We can help you overcome your phobia and get the dental treatment you deserve.
Eating Less Sugar
Although it is easy to ask you to cut out all sugar, we know realistically, sugar is addictive and it takes time for your taste-buds to change. Instead, why not commit to exploring an alternative for one regular drink or food every week. Perhaps one day you could try water instead of coke, or perhaps start with a sugar free fizzy drink, then work towards soda water and cordial. If chocolate is your vice, maybe one day a week you could have fruit or vegetable sticks as your snack? Making little changes here and there all adds up in the end.
Getting Information About Quitting Smoking
Smoking is bad for your oral health and your overall health, and clearly all healthcare professionals will recommend you quit. However, we know this is a big vice and quitting ‘cold turkey’ is hard. What if you start with getting information about quitting smoking as a first step? Speak to your GP or pharmacy about quitting smoking services, maybe do some reading on the benefits and on products that will help you quit. After you have done your research, you might feel more able to make a quit date.
For more information on registering with our TW20 dentists, or to make an appointment, please call us on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to help.