If you’re like most of us, you probably set a few New Year’s resolutions every year aimed at making yourself the best and healthiest you can be. If you’ve set a resolution this year to actually start flossing every day (instead of just lying when your dentist asks if you’ve been flossing…), here’s how you can keep that resolution.

Remind yourself of your why

It’s nearly impossible to stick to a goal if you don’t have a compelling reason to do so. That’s why you need to remind yourself of why you’re doing this: to improve your dental health. Skipping flossing can put you at risk for cavities between your teeth and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums that can be the first stage of gum disease.) Flossing removes plaque buildup and bacteria from between the teeth and gums to prevent these issues.

Make it a habit

We all know that bad habits are hard to break, but so are good ones! Make flossing a part of your regular morning or evening routine. Set your floss or flossers right next to your toothbrush as a visual reminder that you need to floss after brushing your teeth. You can also set an alarm or reminder on your phone.

Don’t have an all-or-nothing mindset

If you forget to floss one day, that doesn’t mean your resolution is wrecked or you’ve failed. Just get back on the horse the next day. No one is perfect, and if you expect yourself never to mess up, you’re destined to fail. If you forget to floss one day, it’s not the end of the world. Remember, flossing 90 percent of the time is better than never!

Make it easy for yourself

If you really hate flossing, it’s never going to be fun, but you can make things easy for yourself. Humans tend toward the path of least resistance, so make it easy to floss. Keep your house stocked with floss or flossers so that you never run out and use that as an excuse to give up. If you really hate using traditional floss, buy flossers or interdental cleaners to use instead.

Do it with a buddy

Accountability is super important when it comes to keeping resolutions. If you can, find someone to do your flossing goal with you. That way, you can keep each other on track and encourage each other. While a flossing buddy doesn’t have the same ring to it as workout buddy, it’s still a useful strategy. Even if you can’t find someone else to commit to the same goal, just telling another person about your flossing goal can help you keep it.

Flossing is critical to dental health, and setting a New Year’s resolution to floss daily is a great way to improve your dental health in the new year. Follow the tips above to ensure you’re successful in your goal.

 

Another way to keep up your oral health this year is by getting regular dental checkups. If it’s time you had a checkup, call Drs. Creason, Weber, Mountford & Ruszkowski Family Dentistry today!