Sometimes you have to go back to basics, so we’ve put together a guide on how to build better habits for oral health. Whether you need to floss more regularly, make regular appointments with your dentist, or keep a schedule for daily brushing, we’ve got some handy tips and tricks to keep you on course to making a better routine a daily habit.
Set your goal(s), and set them up
Consider what it is about your oral care routine that you wish to improve, or what your dentist may have recommended you do. Do you need to improve the way you brush your teeth? Do you floss at least once a day? Are you drinking enough water? Do you get the correct amount of vitamins and minerals via food or supplements? Whatever your goals, the first action is to acknowledge them and then make the first steps to achieving them. Buy a new toothbrush, dental floss, or any other supplies you will need to make this crucial initial step.
Train your brain
The aim of establishing any good habit is to train your brain into making the new routine normal. There’s no magic number for making a new habit, despite many reports of it taking 21 to 66 days respectively. In order to do this, it may be worth setting reminders on your phone, or use an app to keep track of your habits. Other tricks include setting up everything you need before you need it – keeping floss and supplements where you will actually use them will give you less of a reason to break your new routine.
Keep going and reflect
Setting up reminders to occur daily, then weekly, then monthly can be a great way to keep yourself in check. Eventually,you shouldn’t need the reminders as your new habit becomes daily routine. If you are using reminders, set one up for yourself on a distant date to congratulate yourself on your progress!