10 Tips for a Healthy Start to the New Year

It’s that time of the year again – THAT time. Because the end of the winter holidays marks new beginnings, and among them is everyone’s “favorite”: New Year’s Resolutions.


Resolutions usually involve change. And, while it may not be easy, when it comes to changes, start small. Even the tiniest step in the right direction makes a difference…and encourages a natural momentum.


For example, if you want to become more organized, start by cleaning out your wallet. If you want to become more active, take a brief walk. If you want to eat healthier, dine in one more time per week. You get the idea.


We at DentalPlans.com have been brainstorming what actionable tips we can provide to encourage our Members and employees to take better care of their teeth and gum and, in turn, their overall health. Start anywhere with our tips for a healthy start to your year and you’ll be making a big difference:

  1. Replace you and your family’s toothbrushes every 3-4 months (buy them in bulk and mark your calendar right now so you don’t forget to switch them out).
  2. Brush your teeth 2-3 minutes at least twice a day. Put a fun kitchen timer in the bathroom and make sure you and your loved ones brush ‘til the buzz.
  3. Floss daily! Once you start, you won’t know how you ever skipped it. It’s a quick chore that makes a huge difference in your cleanliness and health.
  4. Go to the dentist – and not just for emergencies. Make regular appointments for check-ups and cleanings. Prevention is key.
  5. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or keep one at work. Brush after lunch or after eating sticky foods. You’ll have cleaner and healthier teeth and fresher breath.
  6. Drink more water. You know this is good for your overall health, but it also rinses food and drink particles off of and out of your teeth more regularly.
  7. Understand that some foods are great for your teeth and natural cleansers, so incorporate more of them into your diet (examples include bananas, apples, carrots, celery, and dark berries).
  8. Eat sweets as parts of meals rather than stand-alone treats.
  9. Avoid particularly sticky treats or hard-to-bite foods as often as possible.
  10. Take some time to learn about the connection between obtaining and maintaining a healthy mouth and your overall wellness. You will be blown away by the impact attending to or neglecting your dental health has in both the long and short-term.


We wish you a happy, healthy 2014. Here’s to keeping your resolutions!


What resolutions are you making for yourself to be healthier this year? Let us know in your comments below!

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