Mindful Dental Resolutions
In a 12-week research study published by the European Journal of Social Psychology, health psychology researcher Phillippa Lally observed that it takes about 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. This is a handy statistic to keep in mind as we set realistic New Year’s resolutions.
How do I follow through? Practicing mindfulness is essential in order to successfully stick to your resolutions; whether it is eating healthier, learning to play an instrument, or flossing more often. Keep in mind that it will take about two months before you are truly comfortable performing your added or changed habits. Utilizing this mindset can do wonders for your dental regimen. Our patients seem to have the habit of brushing down pat, but when it comes to flossing we see a deficit. Flossing daily may seem like a daunting task, but given time it can work itself into your daily routine.
Detoxing your digestive system after the overeating that occurs during holiday festivities is a common resolution. Not doing so can have damaging effects on your body’s natural balance.
The key to regaining digestive balance is to replenish your water intake as soon as you wake up. Water is crucial to enzyme functions that control our metabolism and hormone levels; and ultimately, our ability to thrive. A slightly alkaline or basic blood pH contributes to healthy enzyme reactions and organ functions. When the body is too acidic, people report digestive issues, skin blemishes, brittle hair, dull complexion, brain fog, and much more. Acidity in the mouth can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You can test your urine’s or saliva’s pH using litmus paper first thing in the morning before consuming any food or drink. If acidic, try drinking a glass of water or a cup of green tea.
Past & Present
Words of Wisdom
For all of those with dream boards, laptop screen savers, and quotes of the week around the water cooler:
“We may be products of our past, but we don’t have to be
prisoners of it.”
“Healthy teeth will certainly launch you from the past into the future, lighting up your soul with
each smile you share.”
...Dr. David Forlano
Dan Schmidt Sr, and his son Dan, walked into my life about a year ago. Dan Sr. seemed downtrodden. His simple chief complaint was his inability to eat his Cheerios. Each visit, Dan Jr would bring his dad to the office and wait endless hours during the surgical and prosthetic appointments. The commitment to his dad, and the comradery they shared, was clearly noticeable. They both inspired my soul so I committed myself to delivering a state-of-the-art smile. Upper & lower implant supported zirconia bridges….truely state-of-the-art. Thank you Dan Sr and Dan Jr for this opportunity to change a life and create a smile.
...Dr. David Forlano