Happy New Year!

As we start 2016, many of us may have set some pretty ambitious resolutions. A new year brings a fresh start and it often gives us a chance to feel like we can get our life back on track—both personally and professionally.

According to a study done by The University of Scranton, the top 3 resolutions are to lose weight, get organized and spend less/save more. Their research shows that 45% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions however only 8% are successful in achieving them.

While big goals are great, we often fail because we set an all or nothing approach and have unrealistic expectations. Try your best not to let this happen–you are only human and it will take time for you to get into a routine. Another solution is to set some smaller goals that may seem more achievable and can still yield incredible results. This can be as small as flossing your teeth once a day. Set a goal to get yourself into this routine and pretty soon it will become a habit. Here are some other dental and health related suggestions:

  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day–most electric toothbrushes have a self-timer that will shut off after 2 minutes has passed.
  • Wear your nightguard–many of us have one because we clench and grind our teeth however choose not to wear it. You’ll be grateful if you start getting into the habit.
  • Get on the books–schedule regular check-ups with the dentist, eye doctor and general practitioner for you and your family.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day–not only will your teeth thank you but you’ll also notice a ton of other health benefits.

So for 2016, set goals of all sizes and do your best to achieve them. If you make a misstep, make a resolution to cut yourself some slack and get back on track.