Happy New Year 2016 from everyone here at McManus and Scott Dental Surgeries! How are your New Year’s resolutions going? It’s hard to break old habits or make new ones, which is what resolutions are all about. But if we can all just stick to one new habit, we will have accomplished a goal!

Why we’re bad at New Year’s resolutions

Most resolutions fail because they’re just too difficult. Giving up smoking is a prime example. Vowing to give up completely and only use willpower just won’t cut it most of the time!

So, instead of setting yourself up to fail, try making your goals easier to achieve, for example…..If you need to lose weight, try switching to smaller portions rather than cutting out your favourite foods altogether.Exercise – do something you enjoy.

But remember you’re only human. We all fall off the wagon from time to time. The main thing is not to give up, and forgive yourself if you make a mistake. Accepting you’re not going to be perfect will help get back on track when you have a wee slip.

Simple ways to a healthier mouth and you!!

If you want to be a better you this year, looking after your teeth and gums is a good place to start. Keeping on top of your oral health is not  good for your mouth but for your whole body, A smile that is looked after well can make you look younger, more attractive, and more successful and give you a confidence boost!k

Keep you smiling in 2016:

1. Commit to keeping your teeth and gums clean
Brush your teeth twice a day for about two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. If you can do that, you’re well on your way to better dental health. It doesn’t matter if you use a manual or electric toothbrush so long as you cover all the visible surfaces of your teeth. Flossing or using interdental brushes at least three times a week will take care of the areas of your teeth that you can’t see.
2. Book your 2016 checkups – and stick to them
Get dental problems treated early and even prevent future treatment by getting your teeth checked over. A check-up helps keep your mouth healthy and allows your dentist to look for signs of serious problems such as oral cancer.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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