I love it when it is a new year! I love when the sands of time wash away the old year and we embrace the hope and promise of a new year!
For many it’s a time of new beginnings and resolutions. In the past week I have noticed how many times I have said to our friends sitting in my treatment room, “That would be a great New Year’s resolution!” (Bill would be the first to tell you I am great at making resolutions for others!)
One young woman, who we see each year when she returns for her holiday visit to her family, shared that since her visit last year at this time she had not missed one day of flossing!
"After years of sporadic flossing, (at best!) Sharon finally found the key to motivating me. I was concerned about some new staining between my teeth and after she worked so hard to remove it, I asked her the best way to prevent it from coming back. Regular flossing was the answer! I decided to try an experiment: floss every day for a year until my next visit and see if they noticed. I was pleased with how quickly it became a part of my routine. Now I can't think of going to bed until I have both brushed and flossed my teeth. A year later I was rewarded with no staining and my healthiest gums ever. Just ask my dentist!" ~ Jenny E.
Wow! It worked! The habit Jenny began last year had not only the cosmetic effect that was her motivation, but I immediately asked her what she had been doing differently because her gum tissue was in excellent health. Happy dance!!
This week I was reading an installment from one of our dental practice coaches, Kirk Behrendt of Act Dental Coaching, and he gave these statistics:
- 45% of people make some type of resolution
- Just 8% of people always succeed at their resolutions
- 24% of people have never achieved any type of resolution…EVER
In this month’s article Kirk suggests that instead of making resolutions to instead try making commitments. He says, “Resolutions are more about the use of ‘willpower’ and changing the things you don’t like about yourself. Commitments, on the other hand, are appointments with yourself (or others) to hold you truly accountable to a result.”
I really like what Kirk has said, both for myself for this new year, and also as a way to be a ‘coach’ to the people that come to us for better dental health. We believe that becoming healthy is a ‘process’ or ‘journey’ - and one of our foundational practice commitments is to help people attain the level of dental health they desire. When we can share that intention together GREAT things happen! Look at Jenny – what an inspiration! In this coming year we look forward to your appointment with us so we can hear about the ‘appointment you made with yourself’ for your commitment to health and your intentions that have become actions! Perhaps daily flossing?
-- Sharon Kuttler, RDH