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The 7 Most Sought After Good Habits (and How to Achieve Them)

flossing and gum diseaseThe following article lists several popular good habits that people wish to achieve, and one of them (believe it or not) is flossing! A small percentage of Americans floss on a daily basis, even though oral health and is tied to your overall health. For example, there are strong ties between gum disease and heart health! Read on to learn more, and click through at the end to the original article to learn about other sought after good habits. Thanks for visiting Castle Rock Endodontics.

I’m an avid student of behavioral psychology, and I really enjoy observing trends of large groups of people. A few days ago, I noticed something curious about one of my new favorite iPhone apps, Lift, which focuses on habit formation. There’s a section in the app which lists all of the most selected habits that users have added. What’s interesting is that due to the app’s intentions (sticking to good habits), you essentially get an inside look at what habits matter to the most people.

Given the time of year this is, motivation and resolution making is at an all-time high. That’s why I thought it might be useful to break down the 7 most popular good habits from this list and describe the science behind making them happen. Let’s begin!

Floss

I noted above that I removed some of the easier/more basic habits from the list, so you might be wondering why this one is making an appearance. Not only was it legitimately popular, but it’s also a habit that’s a lot more important to your health than you think. A number of recent studies have shown that there are some strong ties between gum health and heart health. It’s even been suggested that taking care of your gums can help reduce the risk of strokes!

“There are a lot of studies that suggest that oral health, and gum disease in particular, are related to serious conditions like heart disease.”—Sally Cram, DDS & spokeswoman for the American Dental Association.

Plus, the dangers of bad breath can not be understated…

How to form the habit: Flossing is a habit that we often make out to be way harder than it should be. First things first, if you hate using traditional floss, use things like Plackers instead (they’re disposable and incredibly cheap). Next, since I’m going to assume you brush your teeth everyday (you better!), you need to start associating flossing with hitting your bathroom sink for brushing time, and “if-then” situation if you will. Make it so that you must floss before you allow yourself to brush your teeth (it’s better to floss first anyway). This will set you up for long term success, because habits largely depend on “cues,” and you’ll be cued to floss when entering the bathroom to brush your teeth.

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