Failure to keep those goals for the new year is so commonplace these days that it is often reffered to in jokes. Studies have found only a small percentage of people actually keep their resolutions annually. In reality, the things we might desire to accomplish are really not all that difficult! We can simply have the wrong mindset and effect become our own worst enemy. This is a shout out to all you Riverside, California residents! Why not make a list for each new year of all the things you are resolved to do, and tell yourself that you can do it!

The local staff at Rancho Dental in Temecula, California suggest you consider including some Inland Empire oral health items in your bucket list. Here are some suggestions that are worthy of being included on your list for a white smile:

  • Brush/floss regularly: Make it a habit to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. If you are distracted easily, resort to using the timer on your phone each day or the timer on your microwave. Is flossing your worst nightmare? Start with baby steps! Begin with once a week and then increase to once a day.
  • Easy on the sweets: The more often sugar comes into contact with your tooths enamel, the longer acids have time to break it down. Limit your sugary foods- always a good goal! Inland Empire oral health will be a sweet result.
  • Kick butts: Your teeth, gums and lungs will thank you if you quit using tobacco. Oral cancer is so often a result of smoking.


Fill that list with things that will make you happy and healthy- its ALL yours! Remember that helping others is one of the most satisfying ways to find joy…maybe you could set a goal to help your children develop good Inland Empire oral health habits. Include some adventure, and encourage your own growth. The length of your list doesn’t matter, but you should write down everything you can think of and refer to it once a week or more throughout the year. Keep it simple and try to do one thing on your list each month- or more if you are a go-getter!

An appointment with Dr. Perry, your community dentist, should be at the top of any healthy checklist. All families in Murrieta, Corona, Lake Elsinore, Hemet, Temecula, and other Riverside, California areas are welcome. Like most things that we value and want to keep working properly, a regular dental check-up and some preventive maintenance goes a long way towards maintaining long-term, disease-free Inland Empire oral health.

Rancho Dental is rooting for you to accomplish your goals so that you can keep smiling!