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    5 New Year’s resolutions every dental hygienist should make

    From eating healthier to establishing a workout routine, the new year is the perfect time to set goals for yourself.

     

    Eating healthy

    What the Health? | Resolution: Eat Better

    When most people reflect on ways to improve their personal eating habits, many resolve to eat fewer calories, consider eating smaller meals, or make an effort to begin meal prepping for their week. As hygienists, we simply want to avoid having our stomachs project the mating call of a beluga whale into the unsuspecting ears of our beloved patients all day.

    An important start to your full day of “P-I-T-A” patients begins with breakfast, which literally translates to breaking the fast you experience during sleeping hours. Food items such as oatmeal and sausage are rich in fiber and protein and will keep you sufficiently full during your busy mornings. Healthy carbohydrates like vegetables, legumes, seeds, lentils and quinoa will help boost your energy during the mid-morning “How many more patients until lunch?” blues.

    Read more: The top 10 foods for healthy teeth and gums

    Was lunch mentioned? Because most hygienists know that lunch is a block in the Dentrix schedule but is rarely experienced it in its entire glory. Being prepared with quick, on-the-go meals for lunch will help you recharge during the seven minutes you actually get in the middle of your day. Quick foods like hard boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, fruits, deli meats, hummus and green tea, for example, will provide you with the sustenance and energy to rock the rest of your day.

    It is always helpful to carry quick snacks to munch on throughout the day such as nuts, fruit leather, berries, tomato juice and granola. Many researchers believe that improving your metabolism begins with using the right food as fuel combined with frequent intake. Finally, don’t forget to pop a xylitol mint in between snackings to reduce your caries risk. Let’s start practicing what we preach.

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