Happy 2018! A new year is upon us; have you made your resolutions? Every year we all make a list of resolutions, or things we want to accomplish, for the new year. I’m sure that at some point we’ve all had one of these items on our lists: eat healthier, go to the gym consistently, read more, etc.

Overall, resolutions are positive things that will add value or benefits to our life. Have you ever wondered how this tradition got started? Have there always been resolutions at the start of a new year?

You might be surprised to find out that “resolutions” go pretty far back in history.

The Babylonians

The very first “resolutions” can be traced back over 4,000 years ago, to the Babylonians. For the Babylonians, resolutions looked more like promises and they were made to specific gods, not just for a person’s general wellbeing. Keeping their promises led to good fortune during the new year, while breaking a promise removed them from the god’s favor. There was much more motivation to keep the “resolution!”

Covenant Renewals

The next prominent visibility of resolutions was in 1740. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, designed a service called ‘Covenant Renewal Service,’ which was held on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. One of the staples of this service, in addition to readings and hymn singing, was reflecting on past mistakes and making resolutions to do better in the upcoming year.

Resolutions Today

By the 1940’s, New year’s resolutions were a somewhat known activity and about 25% of Americans were making them. Now that number has doubled and about 50% of American adults make resolutions each new year. While some people do not keep their resolutions, those who make a lifestyle change part of their resolution are more likely to stick with it.

Recommended Resolutions

At Sterling Dental Center, we care about your oral hygiene and health, so here are a few of our recommended resolutions for 2018.

  • Maintain regular dental checkups
  • Make sure to floss teeth every day
  • Make sure to brush teeth twice a day

These resolutions are easy to keep and will quickly become healthy habits. Make sure everyone in the family brushes and flosses regularly and schedule cleanings ahead of time. Get 2018 off to a happy and healthy start!

If you haven’t already scheduled your biannual cleanings for 2018; call Sterling Dental Center today!