Most of understand the value of a work-life balance, but maintaining this ideal can be a challenge when everyday stressors begin to pile up. Goals are made with the best of intentions, but are harder to achieve when things like your health, work, or relationships get in the way.

Keeping up with your dental hygiene might be low on your priority list when you’re constantly being pulled in different directions. However, your overall health is closely related to your happiness and productivity level. People who feel better are generally more capable of managing their time and stressors more effectively.

Here are some effective tips for balancing your dental health with everyday life.

Get in the Habit of Planning Ahead

A little bit of planning and go a long way. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your appointments, especially when they relate to your overall health. All too often, we see clients being reactive to their health rather than practicing preventative care. We recommend visiting the dentist at least twice a year to prevent dental problems from arising or progressing. Schedule your appointments in advance, and then set yourself reminders when the day is approaching. The goal is to minimize the impact that these check-ups have on your everyday life by giving yourself amble time to fit them in.

Prioritize Your Tasks Effectively

Strong organization is the key ingredient to maintaining a work-life balance. Many of us have a never-ending to-do list in our minds, but don’t take the appropriate time to prioritize what is on it. Write down everything you have going on over the next few days or weeks and put some thought into how urgent each item on your list is. Then, build in extra time for any unforeseen circumstance that might shift your priorities. When something like an unexpected dental problem throws a wrench in your plans, make sure you have the time and flexibility you need to respond.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Asking for help can be hard, especially when you feel like you’re being a burden. The truth is, all of us need help managing our personal and professional lives at times, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends, family, or colleagues when something comes up at the last minute or you start to feel overwhelmed. In reality, these same people will probably find themselves in a similar situation down the road. Accept the help, offer to return the favor, and embrace the many benefits of team work.

Additionally, you should use all the resources at your disposal to guide you down the right path. Ask your dentist for helping building out a plan for preventative care. You should always seek care from people you trust to make the right decisions for you.

Investing in your oral hygiene plays a fundamental role in living a happy and healthy life. While dental problems might not urgent or high-priority, neglecting them can take a serious toll on your overall livelihood. Be proactive with your dental health so that you can spend time focused on the things that are truly important to you, like your family or career. While you can’t plan for everything, you can learn to minimize the impact of unexpected life events by being proactive. Learn to live as the best version of yourself by managing your time more effectively and putting your needs first.