Are you flossing like you should? Dentists recommend performing this task at least once a day, but a recent study showed that only 27% of adults actually do it that often. It may not seem like placing a piece of dental floss between your teeth is doing a lot for your oral health, but the couple of minutes spent properly flossing helps remove the plaque and food debris that brushing alone cannot get rid of. Since devoting time to take care of your teeth is so important, you should make it a priority.
Create a Cue
What will remind you to floss?
- While you can place a sticky-note on your mirror that says “floss”, why not change it up and write something that you will enjoy. Write a favorite quote or joke on the paper. When you see it, it can serve as a reminder that you need to floss.
- Set a timer on your phone as a reminder. Depending on your phone, you can even set an alarm that plays your favorite song. This may even get you excited to floss.
Make it Convenient
What will make flossing easier?
- Put dental floss anywhere you can think of. Place it in your desk, in your car, in your purse, and in your gym bag. When flossing crosses your mind, do it right then instead of making an excuse later on when you are too tired or busy.
- Use a flossing stick. This handy contraption consisting of a handle with floss on the end makes the chore much easier. You can even floss one-handed using it.
What will encourage you to floss?
- Have you been eyeing a new toothbrush? Have your heart set on a new flavor of toothpaste? Once you reach your flossing goal, reward yourself with something special.
Flossing may not be your favorite activity, but it keeps your mouth healthy. Find something that works to keep you in the habit of regular flossing and your mouth will thank you.
If you’re still having a hard time remembering to floss every day, then you should make sure that you get your teeth cleaned at least twice a year so we can make sure you aren’t developing any plaque build up or even gum disease. Teeth cleanings are important for removing harmful plaque and tartar that your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. If you are skipping flossing more than you’d like to admit, then it’s probably best to see our dental hygienist and talk about what flossing does and why it’s so important. Understanding that flossing is just as important as brushing may be all you need to develop this important habit!
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