Establishing a Lasting Flossing Habit

Brushing helps remove food particles from your teeth, but they can still get in between them. Flossing gets rid of the particles that end up between your teeth, which helps lower your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. If you brush regularly but have trouble remembering to floss, keep the following tips in mind for better oral hygiene.

Problems with Flossing

Why do people tend to have a harder time remembering to floss? Flossing can be a tough habit to form, but it’s important to do so. You might forget to floss if you’re not sure how to do it or if you don’t like the sensation of having floss digging between your teeth. The key to getting into the habit of flossing is to make it a rewarding experience. 

Building a Flossing Habit

Brushing provides instant results since you can feel that your teeth are clean right away. The benefits of flossing aren’t as easy to detect, so you might feel as though you’re wasting your time. However, you’re doing your teeth and gums a big favor when you floss. To turn this into a positive experience, try the following steps:

  • Use a cue: Put a post-it note on your bathroom mirror or set a reminder on your phone.     You won’t have to remember on your own to floss your teeth, which makes     you more likely to do it. 
  • Keep it simple and convenient: You don’t only have to floss when you’re brushing your     teeth at home two or three times a day. You can also floss after eating     when you’re out and about. To make this easy, keep floss with you at all     times, so you can practice this habit at work or while running errands.     This will help you build a solid flossing habit. 
  • Start small: Don’t get discouraged if you forget to floss every day at first. If you’re     not used to doing this, it takes time to form this habit. Instead, focus     on flossing at least once a week at first or every other day. 

Routine cleanings and exams are also important for keeping your gums and teeth healthy. Contact Great Lakes Dental to make an appointment with our dentist if it’s time for your next checkup.