Now that the new year has arrived, millions of people are heading to the gym or changing their diets in an effort to improve their health. But there’s actually one small thing you can do at home that makes a surprisingly big difference: turning flossing into a habit. Below is a quick look at why resolving to start flossing can be an excellent choice for your smile – as well as some useful tips from your dentist for making it a part of your everyday routine.
Why Should You Start Flossing?
Brushing twice a day is a great way to reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease. However, no matter how diligent you are, there are some spots in your mouth that your toothbrush simply can’t clean very effectively, such as the spaces between your teeth. Flossing is the most reliable way to get rid of the plaque and food debris that have built up in these areas before they lead to any long-term oral health consequences. Thanks to this simple preventive measure, you can reduce the need for more expensive restorative dental work in the long run.
How Can You Stick to Your Resolution to Get in the Habit of Flossing?
Changing your everyday routine is easier said than done. It will take time for flossing to truly become a habit, which means you have to make an effort not to forget to do it in the meantime. Here are some tips that you might find useful for keeping your resolution:
- Set reasonable goals. Instead of resolving to floss every day right away, start smaller. Make a point of flossing twice a week at first. As time passes, you can move up to three days a week, then four, and so on until you’re ready to ease into making it an everyday activity.
- Leave yourself a reminder. Put your floss in a place where you’re sure to see it when it’s time to brush your teeth, such as on top of your toothpaste. You may also want to think about putting a sticky note that says “Don’t forget to floss!” on your bathroom mirror.
- Keep some floss in your car or at your desk at work. That way, even if you forget to floss before you rush out the door in the morning, you will still have the chance to do so. You will also be able to floss in the middle of the day if you need to, allowing you to keep your breath fresh and get rid of any bits of food that may have gotten stuck in your smile during lunch.
- Pick a flossing method that works for you. Some people have trouble with traditional string floss and find it easier to use a floss pick or a water flosser instead.
Making flossing a habit can put you on the path toward a healthier smile in 2024. It can help sensitive or bleeding gums feel better, lower your risk of tooth loss, and leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. Talk to your dentist to see if they have any additional advice that might help you get into the flossing habit.
About the Practice
At Danville Dental Associates, our team of dental experts is bringing quality care to patients of all ages. We put comfort first and take whatever steps we can to help you get the care you need while also helping you stay relaxed. If you would like to schedule your first dental appointment of the year with our team, visit our website or call (434) 793-4116.