How to Make Flossing a Habit

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Flossing is one of the most important parts of any good oral care routine, but it’s also one of the most hated! Studies from the American Academy of Periodontology found that over a quarter of adults lie to their dentists about how often they do it. And more than a third of Americans would rather do an unpleasant task like wash the dishes than floss their teeth.

We understand that flossing can be unpleasant and not-so-fun, but it’s a critical step in protecting your teeth and gums.

And these tips could help you make it a habit:

  • Pick a cue or trigger. This could be a sticky note on the mirror, or some other small indicator, but every time you see it, use it as a sign to floss. If you’re already brushing your teeth each morning, use it as a trigger to also floss.
  • Don’t make it complicated. We’re more likely to do things when they seem easy and convenient, including flossing. Keep it simple by keeping floss in your car, your purse, your gym bag, or your desk drawer so it’s always available.
  • Start small. Pressuring yourself to floss twice a day every day can make you resent the process rather than continue doing it. Start with once per week, and then work your way up to twice or three times, and then daily.
  • Consider the payoff. If you only associate flossing with something unpleasant, it’s never going to become a habit. Instead, change the way you think about it. Consider how it feels to have clean teeth with no plaque or film, and think about how healthy your gums are becoming each time you do it.

For more tips on keeping your smile healthy for life, schedule your appointment with Mendota Springs Dentistry today.

Posted on behalf of Mendota Springs Dentistry