A consistent flossing habit can help save your teeth

flossing habitIt’s no secret that regular flossing can vastly improve the state of your teeth an gums, protecting them against decay and disease. According to the ADA, a flossing habit is one foundation for good oral health:

“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque.”

Of course, knowing that flossing is a good idea and actually developing the daily habit of flossing are two different matters. Creating a new, positive habit takes a bit of time and dedication, but these tips can help:

Keep Floss Visible

Rather than stashing your roll of floss away in a drawer, set it out next to your toothbrush holder. Sometimes a visual reminder is all it takes.

Track Your Progress

Charts and stickers aren’t just for kids anymore! Devise a visual chart to help you track your progress. Not only will you feel accomplished when you give yourself a check mark or a sticker, but the second visual reminder will only serve to reinforce your commitment.

Set Digital Reminders

Most of us use our phones for everything now: Internet, GPS, texts, alarm clock, social interaction and daily planning. Why not set an alert through your phone to remind you to floss?

Be Consistent

Whichever tips you choose to implement, be consistent. If you find something that works, keep using it until the habit of flossing is so cemented in your daily life that it’s second nature.

You won’t regret it.

Please contact us to learn more about maintaining your dental health. We look forward to serving you at our Centennial dental office.