Do you floss your teeth everyday? If not, 2015 is the time to start this very healthy habit. You may not realize it, but dentists agree that flossing your teeth everyday is just as important as brushing. This is because dental floss can remove food particles from between the teeth that are not accessible with a toothbrush. Despite this fact, many American children, teens and adults are not currently flossing their teeth everyday. There are many excuses for not flossing your teeth. Read on to find out how to conquer each of these excuses so you can safeguard your long-term dental health.
Time is one of the biggest excuses people use for not flossing. However, investing in the one or two minutes it takes each day can save you from hours of time in a dental chair getting dental work such as fillings, crowns and root canals. In addition to saving this time, flossing everyday can help you save money on expensive dental restorations.
Some people complain that their teeth are too close together to comfortably floss. If this is the case, try dental floss that is waxed so it glides more easily between the teeth. You could also use a threader or loop to help you find an entry point between the teeth.
Others complain that it hurts to floss their teeth. If you experience pain when flossing, give yourself two weeks. Make sure that you are not flossing too roughly. A gentle touch is best. If your gums still hurt and/or bleed when you floss after two weeks, it is time to see your dentist. Your gum pain and irritation may be a sign of periodontal disease. If this is the case, your dental hygiene becomes even more important.
Start out 2015 by resolving to floss your teeth everyday! Experts say that it takes 21 days to form a habit so after three weeks, it should be easy going!
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