We know that there is a definite link between oral health and overall health. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are necessary habits to maintain your overall health. This is especially true for people whose immune system might not be the best. Get that bacteria out of there!
Generally speaking, people are pretty on top of things when it comes to brushing twice a day for two minutes each time. Especially with electric toothbrushes that have timers on them that buzz after your two minutes are up. And while that’s great, one of the most common statements we hear from our patients is that they floss rarely, if at all.
Skipping floss - you’re skipping out on cleaning about two thirds of your teeth. Flossing maintains gum health and makes your dental hygiene appointments go more smoothly with less pain. And it only needs to be done once a day!
Did you know if each American used the perfect amount of floss once a day, we’d go through about 122 yards of floss per year. But according to sales, it averages out to just 18 yards per person. Sounds like we could all do a little better!
If you’re not sure how to floss properly, ask your hygienist at your next appointment and they’ll show you how it’s done. If you forget to floss sometimes, that’s okay. Try keeping the floss next your TV remote, or on your bedroom night stand...Somewhere that you will notice it. Having that visual reminder might be all the motivation you need.
When you brush your teeth after lunch at the office or school, take one more minute and floss at the same time. Keep floss in your desk or purse along with your travel toothbrush for that reminder. Or keep a bag of flossers in the car and floss at red lights. It’s funny, but it works!
Our final suggestion is to invest in a waterpik. This device jets water in between your teeth to clean them out. It works similar to flossing, and research studies have been positive. It can become a little messy - definitely lean over the sink while you use it.
We’d love to hear your tricks for remembering to floss everyday. Or if you have any questions feel free to ask. Let’s make 2018 the year of the floss!