Flossing 101 – Why do I floss regularly? Here are a few reasons:
Ø I had braces as a teenage and I love to share my smile.
Ø I understand the benefit of taking good care my gums and teeth.
Ø I still remember mom saying “only floss the teeth you want to keep.”
If you haven’t been flossing, it’s likely that you have some kind of gum infection, and so flossing will initially cause some unpleasant bleeding. The fact is if your body is bleeding, it is telling you to take action and not ignore it. After a few days of flossing, your gums should improve. If not, be sure to consult with your dentist. Neglect is not a wise choice. Make it a habit to floss regularly.
Your teeth and breath will also start to feel cleaner. Plus, those dental visits will be more pleasant due to your detail to better hygiene.
Easy to do, easy not to do…Forming the Habit
- Pick up a routine – Floss right before you brush your teeth, before heading to bed. You may choose to floss in the morning and after each meal so you can shine those pearly whites throughout the day. Remember the old toothpaste ad jingle: “mmm, what a great feeling”.
- Have the dental floss handy and consider treating yourself to flavored floss. Out of sight out of mind so make sure to keep it handy and in sight or near your toothbrush and toothpaste so you won’t forget it.
- Focus on the enjoyment. Many people put off flossing because it seems hard or boring or unpleasant, but it doesn’t have to be. Flossing is a pleasurable activity if you allow yourself to be present, and think about how your teeth are getting cleaner and how nice that is.
Regarding toothpastes, I highly recommend you do some research on fluoride. I’ve done mine and feel this is yet another toxin that has been added to our life which chose to avoid. Here’s a link to learn more. FLUORIDE EXPOSED.
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day and at last we cannot break it.
– Horace Mann