The Canadian Health Measures Survey notes that about 28% of Canadians floss at least 5 times a week. That means that, if you’re reading this, chances are you don’t floss quite as much as your dentist might like. There are a lot of reasons you might not floss – you might find it uncomfortable, you might not be in the habit, you might just not know when to do it. This article is full of flossing tips, to help you start flossing, stay flossing, and floss right; read on!
Forming the Habit
Habit forming is tough, and we could do a whole blog post about this topic alone. That said, most habits are formed through a combination of different factors: remembering to do an action, and feeling gratified when the action is done. For the first part, leave yourself a reminder to floss: it might be a Post-It note on your bathroom mirror that says “Floss”, or “Please floss!”, or even just a blank one that will trigger your memory. You should also leave floss around; next to your toothbrush, near your desk at work, anywhere that will trigger your memory. After you floss, remind yourself that the flossing was good for you; think about how much cleaner your teeth are, how much gunk you got out, and how much healthier you’ll be. Reminding yourself about what’s good about a habit makes keeping it easier.
When To Floss
Optimally, you’ll floss once a day, every day. There are some signs that flossing before brushing is beneficial; the sample size is somewhat small, but flossing first seems to have significantly reduced the amount of plaque in the mouth. This might be because the particulate that you clean out when you floss is brushed away when you brush afterwards. What matters more than when you floss, though, is that you do it. When you’re first forming the habit, you might not remember every day; that’s okay. Every time you floss, you make progress towards a healthier life.
How to Floss
Learning how to floss is easy; just check out this guide by the American Dental Association. You always want to use dental floss; using string or other substances is risky, as it could damage your teeth or gums. Not everyone has the ability to use traditional dental floss; fortunately, there are now flosses with handles, so you don’t have to manipulate the string yourself.
Talk to Your Dentist
Want more in-depth tips on flossing? The best move is to talk to your dentist; they can help by giving a more hands-on demonstration about how to floss. We don’t just have an emergency dentist Winnipeg can trust; we provide dental services year round, including tips on best practices for keeping your oral health at it’s best. We can help you find alternatives to a traditional oral health regime if conventional routes are challenging to you. We can detect health problems that you wouldn’t be able to spot otherwise, and we can nip any problems in the bud before they develop into something more problematic.