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Top Excuses For Not Flossing and Why You Need To Stop It

Posted on 6/10/2015 by Na Xu
Woman flossing her teeth with a floss pick.When it comes to proper dental care, one of the most widely "forgotten" items during the regular brushing regimen is flossing. Flossing is imperative to proper dental health and unfortunately, it is something that people tend to overlook when they really should not.

What Is So Important About Flossing?

Nevertheless, flossing is to be done after you actually brush your teeth. Not saying that brushing alone does not help but flossing is essentially the other half of proper dental hygiene. Even though you may brush the required two minutes and reach all surface areas of your teeth, there are still many cracks and crevices that a toothbrush simply cannot reach. That is why flossing is so important. One may think that a simple piece of floss could not do so much work, but it really is that only thing that can get in between your teeth to break up plaque, bacteria and old food! During the brushing process, it is crazy to think that only about half of the plaque within your mouth is being removed during brushing.

Excuse #1: Not knowing how to properly floss

This by far is one of the top reasons/excuses that dentists hear about why their patients are not flossing their teeth on the regular. Flossing is simple and if you are not sure on how to properly do it, just ask. Your dentist and/or dental assistant will be more than pleased to assist you and ensure that you are utilizing proper flossing techniques. Flossing does not have to be a chore that takes a lot of time to complete, you may find that our flossing techniques actually are not that difficult and possibly add a whole 30 seconds to a minute onto your daily dental routine.

Excuse #2: Not having the time

Of course, humans are busy! Many may feel that they do not have enough time to complete anything throughout the day, let alone trying to "squeeze" just one more necessity into their daily schedule. Flossing typically takes the back burner on this one because people think that if they are brushing their teeth daily, then they are doing a good job. Yes, you are doing a great job if you can brush daily, but are you brushing three times a day? Maybe only two? The less you brush and the less you floss, the more detrimental it is. These two work simultaneously to protect your mouth from harmful germs and bacteria.

Think about it this way... considering the amount of time that one spends in front of their mirror or getting ready anyway - what is an additional 30 seconds? Who is to say that you cannot floss your teeth while you are sitting on a train on your way to work? It may sound a little unorthodox, but there certainly is no reason as to why it cannot happen that way. Even taking an extra minute in the restroom at work will allow you to floss your teeth! Dental floss can easily be kept in many places. It is small and compact, and some suggested places for holding your dental floss are:

•  Bathroom drawer/Counter
•  Nightstand
•  Purse/Backpack
•  Favorite couch spot
•  Car
•  Desk

Anywhere you can think of, you can leave some dental floss there. Flossing does not have to happen three times a day. In a perfect world, it would but we know that this is life and things come up! The final excuse is a big one...

Excuse #3: I'm trying to avoid making my gums bleed

Typically, those patients who do not floss on a regular basis have this problem the most. Some people experience bleeding gums because the spaces in between their teeth are so tight, but nine times out of ten, bleeding gums occur due to lack of flossing. Another thing to consider is that when your gums bleed, it may be a sign of gum disease starting! Who wants that? If left untreated, this can lead to serious long-term issues that will make visits to the dentist less enjoyable.

It is important to floss your teeth regularly to ensure that your mouth is staying as clean and healthy as possible. Flossing aids in minimizing gum disease as well as bacteria growth within your mouth. It also helps keep breath fresh and your smile dazzling white!

If you need more information on the importance of flossing, call Healthy Smiles Family Dental, at (503) 385-1185 today, and speak with one of our dental professionals!

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