Top Excuses for Not Flossing

Friday, September 13th, 2013, 5:40 pm

While most of us brush our teeth daily we often skip another important part of an at-home dental care regimen: flossing! Though often forgotten, flossing is a crucial step in preventing future gum disease like gingivitis, and is essential to good, long-term dental health.

Let’s take a closer look at the top excuses for not flossing, and some tips that can help us become “excuse-free.”

  1. “I don’t know how to floss properly.” For those unsure of the correct way to floss, here are some tips to help you learn.  Start with several inches of floss, wrap it around your middle fingers, hold the floss firmly, and gently guide floss between your teeth. Repeat the motion until you reach between each of your teeth, even those far-back in the mouth. If necessary, ask your dentist to demonstrate proper flossing techniques.
  2. “I don’t have any time to floss.” While many think flossing is time-consuming, that is simply not true. However, you should set aside at least five minutes a day for effective flossing. Setting time aside for this habit will help you to improve your dental hygiene in the long-run.
  3. “I don’t like the way floss feels.” Some floss may have an uncomfortable texture, but there are many different kinds on the market today. If you are unhappy with your current floss,  consider switching over to a brand that feels right for you. Your dentist will often give you samples of floss when you leave the office, which can help you pick one that’s right for you.
  4. “I don’t have food stuck between my teeth.” Flossing is not just for removing food between your teeth. Flossing is an essential step in removing dental plaque, which is the bacteria that forms in between the teeth. Plaque contributes to tooth decay and loss, and flossing is essential in preventing this from happening.
  5. “It hurts when I floss.” If flossing feels painful, you may already have gum disease. However, with regular flossing and brushing, the signs of gum disease should decrease in a few weeks. If not, it may be necessary to consult your dentist.

Dentist in Toccoa

If you want to learn more about how you can improve your at-home dental care approach and flossing techniques,  contact us today to schedule an appointment. Wilbanks Smile Center is located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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