One of the most important things you can do to improve your dental health and to avoid a range of different issues for your teeth and your general health, is to make sure you floss regularly. Regular flossing can have a huge impact on your health and is a much better way to remove stubborn bits of food and bacteria that can otherwise get stuck between your teeth and even lead to a tooth or gum infection. In fact, one study even showed that people who floss regularly are less likely to get cancer. The reason for this is that their immune systems are less bombarded with bacteria from the mouth, thus meaning they are stronger and better able to combat other threats.
The problem is though that many people still don’t floss. It’s a difficult habit to get into for numerous reasons and even if you brush every night, there’s a good chance you may not be flossing as regularly as you should. Read on and we’ll look at why that is so often the case and what you can do to get into the good habit of flossing more regularly…
Floss One Tooth
One popular strategy for getting into new habits is to break them down into incredibly small challenges that will be much easier to stick to. An example of this is to floss just one single tooth every night in order to get into the habit of flossing. This way, you will often find it’s much easier to go from flossing a single tooth to flossing your entire mouth as compared with starting to floss your entire mouth when you currently aren’t flossing at all.
Once you get into the habit of flossing just one tooth, you can then move on to flossing two teeth or three, or just doing a single row.
Get Someone to Remind You
Sometimes the reason we don’t floss is genuinely that we forget. For this reason it can be helpful to have someone on hand to remind you to floss when you need it: ask your partner to check with you that you’ve flossed every time you come out the bathroom for instance.
Learn to Floss Properly
Flossing properly is a crucial part of general dentistry and any good dentist will be able to show you how to do it. This is worth learning because if you find you often hurt your gums when you try, you will be less likely to do it regularly and stick to good habits.
Go Easy on Yourself
If you forget, don’t beat yourself up about it! Studies show that those who are harsher on themselves when they fail are less likely to get back into good habits afterward.
Keep a Picture
Finally, try keeping a picture of someone with great teeth on your mirror – or maybe a picture of you with the great teeth you used to have. This can serve as great inspiration for brushing and flossing when you might be feeling lazy.