Posted on 1/30/2016 by Thomas Mahar
|No one really enjoys flossing, but the people who are most committed to their oral health will find a way to get it done. However, a recent study showed that about 20% of people never floss their teeth. Why, you ask? Well, there are a variety of silly excuses that many people use to justify the reason they don't take this essential step in their oral hygiene routine.
I Just Don't Have Time
Flossing only takes a couple of minutes, and when you consider all of the time you will save by avoiding lengthy dental procedures when you keep your teeth clean, you'll probably see that taking the extra time is worth it.
Flossing HurtsFlossing hurts because you don't floss! If you experience pain or bleeding when you floss, you need to continue, as the odds are good that you have early stages of gum disease.
My Teeth Are Positioned Too Close TogetherEven teeth that are extremely crowded need to be flossed, and the trick is to find the right type of floss that will work for your situation. Waxed floss is probably the best option for you, as this variety will more easily slide in even the tightest of spaces.
I Don't Have the Coordination to FlossThere are a variety of options out there for people who lack the dexterity to floss, including floss holders. Don't let poor coordination be the reason that you aren't properly cleaning your teeth, as help is out there.
Food Never Gets Caught Between My Teeth
Just because you don't see giant food particles between your teeth doesn't mean you don't have to floss. Most of the cavity and gum disease causing debris and bacteria that you need to look out for are microscopic, and the only way to remove plaque and other harmful materials is to floss.
If you have additional questions about how to floss or its importance, please contact us for more information.