You Don’t Have to Hate Flossing

A female dentist with her patient

Flossing is an important part of proper oral hygiene, but many people hate doing it. Studies suggest that only 30% of the population floss daily, with over 37% having an inconsistent habit and 32% who never floss. In fact, some would prefer doing unpleasant chores and other tasks than flossing their teeth.

Lafayette dentists note that while flossing only requires a few minutes, it can be a challenge for many people. It is hard to get the floss between teeth, with the likelihood of making your gums bleed. Flossing, furthermore, can cause some food particles to stick onto the bathroom mirror. And of course, unlike brushing, there is no immediate reward like fresh and minty breath.

It is true that there may be no instant payoff with flossing, but it has a number of benefits. It can help remove plaque buildup, preventing it from hardening into tartar. This then helps you avoid gum inflammation and gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can contribute to a host of oral health problems such as tooth decay, receding gums, and tooth loss.

Prevent Gum Disease

Gum or periodontal disease, however, is preventable with good oral hygiene. This involves brushing twice daily, flossing once a day, and seeing the dentist regularly. Be sure to floss the right way. When it comes to the best time in cleaning between your teeth, you can do it before or after brushing. The most important thing is that you do it.

Brushing is Not Enough

Brushing alone cleans the only the surface of your teeth. This is why you still need to floss to remove plaque from areas missed by brushing. If you hate flossing or if the task annoys you, talk to your dentist and ask for alternatives. They may advise you to use interdental cleaners, water picks, or flossing sticks.

Flossing should not be painful. Avoid doing it too hard as it can damage the tissues, but don’t be extremely gentle, as you may not get the food particles. You may feel discomfort in the beginning, but don’t lose hope. You can soon be accustomed to the habit and floss your teeth effectively.