When it comes to oral hygiene, nothing is more important than flossing. This daily ritual of removing plaque and food particles from between the teeth can seem tedious and difficult to manage, especially for those who have never established a good flossing routine. At River Valley Smile Center we want to help our patients make flossing easier and to ensure everyone achieves optimum oral health. To that end, we’d like to share 3 secrets for simplifying your daily flossing routine.
The first key to flossing simply is to make it convenient. Choose flossing supplies that are portable and convenient to use. If you prefer string floss, opt for waxed floss, which can easily glide between teeth. Keep some in your car, office, or bag, and make flossing on the go easy. If you don’t want to hassle with flossing while away from home, try water picks, electric toothbrushes, or dental picks instead. With any of these methods, it’s important to read the instructions thoroughly and get a demonstration from your dentist to floss correctly and efficiently.
Next, remember to be consistent with your flossing. Forming a routine that works for you and following through with it can make a huge difference in your dental hygiene. Once you get in the habit, it becomes easy and part of your daily routine. It can also be helpful to brush and floss at the same time every day, and it’s especially important to floss before going to bed so that bacteria don’t build up overnight.
Finally, reward yourself for flossing. A reward could be anything from watching an episode of your favorite show to reading a few chapters in a book you’ve been wanting to finish. Not only will this make flossing a fun experience, but it will also help make sure that you’re taking the time each day to do it.
Flossing doesn’t have to be a chore. By following these three secrets and setting up a good flossing routine, you can make your dental hygiene more manageable and be confident that you’re taking care of your teeth the right way. At River Valley Smile Center, we are here to help our patients achieve optimum oral health and make flossing easier. If you need any help, contact us to learn more.