Tips on How to Remember to Floss
November 15, 2017|
Flossing: You know it’s important, but it’s so easy to forget. If you feel bashful when your dentist or hygienists asks you if you floss each day, here are some tips on how to remember to floss. You’ll notice that your gums are healthier and that you get fewer cavities, so it’s definitely worth the effort!
Choose a Good Time of Day
Many dentists recommend flossing before bed so you don’t have plaque and bacteria sitting on your gums and between your teeth all night long. While this might be the most effective time to floss, flossing anytime is better than not flossing at all. If you have more time in the morning, then go ahead and do it then.
It takes about a month to create a habit, so set up your phone to remind you at your chosen time of day for the next month. In addition, you can post a sticky note on your mirror. Leaving the floss out on the bathroom counter will be another visual reminder. You can also ask your partner to remind you. If he or she also finds it difficult to remember to floss, you can hold each other accountable.
Find a Convenient Alternative
Some people find that traditional floss shreds between their teeth. Others might not have the dexterity to move it all around their mouths. Try flossers, which are small plastic tools with a piece of floss already in place, ready to slide between your teeth. A Waterpik might also be an option; ideally, this does not replace flossing, but if you are having trouble using floss, ask your dentist if using a Waterpik can substitute for flossing a few days of the week.
If you find yourself blowing off flossing because you think it doesn’t make a difference, look into what gum disease can do to your smile. You can also ask your hygienist about how flossing helps keep your gums and teeth healthy.
If it’s hard for you to remember to floss, try challenging yourself to floss each day for a week, a month, or the rest of this year. Keep track of your successes and then try to beat your reliability next week or month. In a short period of time, you’ll find that flossing is a habit that you wouldn’t skip any more than you’d skip brushing.