Everyone has his own excuse for not flossing the teeth. But if you listen to your dentist, you know that this is crucial for your dental health. In a 2008 survey, it was found the less than half of the American popular floss daily. About 10 percent admit that they don't floss at all. This is unfortunate since flossing can be effective in preventing periodontal disease and tooth loss. For every excuse, a dentist has an answer to that. You'd want to learn more about these.
(Excuse #1) I don't need to floss because food doesn't get caught between my teeth.
It's a common mistake for people to think that flossing is just about removing food particles stuck in between the teeth. But that's not it. In between cleanings, bacteria forms in the tiny spaces between the teeth. It becomes plaque over time. This can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Flossing is the most effective way to prevent plaque from building between the teeth.
(Excuse #2) I don't know how to floss properly.
Like with everything else, practice makes perfect when it comes to flossing, which for many people can be one of the most difficult grooming habits. According to the American Dental Association, the right way to floss begins with getting about 18 inches of floss. Wrap one end around the middle finger on one hand and the rest around the other middle finger. Grasp it tightly using your forefingers and thumbs. Gently pull the string back and forth through the space in between the teeth. Follow the contour of the tooth when the floss gets to the gum line. Move the floss gently up and down against each tooth. Don't skip the last molars as these are where most gum disease and decay take place.
(Excuse #3) I don't have time to floss.
We get it, you are too busy to practice this essential grooming habit. But really, what's one minute of your time everyday? Would you get fired from work if you set aside 60 seconds of your day to take good care of your teeth? While it's true that flossing should take about three to five minutes, a minute of flossing is still better than nothing. Incorporate this into your daily grooming activity like bathing or brushing your hair so you won't feel like you don't have enough time for this. Because really, you do! Always keep the floss in sight, ideally beside the toothbrush and toothpaste. If you're too tired to floss before going to bed, do it in the morning, or any other day you feel comfortable.
(Excuse #4) Flossing hurts.
If flossing brings you pain or bleeding, this means that you might have gingivitis or gum disease. These are all the more reasons you should get into the flossing habit. Flossing doesn't have to be painful. If it is, it shouldn't stop you from continuing. It should motivate you even more because that's what will stop the gum pain and bleeding within a week or two. If not, go see your dentist to find out what's wrong.