January 4, 2021
It may have felt like 2020 was never going to end, but 2021 is finally here! If you’re like most people, your New Year’s resolution may involve something like losing weight or saving money. However, if you really want to get healthy and prevent large dental bills down the road, your dentist recommends that you resolve to start flossing every day. While it may be hard to incorporate flossing into your daily routine at first, it will definitely pay off in the long run. Here are three tips to help you remember to floss.
Why Do I Need to Floss?
When it comes to preventable oral health issues, like cavities, your toothbrush is your first line of defense. But unfortunately, your toothbrush can only clean three of the five exposed surfaces of your teeth. The only way to remove built-up food debris, bacteria, and plaque from between your teeth and prevent gum disease is flossing.
Although gum disease is avoidable, about 50% of American adults currently have it to some degree. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S., but that’s not all. This bacterial infection has also been linked to an increased risk of several health issues, like cardiovascular disease. By committing to flossing every night, you can keep your mouth and the rest of your body healthy.
Tips for Remembering to Floss
At first, it will probably be difficult to stick to a routine of flossing each night before bed. As with any habit, it may take two or three weeks before it becomes ingrained. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t forget:
- Create cues. There are many ways you can remind yourself to floss, such as setting a nightly alarm on your phone or putting a sticky note on your bathroom mirror. You could even place your floss container on your pillow so that you can’t go to bed without being reminded to clean between your teeth.
- Pick the best products. These days, you have more options than just standard dental floss. Other choices, such as floss picks and water flossers, may be easier for you, making you more likely to stick to the habit.
- Carry floss with you. Maintaining a flossing routine can be challenging if you have a hectic schedule. To ensure you don’t forget this new habit, start carrying out a floss container in your pocket, purse, or even the glove compartment in your car.
Invest in a Healthy Smile This Year!
By getting into the habit of flossing at least once per day, you can prevent cavities and gum disease that require expensive and time-consuming treatment. Adding flossing to your routine can help keep your smile healthy well into 2021 and beyond!
About the Author
At North Shore Family Dentistry, Dr. David B. Schwartz has been helping the Skokie, IL community smile more brightly since 1992. In addition to being one of the nation’s leading experts on dental sleep medicine, he strives to educate patients on how they can keep their smiles healthy in between appointments. For more advice on sticking to your flossing New Year’s resolution, visit his website or call his office at (847) 677-2808.
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