You may be good about brushing your teeth twice a day and using mouthwash, but do you floss as much as you should? Many people try to come up with excuses as to why they don't floss, or even lie to their dentist during their checkups. Your dentist can tell if you've not been flossing, and there is no excuse not to do it. Here are 4 flossing excuses, along with why they are not good reasons to avoid it.
You Do Not Have The Time
Anybody can come up with a couple of minutes each day to floss, which is why it needs to be a part of an oral hygiene routine so you do not forget about it. Find time to get it done by taking floss with you in places where you are often stuck with nothing else to do. Put some dental floss in your car, and next time you are stuck in a traffic jam on your commute you can whip out the floss and get to work.
You're Not Sure How To Properly Floss
Your dentist will happily provide a lesson about how to properly floss if you don't really know how.
Take a foot of dental floss, and wrap the floss around your two fingers, leaving about a 3-inch length free between them. Glide the floss between two teeth using a back-and-forth rubbing motion. Follow the curve of your tooth along the gumline to get into the pockets. Also, be sure to floss against both teeth, not just run the floss between them.
You Have Braces And Can't Floss Anyway
There are special tools for flossing when you have braces. One method involves using a dental threader that will allow you to stick the floss underneath the metal wires. If that's too difficult, you can also use a water pick to blast the plaque out between your teeth. Always remember that there are flossing methods besides traditional dental floss.
Your Gums Bleed When You Floss
Bleeding is not a reason to stop flossing, but a reason to keep doing it. Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, which can form from neglecting to floss in the first place. If you keep up with your oral hygiene routine and brush and floss regularly, you can cause the bleeding to stop by improving the health of your gums.
For more tips on flossing, speak to a dentist, like one from Smile 1st Dental Care, about it.