If you have tried to work daily flossing into your dental health routine but can’t seem to make it a habit, this post is for you. In this blog post from Crabtree Dental in Katy, we’ll give you a few ideas for unique times to floss, so you can keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Floss in the morning or evening right before you brush. Piggy-backing on a habit you’ve already established may make it easier to form a flossing habit.
- Try just after lunch before you go back to work.
- Before or after you exercise. Keep some floss in your gym bag and give your teeth and gums some attention along with the rest of your body.
- While catching up on your favorite Netflix series.
- While taking a bath. Any task is more enjoyable if it can be done while relaxing in a warm tub.
Flossing is extremely important because it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.
Waxed or unwaxed, minty or unflavored, there are many types of floss to choose from. Floss picks are convenient and a great way to start a new flossing habit, but keep in mind that the flexibility of traditional floss makes it highly effective at hugging the rounded edges of your teeth and reaching places you may struggle to access with a floss pick. At your next appointment ask your hygienist what she recommends for your individual flossing routine.
Whichever method you choose the important thing is to prioritize flossing.
At Crabtree Dental in Katy we like to see you for a checkup every six months, potentially more frequently depending on your individual oral health. Our services include general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today!
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