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Why You Should Make Flossing Your New Year’s Resolution

January 19, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drrusso @ 1:01 am
Man looking in bathroom mirror flossing his teeth

Many people choose New Year’s resolutions that will help them lead healthier lifestyles. If you have concerns about your oral health, you’ll probably want to make resolutions based on protecting your smile. One simple change you might consider is to start flossing every day. Here’s why flossing can be an excellent choice for your New Year’s resolution – as well as some tips for making sure that you stick to the habit.

Why Should You Start Flossing?

Not as many people are as diligent about flossing as they are about brushing. Indeed, some studies show that only 30% of Americans brush daily. But if you don’t floss, you could be putting your smile at risk for cavities and gum disease.

Oral bacteria can turn the sugars and carbohydrates you consume into a harmful acid that can eat through tooth enamel, eventually causing cavities. Furthermore, these bacteria can infect your gums, resulting in gum disease that will only get worse over time if it isn’t treated.

While the bacteria on your teeth can often be removed by brushing, they can accumulate in the small spaces in your smile that a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing is the most reliable way to get rid of the bacteria in these areas before they cause any permanent damage.

How Can You Make Flossing a Habit?

Of course, if you don’t already floss daily, it can take time for it to become as much of a habit as brushing. Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to make the process easier:

  • Make a Reminder for Yourself: It’ll be easier to remember to floss if you give yourself a cue. There are several kinds of reminders you can use, such as an alarm on your phone, a note on your bathroom mirror, or even just keeping your dental floss in a place where you’re sure to see it.
  • Choose the Kind of Flossing That’s Right for You: Traditional dental floss isn’t for everyone. Many people find that floss picks or water flossers make it easier to clean between their teeth. Think about your options carefully and choose the one that works best for you.
  • Carry Your Floss With You: Do you have a busy morning routine that makes it easy to forget to floss? Give yourself a backup plan by getting a container of floss for your bag or your desk at work.

Flossing every day might not come naturally to you at first, but if you’re diligent about turning it into a habit, you can significantly improve your oral hygiene and keep your smile in excellent shape.

About the Author

Dr. John E. Russo has been serving patients in Orlando for nearly 25 years. He belongs to several dental organizations, including the Florida Dental Association and the American Dental Association. During a regular checkup and cleaning, he’s more than happy to give his patients tips for taking better care of their smiles. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Russo, visit his website or call (407) 843-2112.

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