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.
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.
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:
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.
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) 470-1224.