Flossing provides numerous health benefits to your teeth and gums, making it a good habit to get into. If you are struggling to get into a regular flossing habit, there are several tips that can help. This article looks at ways to put yourself in the habit of flossing regularly.
Keep your floss within easy reach
Many people keep their toothbrush and toothpaste out on the bathroom counter or in an easy place to access. However, floss is often relegated to the drawer, or away somewhere else. If you keep all three items together, you will be less likely to forget to floss. Once forgetting is out of the way, it is only a case of motivation that needs to be dealt with.
Consider different floss products
Flossing can be a bit of an awkward and uncomfortable task at times, which often makes people avoid the task. However, there are now a few options in flossing products that can make the task a little easier. If you find it hard to maneuver traditional string floss, you could always try a floss pick. A floss pick is a handheld tool that features a curved head that holds a tightly strung piece of floss. You slip this in between the teeth. It can be particularly helpful when it comes to flossing back teeth.
If you have crowns, braces or other dental issues that may affect flossing, there are tools like floss threaders and Interdental brushes that could prove useful.
Also be aware that there are different string floss varieties available. Floss comes in different materials, thickness, and waxed versus unwaxed. It can be beneficial to try a few types to find the best fit for your mouth.
Set yourself the task of flossing for 21 days straight to form a habit
When it comes to cleaning our teeth we are often so used to the routine of doing so that it is second nature. When it comes to forming new habits, it is often helpful to be strict on yourself and make sure you do them every day for at least 21 days. After this time, we often settle into the habit. They often make this recommendation when it comes to exercise. If necessary, write down flossing on your to do list, or set an alarm on your phone to remind you. Later when it becomes a habit, you probably won’Â€Â™t have to do this.