Ok here’s the deal; we’re going to skip the lecture telling you that you need to floss every day (because let’s be honest, you’ve probably heard it a hundred times already).
We know it’s easier said than done because life gets busy!
Maybe you’re late for work (or kids are late for school), and it’s a miracle that you got yourself and your kids out the door with matching socks this morning.
We get it.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that flossing isn’t still really, really important to maintaining your overall health. It needs to be a priority in your household.
What we’ve found is that it’s not enough to simply tell someone to do something when it comes to their dental health; you need to give them a good reason why they should do it!
So in this article, we’re going to do just that. We’re going to cover the “why” of flossing in 7 neat, concise points.
Whether you floss almost every day already, or you can’t remember the last time you even saw a package of floss…don’t worry; we’re here to help you get on track and make flossing a daily habit.
1 Remove unsightly food remnants
While brushing your teeth is a great first line defense against food particles, certain foods can become easily lodged between teeth, which can be difficult to remove with brushing alone.
Ever seen someone smile big only to have food stuck between their teeth? Don’t be that guy or gal. You should floss daily at bare minimum. It may even be a good idea to floss multiple times per day to prevent food particles from building up between your teeth and gums.
2 Go where a toothbrush just can’t go
So this is similar to point number one. The greatest toothbrush on the market can’t reach the same places that flossing can. Sure, it takes an extra minute or so, but is that really a big deal? I think we all have an extra minute to spare for flossing!
3 It’s like “exercise” for your teeth
Even though flossing “should” be just as mainstream as brushing by now, it just isn’t. You know how exercising gives you a sense of accomplishment because you’re kind of going “above and beyond” societal norms?
The same is true with flossing! It gives you a sense of accomplishment, which in turn provides a positive feedback loop that encourages your brain to make flossing a daily habit.
4 Forming healthy daily habits is good parenting
Have you ever heard a mom or dad say, “My kid just has too many productive, healthy daily habits”? We didn’t think so.
Flossing is a great habit that is easy to learn. The key is to make it a mandatory part of your child’s oral hygiene routine every day…not something that’s optional. As a parent, you set the tone here.
5 Reduce your dental expenses by preventing decay and gum disease
While we cannot guarantee that regular brushing and flossing will mean you never have any problems, it certainly reduces the likelihood. Many, many dental problems that we see on a daily basis can be prevented with a top-notch oral hygiene routine, as well as regular oral exams.
6 Prevent plaque and tartar buildup
This one is pretty simple and straightforward. Flossing goes a long way in helping prevent plaque and tartar buildup between teeth that can eventually lead to decay and gum disease. Just one of the many reasons to incorporate the simple, powerful habit of flossing into your daily routine.
7 A healthier body overall (the oral-systemic connection)
The benefits of a clean, healthy mouth don’t just stop there. In recent years, more data is coming out that shows a possible connection between your oral health and serious health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Here’s a short article from the American Dental Association on Oral-Systemic Health:
So flossing isn’t just about pretty teeth and fresh breath. It’s an important component of your total wellness!
There you have it…7 reasons to floss daily! What now?
At Dental Town, we’re obviously big advocates of flossing daily in order to help maintain your health.
While developing a daily flossing routine is kind of like performing preventative maintenance on your car, every once in awhile you still need to take it to the dealership for a multi-point inspection.
That’s essentially what a routine oral exam is…a thorough, “multi-point inspection” for your mouth that is needed every 6 months to maintain optimal oral health and well-being.
Is it time to schedule you or your child’s next dental appointment? If you are in or around the Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, or Johns Creek areas of North Atlanta and are looking for a friendly team of dental professionals for the whole family, we want to welcome you to Dental Town.
Find our office nearest you here. Then give us a call today to see how we can serve your family and treat your children the same way we would treat our own. Call us today!