Although flossing has been proven to be even more important than brushing, most people still don’t do it consistently.
So the question is why? If flossing is the most beneficial thing that you can consistently do for your dental health then why wouldn’t you do it? We can usually find that answer in one of these top 5 excuses for not flossing listed below. Which one is your favorite?
1. I Don’t Know How to Floss
We will admit, flossing can be a difficult practice to learn how to do properly. But with the right resources it’s easy enough to learn how. For example, check out our blog on how to floss properly here and get rid of this excuse once and for all.
2. I Don’t Have Time
This is probably the #1 excuse for anything in life, including flossing. The truth is, we all only have 24 hours in the day right? So it’s not really time that we don’t have enough of, but a priority of how we spend our time. And since flossing is the number one thing that we can be doing for our oral health, I would like to make the argument that your oral health is worth prioritizing 120 seconds a day for. So make your oral health a priority and start fresh today!
3. I Don’t Get Food Stuck In My Teeth
This is a common misconception, that people only floss to remove food from between their teeth. However, it’s simply not true. The real reason that you floss is to remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is the bacterial film that forms between teeth and along your gum line. If this plaque is not removed either by flossing or a regular dental cleaning then it will eventually turn into gum disease which will lead to tooth loss if left untreated long enough.
4. My Teeth Are Too Close Together
When someones teeth are very close together, sometimes trying a glide or waxed floss can be beneficial. If these options still don’t work then try a threader or a loop to help.
5. It Hurts When I Floss
If it hurts, or if your gums bleed when you floss then you probably already have gum disease to some degree. This should give you all the more reason to floss as gum disease is brought on by poor dental hygiene (usually) and will only be able to be stopped in it’s tracks when your habits improve. Flossing being the most important of those habits. No pain no gain right? After a week or so the pain should subside, along with the bleeding, so just push through the short term pain and the long term gain of a beautiful smile will be with you for a lifetime!