Habits are an important part of our life. They are easily formed and can be hard to break. The key is to form habits that are healthy and good for our bodies; however this is rarely the case. Exercising daily for at least thirty minutes is a great habit that everyone should get into. The reality is that as people’s lives get increasingly busier, it gets harder and harder to fit exercise time into a daily schedule. By the time the end of the day hits, the only ‘exercise’ you get may be adjusting your position on the couch and changing the channel on your television.
The same can be said about flossing. If it was never a part of your daily oral hygiene regimen, it can be a difficult thing to start and maintain on a regular basis. Here are some of the reasons people may give for why they don’t floss as much as they should:
It’s ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘too time consuming’
The idea of essentially having both hands in your mouth with a piece of floss is uncomfortable for some, which keeps them from doing it. Also, after they’ve spent what they believe is a decent amount of time brushing and rinsing their mouths they don’t want to dedicate another minute or two toward flossing.
‘My teeth feel clean enough after I brush’
The benefit of brushing your teeth is felt immediately after you’ve finished; they look and feel cleaner. Sometimes you don’t get the same satisfaction from flossing (unless you’ve recently eaten popcorn or something with sesame or poppy seeds in it) which keeps people from flossing regularly.
What’s important to remember is that these are your teeth and gums; they don’t belong to anyone else. The only way to maintain their health is to make a habit of taking care of them properly which includes regular brushing, flossing and visits to your local Ottawa dental professional. Implement flossing into your oral care routine slowly, but make sure to be consistent so it will eventually become a habit. Once that is achieved, you’ll be on the road to a healthier mouth for the long haul.