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To Floss or Not To Floss: 5 Excuses For Not Flossing

We all talk about why we should floss and take care of our dental health. How about we mix things up a little bit and talk about the other side of the coin? Surely you have been guilty of refusing to floss at least once in your life, but you had a "valid" reason for it, right? The truth is, valid reasons may just be an excuse for not doing it. No matter how often our dentist warns us about the dangers of not flossing, sometimes we still refuse do it. So here's a list of our excuses for not flossing and what dentists have to say about it. #1 There's no food stuck between my teeth Many of us believe that flossing only removes food particles. The most important purpose of flossing isn't just about removing pieces of food but also getting rid of the plaque in between our teeth. Plaque is a thin invisible bacterial film that can only be removed by flossing or through a deep cleaning with your dentist. #2 I don't know how to floss We can't blame you on this. Flossing is considered to be the most complicated dental practice that everyone must learn. But you don't want to let this fact stop you from flossing. Learning how to floss properly is very important in keeping your teeth healthy. According to the American Dental Association, flossing is a skill that you can learn through practice. Follow these basic guidelines for better flossing.
  • An 18 inches floss is advised by most dentists. Wrap one end of the floss around your middle finger on one hand and do the same on the other. You should wrap it just enough to hold the floss tightly while flossing your teeth.
  • Grasp the floss tightly and place it in between the teeth rubbing it gently but also firmly.
  • Be sure not to include flossing your gums. If you should come near your gums, form a C shape to follow the shape of your tooth.
  • Repeat the entire process in between each of your teeth that needs to be flossed.
  • Be sure to use fresh sections of the floss when flossing between your teeth.
#3 Flossing hurts If you experience gum bleeding and pain when you floss, the more reason you have to floss properly. Bleeding gums could be a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. While flossing shouldn't be painful or messy, you may need to floss even more if you’re experiencing pain. If you continue to floss properly, the bleeding and pain should stop after two weeks. If it persists, you should see your dentist immediately. #4 I don't have time It's really common for us to say that we don't have time to do something, but anyway that you can, find time to floss. On your lunch break, coffee break, before you go to bed, choose your most convenient time of the day and don’t let your busy schedule stop you from doing what you must. It only takes a few minutes each day to floss, and we’d be lying to ourselves if we said we didn’t have time to do it. #5 My teeth are too close together. Choose a dental floss containing wax or glide properties to let it slip in between your teeth easily. Also, try a threader or a loop to make it easier for you to floss in between braces, receded gums, or gaps. You should ask your dentist about your dental situation if the floss always shreds while flossing. So remember, there aren’t any good excuses for not flossing because there's always a way to do it no matter the circumstance. You should understand that dental flossing isn't just about removing food from between your teeth,but it also removes plaque which will prevent dental problems like tooth decay. For more information about proper dental care, you can reach out to our Raleigh Dentist team here at VPreston Dental for more tips.