How often do you floss?
Why do we even ask the question when the answer is all over your teeth … er gums?
By now, everyone has seen the meme with the guy saying, “I don’t always floss, but when I do it’s just before a visit to the dentist.” It is funny probably because most people can relate.
We don’t nag or threaten our patients when it comes to flossing. All we can do is educate our patients on it’s merits and hope that we are able to convince a few that flossing will add years to your dentition.
Sometimes, a few converted souls become like converted smokers ~ Flossing champions challenging others to adopt this healthy lifestyle. However, nothing convinces people better than asking them to take the floss challenge.
What is the floss challenge you say?
Well, it is no less shocking than the other challenges on the internet… the Cinnamon challenge, the Ice bucket Challenge. Our aim is to shock and our challenge is quite convincing.
1. Spend 5 minutes brushing your teeth. Go ahead. Rinse and load up your toothbrush a few times if you have to. Just keep brushing them until you think your teeth and gums are squeaky clean.
2. Now rinse your mouth with water, or better yet, some mouthwash. Go on! Give it a good rinse!
3. Now take a piece of floss or a floss wand (one of our patients call these things a Floss Banjo lol) and clean between back molars and a few of your lower front teeth. (Instruction on how to floss here)
4. Take the floss out of your mouth and smell it.
In the absence of any other proof, what you just retrieved from between your teeth and under your gums should convince you enough that flossing is an essential part of homecare routine.
Flossing is just like any other new skill, there’s a learning curve and to be mastered it must be practiced. The first month will be a series of endless awkward starts and stops as you learn to manipulate the floss in your mouth. Eventually, you will find yourself becoming better and better at it.
You will notice that your gums are bleeding less and that they are beginning to look more pink and less puffy.
I heard a quote once that said that trying to start to floss is like trying to quit smoking. What if I told you that if you tried it for one month your homecare routine will begin to feel unfinished without the flossing step? That if, practiced faithfully, you will experience flossing withdrawal if you go even a few days without doing it? True!
We don’t have shares in a flossing manufacturer just a sincere interest in the health of our patients. We want all of our patients to be able to look us straight in the eye and answer the flossing question confidently without having to lie through their teeth.
Your in Better Health,
The Your Smile Dental Team