Excuses to Stop Making About Your Failure to Floss

A professional dental cleaning will thoroughly clean out every nook and cranny around your teeth. But since you can’t visit a dental hygienist every day for a professional dental cleaning, it’s important to clean all sides of your teeth at home. You can accomplish this by including flossing in your daily dental hygiene routine. Here’s a look at some solutions to common flossing-related excuses.

“I brush my teeth, so I don’t need to floss.”

You might not always see or feel bits of food debris stuck between your teeth, but that doesn’t mean these areas are clean. Brushing is essential, but toothbrush bristles can’t effectively clean between teeth. The food particles left behind allow bacteria to proliferate. Plaque forms quickly, and if it isn’t removed within a day or two, the plaque will turn into tartar. This means that at your next appointment at the dental office, you might be diagnosed with tooth decay or gum disease if you neglect to floss.

“I don’t have time to floss.”

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but they often don’t, and poor oral hygiene habits are a leading reason why. If you lose a tooth to tooth decay, you’ll need extra appointments for an extraction, and dental implant procedures or denture fittings. If you develop gum disease, you’ll have to undergo pricey and lengthy treatments. Compared to the results of not flossing, taking just a few minutes out of your day to floss is time well spent.

“It hurts to floss.”

If your gums hurt and bleed when you brush or floss, this is an indicator that you need to spend more time on oral hygiene—not less. It’s possible that you have gum disease. Your dentist can help you get back on track with your oral health. And if it hurts to floss because you’re flossing too aggressively, a dental hygienist can correct your technique.

If you’re having trouble flossing, we can help. Call Eagle Falls Dentistry at (630) 894-5992 to request an appointment at our Stratford Drive location, or at Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road. Our dental hygienists in Bloomingdale, IL can help you overcome any flossing-related problem.

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