This four-part article series seeks to challenge the many excuses made by people for not flossing their teeth on a daily basis.
Welcome to Part 3 of this four-part series on the importance of flossing and just why the many excuses provided by patients who neglect to floss simply don’t stand up against reason. In our previous post, dental implants specialists in NJ challenged the following flossing excuses:
Flunking Flossing Excuse # 3: No one ever showed me how to floss properly.
Flunking Flossing Excuse # 4: I’ve had dental work done, which makes it really difficult for me to floss.
If you want to find out what new teeth specialists in New Jersey had to say about these common excuses and the advice they provided for patients experiencing difficulty flossing, please refer to Part 2 of this series. In this installment, we shall examine another two reasons that patients cite for flunking their flossing responsibilities, beginning with...
Flunking Flossing Excuse # 5: I just don’t have the coordination to floss properly.
If you have difficulties with your hands and with their dexterity, this could make flossing a particular challenge for you. “Patients who suffer from arthritis, joint stiffness, paralysis, pain, poor coordination, or even amputation will need to adapt their flossing habits to accommodate these difficulties,” say dental implants specialists in NJ. “In some cases, patients cite poor coordination, when in reality their fingers are too big to fit inside their mouths and won’t allow them to reach the backmost molars.”
“An excellent solution to this problem is to use floss holders (see image below) instead of traditional floss. These Y-shaped tools can either be loaded with a section of floss, or already come pre-threaded. Either way, they enable you to floss using only one hand.Other useful products for cleaning between the teeth include:
Soft-Picks or Stim-U-Dents, which are disposable toothpicks made especially for cleaning between the teeth,
Tip Stimulators: the conical rubber tips that come with certain toothbrushes.
Interproximal brushes: spiral brushes that are inserted between the teeth and used to give the contact points and gums that are there a good scrub.
Flunking Flossing Excuse # 6: I just don’t have the time to floss every day.
If you honestly can’t find two to three minutes in a day to floss, then you clearly aren’t thinking outside the box. Watching TV at night, reading in bed, sitting in traffic... whenever you sit still for a few minutes you have an opportunity to whip out a canister of floss and give your teeth a clean. “Try to outsmart yourself, says a new teeth specialist in New Jersey. “Keep floss next to your bed where it’s visible so that you’re reminded to use it. Keep a number of canisters lying at key relaxing points in the house so that, whenever you find yourself there, you have floss at hand.
The key to successful flossing is to make it a habit that you actually miss when you don’t do it – as is the case with exercising and bathing! And if you make it easy to reach out, grab some floss and give your teeth a clean, then you’ll be more inclined to do it.
Stay Tuned for Part 4
If your excuse hasn’t come yet, it just still might! Stay tuned for the final installment of this four-part article series on flossing, why it’s so important and how you can work around any possible difficulties.