[Series] Dental Resolutions For The New Year – Resolution #2
Flossing is the one habit that many people know they should establish but find it difficult to do so. There may be a couple of reasons for this:
There is a learning curve; flossing is often something that you have to practice to get right, and it’s easy to become discouraged.
Many of us were not taught to include flossing as part of our daily dental care routine as children: it is rarely a habit of a lifetime.
The Learning Curve: How To Floss
Here is a great video from Colgate that demonstrates the correct way to floss your teeth:
Establishing The Habit: Reminders
If you need some help remembering to floss, there are a number of ways to do this.
Many people keep their floss in a cupboard or drawer in the bathroom: after a while it becomes hidden from view and so the visual reminder is lost. Place your floss in a prominent position so that you see it every time you go to brush your teeth. You could also stick a note to your bathroom mirror reminding you to floss. Some people even floss in the shower.
Another way to remind yourself is to program a reminder into your mobile device. You can simply set a daily reminder, or use one of the many Apps available that encourage you to establish good daily habits. Many of these are free to download, and allow you to track your progress as you establish the habit of flossing. Search the App store, looking for apps that help establish ‘Habits’.
More About Dental Resolutions
What other dental resolutions do we recommend for the New Year? Check out the other articles in this series:
- Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
- Floss Your Teeth Every Day (this article)
- Consume Less Sugar
- Prevent Stains On Your Teeth
- Keep Your Teeth Safe
- Visit Your Dentist Regularly