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I Hate Flossing My Teeth!

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Office
A little girl stands by the sink trying to floss her teethPeople who loathe flossing their teeth are the rule rather than the exception. Research shows that 40% of all American adults don't floss at all, and an additional 30% floss less than once a day. If you are one of those individuals who just don't like to floss their teeth, here are some suggestions for you.

Why Is Flossing So Important?

Flossing is vital for the health of your mouth. First, flossing your teeth helps to get rid of the food trapped in between your teeth. If food is left trapped in your teeth, it can lead to cavities and gum disease. Also, flossing helps remove plaque around your gum line. When plaque isn't removed, it can harden into tartar, which means a dentist will have to remove it. Tartar also contributes to gum disease and even gum infections.

Try Portable Flossers

Rather than string flossers, portable flossers are hand-held stick flossers with a u-shape at the top, and floss in-between the u-shape. Many people like stick flossers because they are easier to hold and use on individual teeth. Also, instead of trying to carry string floss, portable flossers fit easily into an overnight bag or suitcase.

Water Flossers

Water flossers represent the latest in flossing technology. Water flossers use jets instead of string to get at the trapped food and clean the gums. Water flossers come in a variety of sizes and power, so you may want to ask a dentist which water flosser may be right for you.


If you are a floss hater, what about trying to motivate yourself to floss? Some people use a chart to reward their children when they floss. If they get a specific number of stars on their chart, for example, they get a reward. You can reward yourself as well- if you floss every day for a week, you'll be able to buy that little bracelet or treat you've been craving.

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