The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flossing teeth at least once a day. However, while many do not have any problem with brushing their teeth, some are not comfortable flossing. There are two reasons why a person isn’t comfortable with flossing: 1. is the bleeding gums when they floss, especially when they are not used to it, and 2. is that they do not know how to floss correctly. 

If you are one of those individuals who do not like flossing, then here are the top 4 effective tips for you to make flossing easier. 

Get the right floss

The first step to get you comfortable and like flossing is to find the floss that will suit your needs. Get educated about the different types of floss for different dental needs. If you have tight between your teeth, then unwaxed floss will suit you. Though, unwaxed floss tends to break easily. If you are looking for durable floss, then you may consider waxed floss. There are more types of flosses. If you are having difficulty choosing which floss to get, talk to your dentist for recommendations. 

Be clever in utilizing tools

Flossing becomes uncomfortable and difficult if you don’t know how to do it properly. Using tools will make the task more manageable if you are still learning to floss or teaching your children to floss. One good tool that you can utilize for a start is the dental flossers and interdental flossers. 

Make it a habit

Remember the saying that goes “Practice makes perfect”? Well, this is definitely true when it comes to flossing. You may be dreading the bleeding gum that happens when you floss, but the bleeding will go away after some time. Making flossing a part of your day-to-day routine will help you get comfortable with it until it becomes incorporated into your dental routine and your body has fully adapted to it. 

Consider the reward system

If flossing is a challenging task to maintain,  give yourself or your children a reward for a week for consistently flossing your teeth. Children will be internally motivated to floss their teeth regularly when they know that there is a “treat” or reward waiting at the end. The reward for yourself can be something that you really wanted yet hesitated to purchase, a short break, or a trip to your favorite dessert shop. For children, you can go for a toy, additional time watching tv, a trip to the arcade, or anything that they like at the moment. And before you know it, flossing is no longer considered a task but a part of the daily routine.

Finally, to make flossing more comfortable for you or your children, learn the proper way of flossing. Then floss gently, so you won’t stress your gums and hurt them.  

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flossing teeth at least once a day. However, while many do not have any problem with brushing their teeth, some are not comfortable flossing. There are two reasons why a person isn’t comfortable with flossing: 1. is the bleeding gums when they floss, especially when they are not used to it, and 2. is that they do not know how to floss correctly.

If you are one of those individuals who do not like flossing, then here are the top 4 effective tips for you to make flossing easier.