Brushing and flossing are two important disciplines that can make or break your oral health. If you don’t dedicate time each day to brushing and flossing, then tartar can build up and cavities and serious infections can result.
Here are six bad excuses dentists hear when their patients admit that they’re not brushing and flossing like they should. Have you ever used one of these?
1. It Takes Too Long
“I’m so busy in the morning! I’m so tired at night! I don’t have the time to spend brushing and flossing.”
It only takes about five minutes to brush and floss your teeth. Can you spare 10 minutes a day on a practice that will save you thousands of dollars in dental work as well as inconvenience and discomfort?
2. I’m Going to Lose My Teeth Anyway
Believe it or not, losing your teeth is not a normal part of aging. There is no reason that you can’t keep your natural teeth your whole life. If you forego smoking, stay on top of your nutrition, and yes, brush and floss every day, you won’t have to depend on dentures — you can keep your original smile.
3. My Hands Are Too Big to Floss
This is a common complaint from many adults, but it doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with your oral hygiene. You can find plenty of helpful tools today that can make it less awkward to floss. Don’t let mechanics get in the way of oral hygiene — ask your dentist for tips.
4. I Don’t Have Food in My Teeth
The extent of your oral health routine should not be glancing at your teeth in the mirror. Even if you can’t see it, you have bacteria on and in between your teeth, and the only way to remove it is by sticking to a daily oral hygiene routine involving a toothbrush and dental floss.
5. A Toothpick Is the Same as Flossing
Sure, toothpicks are helpful tools when you’re trying to dislodge small particles of food, but they’re not a substitute for floss. Flossing cleans around the gums as well as in between teeth, and it’s the only way to completely remove bacteria and sugar before it turns into tartar.
6. I Forgot
You were so tired that you forgot. You were so busy that you forgot. You were going to, but then you forgot.
It’s time to stop forgetting and start brushing and flossing. Keep your toothbrush on your nightstand to remind you of what you need to do. Set an alarm on your smartphone until it becomes a habit. Make it a priority, and down the road you will be thankful that you invested in your dental health.
Brushing and flossing doesn’t have to be hard — ask the Oak Hills Dentistry team for tips and tricks on how to best clean your teeth and develop a healthy oral hygiene routine.