Did you know that only 40% of Americans floss daily? It’s true. In fact, around 20% of Americans never floss at all. Flossing is an important habit to develop for everyone. The benefits you receive from flossing regularly cannot be denied. Your chances of gum disease drastically increased when you do not floss. If you already have gum disease, your problems will only get worse if you continue to not floss, eventually leading to tooth decay and tooth loss.
With so many people hating to floss, there are many excuses given for avoiding it. The most common excuse given is a lack of time. Though it is best to floss your teeth right after eating a meal, most dentists agree that regularly flossing is better than never flossing. Everyone you ask is busy, but most people are able to multitask. You can always floss while you do something else. Once you get into the habit of flossing, it will become part of your daily routine.
Another excuse that is often used is that the teeth cannot be flossed because they are too close together. This can be true for some people. Typically, though, there are other options besides unwaxed floss. There are a couple of types of floss that are coated, making them slippery and easier to fit into the tight spaces between teeth.
Luckily, the majority of Americans brush their teeth every day. Many think it is gross to go a day without brushing their teeth. The same attitude needs to be applied towards flossing. Flossing daily can help you remove plaque from places that are hard to reach inside your mouth.
You may find some alternatives to floss on the market, but these are typically better to avoid. Instead, use pre-threaded flossers or the traditional dental floss. Whichever of these you use, it is important to floss regularly to remove the plaque that brushing alone cannot remove. Otherwise, the plaque may harden and become tartar. If this happens, they can only be removed by a dentist.