The American Dental Association recommends flossing once a day. Yet most of us end up with sore gums at our dental cleanings from plaque buildup. In today’s busy world, it can be hard to find the time to take care of your teeth. When it comes to your kids, getting them to floss can be a chore. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Here are three simple tips for making flossing easier for both you and your family.
1. If you or your kids have braces or permanent retainers, invest in some floss threaders. Floss threaders allow you to pull the floss in past wires and brackets for more thorough cleaning. They are inexpensive and available at most major drugstores and supermarkets.
2. Set a time of day to floss. According to the ADA article mentioned earlier, it doesn’t matter when you floss, so long as you get it done. If you’re rushing out the door in the morning, try flossing at night before you go to bed. If you’d rather have a clean mouth at work, pack a floss container in your purse or briefcase and clean your teeth during your lunch hour. If your kids see you flossing, they are more likely to follow suit.
3. Use an app. Download an app that reminds you to floss at a specific time. Try a habit-forming app like Lift. For kids, use small rewards for flossing every day for a week.