Reasons We Hear Why You Are NOT Flossing!

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

We’ve heard every excuse under the sun as to why folks don’t, or ‘can’t,’ floss! And for each, the benefits of flossing outweigh the gripes in every instance. Here are some reasons and why each just won’t fly!

“My hands are too big.” Our Response: Floss holders are available. These are especially helpful for people with dexterity problems, such as arthritis sufferers.

“My gums bleed.” Our Response: Gums that are red, swollen, or bleed easily indicate gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. This should be treated immediately. Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss and will only worsen if not treated.

“I have my teeth cleaned twice a year, so I don’t need to floss.”
Our Response: In less than two days, plaque on teeth can turn into calculus. To remove calculus, a professional cleaning is required. The easiest way to prevent calculus is through daily flossing that takes very little time and energy.

“My teeth are too tight for the floss.” Our Response: Waxed or polymer floss is recommended for people with tight spaces between teeth.

“Flossing takes too long.” Our Response: Once you are in the habit of daily flossing and are good at the technique, the time involved is a minute or two. This investment of time can save you much in dental care to repair gum problems and cavities.

“I may damage my gums when flossing.” Our Response: Technique is important and will be reviewed with you during your regular hygiene appointment.

We want to help you become a Super Flosser! Ask for instructions at your next visit! This is too important to NOT do, every day!

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