How often do you floss your teeth? Daily…or just before you see the dentist?
A few years ago, a national survey found that about 33% of adults lie to their dentists about flossing. Honestly, this percentage seems low. So, people probably even lie about lying about flossing.
OK, we get it. Sticking a piece of string between your teeth is probably not within the top 10 list of things you look forward to doing every day. In fact, many adults find flossing to be repulsive. According to this survey (sponsored by the Academy of Periodontology (APP), quite a few adults would rather do seemingly unpleasant chores instead of flossing their teeth.
18% of the respondents would rather wash dishes. 14% would rather clean the toilet or wait in a long line. Nine percent would rather do their taxes, or sit in gridlock traffic for an hour. And 7% would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard or be on a plane with small children crying.
For those of you who continue to floss daily, and floss correctly, we salute you. Even if you’d rather be trapped in a plane with crying kids. While flossing may suck, it really does help improve the health of your teeth and gum. This isn’t just dental propaganda. Brushing your teeth is great, but usually you just can’t get the debris out between your teeth. And when this debris builds up it leads to cavities. So, flossing works wonders.
But if you absolutely hate to floss, you probably aren’t going to do it, no matter how much it helps keep your teeth and gums free of cavities and gum disease. So, if you’re in this group, you have alternatives to floss, like using a Waterpik.
Think of Waterpik as a water flosser, which uses a pressurized stream of pulsating water to clean away food particles, bacteria, and plaque between your teeth and under the gumline. In fact, the Waterpik® Water Flosser is clinically proven to reduce gingivitis and improve gum health. It also works wonders for patients with chronic bad breath.
Many patients find that using a WaterPik is easier to use and more pleasant than string flossing. And that’s a big benefit, because they’re more likely to use it on a daily basis…instead of flossing right before their next visit with us! There’s no need for a floss-or-flight response!
And don’t worry about lying to us about not flossing. We’ll never judge you, or hold it against you. We’re here to help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your life. But please do let us know if you truly don’t like to floss. We can suggest other options, like a water flosser.
If it’s been a while since your last check-up, or teeth cleaning, please give us a call at (206) 242-0066 to schedule an appointment, or contact us online.
P.S. We know who flosses or not.