In our lives, starting and stopping certain habits, is a part of being human. We are constantly back and forth with diets, working out, and things like that.
Falling off the wagon with our oral hygiene is no different. We all go through phases. We do a great job with our daily flossing and brushing twice a day. Then life happens and your nightly routine is thrown off.
Maybe your kid got sick and you’re attending to their needs. Maybe a work project is time sensitive and needs to be completed. This requires you to work at all hours of the night.
And it just snowballs from there. This happens to us all. Pretty soon you realize that it’s been 3 weeks since you last flossed.
Your gums are bleeding and are painful while you floss. You decide to hold off on the flossing because you are concerned that, if it bleeds when you floss…”Am I doing damage to my gums?”
The key to stopping the bleeding, painful gums, is get back into the flossing. In 2 weeks, the bleeding should get better and stop.
People also will ask me, “Should I floss first or brush first?”
My answer is always FLOSS FIRST.
This reason has nothing to do with health. It has everything to do with starting with what you don’t like, first. Getting it over with, then move on to the thing you enjoy, like brushing.
Most people like brushing their teeth but most people hate to floss. Therefore you need to floss first. Get what you hate out of the way immediately and then brush.
Another question I get is “When should I floss?”
The best time to floss is in the evening, just before you go to bed. The evening is when your teeth are most susceptible to developing cavities.
Remember falling out of the habit of flossing happens to ALL of us. The key is to get back to it.
Floss like a madman!
Emilio “Flossing Is My Thing” Couret