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National Flossing Day – Today and Every Day, Make Time to Floss

Monday, November 5, 2018
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If you’ve ever said you’re too busy to floss, it’s time to get real. Proper flossing takes no more than one minute, so no more excuses! The truth is, brushing alone cleans about 70 percent of the surface of the teeth, leaving the nooks, crannies and spaces between teeth unclean. Flossing picks up the slack where brushing leaves off. Combining brushing AND flossing gets your smile 100 percent clean.

Here are a few ways to make your flossing routine more enjoyable, so that it’s worth every second.

Apps – They’re Not Just for Happy Hour

They say you are the company you keep. Coach.me allows you to join a community of users looking to cultivate better habits while tracking your progress. Other habit tracking apps like Productivity, Strides: Habit Tracker, and Habits are great ways to keep yourself accountable and flossing on a daily basis.

Ya Snooze, Ya Lose

Setting timers and reminders on your smartphone are free and effective ways to carve out time in your daily schedule for dental hygiene, but for goodness sake, don’t hit snooze.

Give it Groove

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and daily flossing. Here are three songs under 2:30 seconds. Hit play and by the time the music stops, you’re on your way to better oral health.

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong (2:19)

“Respect” by Aretha Franklin (2:27)

“Good Day Sunshine” by the Beatles (2:15)

Talk with your dentist about the importance of flossing daily. Your smile deserves it!