3 Interesting Ways to Boost Your Flossing Game

Most people know flossing is important for good oral health, but let’s be honest; it can feel like a chore. According to the National Institutes of Health, during a study, 32% of adults reported not flossing in the past week. Luckily, there are some clever tricks you can use to make flossing more fun and efficient. Boost your general dentistry-recommended flossing game with these interesting tactics.

1. Make Flossing Fun

Who says oral care can’t be fun? Lighten up flossing by playing your favorite upbeat tunes while you floss. Dance your way from one tooth to the next or challenge your family members to a flossing competition. Setting a timer can turn flossing into an engaging game. You can even tally daily scores on a bathroom chalkboard or whiteboard to track progress. Making a game out of flossing can motivate everyone in the household, to floss more consistently.

2. Floss On-The-Go

Don’t limit your flossing to just the bathroom. Floss discreetly after lunch at your desk or while watching TV on the couch. Keep floss handy in your car, bag, or jacket pocket for on-the-go flossing. This makes it easier to floss after eating out. We recommend flossing after meals whenever possible, so take floss anywhere you expect temptation from popcorn, tacos, or candy.

3. Explore Floss Alternatives

If you have trouble flossing with traditional floss, get creative and try a floss alternative. Floss holder handles provide better grip and maneuverability through tight teeth. Floss picks make on-the-go flossing even more convenient. For braces, bridges, or dental work, try threaders to get floss comfortably underwires or around permanent retainers. Children may respond better to fun flossers in their favorite colors or funky shapes. Our office also loves Tepe brushes and would be happy to discuss the best flossing options for your unique oral health needs.

Boosting your flossing consistency doesn’t need to feel like a boring chore. Employing clever tricks can help make oral hygiene more fun for the whole family. We would love to chat with you about more ideas on encouraging smart flossing habits using creative incentives and rewards. If you haven’t seen a dentist in the past six months, you’re due for a check-up. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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