Most people know that flossing is an important part of oral health. As we like to remind all our patients at The Addison Dentist, the value of this simple exercise in oral hygiene has been shown time and time again. But does fear have to play a role commitment to the practice?
Flossing offers a chance to remove bits and pieces of food debris that a toothbrush can’t reach. But, being afraid of the ‘cavity bugs,’ ‘mouth germies,’ or the ‘dental bogeyman’ isn’t always enough to motivate people to floss regularly. The fear of gingivitis and gum disease may work for a week or so after a cleaning, but may not instill a lasting habit between teeth cleanings.
At The Addison Dentist in Addison, we encourage our dental patients to look at flossing as an opportunity to start fresh, just as showering and dressing for the day is a positive way to start the day. Flossing can be a positive opportunity to remind yourself to smile and feel happy as you approach your day. Flossing could be a time to think about the foods you are putting into your mouth and consider what improvements could be made to your diet.
It doesn’t have to be about fear! At The Addison Dentist we want all our patients to enjoy a lifetime of good dental health. Brushing and flossing is a big part of that. So is seeing us twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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