Do I Really Need To Floss Every Day?

 floss every dayYour bedtime routine probably consists of washing your face, brushing your teeth, changing into comfy PJs. But flossing? Flossing is the easy-to-forget habit you know you should be doing daily. But is it really that big of a deal if you don’t floss every day? According to Mark Burhenne, D.D.S, the answer is “No”.

“I would say it’s not a big deal,” says Mark Burhenne, D.D.S., a California dentist and author of The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox​. “It’s really diet and lifestyle first, and then it’s flossing and brushing.”

Check out this video and article from Shape Magazine on the importance of flossing and how your diet can help keep your teeth even healthier than flossing.

Dental Floss: Do I Need To Floss Every Day? | Shape Magazine

Floss or Brush First?

floss or brush firstYou may have often wondered if it is better to floss or brush first when keeping up with your oral hygiene habits. Alas, there are only a few studies on this and there is no evidence that one is better than the other to do first.

However, many dentists have different options on the matter. Some dentists feel that flossing first is best because if you get it out of the way before brushing, you won’t be tempted to skip it.  Other dentists recommend brushing first because your mouth will then be awash with fluoride as you are flossing.

So what’s your opinion?  Floss or brush first? Ask Well: Floss or Brush First? – NYTimes.com

The Cost Of Not Flossing

cost of not flossingIf you are anything like me, you may not want to admit that you don’t floss as often as you should.  You know if you don’t floss twice a day, you run a higher risk of tooth decay and cavities.  But do you really stop and think about the cost of not flossing your teeth? Not just the cost on your health, but on your pocketbook.

The money you lose from not flossing will make your jaw drop. Just think, the average cost of a root canal is $1500.  That’s a lot of money to throw down the drain just because you are too lazy to floss.  Some other bad habits that could cost you oodles of money in the long run are playing and texting on your phone and sitting too much.  The average cost of a lifetime of carpal tunnel syndrome treatment from being on your phone too much could be as much as $30,000.  The cost of chiropractic visits over time to treat lower back pain from sitting too much is $1600.

So the moral of the story is Floss!  Save yourself the money and pain.  And try and get rid of some of the other bad habits that will cost you lots of money too.

The Money You Lose from Not Flossing Your Teeth Will Make Your Jaw Drop | Women’s Health Magazine.