How do I motivate myself to floss regularly?

It is extremely important to establish good habits like flossing and inter-dental brushing for good oral health.

However flossing does not have a good reputation as being exciting or fun and only 1 out of 5 people floss regularly, because they simply forgot or they didn’t have floss handy when they needed it.

To start flossing regularly you need to make it a habit. Try pairing brushing with another activity that you do such as showering, put the floss in a place that you will notice it. Decide on a time of day that is convenient and when you are consistently the most likely to floss. Set up a daily reminder in your smart-phone.


Understanding why it important to floss is a good motivator, search Google for images of unhealthy gums, you could even motivate yourself by placing these images in your bathroom as scare tactics to floss. Picking the right tool for the job is also important, the goal of flossing is to remove plaque between the surfaces of your teeth to improve tooth and gum health. Traditional floss is one way to do this but often requires effort and the floss shreds and breaks. A great idea is to try out alternatives like Waterpik, Flosspiks and Interdental brushes.