Most people are pretty good at maintaining brushing habits, which is, as we all know, incredibly important in maintaining a healthy mouth. The younger you create good dental habits the easier it is to keep doing them throughout your life. But what many people often overlook, forget, or are just too lazy to keep up with is flossing. Flossing plays a major role when it comes to dental hygiene. Your toothbrush may be working it’s butt off, but there are places even the best of the best toothbrushes can’t reach. Particles of food can get stuck in the hard to reach areas and create plaque and gum disease if not properly removed.

So what are some helpful tips to make sure you form the best dental hygiene habits?

Set Multiple Reminders

Alarms are usually not people’s friends. They mean it’s time to get out of that ultra comfy and super warm bed to face the frozen day and drudge through 8 hours of work. But this doesn’t always have to be the case. Set multiple alarms, make your brushing and flossing alarm have it’s own unique ringtone, that way you won’t get the “time to get out of bed blues” when it goes off. This will help you make sure that you never miss brushing and flossing every day.

Piggyback onto Existing Habits

We encourage you to pick some existing habits and add flossing as part of it. For instance, you could add flossing before you shower each morning, or you can make sure to brush and floss before you wash your face and crawl into bed at night. Find habits that are convenient for you and make brushing and flossing a part of them.

Reward Yourself

Everyone loves a good ole fashion reward. No matter how big or small the goal is, giving yourself a pat on the back in the form of new shoes, dinner at your favorite restaurant, going out to the theater, or that new book you’ve been eyeballing is a great way to make sure your habits stick. Another great way to incorporate the reward system into your daily flossing habits is to put money in a jar each time you meet your goal. Put a dollar in each day you brush and floss and at the end of the month you can reward yourself with a big purchase.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Stay positive. Experts say that it takes 21 consecutive days of doing something to create lasting habits. You may be gung-ho when it comes to creating new habits, but remember when you started going to the gym? Day one is easy, but that next day when you can barely move a single muscle it becomes harder to keep on keepin on. Don’t beat yourself up if you skip a day or two here and there. Keep with it and soon you won’t even have to think about it, it’ll just be a healthy habit that will forever be part of your life.

Start today and add flossing to your daily routine. Your happy teeth, gums, and mouth will thank you for it now and many years of healthiness to come.