Great Savings Tip #81 – Save By Flossing

Flossing is a critical component of good oral hygiene.
This post is part of our Great Savings Tip series, designed to help you find ways to spend less and save more. For more ideas see our Great Savings Tips page with a complete list of all our tips. Here is today’s tip you can put to work immediately:

 

Tip #81) Floss your teeth at least once a day: Though your dentist has told you to floss, it’s easy to forget it, especially if you’re late for work, or if it’s late at night and you’re already so tired you can hardly stand on your feet.  Even so, the American Dental Association recommends you floss at least once a day.

 

Flossing has many benefits.

Floss at least once a day.

So what does flossing have to do with saving money?  A number of things: Flossing helps to remove stubborn food particles and plaque on and especially between teeth.  Those items can cause tooth decay, create excess oral bacteria (and the accompanying bad breath that go along with it), not to mention gum disease.  All those can result in more trips to the dentist which means bigger dental bills.  There’s also growing evidence that good oral hygiene may play a factor in reducing the risk of other serious illness such as diabetes and heart disease.  Flossing is therefore one of those things a person can do as a preventative measure to keep future “repair” bills to a minimum (not unlike changing the motor oil in your car).  Better yet, it’s very inexpensive to floss.  Even the cheapest generic floss will do the trick, which means it costs almost nothing and the potential payback is huge.

 

Some additional points on flossing:

 

1)  If you’re old enough to have teeth it’s time to start flossing.  Teaching the kids early goes a long way to creating a good lifetime habit.  For parents who have really young kids, you can try those floss holders available in the toothpaste aisle at the drug store.

 

Keep the area between teeth clean.

Gums recede when tartar builds up. Prevent it by flossing.

2) Failure to floss can lead to gum disease, which may also play a role in other health problems.  For a  short video from WebMD which provides a lot more information click here.

 

3)  There’s a right way and wrong way to floss, so be sure to ask your dental hygienist about it to make certain you’re doing enough.  Or watch the video below.

 

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An electric toothbrush.

Brushing alone isn’t enough. You need to floss, too.

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4)  Brushing alone isn’t enough to remove the continual build up of bacteria in your mouth.  You’ll want to floss, too.

 

5)  Smokers have additional risks for gum disease so flossing becomes even more important.

 

Did you floss today?  What are you waiting for?

 

 

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