4 Things You Hate About Flossing (And What To Do)

Feb 8th, 2017 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Oral Hygiene

If we were to ask you what you hate about flossing, do you think you could quickly rattle off a long list of grievances? Now, how about the things you love about flossing? Are you quick to respond or do you discover you’re not really sure if there’s anything to love? The good news is that we can help you enjoy it by offering you solutions to that list of things you can’t stand about this aspect of your daily dental hygiene.

#1: It’s Time Consuming

Actually, if you feel hateful toward your flossing because it takes too much time, you need to re-think those feelings. You must be projecting your negativity onto this area because you’re frustrated about something else. You only need to floss for a minute or two each day. That’s about .06% of your entire day!

#2: It Makes Your Fingertips Numb

If your dental hygiene session leaves your fingertips numb, this is an understandable reason to feel like you dislike flossing. Do yourself a favor: Start wrapping the floss ends around your middle fingers instead of your index fingers. Then, use your forefingers and thumbs to do the navigating. Simple.

#3: It Hurts

Does flossing hurt? Dental hygiene should never hurt. To take care of this, you have two options: If your smile is healthy, use only very light force. If you’re unsure, schedule a visit with us to find out what’s wrong with your gum tissue.

#4: You Don’t Think It’s Really Necessary

Don’t like the flossing part of your dental hygiene because it seems unnecessary? Without it, plaque and food collect between teeth and beneath your gumline. Without it, you’re probably going to end up with inflamed gums and cavities. It’s worth it!


Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled general and cosmetic dentist who proudly serves patients of all ages from Richmond, CA, and surrounding areas, such as Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental as soon as possible by calling us at (510) 758-7222.

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