I've also found that my teeth start feeling gross if I don't brush them. American Dentists advise that we brush twice a day and floss once. So I only floss in the mornings. I have also struggled with developing a brushing habit at all. I understand depression making things hard, I find ways to reward myself, if you like stickers maybe a calendar in the bathroom to put stars on, more steps usually doesn't help me though so I reward myself with chocolate. If its darker there's less sugar and thus not counterproductive. :] good luck! I'm here cheering for you!
I put the floss reminder to remind me to floss, but also because every win is a big win to me. I struggle to take care of myself too, and anything I can add to my checklist to tell myself ‘look how much I did!’ Helps me feel good about what I did do, instead of being sad about what I didn‘t do.
Hope this helps! Keep on trying, that’s all we can do.
I do actually use the floss reminder to floss. My thinking is that it's important to dislodge whatever chunks of food that are in between my teeth before I get to bed so they're not stuck in there all night. I typically follow it up with mouthwash. I don't use the wire, but there are these little floss picks that look like scimitar handles that work just as well. I never flossed my teeth as regularly as I do now with the reminder 🙂 hope this answer helped!
I jse this habbit to remind me of preatty all that has to do with teeth care
I have preatty big depression to and it got me thinking
Actually i dont did things like brush teeth couse of no motivation thats why i got thid app
Have a good day
Hopefully this helps, and for me personally it’s always good to know we’re not alone, trying to brave a new step each time.
Not one task reminding you of an order, it's all part of the same activity
I never floss regularly. In fact, I always get great praise from my dentist. Lol. It's my toothbrush. It made all the difference. It's the oral b spin head (small head). It comes with a charging base. Both my son and I use it (separate heads so we don't share colds). It keeps it's charge for a whole month! I've had it for years!!!
I used to use a water flosser (sprays water at the gumline…hooked up to the shower head😊). It just wasn't worth the effort. The spin brush worked so well!
Your teeth and gums determine so much of your overall health. Recently, I've been taking a new medicine (fibromyalgia) that leaves my mouth so dry. So, I'm doing flossing to just make double sure the tarter doing make a home on my teeth…bc a dry mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria and it clings to tarter.
When I was a few years younger my dental hygienist whispered I could get away with flossing once a week. I did that for a while. Get the brush, try the needle and thread flosser…see how that works.
In the evening a reminder to floss reminds me to brush my teeth as I’m normally so tired a can’t be bothered to brush.
One small step at a time, don't be hard on yourself and you'll build momentum. You got this!
Me flossing is more important than brushing teeth. So I started with floss picks and in tight spaces between teeth I do floss. My gums are in good shape for a lady my age my dentist has recently informed me. So it’s a habit that seems to work! 🙂
Best wishes from Slovenia
I also rince my mouth with oil for 5 minutes most mornings before brushing to loosten the plack.
I too suffered from depression so self care who cared. My kids cared so I started taking care of my teeth for them. Today I do it for myself.
I think it is even more important to floss when you have retainer braces.
I actually have them too, but it should still work if you’ll use it closer to the gums ^^ Hope i helped!
I have not always had the best dental hygiene and it cost me a lot of money to fix my teeth. Now that I am older, I am focused on my self improvement and the flossing and brushing has made a tremendous difference.
With the pandemic and restrictions I think we all have abandoned certain hygienic rituals. Don’t be down on yourself for it. When you wake up and “release” yourself while your in there just go and brush and be done. Now evening brushing I’m still work in progress myself 🙂
As you go thru your journey I hope your depressions lessons for you and more light shines inside you.
From your text I see that you’re currently wearing a wire/braces thingy, if it’s hard for u to floss, perhaps u should brush it regularly and use mouthwash to remove any food particles that are stuck in your wire/braces.
I hope that helps!
Have a nice day 🙌
I had braces so I know the struggle. Just do the best you can at the moment, don't stress too much about flossing.
I hope you are coping with your depression, and I wish everything good for you. I used to struggle with body image problems and occasional depression but luckily got out of the pit. Just wishing you all the best ♥️
You don't need to floss if you don't have the energy, but taking even a bit of time to groom yourself everyday will help a lot, at least that's been my experience as a fellow person struggling with depression.
No matter what, I hope you know I'm proud of you (yes, even if I don't know you) for trying every day and I hope you keep going! I certainly admire you and wish you all the best.
Downloading this app has been a small step towards recovery for me, and I really hope it does the same for you.
Yes I set the floss reminder to actually floss. Personally I have gum inflammation whether I brush once or twice for some reason, so I'm probably a lot motivated to floss. It's good to floss at night since flossing is to get out food stuck between your teeth before you go to sleep and let bacteria fester for 8 straight hours.
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