I don’t floss every day, but feel as if I’ve failed if I’ve not ‘ticked the box’. How can I adjust my schedule for flossing to suit me?

Jason Macrae
Consider changing up what kind of floss you’re using. If you’re using standard thread floss try floss picks instead. They’re easier to handle and might remove a barrier of complication. Also, try leaving the floss out, preferably on top of something you do around the same time, such as your toothbrush. Make it harder to physically ignore.

Kenan Pohlmann
Floss at the same time as you brush your teeth. You should floss every day, once a day should be the minimal goal because it takes 24 hours for bacteria to build up after you floss and if you floss twice a day you never have to worry about it and most cavities occur between the teeth.

Joe Davidson
Can't help you with that. It took me 30 years to acquire this habit. Be fair with yourself and try your best every day. Tell yourself that you're lazy if you don't do it.

Silviana Almeida
Flossing takes about a minute, brushing takes two. When you're going to brush, floss first; if you make time for brushing, you can add that minute to gloss. Doing it consistently is much more important than doing it exceedingly thoroughly every time.

Delia Lay
One idea would be to think of the check mark slightly differently. If you have a sense of what would be progress or success for YOU (maybe it’s 2 or 3 times a week or every other day, etc) than check the box every day as an indicator that “I am remembering and doing my overall plan” rather than just to indicate you did the specific behavior that day or not.

Luka Robert
Don't make it something you do at the end of the night, you can floss in the shower, or earlier in the afternoon or evening. Sure it might not be as good as flossing after eating dinner but it's 100x better not flossing at all.

Annette Wölfel
The best thing you can do, is do your best. There is no “failure” when it comes to something like this. Sometimes you don’t have enough time to floss or perhaps you’ve had a very long and busy day that those extra minutes mean less rest, which you need. Try and think of not flossing as something positive. You’ve had a very busy day or a very tiring day and you’ve given your all to something else during the day that you don’t have enough time/energy to floss. You did good that day. It’s ok to not do a “habit” every day, what’s important is just trying and not necessarily falling out of the habit.

As for adjusting your schedule, keep a pack of flossers on or near you all day. Some point after a meal or snack take a quick floss break. Keeping the flossers on you at all times will make it much easier to grab those opportunities to floss when present, in turn making it much easier to keep up the habit!

Lily Frazier
Find a time that works for you to floss. I was checking my floss box in the evening, when I have more time to do it in the morning. I changed my routine so when I check the box, it’s only when I’ve completed the task, and that makes me feel good and accomplished! See how you can make your goal attainable. Maybe put a flosser in your pocket so you can floss while on the go! Get creative:) Hope this helps!

Donald Watts
Maybe do it after dinner before you start unwinding for the night. That way you’re done with it and can have the feeling of meeting your goal while you are still awake to enjoy it

Ron Hale
It only takes 60 seconds. Also, much easier with the flossing sticks. I just make sure to do it right after brushing my teeth.

Willie Ortiz
Flossing is something you can do with anything else in the bathroom. I always floss right before I brush my teeth at night. I like to keep my floss out on the bathroom counter so it's easy to use and I don't forget. It's the first part of my evening routine on fabulous.

Aldaír Cardoso
Set up a time for floss, like 1min. Once the timer goes off, stop. Do that for a while, ans remember it isnjust one minute. After the habit isnin place, then youncan concentrate on increasing floss efficacy and quality by potentially increasing the time.

Olivia Kristensen
The way I put flossing into my routine is to do it immediately following when I brush. I have my floss next to my toothpaste. My mouth feels cleaner when I complete my entire routine. One trick is to not be obsessed with doing it perfectly or for a set amount of time. Just try to do it the best you can. Eventually it will be so routine it will be second nature.

Vanice Ribeiro
Flossing takes 2 minutes, 3 at the most, I find it’s easier to do it right after brushing my teeth in the morning and evening. And use this motivation: It’s possible to get cavities in between teeth and flossing helps prevent that.