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Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Dan Walsh


How To Finally Floss

I finally started flossing this year.

I hope my dentist doesn’t frequent the site, because I’m about to admit something horrible. On overage, throughout my adult life I have only flossed about 5 times per year. I’m being generous.

But the good news is I finally started flossing everyday. It only took me 29 years to gain the habit, but I finally have it locked in as part of my daily routine. Flossing has often been on my list of New Year’s resolutions, but it continued to evade me until I had an epiphany this last November. After that, flossing transformed from a grueling chore into something I regularly do with ease. With 2014 just around the corner I am sharing my insight in hopes that anyone else struggling with this habit can find success. So what was this epiphany?

After years of failing to muster enough willpower to floss before bed, I realized the problem was that I was tired. That’s it. All I wanted to do was go to bed, and at that point in the day I didn’t have enough energy to tackle flossing. It felt monumental. So, armed with this insight I tried flossing in the morning.


It was like someone waved a magic wand. Flossing instantly became easy!

That’s all it took. It turns out after all those years of failing at flossing, all I had to do was switch to a morning routine. If you were expecting something more complicated then I’m sorry to disappoint, but it really was that simple. Switching from an evening flossing schedule to a morning flossing schedule is the only change I made. It’s funny how a something so simple could make such a profound change and evade me for 29 years.

What about you? Are you a good flosser? If so, what are your habits? Do you floss in the morning, or at night? If not, what gets in your way? Sound off in the comments and we can build a little support group for each other.

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  3. Angelica says:

    Flossing in the morning works for me, as does the satisfaction of checking it off on Lift.

    I’m struggling with things that *have* to be done before bed–making sure my makeup is off, moisturizing. These things seem monumental at night.

  4. Dan says:

    Flossing is so 20th century. Just get a Sonicare.

    Screw Tiller.

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