Only Floss the Teeth you Want to Keep

We all know we should be flossing, but how many of us actually do it?

Or maybe we go to the dentist, and we’re really good for a few months, but then we fall off the wagon and stop doing it. I don’t know about you, but that was me for a long time. Brushing was a regular morning and night event, but the flossing habit would come and go.

Recently, my friend Rose totally *changed my flossing life* by introducing me to the Reach Flosser. Seriously, this changed. my. life. I love this thing!

I had tried those mini flosser thingies,  and after trying one again recently, I realized why those suck: the floss in there is way too thick! The Reach flosser has really nice thin floss that makes it easy to quickly go in & get the gunk out. Even if it’s quick, it’s made it 100x easier to get it done every day, and sometimes twice a day!

It comes with refillable snap-on heads, but thanks to Rose I also learned you don’t have to use a different one each time. You can totally rinse off the Reach flosser & re-use the same head for a week (or whenever you feel it’s ready to be changed).

I know this might seem like an ad for them, but I promise you I’m not getting paid for this. It’s seriously a game changer!

Habits & Discipline
All this has led me to thinking a lot about habits and discipline. Or even better stated, the ways we commit to take care of ourselves in our lives. Moreover, how many other habits have I been trying to pick up, but just didn’t have the right tools, guidance or support?

There’s an App for That
A few months ago I discovered SuperBetter (again thanks to my BFF Rose, who is their rockstar Data-Driven COO!), and it was exactly what I was looking for.

With SuperBetter, I have created ‘Power Ups’ for the ways I take care of myself in my life, and it’s a nice little reminder every day to see how I’m doing. Flossing is one of them, along with things like Hiking with a Friend, Meditating, Doing the Dishes, Eating Whole Fresh Foods, and more.

I highly recommend creating your own custom Power Ups for the things that make you feel alive and happy in your life. Then you can use your own motivational text, add a photo that speaks to you and – as a part of the ‘game’ – you can set them to strengthen you Emotionally, Physically, Socially or Mentally. Here’s a screenshot of mine from today:

UPDATE 3/21: I’ve been using the Lift App more recently, as they’re integrating their social connection features more rapidly. I definitely miss some of the SuperBetter features, but at the end of the day, I just want a place that reminds me of the things I’ve committed to, in order to take care of myself in the best way I know how.

Lift 2 Lift 1

Conscious Intention
Funny because through my new intention around flossing regularly, I’ve been aware of more people talk about its benefits. Like in this great video about changing habits, where Nick Crocker quotes his dentist saying “Floss the teeth you want to keep.”

The video above is his 5 minute Ignite talk, but I also highly recommend his longer (17 minutes) TEDx talk if you’re as fascinated with the subject of changing habits as I am.

Then again recently when Julien Smith reported the fact that flossing is more important than brushing. Did you know flossing has been show to increase your lifespan by 3-6 years? Hard to argue that!

Changing, even in small ways, can be challenging, but if we stay focused on the long term benefit of our daily actions, we will reap the rewards in our health, happiness and productivity.

What are small things you can do to be taking care of yourself better today?

This is Day 2 in my week of posting about forming new habits as a commitment to Creative Sustainability & self-care. Stay ‘Tooned for more tomorrow!

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