I recently started flossing again. I didn’t stop because of a lack of care about dental hygiene. Although I don’t always brush twice a day, I’m a devout daily brusher. I didn’t always take great care of my teeth, but after my first root canal in seventh grade, I straightened up my act.
I didn’t have dental insurance for about seven years, and I never went to the dentist in that time. As a poor college/grad student, if my teeth didn’t hurt, there wasn’t a problem. When I finally went and told the dentist it had been seven or eight years since my last check up, he literally called in back-up. To his disappointment, I didn’t even have one cavity. The only thing he found was a soft-spot on a molar that he said would become a cavity, so “might as well fill it now.”
As I noted before, I didn’t quit flossing because of apathy. My hands just got too damn big to fit in my mouth. Admittedly, I haven’t paid enough attention to the advances in flossing technology, because now they have these wonderful contraptions.
Flossing now takes me a matter of 20-30 seconds and doesn’t end in me accidentally lacerating my gums and/or punching myself in the face. Plus, I don’t feel like I’m ramming my hand down my gullet like a cast member in a German fetish movie.
The bleeding, on the other hand, is not a 20-30 second affair. I was fairly certain I was going to pass out on the drive to work if I didn’t get one of those blood donation cookies. Can you buys those somewhere?