Toss the Floss

Every once in a while, I come across information that I wholeheartedly embrace simply because it espouses a “truth” I want to believe. I don’t think I’m unusual in this. But before you blow this off as just another political rant, let me explain.

I have always hated flossing the way some people hate exercising. I will sit at the computer, head bobbing towards the keyboard as I doze off in my chair, long past my target bedtime, just because I’m procrastinating.

I know I must floss, my dentist tells me so. Her adorable hygienist points out the places I’m missing when she scrapes and polishes the coffee stains off with a rabid passion, and gently asks me if I’m flossing regularly.  Before I spent my nieces’ inheritance on my for-display-only, front choppers, I admit I was not conscientious. But now that I have a significant investment at risk I am devoted to the practice.

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So imagine my delight when I read that there is no evidence to prove that flossing has any benefit AND it may even be DANGEROUS to some people. https://apnews.com/f7e66079d9ba4b4985d7af350619a9e3

That article, coupled with a recent discovery that the Glide dental tape I like is coated with a chemical (also used in most packaging, non-stick cookware, and practically everything you have in your house) is a known carcinogen, may just free me to slip drowsily into bed without the onerous task of flossing. I just hope I don’t read anything disparaging about G.U.M. rubber tooth picks because I love sitting at the computer picking my teeth.

I leave you with that appetizing visual image.

 

9 thoughts on “Toss the Floss

  1. Oh Judy, Judy. I have bad teeth. I floss so that when cavities are found, I can blame it on my teeth instead of my habits. I like Listerine Ultraclean floss. It’s very stretchy, so it doesn’t break going into or out of tight spaces. The downside is that it flings plaque all over the bathroom mirror. I use GUM picks too. My nighttime routine (pick, floss, then brush for 2-3 minutes) takes a while. If I do it right after dinner, it’s a good deterrent to eating later in front of the TV. Bottom line, I hate flossing but I hate the drill more. 🙂

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  2. My mother is a huge proponent of flossing. I try to remember to floss and usually do. The only time it is fun to floss is after eating corn on the cob! I must remove the bits stuck between my teeth making me crazy!!

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    1. I think I blasted one of my old veneers off with the water pik. I have about six tubes of Colgate toothpaste that’s loaded with the same chemical. Now I don’t even dare to give it to the cold-weather shelter. Dang, you just can’t win anymore!

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    1. I have a feeling it’s one of those things that American corporations dream up to get gullible folks (which most of us are) to spend money on their products. A toothpick is probably just as good and a fraction of the cost. You Europeans are just smarter than we are!

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