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Do you floss?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
I learned my lesson long ago and I've been flossing every day for years and hardly have ever missed a day. Believe it or not, I find it interesting enough to make a thread. I rarely ever talk about flossing, but I find it rather surprising when people mention how they never do it. I wonder why people don't do something simple that will prevent thousands of dollars of work later. Do you floss every day?
post #2 of 28
no . I occationally do the front teeth, but I can never get the floss to properly floss the back teeth. My fingers just don't have any room and the floss usually gets stuck anyways. Once I tried doing one of the back teeth, got the floss stuck, and ended up bleeding when I managed to get the floss out. So I don't floss back there as much anymore, because I'm afraid of blood, lol (and that's not good, because apparantly I have mom's teeth, meaning if I don't take care of my teeth, I'm gonna have dentures by age 40)
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
Not fun! I've had floss get stuck too and it's really hard to get out. The trick is buying good floss. The cheap stuff turns to fuzz if you're not careful. I think some people get away with using mouthwash, though it doesn't do exactly the same thing as actual flossing. Wow... my most boring opening thread and subsequent reply to someone.
post #4 of 28
I do. It just bugs me to feel something stuck in my teeth! Ooo, I've had the floss get stuck before, too! You're right, Ryan, you definitely have to get the good floss, it's worth the extra couple of dollars. I like the mint waxed. Glide is my favorite right now.
post #5 of 28
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post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by dawnofsierra
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LOL! Good one Steph! For my third boring reply in a row, yeah, the cheap stuff hurts when it gets stuck. Then you try another piece and get it even more stuck! The was a time when I never used up all my floss because I'd eventually end up forgetting it in a hotel room, but when I began working at home the same thing happened when I accidentally dropped it in the toilet... There goes that batch.
post #7 of 28
I floss!, and it's a minty taste as well
post #8 of 28
I tried it once and got bored with it

I need to learn my lesson though cos otherwise when I go for a check up at the dentist, he says, "you need to see the hygenist on a regular basis if you don't floss... etc blah blah"... He only says that cos it costs something like £39 a time so that they can be in the money!
post #9 of 28
well i stopped flossing because my tartar builds up too quickly, and then i had braces and you cant floss with braces :P
post #10 of 28
No, about half (or more) of my teeth are crowns. My "natural" teeth are so jammed up close together that it's pretty close to impossible to get the floss between them, my teeth cut the floss into pieces. I also have a small mouth (the hygienist has commented on how hard it is to move around in there) which makes it difficult. I try to at least get it done a couple of times a week, though.
post #11 of 28
Yes...at least twice a day...cinammon or mint waxed.
post #12 of 28
This is quite a 6 AM reminder that I have an appointment with the dental hygienist this afternoon. I'm now on a schedule to have my teeth cleaned every THREE MONTHS! Yikes! The bills add up. But by my age (63), the gums have receded, my former bad habit of drinking carbonated beverages has made the enamel very thin, and I build up plaque very rapidly.

And yes, I floss, but not every day. Often I get lazy, but I do it perhaps three or four times a week. What I've found even more helpful for me than flossing is to use one of those rubber tipped thingees around the gum line and between the teeth. There is no way with my small mouth that I can get the floss to curl back around the gum line of the molars, but I'm always amazed at how much gunk I can get with that rubber tip even after I have brushed for a couple of minutes.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
Believe it or not, I find it interesting enough to make a thread.
Oh groan....I'll go ahead and pardon the pun Ryan (floss....thread....)
post #14 of 28
I recently started flossing but it's more of a when I remember than an everyday thing. Typically it's about 3-4 times a week. It's annoying.
post #15 of 28
Within the past couple of days I read an article reporting a study which showed that the amount of plaque on the teeth was related to the amount of plaque build-up in the arteries. The article indicated that further studies were needed to determine if there was a cause and effect between them. If there is, we'll soon be hearing "Floss your teeth to prevent a heart attack."
post #16 of 28
no but i really should
post #17 of 28
Not EVERY day but just about.
post #18 of 28
I don't but it's not for a lack of trying. I have a couple of issues that make it difficult for me. First of all, and I can't believe I'm saying this one here, I have a serious gag reflex. This is the reason I didn't learn to swallow pills until I was a teen, the reason I still ahve trouble with some kind of pills, the reason I get sick so easily, and, one of the reasons I find it nearly impossible to floss. I will more than likely throw up. I know, it's gross, but it's my sad reality lol! I can only get the front ones before I'm gagging away. The next problem is that I had room for my wisdom teeth (that's right, keep your big mouth jokes to yourself Ryan ) and because of that you practically have to be an acrobat to get to those teeth for anything (brushing included). When I go for my 6mo dental visits the hygenist is practically standing on her head to get back there and she always says, "There's no way for you to get back here is there hunny?" It's ridiculous.

So, I rarely floss. The only times I ever really do are when I'm feeling bold (attempting to defeat the gag reflex - which never works) or when there's something in my teeth (because I just can't stand that feeling).
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by Aussie_Dog
no . I occationally do the front teeth, but I can never get the floss to properly floss the back teeth. My fingers just don't have any room and the floss usually gets stuck anyways. Once I tried doing one of the back teeth, got the floss stuck, and ended up bleeding when I managed to get the floss out. So I don't floss back there as much anymore, because I'm afraid of blood, lol (and that's not good, because apparantly I have mom's teeth, meaning if I don't take care of my teeth, I'm gonna have dentures by age 40)
There is a special non-shredding floss that is easier on the gums. I used to have the same trouble, but have now replaced enough molars with caps that it isn't a problem. I asked the dentist to leave flossing room when he capped the teeth.

I floss almost daily, and even carry floss in my purse. Sometimes food gets caught in between my teeth and it makes me crazy!
post #20 of 28
I do try to floss the day before I have my dentist appt. Hubby flosses daily but has a REALLY BAD HABIT of not throwing it away promptly!!
post #21 of 28
I'm a good girl, I floss every night. I am so into eating healthy food, taking vitamin supplements, exercise, etc., it would be silly for me not to floss. Flossing is actually good for your heart, you know!! Plaque can buildup on your arteries. I swear, look it up. Flossing contributes to having a healthy heart and keeps your mouth in tip top condition!
post #22 of 28
I voted "yes", but I don't actually use dental floss. Our dentist (also a personal friend) is a Swede, and a firm believer in those tiny little brushes, available in various sizes, that you can use to clean between your teeth. Both my husband and I have had better results from using the brushes.
I'm also a little bit paranoid about dental floss, since a friend lost one of her cats after he ate a piece of dental floss that wasn't properly disposed of. An end must have been hanging out of the (closed) wastepaper bin, and he ate it. It cut through his intestines, and he died on the operating table. So if you use floss, be very careful when disposing of it.
post #23 of 28
thats sad tricia.
Teufel gets to any sort of string available to him so i have to be careful as the rubbish bin lid is broken
post #24 of 28
I also hate to floss and have a quick gag reflex. I do NEED to floss however so I buy packages of the floss that is on little plastic handles and I can move it around all the teeth.

I always found the thread used to cut off the circulation in my fingers.

I also have used those tiny brushes and you are so right about getting stuff the toothbrush left behind. Same with flossing.

I also used to have to have plaque removed every 3 months and since I now floss, I only go twice a year.

With the plastic handle floss I often will just sit and floss while I'm reading since it doesn't take both hands like the thread.
post #25 of 28
I use those little white plastic handled flossers too. Now if I could only find them in cinnamon flavor. I don't floss everyday though even though I should.
post #26 of 28
it was that plastic handle brush that made my gums bleed when the floss got stuck, lol. Maybe I was twisting it the wrong way (I wasn't exactly a pro at using it yet, at the time, lol). And my teeth are pretty crammed together, so thats another problem in getting the floss in.

Maybe in the year 7003, human beings won't have teeth anymore, because the only thing anyone will ever eat is soft mushy stuff that come in tubes.
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
-some interesting replies here and that's sad about that cat dying from eating floss. I won't be forgetting that. I never knew that some people would have such a gag reflex when trying to floss. It reminds me of when I was a child and could barely wash my own armpits because I was so ticklish. Maybe I should have just stopped washing them.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by Hydroaxe
. It reminds me of when I was a child and could barely wash my own armpits because I was so ticklish. Maybe I should have just stopped washing them.

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