Flossing

Flossing

I think flossing is one of those things nobody in their right mind likes to do, but we’re told we must if we want to have good dental health.  A former dentist once told me, “You don’t have to floss all of your teeth,” and when I looked at him with surprise he added, “only the ones you want to keep.”

So, why didn’t God create some healthy bacteria that would live in your mouth and keep your teeth clean and healthy?

You’ve got it.  I hate to floss, but during the last 6 months I’ve done a pretty decent job of remembering.

I had my six month check up today and when it came time to spit it didn’t look as gross as past check ups.  No blood. (Which, I’ve been told the more you bleed, the more it is an indication you haven’t flossed enough between checkups.)  The hygienist only suggested I let the floss scrape the sides of my teeth more.

The temple had a few guests tonight.  It was a nice evening, but it would sure be nice to see more people on a Tuesday night.

 

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Palmyra Temple at Night

When I came out of the temple, it was a bit cold. The temperatures have really dropped. They say tomorrow night they will be down to the high 30s. Brrrr…

After that, they go back up and we’ll be back to the 70s before you know it.

Flossing

Flossing

Make no doubt about it, I hate flossing.  There is nothing pleasant about running a string between your teeth.  My teeth are so close together they will shred most floss making it even more difficult.

Well, I got chewed out at the dentist today for not flossing enough.  I think the hygienist was being punitive when she then took the probe to measure the pockets.  She really jammed it down in there and after doing that on each side of each tooth, my mouth was sore.

“Okay, I get the point.  You’re going to stick me with that thin wire 112 times because I didn’t floss.  I’ll floss everyday to avoid this,” I was thinking to myself as she got about 1/2 through.

At one point, the dentist came in to take a look.  When he left, I thought it was over.  Nope.  Instead, she repositions her stool to get better leverage so she could drive that wire deep in to my gums.  Tears are forming in the outer corners of my eyes and I thinking, “This hurts!”

Perhaps I need to set an alarm in my phone.  I call it “FLOSS”.  In fact, they should make a cell phone case that holds a few yards of floss.

We can figure out how to send a tiny camera through someone’s intestines.  Why can’t we make tiny little robots that floss your teeth as you sleep.  In fact, they could just completely clean your teeth while being gentle enough that they don’t hurt the enamel.    Instead, we spend billions for phones that allow us to be rude at the drop of a hat.

Six months from now, I’m going to walk in to the dentist office and say in a grumpy voice, “Flossed every day!  Are you happy!”

Never mind… I’ll wait until the appointment is over.  You don’t want to tick off your hygienist at the start of your appointment.