We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Had to visit my friendly local dentist early this morning for what I term a "cosmetic emergency." Mrs. BD did not want me going through the rest of the holiday season looking like a Halloween pumpkin - or like a visitor from England (famous for its rotten and/or missing teeth).
He did give me one tip while I was there: he advised me to use interdental brushes instead of flossing. He said they are best for your gums, and clean better between teeth.
They come in different sizes to fit your tooth spacing. These things are news to me. I always avoided flossing and these are easier to use. He gave me a demo.
Unless you have implants. I thought, good news, perhaps I'll use that. I did and in a week I had an expensive infection in the gum around two implants. Turns out, the interface between the gum and the implants is not the same as that on live teeth and the food was being driven into the gum.
I hated flossing b/c after braces my teeth were pretty tightly packed together, and I would end up with small strings of floss stuck between my teeth. Ick!
My hygienist told me about the dental brushes about 18 months ago. I loved them. I used them daily. I thought, "Great, I can do this instead of flossing!" Then, at my cleaning about 6 months ago, my hygienist asked about my flossing. I told her I was using the dental brushes regularly...and she told me that was not enough!? And that I still needed to floss...? Huh?
Please tell me I don't need to do both! Ever since she told me that, I have lost my dental brush enthusiasm thinking it was not doing me as much good as I thought and that I was just wasting my time. ARGH.
Dental hygiene is by its very nature gross! Do you brush your tongue? Now, that's gross, but an important part of any good dental plan.
My suggestion? Don't floss in front of the mirror. I am such a simple fool, aren't I?
I don't understand how you can use a brush (or a toothpick) to remove all the particulate matter jammed between your pearlies; and get sufficiently down to below the gum line to remove all of that ick.
Glide. Brush. Mouthwash. Twice a day. Chew sugarless gum. Don't chew tobacco. Now you are good to go.
Take care of your oral orifice and it'll take care of you!