Thursday, November 24, 2011


It is Thanksgiving today and I am not going to try to give anyone a guilt trip for how much they ate or for how lazy they were. Remember there is a time appointed for all things and today is a time to celebrate and eat. I will however recycle the appropriate topic of flossing since most of us will be picking turkey out of our teeth today

I find few things to be more tedious and boring than flossing my teeth. For nearly 10 years I was cavity free each time I went to the dentist. Over time my flossing efforts were less than stellar and as a result I found myself in need of a $1,600 root canal and crown. What added to the sting of this experience was the fact that I had no dental insurance at the time. This is another fine example of how neglecting simple preventative measures can create a bigger and more expensive problems.

I've heard some people say that if you had to choose between brushing and flossing that flossing is even more important for prevention of cavities since it cleans out the harder to reach areas where they originate. I'm not going to go into the boring details about how to floss but we all know it is beneficial. I still think flossing is ridiculously boring and I can't stand it, but now that I know what a root canal is I will gladly submit to this monotonous and burdensome practice. 

If you have slacked off when it comes to flossing your teeth, then I encourage you to do a better job. Flossing is a simple thing, but it can save you a lot of money and pain down the road. 


Orem Dentist said...

Flossing is definitely an evil necessity. One thing that has made the job easier for me is using flossing sticks instead of the normal string, which really simplifies the process and keeps a lazy person flossing! :)

Calist Cullen said...

Very true, Orem dentist. Flossing is such an important part of keeping your teeth healthy, even if it is a pain.