Yes, this is me with a cheesy, intentional smile.
I admit; I used to hate to floss. Like, I dreaded the idea of spending a few minutes a day rubbing a thread between my teeth.
I am fortunate. I was gifted with naturally strong teeth and have never had a cavity. I did need braces, but have been fortunate to have only needed novocaine once: when I got my wisdom teeth out (horrible experience as I was awake). So for me, dentist appointments are pretty painless and not too long. I don’t mind going.
I realized though that to ensure healthy gums as I age, (something you need if you intend to keep all your teeth in your mouth), that flossing really needed to take place nightly versus a couple times a week (yes, I’m admitting to a really bad habit here). So I decided to floss every day for six months to see if it made a difference.
Without fail, no matter how tired I was, I flossed nightly.
Today I had my checkup. My cleanings never take longer than 45 min, but this one took 24 (yes, for the purposes of this experiment I timed it...admitted nerd here). The hygienist said to keep doing whatever I’m doing because there was so little plaque to scrape Nd no gingivitis. 👏🏻 The dentist, Dr Everhart, said as usual, that I was a boring patient (she was kidding) and gave me an A+ for doing such a good job.
My point? If you have a goal, it takes routine practice. You do it daily until it becomes second nature.
I don’t intend to stop flossing. I like having clean teeth and short dentist visits.
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