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Jan. 25th, 2007 | 01:12 am

Today I visited the dentist, and like all dentists they tried to nag me about flossing more.

Foolishly I gave them additional ammunition in their war of trying to convince people to floss.

One of the things I remarked to the dental hygienist, was that I remember to do yoga far more frequently than I floss, solely because not doing yoga, means that in about a week my back will start to hurt, Since pain is a good motivator, I remember to to do the yoga.

The problem with flossing is that it appears to have a longer time frame. The dentists traditional argument was that you floss now to prevent gum disease in a few years, which is less immediate and I have less experience with things going wrong with my mouth than my back, so just didn't quite have the clear motivating connection that the yoga and back pain does.

Interestingly after sharing this observation with them, the dentist remarked how flossing helped her feel a bit better, as one tender spot in her mouth became less tender after more careful and regular flossing.

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Dilinger

Flossing

from: dilinger
date: Jan. 25th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
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yea I'm bad at that too. Good thing I have good teeth. It gives me a reprieve? (sp)

I was wondering about investing in a water pick. I'm told that can sub for flossing. I wonder if it is as good or better? Something else to reseach. My wife refuses to floss. I'm like how are we going to get our kids to do it if you don't do it. Good point.

Can you tell your kids to do something and expect them to do it all the time or do you have to lead by example?

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Diane Trout

Re: Flossing

from: alienghic
date: Jan. 25th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I think mostly you have to lead by example.

You might succeed in convincing them to do something you don't do if you're a sufficiently bad example.

E.g. Floss or else all your teeth will fall out.

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Jan. 25th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I got the same Nagging speech. In fact, I am on their every 3 months cleaning schedule because my gums bleed. My gums have always been sensitive and bleed no matter what I do to try and solve the issue. This time the Dental Hygienist admitted it may be genetic (Damn Irish teeth). I bought one of these:

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/000554.php

It helped cut back on the procedurally flossing time.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 25th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
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One of our kitties also has the miserable genetic bad gums. It rather sucks for him.

Though I suspect its easier to convince you to floss and use mouthwash than it is to convince him to do those things. :)

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Jan. 25th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Tilly one of our Cats has bad teeth and gums too. Have you had dental work done on your kitty? I think they put the cat under and do the work that way. I am thinking about doing it but a little nervous.

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Jan. 26th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
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my gums used to bleed like the above commenter's. i guess i'm the opposite of you (at least dentally) as i tended to not do it as much because of the pain (i think that really my thinking was that i would somehow aggravate it by brushing & flossing more often - when in actuality the opposite is true - if you have bleeding gums, the more you brush & floss the less problems you have and the less you will bleed, even though at first it will probably hurt more). anyway, i spent a year using a special medicated mouthwash that my dentist prescribed for me, and after that my gums didn't bleed any more, and now wanting to keep them that way motivates me. it sounds like for both of us it's having experienced pain before (you with yoga and me with flossing), and wanting to do something to keep from experiencing the same pain again. so maybe what you really need for motivation is to have a major dental problem! ;)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Feb. 1st, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)
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so maybe what you really need for motivation is to have a major dental problem! ;)

It so true, things like that really can add the extra bit of motivation. Though sometimes if the stars are right I can learn from other peoples experiences.

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