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so i have a confession 
1st-Feb-2010 07:41 pm


Sam had to wear a suit for a casting today :P

Anyway, my confession... I haven't used dental floss since I was a little kid!

Well I decided it was time to start doing that again, but it is difficult! lol. It kindof hurts when i wrap the string around my finger and it tightens, and I'm not really sure how to best go about the flossing. Does anyone have have some dental floss advice for me?


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1st-Feb-2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
There are forlike floss-sticks which are quite handy http://www.jackboonedds.com/images/floss.jpg
2nd-Feb-2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Ooooh. Is it easy to change the string?
1st-Feb-2010 07:50 pm (UTC) - La confession
Anonymous
Funny, i was just listening a song called « La Confession » when i opened your blog !
It has nothing to do with your confession actually, it’s from a singer who died lately, Lhasa de Sela. Anyway, probably not your cup of tea !
Good luck with your dental floss, if it allows you to avoid the dentist, then, well done ! It’s a pain to find a good dentist in Paris ! The last one i found, just let me alone with a tool in my mouth to go… smoking !

Bonne soirée.

Sarah
2nd-Feb-2010 05:39 pm (UTC) - Re: La confession
Funny!

Haha oh my god! Smoking! What happened?
2nd-Feb-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
He has one, but he just uses it to comment here :P
1st-Feb-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I also recommend the floss sticks. I find myself able to get further back with more ease with them. Some even have tongue scrapers on them. He looks very nice in that suit.
2nd-Feb-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
OK maybe I will look into that...
1st-Feb-2010 09:48 pm (UTC) - Nice Suit
Anonymous
Good Luck Sam you look great in that suit. Please get your little buddy to get to the dentist soon. Avoiding the dentist is going to cause more serious issues later on in life. Well he knows that does he really need a reminder?

Tim
2nd-Feb-2010 05:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Nice Suit
Tim...
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1st-Feb-2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Use Crest Glide floss as it's less irritating to the gums. http://glidefloss.com
LOST starts it's final season tomorrow Feb 2nd.
I haven't read your blogs in a while...I need to catch up.
2nd-Feb-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I know! Well I won't get to see it until 3rd, but still exciting!
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2nd-Feb-2010 02:34 am (UTC)
floss picks!!! So simple and they don't cut your fingers.
2nd-Feb-2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
ok!
2nd-Feb-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Floss sticks aren't any good because you keep reusing the same piece of floss, transferring any bacteria along as you go. As for Glide floss, it is too thin to do a good job cleaning your gums.

Here's how to properly floss:

1. Cut off a piece of floss no longer than the size of your forearm.

2. Wrap the floss loosely around your middle fingers. You can transfer used floss from one finger to the other as you go.

3. Use your index fingers and/or thumbs to hold the floss tight. You only need a couple inches -- if you have too much floss between your index fingers/thumb, you won't be able to hold it taunt very well.

4. Floss the side each tooth, right up into the gums. Don't forget about behind your molars! Use a new piece of the floss each time!

The technique seems to be illustrated and explained in more detail here: http://www.dental-picture-show.com/tooth-flossing/a1-dental-floss-technique.html

If your gums are bleeding or hurt, that's because they're infected with gingivitis. Play through the pain! It's the only way to get your gums cleaned up, and it should stop after a week or so of flossing once a day.

You can also rinse with warm salt water. Don't bother with Listerine or anything like that (they're scams); salt water works just as well and cleaning up infection.

Have fun!
2nd-Feb-2010 03:25 am (UTC)
"Floss sticks aren't any good because you keep reusing the same piece of floss, transferring any bacteria along as you go. As for Glide floss, it is too thin to do a good job cleaning your gums."

Very true, that's why there's this good compromise that still provides a stage for the floss at regular thickness:
2nd-Feb-2010 03:28 am (UTC)
EPIC.

But it doesn't do any good for people like me who wear braces. :(
2nd-Feb-2010 04:17 am (UTC)
I use dental floss picks. They come in bags of ~100 and you jus toss them into the recycling bin after you've used them. They don't hurt your fingers and after about a week or two, your gums stop bleeding.
2nd-Feb-2010 05:37 am (UTC)
I find it rather ironic and hilarious that everyone is talking about floss and all that and your display picture is of a kid at the dentist looking like he's about to shit himself. Lol.

Anyways, I concur. The floss picks that virtualjustin mentioned are the best way to do that, and probably the cheapest. They're normally, what, 5 - 10$ for the bag of 100?
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2nd-Feb-2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Sam looks very handsome in a suite but he still doesn't smile enough.

I floss daily but I can't really think of any advice. I just kind of do it.
2nd-Feb-2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Not very helpful :P
2nd-Feb-2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Sam does not really look happy! He needs more hugs!!!

This is what I did last week. It's a new dog in our "family" called MERO (a border-collie) - sooo sweet!
http://www.vimeo.com/9153639
2nd-Feb-2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oooh and some horses! :P
2nd-Feb-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I hate floss but whenever I stay at my boyfriend's appartment he makes me use it all the time but it hurts so bad, my mouth always bleeds :'(