Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I don't floss.
There, I said it. My mom was not a huge stickler for dental hygiene, never making us brush our teeth and certainly never taking us to the dentist, so good dental habits never really got a chance to form when I was a kid. Seriously, we got new toothbrushes not every three months like you're supposed to, but rather as a novelty, like a new toy. I didn't see a dentist for the first time until I was in the sixth grade, and that was only because the county sends a trailer around to all the poor schools to work on kids like me.
Of course, as I grew up I got into the habit of brushing regularly. I even use a tongue scraper. The one thing I can't seem to make a habit though is flossing. I'll force myself to do it for a few days and then I stop. The problem with going your whole life without flossing and then just starting one day is that your gums get super wimpy and can't handle the floss. They bleed and end up swollen for a while. It's AWFUL.
So, I stop.
Well, it's out in the open now, and the reason why is because I really really really want to start this again and stick with it this time. I flossed for the first time in almost a year yesterday and again, it was awful. I could barely eat any lunch and had to have soup for dinner because my teeth hurt so bad. It's better today, but they still feel like they're all loose in my head or something. I know that if I stick with it though that feeling will go away and my gums will stop swelling and bleeding when I floss.
I know this post is kinda gross, but I'm thinking that maybe by putting it out there I'll stick with it this time? It couldn't hurt!
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