|View Poll Results: How often do floss your teeth?|
|I floss 3 or more times per day||2||1.60%|
|I floss 2 times per day||1||0.80%|
|I floss at least once a day||25||20.00%|
|I floss at least once a week||19||15.20%|
|I floss infrequently, when I remember to||60||48.00%|
|I never floss my teeth||18||14.40%|
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: I'm really bad about this, and I especially need the flossing - my gums are receding so badly that my dentist is already considering grafts.
Honestly, most days I feel fortunate if my teeth get brushed. :
Well maybe like once a month. :
(eta: I do see my dentist every 6 months, and I haven't had a cavity in many years, and my gums are in good shape.)
I do brush morning and night.........my teeth are healthy
However, I do use a WaterPik EVERY day & my gums are all healthy. It absolutely amazes me how much gunk come out of there with that thing! My DH had bad gum disease & is diabetic (which makes it harder to heal). He started using the waterpik about 2 years ago & had his teeth scaled last year and now he's gone from about 50 bad pockets to less than 6. We use about a 60/40 water to mouthwash solution.
I heartily recommend a WaterPik if you won't / can't floss. It feels soooo good!
|I said never. Because I don't think it counts if you only do it two times a year. I never remember, and frankly, I don't really like flossing. It feels funny, and I feel stupid looking at myself do this in the mirror.|
I also use an electric toothbrush, per their suggestion, which does fairly well at get in between my teeth.
My dentist noticed that I had a receding lower gum line when I was in junior high and I had to have gum grafts. I would say it hurt about as much as having wisdom teeth removed if that helps. Its been awhile, but I seem to remember about a month where I could only eat liquid/pureed foods while it healed (it had a "gum pack" over it to protect it) and I lost several pounds (but gained em back when I healed heh heh). I'm glad I had it done, it saved my gums, but if flossing keeps you from getting a graft, please do it!
My dh never used to floss....and is paying for it now. He does floss now regularly but he has deep pockets that require anesthesia to get cleaned out. Ouch!
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I'll floss for a few days and be all proud of myself, then I fall of the wagon for another several months. I have tight teeth and I can't even get the floss in between without cutting my gums up. (TMI - sorry)
I have had dental problems, so I do whatever I Can to avoid anymore.
I'm also very strict with my kids when it comes to flossing and teeth brushing.. They love it, so it's not a problem. My youngest is almost 2, and he actually gets excited and opens wide when I pull the floss out, lol
I've been hearing a lot in the media the last little while that using mouth wash is JUST as good (if not, better) as flossing.
I voted for once a day, but sometimes, it's more like 3-4 times a day. Just depends on how often my teeth are brushed that day.
I read somewhere that the health of your teeth is related to the strains of bacteria in your mouth. So if you have weak bacteria, you can have great teeth, even if you don't take care of them. But if you have *strong* bacteria, than they'll rot your teeth and so you need to take extra precautions. Apparently children develop the mothers' strain of bacteria, probably from all the contact they have. My own mother is known to have "bad teeth" and mine aren't so good. So I figure I got her "bad bacteria." I'm trying NOT to pass these on to DC, but she likes to "share" so much!
My mum would kill me if I didnt floss and she found out. She spend thousands of dollars on our teeth from the time I was 4. Not taking care of my teeth now would be a slap in the face IMO.
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