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Friday, January 06, 2006


Allow me to preface this post with a disclaimer: These are the random kinds of things I ponder during the day. Don't ask.

What's the deal with those little plastic disposable teeth flossers? I'm not quite sure why they're necessary. What was wrong with simply wrapping the floss around your fingers? Are we such a consumerist society that we simply must develop new, totally redundant purchasables for greater waste capacity? I don't get it.

My dentist gave me a non-disposable flosser with a little disposable floss head that I'm supposed to change after each flossing. Great. More stuff for my medicine cabinet, and more stuff to remember to keep in stock.
Not only that, but my experience with it has been less than enjoyable. I don't have near the amount of manual control over the floss-on-a-stick that I do when it's wrapped around my fingers, and I just think it's kind of icky to have to keep rinsing and reusing the same little 1" of floss over and over for each tooth. I create less waste by using 18" of regular floss, and I don't have to keep the water running either.

They make the little disposa-flossers for kids too. Maybe the idea there is to make the kids interested in developing a flossing habit by putting Disney characters on little pieces of plastic? I dunno. Seems stupid to me, but that's just my opinion.
posted by hilary at 11:24 AM |


Blogger ::Ali:: said...

LOL I ponder the same things at times.. And I have pondered on the whole little floss equipment they have..LOL It is strange, I hate flossing, it kind of grosses me out(well actually ANYTHING with teeth in general, like typing this is hard..LOL)
But if I did floss then I would so want to do it like you with a long string that I just move to a new space after each tooth!
But as for the kids now that is my down fall..LOL If something new and interesting comes out and it will help the boys be healthy I buy it..LOL

1/06/2006 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MY baby is way interested in dental floss (already!). Yup...the plain old fashion kind. Oh yeah...he LOVES the stoff. He loves to pull it all out and run, squealing through the house with it trailing behind him....


1/06/2006 2:31 PM  
Blogger Hilary-Dilary-Dock said...

This is what I do...

I wait for my dentist appointments every 6 months and let them floss my teeth!

I know I should do it more at home, but I HATE flossing! Now I have done it more and more since this last appointment I had. I think it's the fact that I am going to be 30 in a few months and the dentist told me that so far I've been lucky to get away without flossing but since every year I get older, one of these days I'll regret not flossing! YIKES! I don't want to have my teeth fall out by 35! Not only that, I got my first cavity ever! And it's in a spot that not amount of flossing could have prevented but still...IT'S A CAVITY AND MY FIRST ONE AT THAT!

Anyway, when I get in the chair and they ask me how often I floss, I am always almost tempted to say every day but I know better and they know better. They can tell so I don't know why they even ask the question. I once told the lady (this was in TX not KY) that she just wanted to see me lie! I told her that the only two times I floss in a year was when she did it. She laughed and said at least I was honest about it!

The "Other" Hilary

1/06/2006 2:59 PM  
Anonymous daisy said...

Well I must admit I use the Reach flosser. It's because I don't floss at all. I'm not in the habit, so when I go to bed at night I don't feel like I have the time for it. The Reach flosser is super quick and helps me do it . . . at least slightly more often than I did before!!!

1/06/2006 5:20 PM  
Blogger Tedd said...

I have those little things, mainly to quickly unwedge something from between my teeth. I'm horrible about flossing, even with those at hand.

1/06/2006 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

When I had my hand surgery in December and my right hand was all wrapped up, I finally discovered what the disposable flossers were good for - very handy when you can't hold the floss! Otherwise, I had always thought they were a waste too.

1/06/2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger :: Java Mama :: said...

Coming from someone dubbed "floss girl" I will have to tell you that I completly agree! I'm a flosser, and I stick to the good ol' manual floss!

1/08/2006 11:47 PM  
Blogger ~ Jayme ~ said...

I'm like Tedd, I like having them to unwedge something. But I use the regular ol' kind as well. It's just handy sometimes.

1/09/2006 10:37 PM  

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