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Every day 80 62.50%
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:08 PM   #21
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I floss before I go to bed every night and anytime during the day when I think something is stuck between my teeth. I have all my teeth (well, other than wisdom teeth and one tooth that is an implant) but a couple of my molars are crowns after root canals. I think I have soft teeth (and ate terrible stuff like Turkish taffy when I was a kid so several fillings), and if I didn't care for them I am sure I would be missing some. I go to the dentist every 6 months or as needed. I have a variety of dental flosses and tapes for the task at hand. And wear a night guard religiously.
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Old 04-25-2015, 04:38 PM   #23
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You are destroying the cliché of bad teeth in the UK.
Sorry to be a myth buster. I always heard the cliche that it was crooked teeth in the UK not bad teeth, and that is probably still true. I'd never seen an adult wearing braces until we moved to the USA.

I still have all my teeth, including all 4 wisdom teeth, and every time we've moved and I've had my first appointment the dentist makes the comment "You have all your wisdom teeth and there is plenty of room". Translation - "What a big mouth you have!"
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You are destroying the cliché of bad teeth in the UK.
I didn't intend to insinuate that Brits had bad teeth, I just was surprised by the lack of awareness from these Brits that I had met in the US. I figured that they had some other technique or device to achieve the same end.
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Whenever my hygienist flosses them.


43, and just got my first cavity-due to crack from chewing ice, I suspect. Stopped that promptly.
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Every day, sometimes twice. Once you start it can become an obsession. I blame my dentist.
I'm flossing at least four times a day now. It has become an obsession. I don't like the feeling of having food between my teeth.
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My gum specialist told me I needed to concentrate on where the teeth come out from the gums. Thread type floss is a nuisance. I’ve recently been using what looks like a tiny bottle brush, something that fits between the teeth at the gum level. Seems to be doing the job, will know more next appointment in May.
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OTOH, DW has teeth that are very close together, so she doesn't have to floss as often.
This might mean that food doesn't trap between her teeth, but it does not stop those 'touching' surfaces from getting decay, or more importantly, periodontal disease from occurring. As a general rule, those who properly floss daily do not get periodontal disease.

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Old 04-26-2015, 08:42 AM   #32
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I began daily flossing a few years ago and it really made a difference. More recently, I added the Gum type floss product to the string type per hygentist recommendation who saw better client results with the two step process. That also seems to have made a difference for me. Finally, I switched to an electric toothbrush and my teeth have never felt cleaner. The dentist has a much easier time cleaning the plaque. The dental cleaning process has been cut by at least 75%.
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Daily. Didn't used to, likely a few times a week. Then saw MIL go through having all her teeth pulled for dentures. I want to keep these. Agree with the comments on breath, nothing like rotting stuff between the teeth. However, I think the important thing is that regularly flossed gums don't bleed hence are healthier and more resistant to tooth loss. Also have read about what a swamp of bacteria your mouth is anyway, and poor dental health is an invitation for other bacterial and inflammatory invasions.
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You left out the "only before going to the dentist" option.

(No, that doesn't apply to me...)
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Jeff Foxworthy tells this joke:

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"So I went to my dentist the other day and he started working on my teeth. Pretty soon he says, "when was the last time you flossed?" And I start thinking, and say, "Let's see. . . oh yeah, last time I flossed, you did it!"
I don't floss and get the lecture from my hygienist every six months. Have not had any dental health issues as a result of not flossing... so far.

I'm a bit surprised by the survey results to date... quite an enlightened groups here... my hygienist would be happy with this group.
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Daily. That includes a special "threader" that goes under a bridge. I brush twice daily with a Sonicare and use a WaterPik every night, too. I have a lot of expensive dental work.
Me too. Plus dental gum disease can infect your body and cause heart problems. It takes a couple of minutes for the flossing and maybe 5 minutes for the full (after) meal deal.
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Oral health is related to heart health. While a causal relationship has not yet been proven, it does suggest that regular flossing is a good idea, not just for your teeth.

Gum Disease and Heart Disease -- What You Should Know
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I'm a bit surprised by the survey results to date... quite an enlightened groups here... my hygienist would be happy with this group.
Same here. Motivates me more to start flossing every day.
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I floss like a madman. Nothing messes up a single man's life like bad breath, and good mouth hygiene including flossing is the key to good breath.

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And bad breath doesn't do a married man any favors either!

Brushing alone does not remove the food from between your teeth so it sits there and decays. Those who don't floss regularly risk having breath like a hyena.

And, yes, I floss daily and sometimes twice.
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My gum specialist told me I needed to concentrate on where the teeth come out from the gums. Thread type floss is a nuisance. I’ve recently been using what looks like a tiny bottle brush, something that fits between the teeth at the gum level. Seems to be doing the job, will know more next appointment in May.

I don't floss either, but have used narrow tooth picks for years many times a day. Now the dentist has introduced me to the same bottle brush toothpicks as you and they're great. I use them many times a day while working or surfing or whatever. I was always told that if you're not a flosser then tooth picks are the next best thing.


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