Take the floss challenge. Floss between your teeth and then smell it! Yes you heard me, smell it! If it smells than you are definitely not doing a good job at cleaning your teeth. If I were to scrape some plaque (bacteria) off your teeth with my instrument and put it on a cracker . . . would you eat it?? Of course not! Its gross! So why would you want to suck on plaque that sits on your teeth all day?
The other dental hygienist, Lori, and I were discussing this issue this morning. We agree that not flossing is the same thing as not wiping your butt when you go to the bathroom. Seriously! We think more people take more care of their behinds than their teeth! It doesn’t make sense. Nobody really sees your behind. Instead everyone sees your teeth because you have to talk, smile, laugh, kiss, and eat with them. So why not take more care of them? It only takes a couple of minutes a day. Remember you only have to floss the teeth you want to keep=)