Got a nagging feeling that your life could be more fulfilling? Want to change direction but aren't sure how to do it? Here's some ways to jump-start your life today. This blog was inspired by an excellent piece in Modern Maturity. I transcribed (& updated) the entire article, but I've also started to add my own thoughts on bringing small, positive changes to your life. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. GTO
Yeah, I admit it... I floss in the shower. Not all the time. (Just most of the time.)
I have 3 reasons for doing this:
(1) At the bathroom sink, the tiny container of floss gets lost amongst the bottles of pain relievers, toothbrushes, toothpastes, combs, hairsprays, colognes, handsoaps, razors, hand lotions, medicated powders, etc.
If I don't see it, I won't use it.
But in the shower, I actually see the tiny container of floss.
It's sitting there by itself, right on that handy little shelf that's supposed to hold a bar of soap.
(The soap always slips off! - but that little container of floss stays right where I can see it.)
And if I can see it, I have a better chance of using it. Score!
(2) Flossing in the shower protects your mirror -- from FLYING DEBRIS.
I pride myself on not flinging food particles out of my mouth at high rates of speed.
But you do! (Admit it.) I'm just trying to save you from yourself here! okay?
Also, cleaning a food-spattered mirror is kinda disgusting if you think about it.
Yet - getting food from our teeth isn't the main point of flossing...
We floss. To remove plaque. And to strengthen our gums.
(And for some to fling food from their teeth at high rates of speed!) (Not naming names. Y-O-U.)
If your gums bleed after flossing, it's because you attacked them like a maniac with that razor-sharp floss! Try using dental tape instead! - like my buddy Bob prefers. It's more gentle.
Another reason our gums bleed is because they're not healthy. The more you floss, the stronger your gums become and the less they'll bleed. Win!
And finally, (3) - When you floss in your tub, the shower head offers an immediate, powerful cleansing rinse. It takes some getting used to [see: avoid drowning in the shower] - but once you get the hang of it, the rinsing action of the shower really helps your mouth feel clean.
Sure, you could use a Waterpik. I almost bought one. My dentist, Dr Spatz, said water flossers don't do a good-enough job of removing plaque. (My buddy, Bob, agrees.) Doctor said there is no substitute for flossing.
My dental hygienist told me that flossing is actually more important than brushing. A lot of research backs this up. Dentists don't tell us this because if they do, we'll stop brushing and flossing!) (Admit it!)
Flossing is important. We all need to do it more often. We know this.
(Yes, we still need to brush too.)
When you floss and brush on a regular basis it makes having a laugh an even more enjoyable experience!