Post # 1
Does anyone else have a problem with flossing? Seriously, I just got my deep cleaning done and the dentist was lecturing me about how I’m not going deep enough when I’m flossing. That’s because I don’t have a stomach for it. I feel like I’m going to pass out when I try to floss that deep. I can do the visible part of my teeth without a problem but the second I see the floss going under my gum line all the walls start coming in around me and the blood rushes out of my head. I have this problem with everything dental related except for brushing. My dentist flat out knows me as a fainter. I am a strong person in so many other ways. For some reason this kind of stuff (no matter how simple it may seem) causes an illogical reaction. I wish I could get over it but this has been an issue my whole life. Any other bees have problems like this?
Post # 3
I actually enjoy flossing, lol. Seriously, though, it sounds as though this is a phobia for you. I believe there are some simple treatments for phobias that a counselor should be able to help you with. Most phobias are easily overcome, from my understanding. You shouldn’t have to continue living with the “fear of deep flossing” unless you want to.
Post # 4
Like the PP noted, you can try to overcome this phobia or you can try using little interproximal brushes that are made to slide between your teeth if that doesn’t gross you out. Or at the very least, you can use toothpicks and the like. The main issue is making sure you get debris removed from between your teeth to prevent calculus and bacteria buildup between the teeth so you don’t get further bone loss.
Also, if you received a deep cleaning, did your dentist prescribe Peridex mouth rinse? It’s a strong, antimicrobial rinse that’s aimed to target the specific bacterial strains that cause gum disease. I always prescribe that after my deep cleanings.
Post # 5
@Sunfire: Hello my name is ScenicRoute and I have a flossing phobia. LOL I wish I loved to floss. It would save me money on cleanings. I get them more often because of my issue. I had never thought of this as a phobia but you may be on to something. I think I’ll look into that a bit more. If I can get over this in a few sessions I’ll save money on dental work in the long run.
Post # 6
@romantical: You just said the same thing my Dentist sad when he prescribed my rinse. I’m going to check out these interproximal brushes.
Thank you for the advice ladies.
Post # 7
I haven’t met anyone with a flossing phobia, but as a dental hygiene student, it’s something I’ll be prepared for now.
Have you tried an oral irrigation device, like a Waterpik? That was the first thing that popped into my head. Also, your dentist probably mentioned it, but just be careful when using the interproximal brushes because they can traumatize the papilla (little triangle shape area of gum between the teeth).