(Closed) Flossing and Fainting

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 7
192 posts
Blushing bee

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).

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