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Updated on January 20, 2017

I Can't Do It! I Won't Do It!

So my dental hygienist has me strapped in the chair, filled my mouth with appliances designed in the Middle Ages and starts poking around with wicked sharp objects prior to "the cleaning". "Hmmm, we haven't been flossing regularly have we?", she ponders. After she tires of the scrape and poke cleaning process, she nimbly fingers the floss and strums through my teeth like a harp player, just to show how easy it is. I can't do that!

There is no way I can coordinate all those body parts and a slippery piece of string!

I have enough trouble stringing out the floss and wrapping it around a couple of fingers. Then you're supposed to get that cat's cradle of string in your mouth and slide through and around all your teeth? I haven't had that many fingers in my mouth since I was an infant. Can't do it! Won't do it!

Looking For An Easy Way Out

My work around were those toothpick like floss sticks. Given enough time I can get through all the teeth, but still get twisted up with the appliance pointing in one direction while my jaw line seems to be aimed elsewhere. I'm afraid something will get stuck in there and I'll need professional help to have it removed. OK, so I'm challenged, but I know I'm not alone in my flossing handicap. There are enough of us with finger/jaw coordination issues that the drug companies see a market opportunity. I've tried all the flossing trick sticks that they blister wrap and hang in the oral care shelves. Finally I've found one that I can drive!

Reach To The Rescue

It's called the Reach Access Flosser and it is awesome! I've been eyeing the product for a while, but frankly didn't want another flossing failure on my record. My first hurdle was figuring out how to change the little floss clips. I relied on my engineering background to help here (where others might just read the directions). Once my Reach Flosser is loaded, I'm a flossing master. My mouth seems to know just how to click that beauty in and out all the tooth borders. I hold the handle and keep my fingers out of harms way. I can now plink through those ivories with the dexterity of a Julliard graduate. A formerly impossible task is now an almost daily routine. I'm less troubled mechanically by the flossing process, but forming good habits is still a challenge for me. Yet, I no longer dread that "... have we been flossing..." question.

Reach Demonstrated

Go to the Reach website and check out the character holding out the Flosser for inspection. That's how the dental industry pictures me? Oh well, I'm thinking about making an early teeth cleaning appointment so I can show off my freshly flossed fixtures. Wait, that's just plain stupid! I'll save it for a surprise if I ever go back.

One Minute Flossing Technique

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      Jaye Denman 7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Wow, can I relate to the flossing challenges you described! Adding to the problems of flossing ordinary teeth is any type of fixed dental appliance, cap or bonding that won't let you access all edges of each tooth and the gumline. By the way, the link no longer works, but I'll look for ReachAccessFloss in the oral hygiene aisle at the supermarket or pharmacy.

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      vishenda 10 years ago from leesburg VA

      woo, let me try this one, thanks!

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      Mark Sconce 11 years ago

      A toothsome Hub page no doubt. Use your fingers only to measure out single malt whiskey. When first settled into my dentist chair, I'm reminded of those three great philosophical questions: Who am I? Why am I here? Did I remember to floss?

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      Jason Menayan 11 years ago from San Francisco

      I've used it, too, and I like it. I still like my G.U.M. flossers (which I buy via eBay in bulk) because they have some sort of Gore-tex (or something similar) material.

      I agree--strangulating your fingers to floss is no fun.

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      Robin Edmondson 11 years ago from San Francisco

      Good to know, Jack. I think I'll try it. Thanks for the info.!