Stuck Floss

The other night, I got floss stuck in my teeth. Like really stuck. I still don’t get it.

My 2012 resolution to floss every day got off to a rough start, but I’ve been flossing pretty regularly for the past few months. Even on the weekends when I stay up until 4am. Flossing before bed is now part of the routine. I’ve come to terms with it and now I spend the extra minute or two flossin’ it.

So anyway, the other night when I was flossing, the dental floss got stuck between two teeth. It was smooth sailing, then it suddenly jammed up. I kept pulling in every direction, but it hurt a bit and I swear I saw my tooth wiggle in the mirror.

I had a mini moment of panic, but then I realized it’s just a bit of nylon string, so I just let it hang there while I planned my next move. Off I went to my trusty internet machine and read a million stupid Yahoo Answers before I realized I should man up and just pull the damn thing out. So I checked my angles and was preparing for a mighty pull, and it just came right out. My theory is the floss compressed, or ever so slightly nudged my teeth apart, allowing it to slide right out. Or my teeth crushed the floss with their brute strength. Either way, it basically just fell out.

Moral of the story: if you ever get floss stuck in your teeth, don’t go reading Yahoo Answers to solve your problems. Just wait it out. 10 or 15 minutes, and it will practically fall right out.*


* Rob Maeder is not a dentist or dental health professional, although he endorses good dental hygiene, including flossing. Consult a dentist if you are unable to remove the floss yourself. Avoid using household tools and utensils in an attempt to remove stuck floss.

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