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Flossing: I’m a Dental Hygienist and I Don't Do It

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Cindy is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and freelance writer determined to help everyone SMILE HAPPY!


Yup! You read that right. I don’t floss my teeth!

Who even came up with the idea of flossing? And WHY??

(I'm sorry to any dental hygiene instructors that statement offends. My instructors did their best to teach me.... I still refuse to change!)

Let's do a quick run~down on the history of floss. In 1815, a dentist in New Orleans noticed a link with cleaning the space between the teeth and cavities. He couldn’t identify bacteria as the cause of these cavities because, well, the technology was lacking. That did not stop him. He then began teaching patients to use silk threads to clean these areas and Boom! Traditional floss was born.

Over the next 200+ years, things improved (not enough, in my personal opinion!) and now we have more types of floss than I care to count. I not sure what the toothbrush aisle at Target has more of: types of floss or types of mouthwash.

But that's for another post!

We have all heard the MANY reasons we should floss:

  • Plaque grows between the teeth.
  • Our toothbrush can’t reach it.
  • Bacteria attack the tooth and gums like mini-Vikings wielding their axe.
  • Over time, cavities and gum disease can ravish our mouths!
  • Leaving us toothless and wondering where it all went WRONG!

Then comes the interrogation from our Dental Hygienist at our cleaning appointments. We hear it. That dreaded question.

“How often are you flossing?”

or some well-intentioned version like it. Why even ask? Our heart stops beating for a second. It’s obvious our gums have already betrayed us! The bleeding surely suggests flossing has not happened since the last appointment! Now, our brains jump into overthinking mode!

›› What should we say?

›› Maybe we should lie!

›› Maybe we could say, “Not as much as I should”

{{ insert a little nervous laugh }}

›› or we could answer honestly and wait for the shame!

Grrr, the stress has become too much…


With all this technology our world has to offer, surely there is a better way. Let me introduce you to my


The Waterpik Waterflosser!

Yup, this thing is amazing! I still clean between my teeth but I get to skip the string.

I know you are wondering, “How does the waterflosser work?”

I’m glad you asked!

When explaining it to my patients, I like to use a river metaphor. Imagine the water of a river flowing into all the cracks and crevices around all the rocks. Now, imagine trying to get string between those same rocks. Not as easy, huh?

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Imagine, again, trying to clean something from between those rocks. Which is more efficient? Water for the WIN!

so, get yourself one and save your flossing for the dance~floor!

According to, the waterflosser:

· Removes 99.9% plaque in 3 seconds

· Removes 29-33% more plaque than string floss

· 2x more effective at reducing inflammation

· Reduces inflammation by 50% more than string floss

The downfall… You knew it was too good to be true!

You’re getting’ wet on this ride!

Water is spraying IN the mouth! Water is trying to come OUT of the mouth! A tooth gets in the way. BOOM, water hits the mirror. ((WARNING: there is a learning curve so stick with it.) This thing is intense, but in a good way!!! Your mouth will never feel fresher!

Except for the day of your super cleaning with the hygienist. That’s top shelf fresh!

Two types of waterpiks are:

  • countertop version
  • cordless version

There are many options for each as well. I personally choose a cordless version. It has a rechargeable battery and is portable. Remember when I said you would get wet?? This is how I solve this problem. I take mine in the shower to use! (Be sure to not put it under the water and set it outside of the shower once you finish flossing!) No more cleanup after each use!

Coming from a Hygienist

The differences are noticeable.

♥ Less bleeding

♥ Less inflammation

♥ Healthier gums

♥ Happier smile

BONUS: LESS ANXIETY from trying to decide how to answer the floss police!!

So, do yourself a HUGE favor and get a waterflosser. Click the amazon link below, and let Bezos hook you up. Swing by Target and one of the nice employees will bring it out! Grab one when you hit the local pharmacy. It doesn’t matter how your shop!

Get one and make your SMILE HAPPY!!



This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Cindy S

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