Friday, November 09, 2012

What does this mean, clean teeth and the party.

1. I know, without even having to think about it, that Alec has just poured his milk into my lap not because he is being bad, but because he is frustrated that I am reading the paper and not talking to him. I feel as if I'm making progress in toddler wrangling.

2. Last time I saw the hygienist, it was horrible: a mean woman in a welding mask lectured me about not flossing and then hurt my teeth with scraping buzzing things. This time, an enthusiastic hygienist races out of the room to bring me "something you might like better than floss." Then she tells me how I can acquire good habits (all things I knew from writing, it turns out). And then, best of all, she explains that (and no-one had  told me this before) the sudden decline in my dental health is not entirely my fault: it happens when you have a baby, and it means you need to work a bit harder with the brushing.

3. Mary is throwing a party to mark her birthday... and to cheer up her colleagues (and all of us) in a time of uncertainty. It's too loud and too busy to talk about worries, so we swap gossip and make jokes and give glossy accounts of ourselves.


  1. So now I'm curious what would be better than floss. :)

  2. Not better than floss necessarily -- it's just that I hate flossing so I never do it. I don't know what they're called -- little tiny brushes.

  3. I have one of those little brushes, which works on the teeth with bigger spaces. There are little holders for floss that might help.
    The best advice I was given to help me make it a habit to "break up the germ parties" between my teeth was to put the floss with the TV remote. It reminded me to do it, became a habit, and now the floss can be hidden away again. Of course, if you left it out and within reach, it might become an object of curiosity . . and possibly hazardous . . .

  4. That's a good tip, Mary -- but TV just isn't a habit with me right now! I brush my teeth in the shower, though, and I often have a bit of time then to floss.


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