A co-worker was headed out the door a bit ago to get her teeth cleaned. I asked her if she flossed, and she told me she didn’t because it made her gums bleed. I explained that the reason they bleed in the first place is gingivitis, caused most frequently but failure to floss, and that if she would just “get over the hump” and floss until they stopped bleeding, they would never bleed again and her mouth would be a lot healthier. To this I added two important dental corollaries:
- You only need to floss the teeth you want to keep.
- Be true to your teeth, or your teeth will be false to you.
Another conversation led to discussion of braces, and my own diastema, a space between my upper central incisors. When I was a teenager, my orthodontist tried unsuccessfully to fix mine, but in the end it worked out fine, since Abby has long since forbade me from getting rid of it, citing its overpowering sexiness.