How to Motivate Yourself to Maintain Your Dental Health

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Reader Comments (32)

Oh please Scott, don't tell me you actually have one of these. And if so, where can I get one from? It doesn't matter though, I'd be proud to say that Scott Meyer's mommy made my dentures!

He does have one, the waterfall out of his mouth is gross, and I think he got it at Costco. ~Missy

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJawfin

I didn't know that those devices were still a "thing."

On the bright side, my sweetie got me a BI 2013 desk calendar! Win!

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

I just got one of these for christmas, at my request, too. (From Amazon, commenter asking where one gets them; waterpik is the main brand, the 40ish dollar one with the good rating and hardly any reviews saying it stopped working is probably the best bet. And you can use Scott's Amazon referral link!)

I disagree with flossing being a simple, inexpensive process. It takes bloody ages to do a decent job of it. If you're just using loose floss then you're having to stick whole sections of your hand in your mouth, and if you're using those disposable angled floss doodads then you're either disposing of a lot of them or you're just rubbing the crud from between one pair of teeth between another pair of teeth.

Mind, you don't really *have to* have a droolerfall when using a tooth-shooter, you can do a quadrant of your mouth while your mouth gradually inflates with water, then spit it all out in one go, which is if anything less disgusting than toothpaste spit!

Also Scott, some people suggest putting a little bit of mouthwash in with the water, if you fancy having a nice minty-smelling droolerfall.

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRavenBlack

I never floss enough either, so thanks Scott, for telling me there is a better way (better for us lazy jerks, not for the poor women who associate with us).

December 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

I have never found a way to clean my teeth that WASN'T disgusting. I have my dad's large teeth in my mom's small mouth, which is one reason. I take some pleasure, being childless, in knowing that my less-than-wonderful oral genetics will die with me.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Like mac, I didn't know these were a 'thing'.

Now I have to stop my husband from learning that they exist.

Oh, and thank you for your further contribution to global warming, Scott - I assume these employ electricity, and that there isn't a trained archerfish in that box! (Now excuse me while I use my Christmas toenail polisher with integral coffee-maker and carpet-steamer)

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Okay, I'd never heard of this Waterpik Ultra thing before, but I'm definitely going to have to get one; I'm worried about my teeth and it sounds like it would be quicker, more effective and less painful than flossing.

Scott, you should work for these guys on commission, this was a great advertisement. :p

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

Also, I would order it from the Amazon link to help you out but the Canadian one doesn't carry it and the American one won't ship to Canada. I'll have to find it at some local big-box store - failing that, the only option seems to be the ones on ebay which are almost twice the cost.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

What is the name of the device? I can't find anything using "tooth-shooter" per BWM's comment.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercfg

I'm intrigued by the notion of an Auto-Flosser, but I'd hate to be on the wrong end of a defective one. Of course, then my widow could get a nice big settlement from the manufacturer.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjvwalt

Yeah, well, I use a waterpik, and here's a hint: run diluted bleach through it every now and then. The particles of black crud that come out when you do this is mold.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMattF

This is my exact attitude for the same device.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThestas

Been using my waterpik for 3 years now. Much, much, much better than floss!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I've got this flosser from Phillips Sonicare - It is AWESOME!

Philips Sonicare HX8111/30 Airfloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMoon

if you're using those disposable angled floss doodads then you're either disposing of a lot of them or you're just rubbing the crud from between one pair of teeth between another pair of teeth.

Flossing isn't necessarily about "cleaning the crud" from between your teeth so much as dislodging it, and also keeping your gums from encroaching too much (hence why if you floss rarely you'll bleed). Using one or two of the floss pick things for your whole mouth is perfectly fine. Pay attention next time your hygienist flosses your teeth for you. They don't use a new section of floss between each tooth.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBobman

I had a Water-pik brand water-pik 40 years ago when I had braces. Now I have a Water-pik brand water-flosser. My dentist says it'll keep my gums from abandoning my teeth and I agree, it is somehow more fun than floss-flossing.

(Note the manufacturer's instructions specifically call for the droolerfall technique.)

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFester Addams

While the entire concept of flossing is disgusting beyond words, and one only engages in it sporadically, fueled by fear engendered by a dental hygienist, we must also remember that Waterpik also pioneered the Shower Massage (marrying the shower and the vibrator), and thus brought astonishing orgasms within the reach of the average housewife. So, it's got that going for it.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Trippy... My big Christmas present this year was a Phillips Sonicare Ultimate dual handset toothbrush with ultraviolet sterilizer. Yeah, I know it sounds like my wife is trying to give me a hint, but seriously, I asked for it. I swear!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

The best-known brand is Waterpik. My brother and I had to use one when we had braces, because braces just eat toothbrush bristles.
Worked pretty well, lasted for years, never gave us any trouble.
Of course, that was in the '70's, when they were made in America - I don't know about now.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

The panel 2 was hilarious!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAri

can I get one from? It doesn't matter though, I'd be proud to say that Scott Meyer's mommy made my dentures!

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRimelig tannlege

I make my own toothpaste based on calcium bentonite clay and xylitol. Anything you can buy in the store is useless, except floss. The CDC and ADA now admit that flouride is bad for you, get it out of our water. Flouride is very brittle; when it is present in the tooth it will break more easily, same goes for bones. LIPUS can regrow teeth provided the root is intact so you don't have to live with fillings/crowns. Sadly we're still being denied LIPUS treatment even though the technology has been completed before 2006 and should have been commercially available in 2009. Implanting mercury fillings should constitute dental malpractice. If we don't become informed we are the ones to suffer.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthias

My mom just got dentures and I need two crowns, so I just bought a Waterpik myself. However, my dentist says that with my gums, I should both flush AND floss. Sigh... I can't win.

December 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

"Used water" sounds like a eupehmism for pee.

Just thought I'd make the mental image a little worse. You're welcome.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

Yay, another fluoride conspiracy theorist.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

so much dental knowledge
it;s like you guys are *interested* in *teeth*
that has to be so wrong!

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwle

How does the Amazon affiliate link work? If I click on it, and then search for a book and buy it, do you make some money from it? Or do you only make money from the initial book the affiliate link takes me to?

If you click on the link here, then browse to other products, we'll still get an affiliate commission on anything you buy during that visit. If the code "tag=basicinstru-20" appears in the link, we'll get a small percentage of the sale. Thank you for asking, and thank you if you choose to use the links! ~Missy

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRich

"Sadly no." seems to be Missy's most common remark.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt S

I have one of these and I like it. Though, it's definitely one of the messiest hygiene products I've ever used.

December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMute

Who really thinks that flossing is too hard? It took me about a week to learn how to floss - it's a pretty simple process, and takes all of one minute. (I admit that I sometimes skip a day but that is sheer laziness.)

I have medium-sized hands and a medium-sized mouth (I think?) but even if you can't get two of your massive manly digits into your surprisingly small maw, one can adjust the tension/torque/angle on the floss and achieve satisfactory results. A Waterpik is not the same thing at all.

Another tip: If you think flossing is icky, brush your teeth halfway; put the brush down; floss; then finish brushing - rinse and you are sparkly fresh and clean.

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLucy82

@ Lucy82 , I guess it also depends on how straight your teeth are in the first place. If you have somewhat crooked teeth positions, flossing gets a bit difficult.

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEsn

I usually don't have a problem picking my favorite panel, but damn, every one of these is gold! Leaning 3....

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterj
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