Compilation of Excuses

After being so serious for a while it is time to lighten up for a moment.

People are funny creatures. You can tell all sorts of tales of them and their funny ways. This time I will tell you about people’s creativity when they put a blame on so many other things than their own indolence when it comes to oral hygiene routines.

I’ve collected a list of the answers we get to two of the very common questions we ask. Let’s see if you recognise yourself?

So Are You Using Your Electric Toothbrush?

  • lost in a house move
  • it’s still in an unpacked box after a house move (moved a year ago)
  • it’s still in an unopened box after buying it a year ago
  • out of battery and haven’t got around to charge it
  • it’s malfunctioning
  • can’t find brush heads from the shops
  • I don’t have a plug-in in the toilet
  • it makes me feel dizzy
  • it’s too vigorous.. I’m nervous about loosing a filling
  • dropped it and it broke
  • the manual toothbrush is quicker
  • the manual toothbrush is easier to use
  • it takes too long
  • it’s too noisy.. I’m afraid of waking up the kids/wife/neighbour/partner
  • I don’t like the feeling in my head
  • it tickles too much
  • it makes my gums bleed
  • it hurts
  • the bristles feel too hard
  • don’t have batteries in the house (battery operated electric toothbrush)

How About Are You Cleaning Between The Teeth?

  • too difficult
  • too tired
  • floss gets stuck/shreds
  • my gums bleed
  • I lost a filling once
  • it hurts
  • my teeth are so close together that the floss/interdental brush/toothpick is impossible to use
  • I use a mouthwash instead
  • I use the water pick
  • I rinse with water after every meal
  • I use chewing gum
  • my gaps between the teeth are so wide that nothing gets stuck there
  • I push the bristles of the toothbrush between the teeth
  • I use a toothpaste that says it cleans between the teeth
  • I run out of floss/interdental brushes/toothpick (last year) and never got round to buy new ones
  • can’t be bothered
  • it makes the gaps between my teeth wider
  • I don’t have time for it
  • don’t know which one to use
  • is it harmful?
  • is it needed? I never see anything coming out when I floss
  • are you?

Linnanmäki, Finland.

Feel free to add more excuses on the comment box!


Have you dropped your dentures in the toilet?

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You know the feeling when you have just finished writing an important project like a novel, report or a BLOG POST and the device throws in a blue screen of death. Well my equivalent to blue screen today was to drop my mobile phone into the toilet (continue reading for the advice on dentures). In it went and so did my nearly ready next blog post stored in the phone’s memory.

At the moment – 3 hours from the moment of doom – the phone is still dead and I have arrived to a holiday destination in a remote area where replacement for my device is difficult to get (thank god for spouse’s pc that makes this post update possible). So I am sipping away well deserved wine despite the fact that the bacteria in my mouth will metabolise it to nasty carcinogen and cause me an early death.

Anyway about toilet seats. I live in a country where the toilet is flushed with a drinking water and if you have read my previous post you know that the quality of the drinking water needs to be of certain level. So dropping your dentures or mobile phone into the toilet is not THAT disastrous thing really (if only the mobile phone would survive the wet conditions). Plus I have a memory of my teacher in dental school – the same scary periodontist as on one of my previous post. She was teaching us about different bacteria in mouth and said with great wonder that

“they have found even bacteria that is normally found from people’s rectum”

To us young students it was no reason for wonder (like it was to this near-retirement-age teacher) that bacteria from rectum was found from people’s mouth. People mingle with all sorts of things nowadays.

So there is more reason not to worry if you dentures accidentally fall into the toilet. If they survived the fall without cracking, just pick them up, wash your hands and clean the denture with washing up liquid like Fairy (not toothpaste) and they are as good as new.

Now I must apologise my rampant writing, just poured down my third glass of wine. Also, I hope you understand that my blog post might be quiet for a week or so.