Last night found me leaving the house at 11PM to visit the nearby pharmacy.
To obtain floss.
Here's the story.
Like a good
It was not pleasant, and the more that I tried to re-floss to get the threads out, the more threads got stuck.
Other measures were required, and my first attempted solution met with failure. No, the Water Pik was not able to blast the tightly stuck floss loose.
Next, I tried to pull the floss out with Sue's tweezers (bottom) — to no avail.
I was preparing to live with the inconvenience during the night and to look for a different brand of floss in the morning when I realized the pharmacy was still open.
Out I went ... and returned with two purchases — Oral-B Superfloss and G.U.M. floss (see photo, back middle). Superfloss is the kind that you stick and pull thru the teeth from the side above the gum line when you can't get the usual floss to go down between your teeth. It helped to remove some of the threads but not enough.
So, I tried the G.U.M brand, which I purchased thinking that it might be tough enough to get thru my teeth without shredding and thus compounding the problem. I extracted only a few inches of floss before the thing jammed up and would yield no more. The little that I did get out seemed to do some good, but I still had some floss stuck in my teeth. No amount of prying and cajoling yielded me any more floss.
I was getting quite hot and bothered by this time.
After almost giving up in despair, I remembered that I had a small container of another brand of floss in my travel bag. This was courtesy of my dentist, who kindly gifts me with floss and a toothbrush after a visit when I have re-mortgaged my house to pay for his latest luxury vacation.
I extracted a little, used it, and moved some more threads from the offending teeth. But I needed to give it another go to remove the final but obstinate miscreants.
Lo and behold! Hadn't all of the floss rewound back into the container?!
Fortunately, I was able to pry open the container with my handy dandy Swiss Army knife (too bad I had been unable to accomplish this with the G.U.M floss earlier), and extricate some more floss.
After about two more passes, my teeth were clear of the damnable floss threads although I confess that my gums were bleeding a bit after all of this attention.
I am so grateful for incidents such as this for giving me something to blog about other than my charming grandchildren whom I'm sure the work has come to hate after all of these years of countless pictures and my concomitant doting .