I’m 63 years old and they want me to floss.
Not only that, I now need to lose some 30 pounds.
Not to say that I’ve never done anything to change my attitude or lifestyle.
After all, I did quit smoking many years ago (but could easily start any day if you don’t get off my case) and along the way I have exhibited some qualities of humility that were more than a struggle for me.
But flossing? Come on.
Having just received my quarterly lecture from I must admit, a very patient dentist who is accustomed to my usual eye rolling and condescending smile, I realized that yes in spite of years of neglect and downright abhorrence of going to the dentist, I do need to take an active role in trying to save those few choppers I have left.
It’s either that or going plastic.
I shouldn’t be that big a deal but it is.
Simply get up ten minutes earlier, floss, brush and rinse after breakfast and coffee or coffee and breakfast which is more the norm.
It’s just that after coffee I’m already moving on the items to be done for the day, then I break for, breakfast and get back to other things.
Until nap time.
The teeth? Oops, I forgot. I do brush before bed but by then I’m too tired to floss, having just watched a repeat of the 5 o’clock news at 10, to do much of anything else.
Another change I could make but, these things take time.
Did I say I was 67?
I kinda like being obstinate, it’s my right-right?
I suppose it’s no longer an excuse to use the bad -dentist –when- I –was- a-kid argument but I do remember being drilled by a guy with a cigarette dangling from his lower lip and no anesthetic.
There is some consolation-he’s dead now.
They do get a little self righteous-dentists, like that’s the only thing going on in my life-keeping picks close by while watching football or flossing during the news.
Give me a break. I put one of his kids through college.
Did I say that it’s starting to cost a lot of money. With insurance as it is and no coverage from Medicare.
While being dragged kicking and screaming into my later years, flossing is not real high on my list.
There is that thing about the physiology of bacteria following a direct route from mouth to other organs, specifically the heart and brain.
Probably need those.
Did I say I was 67?
Ok, I bought the fluoride mouthwash and the $13 toothpaste and they did give me a supply of picks and floss (the kind with the handle) so it could be relatively, not so bad.
I’ll do it.
But I don’t have to like it.
Now for those 45 pounds…..