Sarah has written that she is nervously training for her impending trip to the dentist. Now, I am aware that I am no model of dental comfort and perfection, but there is one area of oral hygiene in which, after years of faithlessness, I have finally found religion. Herein, I will proselytize.
Cerdo- here is wut you must do! You must go to the drugstore- Long's is best, if you have Long's in Chicago, otherwise Walgreen's will do or another such acceptable alternative- but not the Dollar $tore! The Dollar $tore is NOT an acceptable alternative! Not in this circumstance!
Proceed to the aisle or section labeled Mouth Care, since apparently no one knows the meaning of the word "oral" anymore*; find the floss, and near it find a product by the name of flossers, flossups, or some other stupid permutation of the word floss. Let's see, here's an image: Now, I myself have never personally tried Fun Flossers, with their luminous green color reminiscent of- what? Dinosaurs? Slime? The slime you are scraping from between your teeth? Boy if there's one image that spells F-U-N for me, it's slime! And oral care, er- I mean mouth care. It is hard to tell what kind of fun DenTek is implying can be had in this particular instance, but I will say I have used the classically "un-fun" Minted Flossers, as well as the Eez-Thru and Dento-Pik varieties and have found them to in fact be kind of fun! You get a little U-shape on a stick, see, on which the floss has been pre-strung; a clever design feature that means you can now floss one-handed! The other end of the stick is pointy-yet-malleable and can be used for scraping around the edge of your gums. Imagine the possibilities! I like to perform a leisurely floss n' scrape in bed at night while watching rented television programs. I also carry a little stash-bag with a couple of flossers in my purse, in case of post-salad spinach-tooth emergencies at restaurants. Forget "home care," good dental hygiene is now portable! You can do it on the boat!
Now, the important thing to remember when purchasing your Fun Flossers is that you don't want to skimp on cheap-o flimsy brands that shred, leaving itsy flossy bits between your teeth. You must look for important key words such as "Tuffloss," or anything that indicates the floss has been quality approved by NASA. Also, look for flossers that have the U-floss at one end, and instead of a mere plastic point, a complete Flossbrush or Brushpik at the other. And buy the big bag! You are sure to so enjoy your flossing experience, you'll be flossing night and day! At the office! While riding public transit! Anywhere, anytime, you too can pump up your dental training! Incorporate flossups into your dental routine, and your next visit is sure to at least suck less on some level! Good luck, Sarah, and have fun!
* Except in the specialized instance of abstinence-promoting cheers invented by religious teenagers such as, "Stay moral- go oral!" A real-life rally-cry from morally confused bastion of Mormondom, Idaho Falls, Idaho.