A friend told me in high school “don’t floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep.”  I have followed that advice over the years.  I think the Americans who are reading this can remember going to the dentist and them asking “Do you floss?” with a tad bit of contempt because I think many exaggerate their dental hygiene routine.  I never had to.  But then at the end of each cleaning, the dentist would finish up with a good old flossing.  Not in France.  My husband flosses a few times a year and will always have bleeding gums after and say “this is why I don’t floss” not realizing that his gums are bleeding because he doesn’t floss.  I have now been to two different dentists in Paris and neither asked if I flossed nor did they finish with a flossing. Though one charged me 121€ for a special fluoride treatment which was not covered by neither my basic nor supplemental insurance.  Still, no flossing. photo

Even finding a selection of floss in Paris is challenging. I think the Americans can visualize the multitude of floss options at the pharmacy.  Waxed, glide, classic, mint, flossing sticks.  But not here in France, I found two.   The last time I was in the U.S. I stocked up on my J&J waxed mint floss in the jumbo container. Visine as well does not exist in France that I can find.  It’s bizarre assimilating into a new culture and learning about what is considered important.  I still floss daily and believe it is making a difference with my health and in the end, that’s what matters.

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One Response to Flossing

  1. Heather M says:

    Let me know if you need a shipment of dental floss and visine! xo H

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