And now she will know the truth


When I started to floss regularly, which I’m embarrassed to admit was well into my late 20s, I never did my back molars. They were hard to reach, and I thought “Whatever, they’re way back there and they can just take care of themselves.”

When I went to the dentist, my hygienist said that my gums looked great. I silently patted myself on the back for correctly saving all that molar-flossing time.

At least until she continued “…except at the back. At your back molars you’ve got some weird gum inflammation going on. I don’t know why it’s just there, but you should give the back more focus when you’re flossing.”

Lesson learned: You can’t fool the experts, so don’t bother trying. Put in that tiny extra effort.