Library School + Life Tip #7: Floss Your Teeth!

Okay, flossing your teeth isn’t sexy advice, and it’s not very scholarly either. It’s not a revelation, on top of that! You hear it from your dentist and dental hygienist every time you go for your 6-month check-up, right? But it’s good advice, and it’s an inexpensive and quick thing to do for your health.

How does flossing relate to library school? Well, as we’re learning in the classroom, we’ve all heard about the importance of networking, internships, and meeting people. When you meet someone new in any situation, what do you notice first?  There are several things I notice in the first few seconds, including handshake, eye contact, and smile. Factored into that is general hygiene and grooming. If your teeth and gums are clean and healthy, and your breath smells sweet, you’re more likely to smile and show off those pearly whites to help make a good first impression, right?

Besides, who wants to deal with a toothache during finals?!

Check out the links below for more information about flossing, and then buy some dental floss the next time you’re at the store. You might not have time to exercise, cook healthy meals, or get enough sleep every day while you’re in library school, but flossing your teeth is a quick and easy healthy habit for the busy grad student!

 Resources about flossing:

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/still-not-flossing-more-reasons-why-you-should

MSN Health

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/dental-care-brushing-and-flossing-your-teeth-15

About.com Dental Care

http://dentistry.about.com/od/dentalfactsfaqs/f/flossing.htm

LiveStrong

http://www.livestrong.com/article/190164-what-are-the-benefits-of-flossing-teeth-gums/

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dental_floss

Clipart from Clipartheaven.com

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About Lesley Looper

I'm a full-time library employee. I enjoy reading, photography, travel, blogging, and geocaching.
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