Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Appropriate flossing areas...

I'm just throwin' this out there. I have something stuck in my tooth, and I'll spend the entire day trying to get it out with my tongue until I can get a hold of some floss or a toothpick. It's no big deal really, I know I'll get it out sooner or later.

Of course, I have to go to the men's room to take care of some fluid business, and I hear the unmistakable sound of someone spitting in the sink. I don't know why this is bothering me, but it is. I come around to wash my hands before returning to work, despite the fact that I do not work in food service and did not pee on my hands, and lo and behold, this guy is doing full oral care at the sink(s). He's actively flossing, and... well... I guess his dentist would agree with his action, but I'm just grossed out. This is a public bathroom, really. Yes, it's at work, and I certainly hope that we as his co-workers are hygenic and all. But for me? I think it would bother me less if he did his flossing in his cubicle, or even in a stall or something. You ever see the stuff that flies out of your mouth when flossing? Not to mention, the stuff that's going in your mouth as each pull of the string pulls airborne bacteria directly in between your teeth. I know, I know. These bacteria are probably flying around here around my head as I type this, but I just don't care.

So, it boils down to this... what do you think? I think it's gross to floss in a public restroom, even one at the workplace. I don't want his mouth-bacteria flying around my sink, and I'm sure he doesn't want my special brand of fecal cauliform jumping on his floss. But hey, if he's all for it, then should I say whatever?

Flossing in public? Yay or Nay?

2 comments:

Lori said...

I go to a music school where I'm used to seeing wind and brass players brushing teeth, ect, in the bathroom. Gotta do what you gotta do. My problem is when they empty the spit valves of their instruments onto the floor. grosss.

Symo said...

Yikes, that spit valve on the floor stuff is pretty gross, I agree. I knew I'd be the minority here when I freaked out, but I just want to see how much of a minority...