My Greatest Fear #41: Cutting Off Circulation in My Finger While Flossing and Losing the Finger

dental-flossI’ve flossed my teeth every day for the last 14 years. You could drive a Hummer over my gums and they wouldn’t bleed (okay, not the best choice of words there, but I’m sticking with it). I use the same thick Glide floss that James Bond uses to strangle villains.

It doesn’t take me long to floss, but I often look at my fingers–the floss wound tightly around them–after a minute of flossing, and the circulation in them is completely cut off. They’re a shade of purple that doesn’t belong on the human body. It’s then that I always wonder: Did I just kill my finger?

Of course this hasn’t happened, nor will it ever happen…or will it? How long does it take for a finger to die of lack of circulation? Five minutes? Ten minutes? What if I ate popcorn that day and have a lot of deep flossing to do? What if I get distracted by an interesting smell or rogue hair and forget about the floss on my finger? It could happen.

Do you floss? Have you ever experienced this issue? If so, are you typing your comment with all ten fingers?