A Funny Thing Happened in the Toronto Airport

As a dental hygienist, you get used to the funny reactions people have when they you tell them that’s your profession. Some cover their mouths, others ask for advice, but the most will tell you how much they hate flossing. When I go on to tell people that I work for Water Pik, the reactions are even more fun. I sometimes get “you mean that thing that goes ‘psh, psh, psh’ between your teeth”; often followed by ‘I have or I want’ one of those.

In my travels I’ve had hotel clerks and flight attendants tell me how much they love their Water Flosser. I’ve even helped people in Target figure out which Water Flosser was right for them. But my best encounter took place a couple of weeks ago in the Toronto airport.
As I was going through security, I could see that the screener kept looking over at my laptop (which had my Water Pik business card taped to it). He kept looking at my computer then would glance at me. As it came through, and I went to retrieve it – he stopped what he was doing and asked me if I worked for Water Pik. Yes, I replied. “I love it, I love it, I love it” he exclaimed. “I loved it so much I got one for my son and he loves it too!” I was bit stunned; he stopped the entire line to tell me this. However, I could not help smiling and thanking him for using our product. As the people behind looked on in some amazement, I simply smiled at them too, and went on my way.

And as I walked away, something occurred to me. In my 30 plus years as a dental hygienist, I have never had anyone get excited like that over dental floss. On the other hand, more and more, I meet people like the security screener who tell me how much they love their Water Flosser. It is a great feeling to work for a company, which manufactures a product that makes a difference in people’s lives.

6 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened in the Toronto Airport

  1. That’s pretty funny to think about – like water pik groupies? I can dig it. ( :

    Yeah I run a dentist office in Issaquah office and it’s not too hard to get people to make the switch to something other than dental floss – people are understandably tired of sore bleeding gums.

  2. It is funny , I love your blog it is awesome
    Thanks for posting such a useful information
    Best Regards
    Dental Software Australia

  3. Your blog is fantastic! Great work – Keep it up!

  4. Fatima says:

    I always get the same reaction from people when I tell them I’m a dental hygienist! People just assume I’m going to judge their teeth.
    I love how excited the security guard was to tell you how great he though the Water Pik was!! That must have been so funny!

  5. Sue says:

    I really love peoples enthusiasm and their willingness to share something positive… Good stuff!

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