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  1. Problem StatementM L. M • I would like to floss my teeth daily.

  2. I need to improve my flossing routine because: • Poor flossing can lead to periodontitis, in which there is an advanced state of gum destruction, thereby causing teeth instability. • Some researchers believe there is a link between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. • One periodontist believes that flossing regularly can increase a person’s life expectancy by six years.

  3. Proposed Solutions • Incorporate flossing as part of my daily routine—something that becomes as integrated to my day as taking a shower. • Place visible reminders throughout this routine that would reinforce this commitment. • Involve a partner in my flossing schedule. • Make an appointment with my dentist to evaluate the condition of my gums.

  4. Strategy • I bought multiple packages of floss and placed them throughout my house as visible reminders. • Floss was placed in the shower, bathroom, my office desk, & at the table next to my bed.

  5. Strategy with rationale • I posted a storyboard to chart my progress. • This served as a visible reminder. • I asked my boyfriend to remind me to floss. • My boyfriend served as an external source of “peer pressure.”

  6. Strategy with rationale • Finally, I made an appointment with my dentist to clean my teeth & evaluate my gums midway through the project period. • This was an external source of motivation, because I wanted the dentist to see my progress.

  7. I need to improve my flossing routine because: • Poor flossing can lead to periodontitis, in which there is an advanced state of gum destruction, thereby causing teeth instability. • Some researchers believe there is a link between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. • One periodontist believes that flossing regularly can increase a person’s life expectancy by six years.

  8. Data collection

  9. Interpretation of Data Collection • The longest relapse was partly due to a vacation that took me out of the process improvement “environment.” • With this exception, it appears that the strategy is effective—I am flossing on a regular basis, with occasional skips, that don’t indicate a true break in good habits. • The most valid indicator will be from the dentist—a visit is scheduled in 3 weeks.

  10. Addendum • To correct for lapses that occur during travel, I can plan “check up” dental visits immediately after a vacation. This will “strongly encourage” my flossing habits. • I did have a dental appointment on November 7, and the hygenist reported a “marked improvement” in my gum condition.