Floss is Boss!

May 12, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — roselleparkdental @ 3:10 pm

We all know how important it is to floss, but according to the American Dental Association, only 12 percent of Americans actually do it on a daily basis. Flossing at least once a day helps to remove food remnants from between your teeth that can’t be reached or dislodged by just regular brushing. Neglecting to floss can cause plaque buildup and cavity-causing decay, as well as an increased risk of gum disease. 
Using a tool to remove food from hard to reach places is by no means a new concept – in fact anthropologists have found prehistoric human teeth bones with grooves believed to have been created by the use of sticks and horse hair as toothbrush and floss.
The first documented use of floss was in 1815, when Americandentist Dr. Levi Spear Parmly published a book, A Practical Guide to the Management of Teeth, in which he suggested his patients floss daily using waxed silken threads. 
Sixty-seven years later, the concept had become popular enough that unwaxed silk floss was mass produced for the first time by the Codman and Shurleft Company in Massachusetts.  Johnson & Johnson also saw the opportunity for a booming new business and in 1898 patented the first dental floss.  
During World War II the cost of silk rose steeply, prompting an industry wide switch to nylon floss, which also proved to be a stronger material than silk since it shredded less.

Today, consumers have a whole host of options available to floss with, including soft floss for sensitive teeth, interdental brushes, dental picks, pre-threaded flossers, and water flossers. In addition to choosing the best tool, be sure to find a time every day that allows you to dedicate a few extra minutes to flossing.  Your teeth and gums will thank you!

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