FOR AS LONG AS HUMANS HAVE CHEWED FOOD (that’s a long time) they’ve looked for efficient ways to rid themselves of bits and pieces caught between their teeth. It’s not just a modern dilemma. In fact, little grooves from ancient toothpicks have been found in prehistoric human teeth! But it wasn’t until more recently that we really figured out a good system. Flossing!
Dental Floss Is Awesome
You may not think about it very often but around our practice, we think modern dental floss is amazing stuff. Really. Some history buffs trace its origins to Dr. Levi Spear Parmly of New Orleans, who recommended that patients start using strands of silk to clear out the spaces between their teeth.
That was back in 1815. Since then, modern dentistry has learned just how powerful flossing is. It’s not JUST for removing annoying food particles between teeth.
Five Cool Reasons You Should Love Dental Floss
1. Dental floss is super handy!
Floss is great for tying up decorations, cutting dough for pastries, and it has even been used in a few infamous prison escapes (though of course, our team doesn’t recommend that).
2. Dental floss is a great value.
For just a few dollars you can prevent costly dental procedures down the road.
3. Dental floss helps your mouth feel cleaner and fights bad breath.
Flossing reaches more tooth surface and food debris than brushing alone.
4. Dental floss could save your teeth.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss. Flossing helps keep your gums healthy, and your teeth where they belong.
5. Dental floss could save your life.
We don’t mean to sound overly dramatic, but many health professionals believe that unhealthy gums can actually increase your risk for other major health issues including lung disorders, heart disease, and early-term labor.
Flossing Is Simple, And Makes Sense
Surprisingly, many people still don’t realize the benefits of flossing. Depending on which study you read, 60-90% of people don’t floss daily. If you’re one of them, we challenge you to do an experiment. Floss every day for three weeks. You will notice healthier gums and a cleaner mouth. After three weeks it will have become a habit and you’ll keep doing it because you love it.
Find a flossing system or type of floss that works for you. You can use waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not. If you don’t like putting your hands in your mouth, try floss picks.
Questions For Us?
If you have ANY questions about your oral health, or you’d like to share a story about how you’ve become a “floss believer”, let us know! Comment below, post on our Facebook page, or of course you can always call us.