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!
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.
Be An Example For Your Kids
We try our best to teach your kids how to brush and floss, but in the end, your kids will learn from your example. If you’re part of the 60-90% of people don’t floss daily, 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. Teach your kid to floss as soon as they have teeth close enough together to touch. It will be a while before they have the dexterity to do a good job, but practice makes perfect.
Questions For Us?
If you have ANY questions about your family’s 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.