Who invented dental floss and why should you use it?
Our guide to who invented dental floss and some reasons why you should really use it as a part of your dental care routine.
Dental floss is an essential part of any good dental routine and you should try to floss your teeth at least once a day, ideally before bed time so you can be sure that your pearly whites are squeaky clean while you sleep. Some professionals say that flossing regularly can eradicate up to 80% of plaque and it can be beneficial to those that wear braces or similar orthodontic devices as well.
The first dental floss was first invented in 1881 by a dentist from New Orleans called Levi Spear Parmly. He wrote that running a waxen silk thread through the gaps between the teeth and gums to dislodge particles of food that could not be reached with a brush. He stated that he considered this to be the most important part of oral care. But dental floss did not become commercially available until 1882 when a company called Codman and Shurleft started creating floss made out of silk. By 1888, Johnson & Johnson patented dental floss and by World War II, it was being made out of nylon. Floss became an integral part of daily dental routines by the 1970s and the rest, as they say, is history!
Dental floss use is great for fighting plaque and dislodging debris that can cause damage to your teeth and gums. It should be done regularly and with a good quality product, using a good technique.
To use floss, all you do is measure out around 40cm from the roll, snip it or slice if you are using a dispenser with a built in slicer. Then, wrapping it around the end of each index finger, place it between two teeth, gently curving it against the side of each tooth and move back and forth in a ‘sawing’ motion using a medium amount of pressure. Be careful not to do it too hard- a good indication is that if it hurts, be more gentle- and be sure to repeat the action between each gap in your mouth.
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