Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Wonders of Dental Floss

Besides being one of the best ways to keep teeth healthy (and smiles bright), dental floss is an amazing invention.  The first dental floss was crafted from silk by a New Orleans dentist in 1815.  In 1898, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation received the first patent for dental floss.

Today, about 3-million miles of floss are purchased annually in the U.S.  Unfortunately, we don't use it nearly as often as we should:  only about 12% of us actually floss daily, and 49% of us don't floss at all!

Of course some people have devised some unorthodox uses for dental floss, including shoelaces, cheesecake cutters, picture hangers, fishing lines, travel clotheslines, and kite string.  And then, of course, dental floss comes in handy for prison escapes.  In 1991, prisoners at the Hays County Jail in San Marcos, Texas, braided dental floss to create an escape rope.

At Wilmette Dental, we recommend saving dental floss for teeth...and using it at least twice a day!