Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dental Floss ... A Tooth's Best Friend

Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth. Here are a few fun facts from Wilmette Dental on the marvels of floss -- an amazing dental care tool:

A Little floss does a BIG job.  In fact, don't floss and you miss cleaning a whopping 35% of your tooth surfaces -- even if you're thoroughly brushing your teeth.

About three million miles of dental floss are purchased each year in the U.S.  Yet only about 12% of Americans floss daily, and nearly half don't floss at all!

Dental floss was introduced in 1815, and was originally made of silk.  In 1898, the Johnson and Johnson Corporation received the first patent ever for dental floss.

Floss has earned a reputation for some rather unconventional uses.  Some of these unique floss applications include cheesecake cutting, picture hanging, making fishing lines, and crafting kite string.  It's also been rumored that dental floss has been woven together by prison inmates to create escape rope.

Floss, admittedly, can be a bit tricky to use.  The staff at Wilmette Dental is happy to show you easy ways to make this important tool a regular -- and quick -- part of your daily oral care routine.

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