Dental Floss: Whose Idea Was It?

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As long as people have had teeth, they have been getting things stuck between them, and have needed to find ways to get them out. And it’s not only a human concept. Monkeys in Thailand have been known to yank hair out to tourists to use as floss, and they also teach each other how to floss using twigs. In prehistoric times, people made their own toothpicks or used animal hair to get the job done.

The kind of floss that we use today made its appearance in 1815, when a dentist named Levi Spear Parmly introduced a thread covered in wax to clean between teeth. Dr. Charles Bass came up with idea of using nylon in the 1940’s.

Today, there is no shortage of dental floss. It comes in waxed and unwaxed brands, and flavored and unflavored varieties. There are also water flossers, floss threaders and floss picks to help people who have trouble flossing their teeth.

But as our dentist, Dr. Peter D Kim will tell you, no matter what kind of floss you pick; it won’t do you much good if you don’t use it. And if a monkey can do it, so can you! We would be happy to tell you more about the right way to floss, and even what kind may best for you. If you would like to make an appointment at Truxtun Family Dentistry in Bakersfield, California, call 661-327-7497 today!