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4 Little-Known Facts About Flossing

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Here are some interesting facts to read about flossing just in time for National Flossing Day.

Flossing may help you live longer.

Researchers have found that gum disease is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease. This may have to do with the bacteria in the mouth getting into the blood stream and affecting the arteries. Flossing helps reduce your risk of gum disease, therefore also decreasing your risk of heart disease!

Flossing has been around for a while. Although there is actually evidence that prehistoric humans may have used floss and toothpicks, it didn’t become popular until the early 1800’s when a New Orleans dentist began advising patients to floss daily with a silk thread.

Flossing took a while to catch on commercially. The first mass-produced floss didn’t hit the market until 1882. In 1898 the first dental floss patent was awarded to Johnson & Johnson.

Brushing can’t do the job all by itself. There’s no way to effectively clean the spaces in between your teeth by just brushing. The space between your teeth accounts for about 40% of your teeth’s surface area, so without flossing you’re only cleaning 60% of your teeth. And that’s the 100% truth!

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