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Dental Floss

A brief history of…DENTAL FLOSS

Ancient times: “Floss” and toothpick grooves have been found in the teeth of prehistoric humans.

Lightbulb  Dental floss development

1815: Dr Parmly, a New Orleans dentist, promoted teeth flossing with a piece of silk thread.

1882: Mass production of unwaxed silk floss began in the USA.

1898: The first dental floss patent was awarded in the USA.

1940s: Dr Bass developed a more shred-resistant nylon floss and promoted teeth flossing as an important part of oral hygiene. Waxed floss was also made.

Interdental brushes are a more recent alternative to flossing. These consist of a narrow brush available in different widths to clean in the spaces between teeth.



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