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Dental floss is an important part of proper oral hygiene. It may come as a surprise to learn that only 12 percent of Americans floss every day, according to the ADA. The concept of flossing isn’t a new one. Evidence found by researchers suggests that interdental cleaning has been practiced since Prehistoric times.

Researchers have found evidence of floss use in prehistoric times. Archeologists have found evidence that Neanderthals used toothpicks made from small sticks to clean between their teeth.

In 1815, a New Orleans dentist began suggesting that his patients use a thin silk thread to clean between their teeth. The flossing idea caught hold and in 1882, the Codman and Shurleft Company began mass-producing unwaxed silk dental floss. In 1898, the very first floss patent was granted to Johnson & Johnson. This floss was made from the same silk material used for silk stitches by doctors.

Silk has a tendency to shred and its costs rose during World War II. These were both contributing factors to the replacement of silk with nylon as the main material in floss in the 1940s. Because floss was now made from nylon, waxed floss could be developed in the 1940s and dental tape in the 1950s.

Today, Gore-Tex material is used in some varieties of floss. Spongy floss and soft floss have been developed for sensitive gums. Floss picks, which simplify the process of flossing the back teeth and flossing with braces, have become quite popular.

We welcome you to contact Texas Teeth today to learn more about flossing in Mesquite, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scharla Collins. Our dentist and team are excited to help you and your family reach and maintain ideal dental health.