A Brief History Of Dental Floss

Today, Flossing Is A staple of oral hygiene and health. But have you ever wondered when we started flossing? You might be surprised by the answer.

Flossing Is An Older Concept Than You Might Think

While we don’t know the exact beginnings of flossing, it looks like as long as food has been getting stuck in our teeth, we’ve used some type of interdental cleaner. Discoveries have been made that suggest cleaning between teeth was practiced as early as the Prehistoric period!

Did you know that even some species of monkeys practice flossing? This has been most prominently observed in Thailand. Long-tailed macaque monkeys have been known to pull out hair from their human visitors and use it as floss! They have also been observed flossing with coconut fibers or twigs. Mothers even take the time to teach their young how to floss properly!

The First Dentist To Recommend Flossing

Floss as we know it today was developed around 200 years ago. In 1815, an American dentist named Levi Spear Parmly introduced the idea of using waxen silk thread as floss. In his book called “A Practical Guide to the Management of Teeth,” he stated that the silk thread should be run “through the interstices of the teeth… to dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove and which is the real source of disease.”

Unfortunately, flossing didn’t catch on right away. Victorian’s were more interested in toothpicks than putting their hands in their mouths to pull thread through their teeth. Charles Dickens–along with many other wealthy gentlemen of the time–owned a retractable toothpick engraved with his initials and ornamented with ivory. Fancy!

Over Time, Flossing Slowly Gained Popularity

It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that flossing became more widespread. During World War II, Dr. Charles C. Bass, known as “The Father of Preventive Dentistry,” developed nylon floss, noting that it was more elastic and durable than silk. After the war, flossing became much more mainstream.

Keep Up The Good Work And Floss On!

For the most part, floss today is still made of nylon. But now, there are a lot more options than there used to be such as dental tape, waxed floss or woven floss. There are pre-threaded floss picks and floss threaders for orthodontic patients; there are even devices that floss your teeth with water or air!

All in all, it doesn’t much matter what you use to floss, what matters is that you do! Correct daily flossing can make all the difference in your oral health and is one of the simplest ways to prevent tooth decay. So, since human beings have been cleaning between their teeth for centuries, all we have to say is keep up the good work, and floss on!

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Giving Back to Veterans Giveaway

Our country’s veterans need help.

While we have always supported our active duty military patients with care packages and discounts for their families as well as veterans, we have decided we want to do more.

After placing life and limb on the line to protect our freedoms and way of life, our military service men and women come home to limited government budgets and long waitlists at the VA.  The news is full of stories about veterans who have needlessly suffered this neglect and it’s heartbreaking that these heroes, the very souls who have so valiantly served our great nation are forgotten, cast aside, and left to fend for themselves.

That’s why this Veteran’s Day, we’re asking for your help to serve those who have served us.

TLC Dental Care is going to do something extraordinary for four of our extraordinary local veterans in need.

If you know of a vet who needs ANY type of dental care our practice offers (anything from a basic filling, to braces, veneers, implants or stabilizing dentures) we want to help them.

This Veteran’s Day, we’re going to give ONE Veteran in need the dental care they truly deserve.  Grand Prize… We’re going to cover 100% of the cost… even if they’re not our patient.

PLUS… three 2nd place winners of our Giving Back to Veteran’s Giveaway will win a $500.00 Gift Card to be used for any treatment or service at our dental practice.

If you know someone who has served our great country and you think they would like to be a part of this contest, please direct them to our Giveaway Webpage, or LIKE and share our post on our Facebook page with them, and give them a chance to tell us their story along with whatever dental treatment they may need.   The story with the most votes will determine the winning veterans so once voting begins, check back everyday and encourage all your friends and family to do the same.

Our goal is that this Veteran’s Day we’ll be able to serve someone who so bravely served you, me, and the rest of our nation.  Please help us help a veteran get the care they need and deserve.

Contest Details 

Tell Us Your Story:  Let us know who you are, how long and where you have served, and why you are looking forward to the dental care you need.

Contestant Selection process:  Once all story submissions have been reviewed, Dr. Cribbs and her TLC Dental Care team will select and review 10 semi-finalists. Upon examination and consulting they’ll then narrow the pool to only 5 finalists and only they will be entered into our LIVE voting round on Nov 8th.  The top 5 contestants will selected upon examination by the Custom Dental team based on their story and their current dental needs.

Submission Deadline:  Oct 17, 2017 –  Nov 22, 2017

The Prize Selection Method:  The 4 stories with the most votes wins. Voting will begin at 12 am on Dec 1st, 2017 and end on Dec 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 pm.  So be sure to tell all of your friends, relatives and co-workers to go to our Giveaway webpage and vote.  One vote per IP address per day is allowed.

Prizes:  The story with the most votes is the Grand Prize Winner and will receive the dental care they need at no cost, up to $15,000!  The next three highest number of votes will be the 2nd Prize winners and they will receive a $500 gift card for any treatment or service at our dental practice.

Date For Prize Give Away:  Dec 4th, 2017

Want To Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

We All Know That Feeling… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth. We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!

It All Starts With Bacteria

We’re not the only ones who need to eat to stay alive, so do the bacteria living in our mouths. When they snack on whatever’s left behind from our last meal, they release foul-smelling odors as a by-product, causing bad breath.

What you can do: Clean your teeth after every meal! Brush, floss and pop in a piece of sugar-free gum for good measure. This will eliminate food debris and bacteria from your mouth and prevent bad breath. A clean mouth, is a fresh mouth!

Choose Breath-Friendly Foods And Beverages

Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages can make bad breath more likely, such as sugary foods and drinks, garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol.

What you can do: Choose breath-friendly foods and beverages! Water washes away food debris and increases saliva flow in your mouth, protecting your teeth and mouth from bacteria. Healthy food choices such as carrots, celery and apples are high in water content and actually work as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing plaque bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth.

Good Oral Hygiene Can Reduce Morning Breath

Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Why is this? It’s mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check. When we sleep at night, however, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. If you sleep with your mouth open, it can be even worse.

What you can do: To make your morning breath less offensive, follow a good oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing your teeth before bed, you’re giving bacteria less food to munch on, which will help your breath be better in the morning.

In addition, we highly recommend cleaning your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper, since this is where most bad breath-causing bacteria are found. Another tip is to keep water by your bedside. When you wake up at night, take a drink! Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.

We’re Here For You

For the most part, bad breath is manageable. If you feel like your halitosis is severe however, especially if you follow the steps above, it can be a sign of something more serious such as gum disease, diabetes, sinus problems, gastric reflux or liver or kidney disease. If this is the case, come in to see us so we can address the issue and find the proper solution. We are here to serve you! Visit TLC Dental Care to know more.

Our patients’ smiles make it all worthwhile!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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