One of the biggest challenges dentists face is trying to convince patients to floss. Many individuals skip this essential part of their dental health routine, even though the American Dental Association states that people have to floss if they want to remove all of the plaque that a toothbrush can miss. If this plaque isn't removed, then it can harden into tartar and lead to tooth decay.
Recently, The New York Times published an article on the history of this essential dental tool. According to the news source, in the early 1800s, dentist Levi Spear Parmly suggested that people use silk thread to clean between their teeth, but most individuals were skeptical. However, by the 1870s, Asahel Shurtleff patented the first floss dispenser, a bobbin of thread with a U-shaped prong sticking out of its side.
Unfortunately, the news source added that many people still do not understand the importance of flossing and often avoid this simple step toward better dental health. People should consider making flossing a priority to avoid developing gum disease.
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