Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brazilian Floss Dispensers

While Erin & Gabi were visiting Brazil, last month, they took this picture in the unisex rest room of a restaurant/bar.
Ah, Brazil!
So many things to like - and public floss dispensers!
How did Brazil get so many light years ahead of  the US in dental public health?
My basic question is why wouldn't a restaurant that serves meat or corn or any food offer its guests floss in their rest rooms?
A couple of years ago, I joined a blogging group of restaurateurs here in Washington and found that this just wasn't a fashionable idea for them, and appeals to common sense or good business, or getting a publicity edge for their business didn't seem to move them.
The times may be different now. 
Buying a couple of these floss dispensers and passing them around in local restaurants is now on the NFC agenda for 2011!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Clean Your Bike Gears with Floss - Gear Floss

Here's a link to a description of how competative cyclers clean their gears - Gear Floss!

"If you’ve ever flossed between your cogs with a rag, you know how the rag constantly snags on the cogs, hindering progress. But Finish Line Gear Floss is loosely-woven, absorbent, microfiber rope that slides in between the cogs and does a beautiful job. You can also use it to remove the dog hair, grime, and grass wrapped around your jockey wheel center bolts and around your bottom bracket spindle where it meets your crank arm.
I have a big roll of Gear Floss that I chop hunks off of whenever I need – which is frequently during cyclocross season, but the stocking stuffer size is a package of 20 ropes, each 20 inches long. You can clean a lot of cogsets with one 20-inch piece, so don’t think that it’s only 20 cog cleanings in a package. For $7, you can make somebody very happy, and they’ll probably wonder what the heck it is when they open the wrapping paper, which makes it even more fun."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Keep Floss in the Kitchen!

In a summary of 10 fresh ideas from the book "101 Things I Learned in Culinary School," by Louis Eguaras and Matthew Frederick, here's what was listed for #10:

"10. Keep dental floss in the kitchen: No, seriously. It's marvelous -- and much better than a knife -- for cutting layer cakes, roll cookies, soft cheeses, dough and cheesecake. Try it."

We've always known it!  Now others are catching up.

(Thanks for the tip, Sue!)

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Video Challenge Contender: Feats of Flossing!

Here is Libby and Scott's entry for the National Flossing Day Video Challenge, 2010!
They thank the members of CrossFit Davis for contributing their feats.

Great job, folks!

Feats of Flossing!

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Littlest Flossers

Here are two pictures of our Littlest Flossers:
Abba lives in Vermont and copied her Dad, Joe, when he was flossing.  Joe says she enjoys the National Flossing Day videos, especially the one with the T-Rex!

Little Lily started flossing at 15 months with the encouragement of her Aunt Chrissy!

If you have a picture of a young flosser, send it to

Friday, November 26, 2010

President of NFC Pardons A Tofurkey for National Flossing Day

As an official act to mark National Flossing Day, the President of the National Flossing Council, Armand Lione, pardoned a Tofurkey.

The Tofurkey will be sent to the main cafeteria in Disneyland, where it will sit on display throughout the Holiday season as a "rare bird."

Also for National Flossing Day, here's a link to the press release for the NFD '10 video challenge.  

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Costume for National Flossing Day

It's that special time - National Flossing Day Eve!
Time to plan your activities for tomorrow.
Here's one possible plan:
Print this Smiley Face Mask (If it won't print 8.5x11, email for a full sized pdf)
Insert floss at the corners of the mouth, and use it to entertain friends and family.

It certainly would look great on a chorus line of flossers in your version of the National Flossing Day Video Challenge!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Flossing Day Video Challenge - 2 More Contest Listings!

Word continues to spread about the National Flossing Day Video Challenge!
It is now listed on (and crosslinked on their Facebook site)
and on the desktopvideo page of

To see the sample video and read the details of the video challenge, click here .

Coming tomorrow - The PRWeb Press Release!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Flossing Day Video Challenge Contest Listing

The folks at Film The Next have listed our Flossing Day Challenge among their video contests!

We look forward to hearing from more videographers who want to step up to The Challenge.

As with other submissions to the web site, challengers will receive floss cards when they enter (while supplies last.)

Details about the video challenge can be found here

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The 1st Prize for The Flossies Bergere Video Challenge

Announcing the 1st Prize for the winner of the Flossies Bergere Video Challenge:
A statue showing a Flossing Woman Dancer, approx 5” tall, with a flaring skirt standing on 1 leg atop a 16” model of the Eiffel Tower. 

Go to to see our earlier prizes: "The Grande Prix" & "The Flossy" for Jerry Seinfeld.

For more info, see the previous post. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Flossies Bergere Video Challenge!

Celebrate the Joy of Flossing with your friends!
Make your own video to the Can Can music -
"The Flossies Bergere!"
Post it on Youtube as a response to the sample video and we'll link to it here, on Facebook, and on
To get your own copy of the music, just send an email to
National Flossing Day (NFD), Nov. 26, 2010 is a perfect day to make your video and celebrate flossing, but you can upload  your video in at any time. Next year we'll award prizes to the most popular videos.
Many thanks to Donovan Kuehn and Kenneth Phan for their great flossing in the video!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

National Flossing Day 2010 - Theme

It's that time of year again - the day after Thanksgiving - 11/26/2010

National Flossing Day!

This year the theme will be "The Joy of Flossing!"

We want to help people overcome their fear-based flossing and move on to a higher level. A level where flossing is done for its own sake - not because of any form of intimidation!

 This is flossing done for the good feeling it brings - like when we've washed our car, or taken proper care of ourselves, whether it's our hair, nails, skin or teeth.

This is flossing for the Joy of Flossing (would the French help? - "Joie de Floss").

With the right type of floss (monofilament floss for tight teeth and rare flossers), flossing doesn't need to be trouble, and cleaning up grungy parts of the mouth should make you feel good about yourself. Good feelings about flossing is what will keep people flossing. Terror only works as long as the terror is reinforced (see the cartoon).

Do whatever you can to make flossing a joy and you'll stop being terrorized by flossing horror stories!

Floss On!

Coming up: "The Flossies Bergere" Video Challenge!

(Visit to learn about National Flossing Day 2009 and previous celebrations.)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Water Flossing - Dribble, Dribble

The Waterpik is technically called an "oral irrigator." The idea is to use a pulsating jet of water to clean tooth surfaces and between teeth.
The Waterpik has been around since the 1960s, and pretty much just stayed around, without growing very much or going out of business.
In an effort to link itself to the growing interest in dental floss, the Waterpik is now calling itself the "Water Flosser." Some people are referring to this as "Power Flossing."
The company has done studies to compare the Waterpik to flossing and it seems to work, to some extent, but no one but the company is saying it can be used instead of flossing.
Water flossing may be handy for people with braces, and some people may really prefer it to flossing.
It's surprising though that the company's "Patient Education Video" on the newly renamed "Water Flosser" contains a pretty young woman smiling and using the product while dribbling so profusely. Check the video and see if you find it a great education or sales tool.
One of their other videos "Stop Looking at Your Leftovers" shows a smiley young guy flossing and popping food pieces on his mirror. Later when he uses a Waterpik, he doesn't dribble on camera. The funny thing about this is how messy a Waterpik can be when water gets out of your mouth and starts squirting around the room. If you look at the "Clinical Studies" listed on the website you can see that Waterpiks were more effective at cleaning the facial surfaces (front) of teeth and less effective on the lingual surfaces (back of teeth, where your tongue is). When you turn a Waterpik to face the back of your teeth, it usually splashes water out of your mouth, which probably discourages people from cleaning back there.  And you dribble.
Floss on!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Flossing Halloween Costumes

Here's one of last year's Flossing Halloween Costumes - The Flossing Vampire.
Vampire's teeth may not rot, but if they don't floss, their mouth will smell like the bottom of a coffin!
Would Bill Compton on True Blood have a chance with Sookie Stackhouse if he didn't floss?
I can't wait until the writers show Bill flossing!
Do you have a Flossing Halloween Costume?
Send your picture here, and it will also get posted on
Happy Flossing Halloween!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

World Flossing Records?

A few months ago, there was a news article about elementary school children who had supposedly set the Guinness World Record for the most flossers on a single string.

The gimmick of the record didn’t catch my attention (Floss isn’t so costly that it often needs sharing – and who can do any agile flossing with a neighbor so close?) The suggestion that the Guinness Record people were involved did catch my eye.

About 10 years ago, preparing for the first National Flossing Day, I asked the people at Guinness World Records ( about setting the record for the most simultaneous flossers. As you can read in their response, they wouldn’t authorize a flossing record. Brushing records seemed ok – but no flossing.

Had Guinness Records changed their tune?

Looking into the Guinness web site and some of their books, there was no sign of any floss/flossing records that they had approved.

Closer inspection of the kid’s flossing record eventually revealed that it was authorized not by Guinness, but rather the newcomer: “Universal Record Data Base” (

The URDB is a pop group, based in NYC, with a web site and a flare for publicity.

In contrast with the Guinness Records org, the URDB will authorize just about any record.

Here’s a short list of a few I found quickly on their web site:

Fastest Pronunciation Of The Word "Fresh" While Holding A Watermelon

Largest Group To Complete The Wave And Apply Lip Balm

Largest Group To Inhale Helium And Sing "I Think We're Alone Now" While Hogtied (18 people)

It seems that a lot of people dream of being record setters – and the URDB is willing to indulge just about every last one of them.

If anyone finds that Guinness really has authorized a flossing record – please send word.

If you read about a URDB floss record – no need to rush and tell anyone.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Joie de Floss?

Is this your flossing story?
We at the NFC hope to help people overcome their fear-based flossing and move on to a higher level. A level where flossing is done for its own sake - not because of any form of intimidation! This is flossing done for the good feeling it brings - like when we've washed our car, or taken proper care of ourselves, whether it's our hair, nails, skin or teeth.
This is flossing for the Joy of Flossing (would the French help? - "Joie de Floss").
With the right type of floss (monofilament floss for tight teeth and rare flossers), flossing doesn't need to be trouble, and cleaning up grungy parts of the mouth should make you feel good about yourself. Good feelings about flossing is what will keep people flossing. Terror only works as long as the terror is reinforced (see the cartoon).
Do whatever you can to make flossing a joy and you'll stop being terrorized by flossing horror stories!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flossing Frequency?

Dr. T.,*

After many years of very average dental hygiene and barely any flossing, something finally "clicked" for me after getting 6 fillings recently. I have finally changed my ways and become fairly fanatical about tooth cleanliness. I keep a toothbrush and floss in my desk drawer at work, and I find that after every meal, I feel an urgent need to floss and brush, in order to remove all debris and have a clean mouth again. it's kind of like the instinct to wash your hands after digging in the dirt.

I have now got a routine in which I brush and floss at 10am (to clear breakfast debris), then again at 2pm (to clear lunch debris) and after dinner (8pm). My question is do you feel this is too much flossing? I have gaps between my teeth that are just large enough to keep debris between them, so I know you are supposed to floss once a day. But I have this huge urge to get that debris out soon after eating. What do you suggest?

Best wishes,

3x a day flosser in NC


Thanks for your question!

I have to start off by saying that I am also a 3x a day flosser, so you have an idea where this is going.

Here’s the the basic question that we need to consider: Will flossing 3x a day harm your teeth and what problems could it cause?

All those readers with tight teeth could probably go read elsewhere at this point, since they have no idea how annoying it is to have a substantial part of a meal stuck between your teeth after eating. Of course, as you’ve described, they also don’t understand how satisfying it is to get that jammed food out from between teeth with floss. As I’ve said before, tight teeth don’t catch much food and they don’t have much room for floss. Those “tight” teeth still need a periodic cleaning with a non-shredding floss, since bacteria and plaque buildup can happen even in the small spaces between the tightest teeth.

Let’s keep this brief – too much flossing really isn’t a problem, but “improper” flossing can erode enamel.

What is “improper” flossing?

Well, floss can serve two useful roles:

1. Removing large pieces of food stuck between teeth, and

2. Cleaning food residues from spaces between teeth where brushing won’t reach.

“Improper” flossing involves pointless rubbing floss against the enamel. This is why you’ll hear warnings about “don’t saw back and forth” with floss.

How do we know that “sawing” with floss will hurt enamel? Well, you can check these links for two examples (and there are others) of prisoners using floss to saw through metal bars to escape (1,2). Let’s face it, if sawing with floss can cut metal, the enamel on your teeth can get “groovy” with too much sawing. The grooves you can cause with floss might be a cosmetic problem, but more important is the damage they do to surface enamel and the spaces they make for decay-producing bacteria.

You might also be interested to learn that there are a few anthropology studies that report finding grooves on the teeth of ancient skeletons that suggest damage from repeated rubbing with fibers (ie. floss). One report is based on skeletons from Pakistan (3) and the other from the prehistoric natives in the western US (4) – so this isn’t a rare or localized misuse of floss.

What to do? Clean the big pellets of food from between your teeth when they bother you. A short forward or back motion may be needed to dislodge debris – but no sawing! To clean the spaces between teeth, pull the floss up and down along the teeth. This up and down cleaning between all your teeth isn’t the type of flossing you need to do very often. Once a day for this type of thorough flossing will be fine to keep your teeth really clean.

Thanks again for your question!

Floss on!

Chip T.*

(Dr. Chip Tartaroff answers flossing questions for the National Flossing Council. See his past replys on



1. Inmate used dental floss to escape cell

Associated Press, Tuesday, 21 March 2000

2. Inmate uses dental floss, toothpaste to escape prison

By Associated Press, 04/25/02

Ancient floss damage

3. Activity-induced patterns of dental abrasion in prehistoric Pakistan: Evidence from Mehrgarh and Harappa

John R. Lukacs, Robert F. Pastor

American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Volume 76 , Issue 3 , Pages 377 - 398, 1988.

4. Task activity and anterior tooth grooving in prehistoric California Indians

Peter D. Schulz

Division of Resource Management and Protection, California Department of Parks and Recreation, P.O. Box 2390, Sacramento, California 95811

American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Volume 46 Issue 1, Pages 87 – 91, 1977.

Published Online: 29 Apr 2005

Friday, May 21, 2010

Goofy Flossing

Goofy Flossing Video

An activist dentist in the Bay Area of California, Dr. Dalvir Pannu, has been holding a monthly contest for flossing videos and pictures. The winner of his March contest was Vivek Vinayak who got Goofy to floss during a visit to Disneyland.

You can visit Dr. Pannu's blog ( to find out more about his contest. His practice seems to cover much of the Bay Area (, and he also has a radio show.

Floss on, Dr. Pannu!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Crust Toothpaste - "a name you can trust!"

I know this isn't floss, but friends often give me other dental items they find.
My friend, Rochelle, was in Jordan when she spotted this tube of "Crust Toothpaste." Made in China (Surprise?).
I wonder what brand they were imitating?

This is an item I've sent to the folks at It seems perfect for them.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Beef Floss Danish

Our travelling correspondent, Jerry Smith, came across this delicacy while travelling in China.

It turns out that beef floss is only one of the "meat flosses" - don't forget to try chicken floss and pork floss!

Several Asian cultures have recipes that include meat boiled so throughly it becomes a stringy mass. They call the meat "floss."

This is the most novel use of "floss," we've uncoverered here at the NFC since the investigation of "The Mill on the Floss," several years ago.

Thank you, Jerry, for expanding our world view of "floss," and thanks to Google for helping to explain this exotic form of Floss.

Friday, February 26, 2010

New Flossing Haikus!

Here's a collection of new flossing haikus from Daniel English who lives in Upstate New York.
Dan reports that once he got going, it was hard to stop.
Thanks, Dan!

K.C. ribs ‘n fries,

Fallow fodder for flossing,
Followed by a brush…

I climbed the mountain,

The meaning of life to find.
“Floss!” was all he said.

Whiter than fresh snow
Lies floss against my cuspid.
Dracula flossed, too.

Caries, my burden.
Rue the day I tossed the floss
Underneath the bus.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Still trying to get past the bug that keeps this blog from being listed among Google blog alerts.
Flossing is great.
I have a google alert for floss & flossing. This blog hasn't shown. Any others see it mentioned in a google alert?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

When will an entry here on floss or flossing get to Google alerts?

Flossing is great!
Floss is useful for cleaning your teeth and a 1001 other tasks.
There could be a McGiver show just built around floss!

Here we go again.
Sorry for the delay in really posting about floss and flossing, but something important is missing from this blog system.
We'll have to wait another day or two to see if it starts working.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Floss, Flossing

This is a duplicate of a recent post - the test is still underway. Google alert has been notified.
Real posts soon.

Floss is great!
Flossing is important!
These things are certainly true, but this post is actually a test.
As yet, this new blog has not been picked up in a google alert for floss and flossing.
This post is aimed at baiting the google alert system into listing it.
Once fully active, we will make a huge announcement of international flossing importance right here.
In the meanwhile, check
More soon!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Flossing - the #2 way to live to be 100!

A new article in US News & World Reports lists 10 Health Habits That Will Help You Live To 100 - Flossing was #2!
Why, you may ask?
Flossing is a great way to reduce or eliminate chronic infections in the mouth!
Does anyone suspect chronic infections help people live longer?

Monday, February 1, 2010


In addition to entries on our web site (, the National Flossing Council is proud to announce the creation of our blog!
Stay tuned for our first big piece of international flossing news!