Here's the Winner of the Flossies Bergere Video Contest, Shelli Saraga, with her Grand Prize - Flossing Barbie Atop the Eiffel Tower!
In case you haven't seen her excellent video - check it out!
You may have heard about National Flossing Day in the news. It's always the day after Thanksgiving here in the US.
Since Thanksgiving is a day of feasting, what better day to remember flossing than today? Here's the 2011 Proclamation that talks about the sense behind our holiday.
Have you ever played the game called "Rumors?" (Some people call it "Telephone.") - One person writes down a sentence and whispers it to a friend, then that person whispers it to another, until everyone has heard it. The last person writes down what they heard and that's compared with the original. The changes and distortions can be hilarious. If you read the White Paper that is part of this years National Flossing Day, you'll learn how even doctors and dentists sometimes accidentally play the same game.
The title of the White Paper is "Spinning Floss Facts Into Fictions". It explains some flossing research that gave proof flossing reduced cavities, but it mostly explains how the flossing in that study that was done by moms with a little simple training has come to be commonly described in scientific articles as "professional" flossing. Based on this "rumor", journal articles for dentists are saying "only professional flossing has been shown to reduce cavities." The White Paper hopes to make it clear that flossing has been tested and shown to reduce cavities, but you don't have to wait for a "professional" to floss you. Your own daily flossing will do just fine!
Here's a scene from the excellent BBC series, Life, broadcast in 2009.
In the 4th episode, "Fish," David Attenborough explains how hippos submerge themselves and open their mouths so fish can clean their teeth.
A tip of the NFC hat to Saudi Airlines!
Our Mideast floss correspondent, Rochelle D of Washington, DC (who last spotted a tube of "Crust Toothpaste."(see older blog entry) when she was in Jordan), has brought back an individual floss packet, which she reports is included with each meal on Saudi Airlines.
and here's how you can write "dental floss" in arabic.
As reported by BBC News, experts at a fertility meeting in Sweden heard how women with gum disease took over seven months to conceive, compared to the usual five months.
They believe the causative factor is the inflammation of gums.
Coming soon, this blog will have more information on the available studies that have looked at the role flossing can play in the reduction of gum disease.
20th Century flossing music was Frank Zappa - "Montana."
So far, for the 21st Century, it's the Van Oodles.
On May 7 the Van Oodles, a Portland based group, released flossophy-101.
The link will let you hear the title cut.
For some listeners this song may get too close to the nitty-gritty of flossing.
The mature flosser (and many children) are likely to appreciate it.
Floss on, Van Oodles!
Dr. Chip Tartaroff, our answerman for all your flossing questions, asked to have this posted on the blog:
I am 45 and recently started daily flossing. When i floss my front lower teath, I can feel an edge, and assume and I am coming to the end of my enamal , and hitting the root. It does not hurt, but seems wierd
1)do i floss below that lip (so i would be flossing the root?)
2)do i need to have that gum replaced?
Thanks for writing!
First of all, I am not a professional dentist and I do not play one on TV.
However, that won’t stop me from offering some common sense comments
in reply to your question, but nothing I say should stop you from discussing your concerns with a dentist.
From what I understand, recession of gum tissue is a fairly common
event and it roughly correlates with age. Complicating the relatively natural amount of recession, gum disease can hasten the process and cause it to endanger the retention of teeth. In your case it sounds
like you have some gum recession on your front lower teeth. One of the primary issues that draws a person’s attention to their gum’s recession is sensitivity of the roots when they’re exposed. This
doesn’t seem to be a problem for you.
Should you floss those areas?
I’d say yes, based on the scientific principal: If it hurts, don’t do it – and you mentioned flossing didn’t hurt.
As you may know, the normally exposed parts of teeth are covered with enamel. The surface of roots is referred to as “cementum.” Decay can occur in enamel and cementum, so it’s important to keep these tooth surfaces clean, which means using floss.
The second part of your question – Should you have a gum transplant to cover the exposed roots? – Well, a dentist will have to discuss that.
But here are some considerations that might pay to keep in mind:
What is the likelihood that the new gum tissue will survive where your
original gum tissue has retreated?
Some gum recession is attributed to overbrushing. Overbrushing is
something you can change, but it might be best to wait on a painful
transplant procedure to see if changed brushing permits gum regrowth.
Also keep in mind that gums love vitamin C. One of the first signs of
vitamin C deficiency (aka “scurvy”) is loose teeth. Gum tissue grows
rapidly and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is fundamental for cell growth
and repair. This is a primary reason a shortage of vitamin C shows
itself with bleeding gums and loose teeth. You can’t conclude that all
gum problems and loose teeth are caused by a shortage of vitamin C,
but when these problems occur, a brief period of vitamin C supplements seems reasonable before anything more costly and painful is tried.
By the way, the worst side effect of too much vitamin C is flatulence
(as in “toot-toot”). Sucking on a small amount of vitamin C (30-60 mg)
1 or 2x/day should get your gums all they can use and not cause any
gastric distress. Some cough drops contain vitamin C and make a tasty way of getting a supplement.
Our travelling correspondent, Noah J, of Washington, DC, spotted this wild monkey in Thailand. Obviously this monkey loved to floss!
Good flossing form!
Working on a particular tooth!
Looks like me when I'm alone flossing.
Where the string came from isn't known, but it looks like the monkey would have a preference for mint floss.
Monkeys seem to be natural born flossers. How primal is that?
There are several videos of monkeys flossing on youtube. You can read more about monkeys teaching their babies to floss, by clicking this BBC link, and read more on the NFC Web Site.
Here it is, as promised, the Grand Prize for the Flossies Bergere Video Contest -
The Flossing Can Can Dancer atop the Eiffel Tower!
This is the Grand Prize for the best/most popular video made in the spirit of the Flossies Bergere Video that was first posted in November. The preceding video link will take you to a new edit of the video that includes the grand prize and a little "dancing" by Can Can Barbie.
Entrants have until Nov. 1, 2011 to post their video, but the earlier you post, the more time you have to collect "views" and "likes", which will be all factored in to select a winner.
For more information and to get a copy of the Can Can music to use in your video, check www.flossing.org