Waterford, MI Dentist
Lloyd H. Alpert, D.D.S.
4025 Highland Road
Waterford, MI 48328
(248) 682-6010
April 01, 2015
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Dental Floss

Dental floss-like substances have been

found in the teeth of early pre-humans and

American Indians. Dental floss made from

a thin thread of silk, was first invented in

1815 by a New Orleans dentist named

Levi Spear Parmly. Floss was not

manufactured using unwaxed silk floss

until 1882 by the Codman and Shurtleft

Company in Randolph, Massachusetts.

In 1896, Johnson & Johnson Company

released dental floss made from silk

surgical sutures.

After World War II, a medical doctor

named Dr. Charles Bass thought that nylon

had advantages over silk floss, which was

prone to shredding. Nylon had a greater

resistance, could be produced in bigger

quantities, and could have diameters

that are consistent. Dental floss remains

a critical component for good oral

health today.

 

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