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Flossing Day

Don't forget to floss! Take time for yourself on Flossing Day and keep your pearly whites healthy and sparkling.
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It's time to show your teeth some love and get ready to floss on Flossing Day, which falls on the Fourth Friday in November! This day has been around since 2016, when it was first created to promote good oral hygiene practices. It's also a great opportunity for everyone to remind themselves of the importance of flossing every day and make it a habit. There are many fun ways you can celebrate this holiday and make it extra memorable – from brushing with a special toothpaste to flossing with friends. So go ahead and let your inner dentist shine through!

History of Flossing Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1815</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Floss Invention</div><div class='timeline-text'>New Orleans dentist Levi Spear Parmly recommends the use of silk thread as an interdental cleaner.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1882</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Floss Commercialization</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Codman and Shurtleft company started commercially producing unwaxed silk dental floss.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1898</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Floss Patent</div><div class='timeline-text'>Johnson & Johnson Corporation received the first patent for dental floss that was made from the same silk material used by doctors for silk stitches.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nylon Floss</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the onset of World War II, the cost of silk rose substantially leading to the development of nylon floss.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Flossing Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Flossing Day was first recognized as a way to encourage the practice of regular flossing for good oral hygiene.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Flossing Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Buy a new floss</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>From waxed to unwaxed, minty to fruity, there are a variety of floss types that can make your flossing experience more enjoyable. Pick up a new flavor or type of floss and celebrate Flossing Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a flossing party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a relaxed evening of snacks, drinks, and flossing. Give out prizes for the most creative or effective flossers.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make floss art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some colorful thread and get creative! Use the floss to make cards, jewelry, decorations, and more. You can even add some glitter for an extra festive touch.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Floss while watching a movie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Treat yourself to some popcorn and a movie while you practice good oral hygiene. This is a great way to get in the habit of flossing every day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit the dentist</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Flossing Day is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Get your teeth checked and pick up some tips on the best way to floss from your dental professional.</p></div></div>

Why Flossing Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Flossing prevents gum disease</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Regular flossing is essential to maintaining proper oral hygiene as it helps remove plaque that can eventually lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Not only will flossing help your teeth stay healthy and free of decay, it's also a good way to prevent more serious conditions such as gingivitis and tooth loss.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Flossing improves overall health</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Gum disease has been linked to several other serious illnesses, such as stroke, diabetes, heart attack and even cancer. So by making sure you're flossing regularly, you can not only improve your dental health, but protect yourself from more serious ailments as well.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Flossing gives you fresh breath</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only does flossing help keep your teeth looking their best, it can also give you fresher breath! Since food particles can get stuck between your teeth if left untreated, these leftover pieces can cause bad odors when they start to rot. Regular flossing will help make sure there aren't any nasty understandings hiding in hard to reach places.</p></div></div>

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2023

Nov 24

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2024

Nov 22

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2025

Nov 28

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2026

Nov 27

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2027

Nov 26

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