Santa Floss: Christmas Countdown

There are only 10 days until Christmas! All Star Smiles is counting down with our Santa Floss series, bringing you important facts about flossing each day until Santa arrives! !




10 Days Until Christmas: If all of the dental floss sold in one year in America were placed end to end, it would stretch 3 million miles!

9 Days Until Christmas: 73% of Americans would rather go to the grocery store than floss their teeth. Yet flossing is one of the most beneficial practices you can do to maintain your teeth health!

8 Days Until Christmas: The average person spends about 45-50 seconds brushing their teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for 2-3 minutes. When brushing your teeth, listen to your favorite (Christmas) song to make sure you brush long enough!

(We love Jingle Bell Rock!) It is recommended that you floss BEFORE you brush, because fluoride-based toothpaste will have a better chance of covering this newly exposed surface area after flossing.

7 Days Until Christmas: Flossing once a day can increase your life expectancy by 6 years!

How? Well, floss does two things: it prevents gum disease (that’s rather obvious), and it prevents heart disease (not so obvious). Preventing both of these together is what adds years to your life.
6 Days Until Christmas: 27% of us lie about how often we floss.
Yikes…better hope Santa Claus doesn’t hear you lying this close to Christmas! It is important to be honest with your dentist about your hygiene habits so that they can take better care of you.

5 Days Until Christmas: Dental floss was invented in 1815!

During prehistoric times, there is evidence of people using horse hair and sticks to clean between their teeth, but the first dental floss was invented in 1815 by a New Orleans dentist.

4 Days Until Christmas: In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss into a rope, scaled a wall and escaped.

(True story…his escape rope took seven packs of floss. After he was found and caught, the jail decided to stop selling floss to inmates in the future).

3 Days Until Christmas: Men floss less than women…a well known (and proven) fact among the dental world.

Alright boys, looks like we are going to have to challenge you to change that as a New Year’s resolution!!

2 Days Until Christmas: Did you know that the word “floss” comes from the French word for rough silk or tuft of wool?

So the same stuff you clean your teeth with started out back in the day on a sheep’s back and in your clothes!

1 Day Until Christmas:In case you are ever board with your floss, there was an article written by Patterson Dental about the 11 most bizarre flavors out there: 

  1. Cupcake Frosting flavored dental floss
  2. Justin Bieber dental Floss
  3. Bacon flavored dental floss
  4. Absinthe flavored dental floss
  5. Assorted Breakfast Menu Items: Coffee, waffle, and bacon
  6. Pumpkin Spice flavored dental floss
  7. Pickle flavored dental floss
  8. Salad flavored dental floss
  9. Ranch flavored dental floss
  10. Banana flavored dental floss
  11. Cat food flavored dental floss
You should try them and let us know what you think!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS: From our team to yours, we wish you a VERY Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
We hope you enjoyed our Santa Floss series this week, and that Santa brought you LOTS of floss in your stockings!!

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All Star Smiles Foundation is leading the fight against childhood tooth decay in communities nationwide. What began as just an idea in a South Florida dental office has now turned into providing underprivileged children with the dental care they so desperately need. Please join us on our journey of helping all kids have a healthy, happy smile. You can read more about our story HERE.