Who made dental floss, and a floss documentary

Gary Roma is producing a documentary about dental floss.

In the early 1800s, a pioneering dentist, Levi Spear Parmly, urged patients to clean between their teeth with silk thread — a revolutionary technique that could protect the gum line and prevent tooth decay. But “people just didn’t get it,” says Dr. Scott Swank, curator of the National Museum of Dentistry. In an era during which rotting molars were the norm, he says, “people expected their teeth to fall out.”

Also in this article, Gary Roma is producing a documentary about dental floss.

You’re seriously working on a feature-length movie about floss?

After making my documentary about doorstops, I decided to continue mining the mundane for meaning.

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See a sneak peak of the documentary "Hanging by a Thread: A Dental Floss Documentary" here.

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