on dental hygene

a question: can floss be reused?

We use one piece to go through our entire set of teeth, so who’s to say it’s not good for (at least) one more go round?


4 Responses to on dental hygene

  1. Laura says:

    It probably depends on when you use it and when you re-use it. If it sits for a long time after having used it, I would guess there would be some build-up of bacteria. Of course that happens to our toothbrushes anyway, and we re-use those. If you didn’t use the whole string, you could save the part you didn’t use instead of throwing the whole thing away.

    Perhaps I’m over-analyzing this…

  2. eric bjorlin says:

    That’s just the kind of analyzation I was looking for —

    One option, then I guess would be to pull off more than necessary, and then shift the portion used each night so you really wouldn’t be reusing the same part — if you used scissors, you could then become more precise, or if the floss were in some way color coded, that would be quite amazing, too.

    I’d agree that maybe used the precise secion more than “once” (whatever that means) might not be good, as sometimes my floss gets a bit torn up, but that part wrapped around my fingers would be good for a go, as it never really got used the first time. I just need to give it that opportunity to be used!

  3. Laura says:

    One other problem is that our hands have more yucky stuff on them than pretty much any other part of our body, so the part that was wrapped around your fingers actually isn’t particularly clean. I don’t think I’m really helping you much here. Back to theology…

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