Use sewing thread instead of dental floss?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Mockly Firefly, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. I'm living in a country where dental floss is very expensive and they
    don't have the kind I like anyway. Is there any reason why a strong
    sewing thread could not be used instead?

    I haven't actually tried this yet but wonder if it will work. Thanks
    for your opinions.

    Please, no responses from dentists with stock in floss companies :)
     
    Mockly Firefly, Jan 13, 2004
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    juliehh Guest

    "Mockly Firefly" <> wrote in message
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    don't have a clue if it would work but i did read a good hint in the paper
    sunday - since you can't take scissors on the plane, if you want to sew take
    a dental floss container to use to cut the thread.

    julie
     
    juliehh, Jan 13, 2004
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    Don K Guest

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    My mom always used sewing thread to floss. It worked fine for her.

    Undoubtedly dental floss has been better optimized for this purpose
    though, but thread does work.

    Don
     
    Don K, Jan 13, 2004
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    The Webby Guest

    What country? (I replied to smd only )

    In article <>,
    (Mockly Firefly) wrote:
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    The Webby, Jan 13, 2004
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    Lou Guest

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    What are you talking about here - 10 bucks a month? 20? 100?
    Who might, in your opinion, be in a better position to know if thread or
    floss is better than a dentist?
     
    Lou, Jan 13, 2004
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  6. Mockly Firefly wrote:
    Ask your dentist.

    That said, why not simply contact someone in a country where the
    dental floss is very inexpensive and have them ship you a few
    years worth.

    Anthony
     
    Anthony Matonak, Jan 13, 2004
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    Frank White Guest

    In article <>,
    says...
    Ah! Neither of those apply to me, so I can answer!

    Yes, you can use thread in place of dental floss; I've
    done so often. But keep in mind the following differences:

    Thread is not as strong as floss. There is a much greater
    chance it will break or parts ruck up as you pull it around
    between your teeth.

    Thread fibers will flake off as you floss with it. These
    may irritate your gums or provide a base for infection if
    they accumulate beneath the gum line on a tooth. Brush your
    teeth afterwards to prevent this.

    As thread is usually thinner than floss, there is a
    greater danger you can cut your gums using it. Care must
    be taken...

    Hope this helps.

    FW
     
    Frank White, Jan 13, 2004
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    Tony Sivori Guest

    The Webby wrote:
    Judging from the IP address in the headers, Mock Firefly appears to be
    posting from Romania.

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    Tony Sivori
     
    Tony Sivori, Jan 13, 2004
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    Steve Guest

    How about having every other tooth pulled out..

    Steve
     
    Steve, Jan 13, 2004
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    Don K Guest

    "Steve" <> wrote in message news:...
    That would save on toothpicks, but you would still need to floss between
    your teeth and gums.

    Don
     
    Don K, Jan 13, 2004
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  11. Yup use it, but for me, its too flimsy!

    (I prefer the waxed ribbon for darning my socks).
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    Joel M. Eichen, .
    Philadelphia PA

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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Jan 13, 2004
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  12. Great idea ,,,,,,,,, I bet the Aeronautic Board will find that empty
    dental floss boxes are dangerous on flights.

    I still cannot figure out why one cannot use knives to cut Kentucky
    Fried Chicken at the restaurant in the TERMINAL, not ON THE PLANE, at
    the terminal.

    Joel
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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Jan 13, 2004
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  13. That's it. Dental floss is outrageously expensive over there .......
    that is why there are so few dental floss bikinis at Romanian beaches
    ..........

    On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 21:51:38 -0500, Tony Sivori
    <> wrote:
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    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Jan 13, 2004
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  14. Tony Sivori <> wrote in message news:<>...
    In that case, maybe he could dip it in bleach or alcohol, reuse it.
    Heck, that's probably costly there, too. How about a vodka soak...??
     
    Jon von Leipzig, Jan 13, 2004
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    Patricia Guest

    Re: Use sewing thread instead of dental floss? OR the other way around.(G)

    I used floss to sew on some buttons many years ago..
    Kid with a coat in need of repair and no light thread.
    Buttons stayed on forever...LOL
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    Patricia
    Florida-USA
     
    Patricia, Jan 13, 2004
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  16. Re: Use sewing thread instead of dental floss? OR the other way around. (G)

    This is useful. Many charities ship old clothes to Romania and if they
    find dental floss used for sewing buttons, they strip it off and
    recycle it.

    (I heard dental floss is more costly than a nice meal for two at a
    four star restaurant .... in Romania).


    Joel

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    Philadelphia PA

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    or any other official agency either
    actual or fictitious or Steve Mancuso.

    Advice on the treatment or care
    of an individual patient should
    be obtained through consultation
    with a dentist who has examined
    that patient or is familiar with
    that patient's dental history.

    STANDARD DISCLAIMER
     
    Joel M. Eichen D.D.S., Jan 13, 2004
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    Linda Guest

    You just can't get that dental floss thong thing out of your head can you
    Joel?
    Linda. :)

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    Linda, Jan 14, 2004
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    Linda Guest

    Dear Firefly:
    Thread might snag and break on fillings, but if it doesn't, it could do a
    fine job of being floss.
    Linda.

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    Linda, Jan 14, 2004
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    shinypenny Guest

    (Mockly Firefly) wrote in message news:<>...
    Hmmm... what about buying nylon thread? I haven't bought it in awhile,
    so I'm not sure how it compares price-wise to regular cotton thread.
    Or what about fishing line? I'd imagine either would glide through
    your teeth easier than cotton thread.

    They have so much stuff for cleaning teeth lately, have you noticed? I
    do have to say I like my Braun toothbrush. Resisted for years but
    finally broke down and bought one on my dentist's recommendation. Now
    I can't live without it.

    My dentist also tipped me off to the crest white strips. She said they
    are just as good as the expensive whitening procedures you can get at
    the dentist, and in many ways better: you're less likely to have a
    sensitivity to them (they work more gradually and aren't as harsh)
    plus they leave your teeth a realistic white instead of
    glow-in-the-dark white. I splurged on a box two years ago and my teeth
    still look good.

    jen
     
    shinypenny, Jan 14, 2004
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    WB Guest

    On 13 Jan 2004 17:47:48 -0800, (shinypenny) wrote:

    8 lb. test works best...

    .... wait that's for bass
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    "I can dance on the head of a pin as well"
    -Yoshimo
     
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