Oral Hygiene

To Floss or Not to Floss....

By Dr. Brandon Cain, Lexington, SC

Many patients want to know if it is necessary to floss.  Dr. Brandon Cain had some fun turning this famous speech from the Shakespearian play, Hamlet, into a farce on the necessity and benefits of flossing. Enjoy! 

Is it important to floss


Flossing’s Soliloquy

To floss, or not to floss: that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mouth to cleanse

The string and picks of necessary repetition,

Or to take pride with a mouth of cavities,

And by opposing to floss?  And then to sleep;

The tooth-ache and the natural pains

That tooth, 'tis a cavity

Devoutly to be flossed. Then, to sleep;

Floss before to dream: ay, there's the answer;

For in that sleep healthy gums will come

When we have floss’d off thy mighty plaque

Must give us floss: there's the resolution

That gives teeth a long healthy life;

For who would bear the disease and cavities of neglect,

The non-flossers are wrong

That patient’s benefit from the worthy effort,

What might this duty make

With a string of floss? who wouldn't bear the task,

To glide the string under a nightly routine,

The proven truth from those whom floss

No worthier returns, answers to the committed

And makes us very healthy those teeth we have

Thus hygiene does make victors of us all;

And thus the native hue of neglect

Is sicklied o'er with the amber cast of decay,

And to undertake the nightly task

If one thinks too long the intentions turn awry,

And lose the motivation of action.--Floss you now!

My fair patients! Before your prayers.

Be all my words remember’d!”


- William Shakespeare...Kind Of