I’ve kept an eye out for stories featuring dental floss ever since I saw it used to cut angel food cake. Here are other unexpected uses.
The next time your dental hygienist inquires about how often you floss, flash those sparkling teeth and reply, “All the time!”
Flossing is one of those things that you have to do but don’t want to be asked about, especially if the person asking is your dentist. But dental floss can be used for more than just making you feel guilty and keeping gums healthy. It’s the Swiss Army knife of modern travel, according to Onebag.com‘s packing expert, Doug Dyment.
The Life Kit team poked around Dyment’s website for practical tips on the many other uses of dental floss. The next time your dental hygienist inquires about how often you floss, flash those sparkling teeth and reply, “All of the time!”
- Let’s start with using floss to deliver a baby, because … wait, what? It’s true. If you find yourself in an “I’ve gotta push … NOW!” scenario, whether on a plane to Norway or on a sailboat to the Caribbean, just pull out the travel dental floss and cut the umbilical cord. The rest of it? Umm … good luck, and hope you have good cell reception. Other surgical ways to use it: to suture a wound, Dyment says.
- On the road with swollen hands? Dental floss can get off those rings stuck on puffy fingers. Thread the floss under the ring and then watch this YouTube video for the rest — it’s too hard to explain.
- Dental floss makes an excellent knife substitute while you’re traveling as well, Dyment says. Try using it to slice foods like cake, cheese, watermelon and cookie dough.
- You probably haven’t thought of all the ways dental floss can be used to tie things. Try tying the bottom of your pants legs during a hike to avoid mosquitoes and ticks, or use floss to replace a broken shoelace. You can also thread floss through the hinge of a pair of broken eyeglasses.
Bottom line: Carrying dental floss with you at all times is a good life hack, and your dentist will be so proud.