Mouthing Off About Flossing

I mean dental flossing, not mental flossing. A recent trip to the dentist got me thinking about it again -- as he does every six months or so -- and I began wondering how many people really floss on a daily basis. According to the American Dental Association, though nearly all Americans brush their teeth every day, our flossing rate is somewhere between 10 and 40 percent. (I guess the fudge factor there is a result of how many people lie to their dentist.)

I don't know if any of you have had this experience, but every time I adopt a new oral hygiene habit, the goalposts seem to shift. I tell my dentist about it and he says, well, maybe you're flossing every day, but you're not flossing well enough every day. Or if I'm using the floss picks that are so convenient and easy-to-wield, he tells me they're not good enough (apparently they miss an important part of one's gums).

This comic by The Oatmeal pretty much sums up my relationship to flossing, and in many ways, to my dentist.

How often do you floss? Any dental habits you've always wanted to break (or make) but never quite been able to?

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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