Came across this in a news search. People never cease to suprise me on the objects they use to floss between their teeth. Here's a snippet from the Winston-Salem Journal about people in Albany, NY using various objects to floss:
Dentists and periodontists nationwide have been horrified to learn that poker decks do double duty as floss; a seamstress turns to her sewing thread, or needle, to remove the mid-day snack; and office workers turn pencils, paper clips or car keys into it'll-do-for-now floss. It's just not good dental practice.
"Improper tools can actually contribute to, or accelerate recession or abrasion (to the gums). People actually chew off their fingernails and use them as floss," said Dr. Gregg Liberatore, a dentist in private practice in Clifton Park, N.Y.
You can read the entire article here:
Take care, and floss everyday (with floss)
Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
Promenade Court Dental Health Group
2233 Hurontario St., Mississauga, ON, Canada (in the Dome Building)