Reported by Liku Zelleke
We all know what a hassle it is to keep up with our dentists’ recommendation that we floss every day. At present, the only way to do it is the way it has been done since it was invented in 1815 by Levi Spear Parmly, a New Orleans dentist who advised his patients to clean between their teeth using a thin silk thread. It has remained messy, uncomfortable and unsanitary since those days.
But not for long, because a new invention called Zip Rings by Victor Prince, a tech-preneur, allows people to floss without having to wind the thread around fingers and hands.
After exhaustive testing, Prince launched a Kickstarter campaign with the intention of raising $10,000 and surpassed that goal at the end; he’d received donations for $11,228.
Zip Rings reduces the amount of floss that is wasted using the old way of flossing where it is twined around fingers and hands and hence eliminates the mess and unsanitary conditions.
“It also eliminates the difficulty and discomfort and makes it easy to floss those difficult-to-reach locations, even when the floss is wet with saliva and other yucky stuff,” Prince said.
“While brushing cleans the surface of the teeth, flossing is necessary to clean out the gaps between the teeth, where food and bacteria often gets caught, accelerates plaque build-up, and can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to other severe health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and a high body mass index,” he added.
With the new invention it is hoped that people will be encouraged to floss regularly because all the discomfort and difficulty will be a thing of the past.
The husband and father of two says that Zip Rings is just the beginning and that he has more inventions stored on his phone. “I have always had an entrepreneurial bent, consciously looking for opportunities to create products that solve problems people care about. Zip Rings is one of a long list of product ideas,” he said.
Perhaps the entrepreneur will debut more creations in the future that will make our lives a little bit easier.