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Whats Dental Floss Made Out Of Besides Wax And String
Found 2 thin foot long white string in stool. Looks like dental floss or thin white noodle. Is this a worm? what kind? is it from my cat?
Possibly a tapeworm: Intestinal worms are surprisingly common but seldom diagnosed. It sounds like you might have a tapeworm, which can be many feet long but come out in pieces. If you collect a piece your Dr. can send it to a lab for analysis.You can also get blood or saliva tests for antibodies to tapeworm. It could be from a cat.See http: //www.healthhype.com/human-intestinal-worms-symptoms-pictures-treatment.html ...Read more
Dental floss: For efficiency and patient compliance, I find that my patients do better with the floss picks. From a pure cleaning standpoint, floss wraps around the teeth better if you use is properly. If you are doing one or the other, you are doing better than 90 percent of America, so pat yourself on the back. Just make sure to floss daily along with twice daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, its a little scary when we swallow a foreign body. In general floss is quite benign. You may or may not see it in your stool. Just stay well hydrated and eat as usual. Do not make yourself vomit or take laxatives to try and get it out. If you develop any abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, then go to your nearest er or urgent care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I found information about dental floss from two different sources that disagree. What should I do?
Floss daily: Dental floss should not be controversial. Floss at least once daily. When you floss, don't just snap it in and out. You use the floss to go under your gum line and "scrape" the surface of your teeth clean, where your tooth brush does not reach. It truly is the single most effective thing you can do to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers