By Annie Behr
My French roommate Julie had just come into the bathroom to get something.
“What are you doing with that string in your mouth,” she said, with a look of horrified surprise.
It turns out she had never seen floss. We were both in our 20s, and my dentist had spent over a decade instructing me to floss, so I was a little horrified, too. Was she sure? She hadn’t seen floss or even heard of it? Never, nada, nothing?
“Non!” she said.
Julie had beautiful teeth—luminous, white kernels that pulled into a sultry smile. Did the French know something that we didn’t know about interdental hygiene?
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