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Researchers Suggest You Might Not Need to Floss After All

Remember how your dentist always tells you to floss? Well, you might not need to follow their advice after all!

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Almost everyone dreads a trip to the dentist. No matter how well you brush, floss, and use the latest in toothbrush technology, dentists always seem to have something to say about your dental hygiene. One of the many things they often advise at the end of each appointment is to floss. But a recent discovery has shown that flossing may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Last year, the Associated Press received a letter from the US departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture regarding the benefits of flossing. According to the authority, they never actually fully researched the benefits of flossing.

Okay, at the surface, the obvious benefit of flossing is in its ability to remove plaque from between teeth, which is something that some toothbrushes and brushing techniques are unable to do.

Flossing helps get rid of plaque, but so does brushing your teeth!

Flossing helps get rid of plaque, but so does brushing your teeth!

Flossing is especially beneficial when you have food stuck between your teeth. And don’t use toothpicks, as picking too eagerly might harm your gums!

Don't be this guy.

Don't be this guy.

However, the extent to which flossing helps with completely eliminating plaque hasn’t been thoroughly researched. In fact, two of the leading dental authorities in the US – the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology – are basing their flossing recommendations on outdated studies. These studies tested very small sample groups (as little as 25 participants) for only a short period of time.

On top of that, the Associated Press even suggested that corporations who produce flossing products may have paid for most studies and sometimes even designed and conducted the research themselves. Nevertheless, some people still express satisfaction with their dental hygiene when they floss. And considering it’s a low-risk, low-cost step in your dental regimen, it’s probably perfectly fine to go ahead and floss!

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Get Stunning Miniature Worlds on Your Fingers With These Wooden Rings

Want a unique accessory that no one else has? Get these tiny wooden rings with beautiful landscapes inside them!

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Rings are an understated accessory that make a huge impact on an outfit. With the many things people do to draw attention to their hands, such as making gestures, eating, or fixing their hair, rings instantly get the attention of their audience. But while there are a lot (and I mean a lot!) of ring options out there like simple bands, intricately set stones, and fingertip rings, those who really want to draw attention to their fingers might want to pick this option.

Secret Wood is a Canada-based online shop that sells gorgeous handmade wooden rings with fantasy-like worlds in them. Whether you like spring scenery, snowy winter landscapes, or fiery forests, Secret Wood can create these worlds for you. Each one-of-a-kind ring is made using fresh wood and jewelry resin, and no two rings are identical. In fact, once a buyer has chosen a ring design from their shop, they'll send over a picture of the ring they made to make sure the buyer is 100% happy with the design.

Each ring is made with love over a period of 5 - 6 weeks. Sure, that's quite a wait, but can you really hold it against them when each ring is so stunning?

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These Little Floating Worlds Inside Test Tubes Are Gorgeous

Dutch artist Rosa de Jong is a master of tiny sculptures. How tiny, you ask? Tiny enough to fit into a test tube!

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Have you ever seen those delicate little ships in bottles or terrariums with dainty plants inside them? If you're into that sort of thing, you'll definitely love the work of this artist who excels at depicting artworks within test tubes!

For her series Micro Matter, Dutch artist Rosa de Jong creates tiny floating worlds inside test tubes. Her pieces are made up of a variety of materials like sticks her pet cat brought in, rocks from the Caribbean, sand from the Monument Valley, and so many others. She carefully cuts, glues, paints, and sculpts these tiny vertical scenes that look deceptively realistic and whimsical at the same time.

The painstaking process of sculpting a world that fits in the palm of your hand.

Micro Matter 1

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Firewood Is Supposed to Be Burned, But This Artist Transforms Them Into Art!

This artist didn’t want to put the beauty of firewood to waste, so he transformed them into artworks!

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When you think of firewood, what usually comes to mind are warmth, campfires, and maybe even s'mores. You probably never think of avant-garde home decor. After all, they're just made to be burned to keep you warm, right? But this LA-based designer has different ideas. He transforms firewood into beautiful works of art!

Paul Foeckler is the creator of Split Grain, a site that features "modern, minimalist wood sculptures and lighting". He says that the project started out when he started taking notice of an ordinary piece of firewood and thinking it's too beautiful to burn. He then started experimenting with different types of firewood by cutting the wood into precise slices. He says this brings out the real beauty of the wood, especially when combined with lighting.

Foeckler sells his beautiful lamps at Etsy in the hope that they'll "allow people to reflect upon nature in both intimate and public contemporary spaces." You can get a firewood wall sculpture for £212, and his firewood lamps start at £270.

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