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03/12/2009

Japanese researchers have made a startling discovery: Monkeys floss!

From the AFP story:

[The] research team [at at Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute] observed seven female long-tailed macaques and their offspring and monitored how often the mothers cleaned the spaces between their teeth with strands of human hair, in a colony of 250 animals near Bangkok.

The study found that the frequency of teeth-cleaning roughly doubled and became more elaborate when the infant monkeys were watching, suggesting that the females were deliberately teaching their young how to floss, he said.

So how many of you will now tell your patients, "If a monkey can do it, so can you"?

Updated: Video of the flossing monkeys, for those interested.

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