Japanese researchers have made a startling
discovery: Monkeys floss!
[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.