When I was 12, I read a book about Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female Pharaoh. In that book, it was hypothesized that she died due to an infection from an abscessed tooth. I was irrationally upset at the thought that a lack of dental care interrupted her reign and her life so I vowed then and there to take very good care of my teeth. I have flossed everyday since then.
Recently, I have been revisiting my love of Egyptology and have been reading updated research on Queen Hatshepsut. Turns out, it probably wasn’t an abscess tooth that caused her death.
Long story short, I have been flossing for nothing.