It’s every diner’s worst nightmare: Getting a giant piece of food stuck between your teeth.
There’s really nothing more embarrassing, yet most restaurants can only offer a mere toothpick to help solve the problem. But worry no more, hungry diners. A solution has arrived! Floss dispensers are appearing in restaurant bathrooms across Montreal, thanks to an entrepreneur who’s putting her money where her mouth is.
Marta Correia, along with a business partner, invested in and created Oralgem. It’s a floss dispenser that is affixed via adhesive strips to the walls of a restaurant bathroom. They can also lock, preventing any risk of vandalism or manipulation of the floss rolls in public spaces.
Inspiration for the idea came after a trip to Brazil, where Correia’s business partner saw a similar dispenser in a rest area. But they opted to create one that was slimmer, sleeker and more functional.
“Flossing is underrated but everybody knows they should do it. Because everybody who goes to the dentist, they get asked if you floss,” Correia said.
So far, there are 2,000 such floss dispensers across North America. With any luck, hopefully they’ll find their way to a restaurant near you. And then you’ll never have to worry about poppy seeds or rogue leafs of lettuce again.