NBC’s cameras caught Cam Newton flossing his teeth on the sidelines during the Panthers’ 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos. It was weird.
It was very weird.
Most NFL players conduct this hygienic act either before or after the game but winning the MVP apparently comes with special perks. Newton had a very reasonable explanation.
“I was eating oranges at halftime,” he said. “Got stuck in my teeth.”
Dislodging a piece of food from teeth is one of the few proven benefits of flossing. The science is still out on if we are getting anything out of the activity long-term.
Perhaps I am showing my ignorance here, but I was absolutely shocked to discover dental floss is readily available on the sidelines of NFL games. What purpose does it serve? Is it there just in case someone decides to pull a Mark Sanchez on a hot dog midgame?
Now, to be fair, Newton does have a million-watt smile worth preserving. It would have been a shame if a pulpy piece of fruit caused him to hide it under a bushel on opening night. That’s not how you grow the game.