THE invention of a heavy duty dental floss is helping to build orphanages for children in poverty-stricken areas of Myanmar.
It is the quaint story of Lise Slack, a dental hygienist from South Africa who conceived the idea for the invention to fund charity ambitions overseas.
Lise and her family moved to the Sunshine Coast eight years ago.
For years she had fostered thoughts of a "dental floss on steroids", bulky enough for people who have wide spaces between their teeth or implants.
Lise's X-Floss and X-Ribbon products were two years in the making before they went on sale in July.
"It is amazing how when people have wide spaces and long teeth it's actually more difficult to keep those areas clean," she said.
"There is a direct connection between gum infection and health."
Lise, a dental hygienist for 30 years, and her engineer husband had wanted to get involved with a charity helping children.
Together they started their company iDontix, manufacturing the dental floss which will fund their charity i-Hope.
The goal of i-Hope is to build orphanages, with their first currently under construction in Myanmar.
Lise and her husband plan to visit areas where their charity is delivering money next year.
"We have an amazing group called Grace Works and it has been in Myanmar for many years," Lise said.
"It's absolutely crucial (that we help as many children as we can).
"We have been blessed to be able to bless others."
Lise said other dental practices, including Ocean Orthodontics in Kawana and Foundation Dental Services in Mountain Creek, were also on board with the charity work of i-Hope.
"Our mission is to help rescue vulnerable orphans around the world and to provide a safe haven for them," Lise said.