At MDPM Consulting, many of our clients are dentists or specialists in the field, such as orthodontists or periodontists. So, you can imagine their shock and disappointment when an Associated Press article claimed flossing was pointless. The August 2nd article examined 25 different peer reviewed studies, and concluded that the evidence used to determine that flossing is beneficial to your oral health was flimsy or nonexistent. Does this mean you should still be flossing? Yes, you should still be flossing!
What the Study Didn’t Say
The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) quickly fired back. First, the AAP pointed out that flossing is only one part of the process of maintaining good oral health, but it is still vital. You also need to brush your teeth twice a day and receive routine dental cleanings, as well. The ADA press release reminded readers that the study didn’t cover whether or not people were flossing properly. After all, you can brush twice a day and floss once a day as recommended, but if you don’t do so properly then you aren’t going to adequately safeguard your smile. Whether you use floss tape or a pick, you need to floss using up and down motions on each side of every tooth to completely remove the bacterial plaque and food debris from between your teeth.
Are you TRYING to Get Gum Disease?
Why do dental professionals recommend flossing in the first place? Because your toothbrush bristles can’t reach between your teeth. This means the bacteria between your teeth can break down the food particles, increasing the sticky layer of acidic, bacterial plaque. The results are often weakened tooth enamel which leads to tooth decay and inflamed gum tissue (increasing the risk of gingivitis and eventually, gum disease). If you want to protect your smile from the onset of serious oral health concerns, then you need to floss.
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