News reports are coming out discussing the benefits of dental flossing. Some claim it is not a necessary step in your oral hygiene claiming there is “weak evidence to suggest flossing is beneficial”. The Associated Press did an investigation and they state there is insufficient proof to back up the claim that flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene.
So why is flossing good for you?
Flossing properly removes plaque and food build-up while reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The ADA released a statement saying: “Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque build-up.”
Why you should floss.
So if the evidence gathered by the Associated Press claims flossing is unreliable and low quality why should you floss?
If done incorrectly, flossing can cause damage to the gums. When done correctly flossing
and will reduce your risk for gum disease which could increase your risk for heart problems.
Don’t like to floss? There are other ways to clean between your teeth. Watepiks are great option if you want to clean between your teeth without flossing. There are also Proxy Brushes available at local retailers.
Talk to your dental hygienist to learn proper flossing techniques and discuss if a waterpik is a better option for you!
The Medical Benefit of Daily Flossing Called Into Question. (2016, August 02). Retrieved December 19, 2018, from https://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/the-medical-benefit-of-daily-flossing-called-into-question
Should you floss or not? Study says benefits unproven. (2016, August 03). Retrieved December 19, 2018, from https://www.bbc.com/news/health-36962667
Your teeth and your heart: What’s the connection? (2015, October 08). Retrieved December 19, 2018, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/heart-disease-prevention/faq-20057986