Recently, the dental community was shaken up by some groundbreaking news.
A review found that there are no formal, scientific studies to date conclusively showing that individual flossing prevents oral disease.
Does this overturn everything your dentist has told you so far? No. Here’s the main reason: it’s extremely difficult to measure flossing.
The Challenge of Critiquing Floss Effectiveness
Flossing studies are limited by:
What Makes Flossing Effective
Flossing can be completely pointless if it’s not done correctly. If you ask your hygienist to show you at your next dental cleaning and checkup, you’ll learn that the action is a bit more involved than an up-down motion. Flossing also takes daily commitment to experience the benefits.
Why Should You Bother?
One thing everyone agrees on is the fact that dental plaque is responsible for cavities and gum disease. Get rid of the plaque on a daily basis and you reduce your risk for these problems.
Tooth brushing usually isn’t enough to access spots between teeth that hide bacteria. Whether you use floss, an interdental brush, a water flosser, or anything else, plaque removal is the ultimate goal.
Supplement Your Flossing Efforts
What people need to understand is that it’s not flossing in itself that’s so important.
You need to reinforce your teeth with fluoride and have them professionally cleaned twice a year or more. Special ingredients in mouthwashes and toothpaste help prevent plaque development in the first place.
The bottom line is this: flossing by itself is not the solution but it is an integral part of your preventive dental care. Ask your dentist for a professional opinion.
Posted on behalf of:
Southern Charm Dental
7119 FM 1464 #312
Richmond, TX 77407
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