I am sure by now; many of us have read the article earlier this month about flossing is not really important in maintaining a healthy mouth. The report claims the studies show "weak" and "very unreliable" evidence that flossing effectively removes plaque. So, is flossing really important?
Since the article was published, the American Academy of Periodontology (Dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, and in the placement of dental implants), the American Dental Association and National Institute of Health have all came out and stand firmly behind the practice of flossing daily. “A lack of quality evidence is not indicative of a lack of effectiveness. There is no dispute over whether flossing removes plaque and debris — it does. Since prolonged exposure to the bacteria in plaque may lead to gum disease, removing it is advised,” says Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. He says flossing is required to expunge the plaque that often lurks deep between the teeth and beneath the gums — places your toothbrush can’t always reach.
From my personal experience since I have started practicing dentistry. Most of my patients who have been flossing regularly tend to have less dental issues, whether its bleeding gums or cavities. Now, I know this is a “scientific study” by any means, but this is from seeing thousands of patients in my career. There are definitely many factors when it comes to causes of gum disease/cavity, diet and home care are the 2 of the most important factors in preventing them. Most of us probably will not change our diet for our oral health, so why not brush and floss regularly to reduce the risk of having gum disease/cavity. The more you do at home, the less you will likely have to do in the dental chair!
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