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Is Flossing Really Beneficial Or Is It A Hype?
Posted on 12/5/2022 by Dr. Michael Allard
This question may come off as odd since the majority of us have heard dentists recommend flossing on a regular basis. The effectiveness of flossing was, however, brought into question by a story published by the Associated Press.
This piece was picked up and sensationalized by media outlets all over the world and they questioned whether flossing was effective or just hype. Read more to find out our take on the topic.
How did the effectiveness of flossing come into question?
The Associated Press approached the US federal departments to find out some of the proof they use to generate its guidelines, including the surgeon general's where flossing is recommended. The response they got was that the guidelines were not based on actual research.
The Associated Press decided to then carry out its own research by reviewing papers on the topic spanning the last decade. They then published their article based on 25 studies that compared the use of a toothbrush against the use of a toothbrush and dental floss. They concluded that the evidence for flossing regularly was “very unreliable” and “weak” As a result, many around the country felt vindicated for not flossing, not knowing that they are jeopardizing their oral health. This is not true, however, as flossing is one of the cornerstones of good oral health.
What does the American Dental Association say?
According to the governing body, interdental cleaners such as dental floss are a crucial part when it comes to caring for your dental health as well as your gums. The ADA emphasizes that cleaning in between your teeth clears away plaque, which if left in place can result in cavities, particularly on surfaces not reached by a toothbrush.
The Canadian Dental Association echoes the same statement. According to them, the perceived weakness of the evidence supporting flossing does not undermine the value of flossing. Even with all the confusion, the message is clear. Brush your teeth and floss regularly to safeguard your oral health. Contact us today for more information.