What’s all the fuss about not flossing? I’ll give you a mouthful of reasons to keep flossing! To start, it's quick, low risk and low cost!
According to the Associated Press (AP) this week, when the US Federal Government’s latest dietary guidelines were released this year, the flossing recommendations and guidelines in place since 1979, had been removed, without notice. In a letter to the AP, the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required. The government stated in two reviews conducted in 2015 that "The majority of available studies fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal," and "inconsistent/weak evidence" for flossing and a "lack of efficacy."
In my professional opinion and experience, these findings are reckless, misleading and even potentially dangerous, as there are some serious health risks that can increase without proper daily oral health care, including flossing. A toothbrush and mouthwash cannot effectively clean teeth, which is why an alternative device, such as floss, needs to be used. We know there's an excellent possibility that flossing works based on professional experience and patient dental records.
Dental floss has been around since its invention by New Orleans dentist, Dr. Levi Spear Parmly in 1815. Over the years, the American Dental Association (ADA) has recommended its daily use, and here’s why: Floss helps remove bacteria and plaque, removes food build-up between the teeth, reduces the risk of gingivitis, gum disease, and risk of tooth decay. A toothbrush cannot clean every tooth surface or in between teeth. Advanced gum disease can lead to serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and/or obesity, and bacteria can be a cause of bad breath, infection or even death.
SIMPLY PUT: NOTHING GOOD CAN COME FROM LEAVING FOOD, BACTERIA AND PLAQUE IN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH.
It takes under three minutes to floss your teeth once a day! ADA statistics show that most people don’t like the dental floss process: only 12-40% of Americans floss daily as recommended, and 20% never floss. He added that next to flossing, 14% would rather clean a toilet, 9% would rather sit in gridlock traffic and 7% would rather listen to children crying on an airplane. Studies show that flossing must be done the right way, to be effective. You don’t want to cause damage to gums, teeth, dental work, or release bacteria into the bloodstream, causing infection. It’s not like exercise, where you go for the burn.
I stand behind daily flossing. Floss correctly, and your teeth and gums will thank you for your lifetime!