Is flossing still recommended by dental professionals?
The short and easy answer is, YES! There was a recent article in the media stating that there was no proof that flossing made a difference. This was shown to be incorrect and biased. Dentists and hygienists agree that you should keep flossing!
The Canadian Dental Association statement of August 2, 2016:
“The Canadian Dental Association supports flossing as one step of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing is an effective preventative measure to remove plaque, the main cause of gum disease. The weakness of the evidence supporting the value of floss in the prevention of gum disease is a reflection of the difficulty of conducting the necessary studies, not of the value of flossing for the maintenance of good oral health.
Brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist regularly are all steps in preserving a healthy mouth.”
The American Dental Association statement of August 4, 2016:
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease in the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.
So after all the confusion, the message remains the same. Brush, floss, eat healthy foods, and see your dentist regularly. That’s the 1-2-3-4 of ensuring the best dental health. To contact us for your appointment call 519-305-9100 today!