A few weeks ago, the latest dietary guidelines issued by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services quietly and without notice dropped any mention of flossing. Simultaneously, the Associated Press reported that officials hadn’t researched the effectiveness of regular flossing, as required, before convincing Americans that it was a necessary task for good dental health.
The likelihood of our patients reading articles by the Department of Agriculture may be low but news outlets like The Today Show and the New York Times were quick to report the story, and think about it… wouldn’t it be great if it were true? Because doesn’t everyone LOVE flossing?
If you look at it closely, they’re not saying flossing is not effective, just that there have never been any really good studies on the subject. That said, as dental professionals we see the benefits of flossing every. single. day.
In our practice, we see firsthand that flossing does a great job in helping to prevent gum disease, and gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. Flossing removes plaque and debris caught in between your teeth, and that’s benefical to your overall health.
For those that choose not to take our word for it, we also do dentures. 😉