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Dentist in Carmichael, CA | Digital DentalYOU’VE BEEN HEARING a lot about flossing in the news these days. Recent articles stating that flossing doesn’t do any good for your oral health have left many feeling shocked and confused. As your trusted dental professionals, we’re here to set the record straight!

It all started with an article by the Associated Press stating that the benefits of flossing have been unproven. Unfortunately, haters of flossing were quick to take up their torches and pitchforks against the practice. In response to the Associated Press article, the American Dental Association released a statement saying that flossing is “an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.” And we’re going to tell you why.

Here’s Why You Should Continue Flossing

As a dentist who looks in mouths every day, it is apparent to our hygienists and me that patients who practice good oral healthcare habits (brushing, flossing, regular exams and cleanings) have healthier teeth and gums and as such, are healthier individuals.  The studies mentioned in the article do confirm that there is evidence that flossing prevents gingivitis.  Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, is the first stage that leads to periodontal disease, an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth.

For those of us who floss – it’s remarkable to see the food removed from between teeth – it’s hard not to see value in that.  Having just purchased a Dyson vacuum cleaner – I really enjoy seeing the hair and dust removed from our carpet and flooring.  The visual certainly encourages the habit.  And it’s not as if dental floss purchases are a financial burden on most families.  And in fact for so many patients who aren’t inclined to regularly floss, I highly recommend a water flosser or use of an electric toothbrush.  

We Care About Our Patients

We only recommend flossing because we care about your oral and overall health! Through our years of experience, we’ve seen the difference that flossing can make. So, ignore the headlines and take it from the professionals: flossing works! Keep up the good flossing habits and we promise you’ll feel the difference.

Have any more questions about flossing or your oral hygiene?Call us or come in today!