YOU’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 What Dr Gunnerson said about why You Should Continue Flossing
“I find the whole debate interesting. Is it because people don’t really want to floss? Because in my opinion, and having been a dentist over the last 20 years, I see a significant difference in the gingival health of patients as well as the decrease in the amount of inter proximal cavities in individuals who floss. The purpose of flossing is to break up the plaque that forms in-between your teeth as well as remove any food debris that can become wedged. If it was my mouth? I would continue flossing. After all, who wants to risk the chance of developing periodontal disease (gum disease) or develop cavities between their teeth? As far as creating a study to determine the efficacy of flossing, I think you could ask any dentist and they could support the fact from years of doing oral exams that flossing when done correctly improves oral health.”
We Care About Our Patients
We 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 (801) 658-1567 today!
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