According to a several recent news articles sparked by a change in the dietary guidelines published by the Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that failed to include flossing, apparently no studies have ever been done to confirm or disprove the benefits of flossing.
Well. what does this mean for you? Is flossing really not necessary from now on? Here’s our take on it:
1.) Flossing reduces the number of bacteria in your mouth by removing it from the crevices in your teeth. Are there any studies to prove that the more bacteria in your mouth, the more cavities you will have? Absolutely. And although no official study has been done on flossing, any dentist could testify of the visible difference they see between patients who do floss and patients who don’t.
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2.) No studies have ever been done on flossing, but do we really need them? Whether or not flossing makes a difference to your oral health is a topic that has never been studied. But do we really need to invest the resources into performing this study just to prove what we kind of already know? Putting money into cancer research seems like a better investment. However, if people really need a study done on flossing in order to believe that it will benefit them in the long run, perhaps the aftermath of this recent change in public policy will provide sufficient evidence.
In the end, we hope that people will take the adivce of their dentist when making decisions on their oral health. If, in the end, flossing proves to provide no benefit, the investment in time and money that we put into flossing is relatively small. However, we at Platinum Dental Care stand by previous advice to say that flossing does make a difference, and is important part of your oral routine.
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Dr. Fergusen is a periodontist in Utah . He practices at muptiple Platinum Dental Locations throughout Utah, and we value his expertise on gum health and oral surgery. If you have gingivitis, find that your gums are sore or puffy, or would like to schedule an appointment with a periodontsti in Utah, give Dr. Ferguson a call at 801.806.4645.