12 Sep Should I Continue to Floss?
Do I Need to Continue Using Dental Floss?
The Associated Press recently published an article entitled “Medical benefits of dental floss unproven”. The article left many people wondering if they should continue to floss. Tower Dental still advocates flossing.
The Associated Press’s Recommends Not Continuing to Floss
In summary, the article pointed out that there is no concrete evidence that flossing is necessary. The article never claimed that flossing would hurt your dental health nor did it argue that flossing has been proven ineffective. There is merely no empirical evidence to back up the flossing recommendation.
After the Associated Press had done their research, the government removed flossing from their Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Flossing got removed because policy states there must be affirmative evidence to be included in these guidelines. However, the government never recommended that you discontinue flossing.
Reasons to Continue to Floss
Although flossing has never been scientifically proven to improve oral health, we still recommend that you continue to floss. Here are some reasons:
- 1. Flossing is easy: Flossing is both quick and inexpensive. Since not much effort is necessary, it is easy to continue to floss.
- 2. Flossing’s Impact is hard to measure: Most people who floss also follow other oral hygiene recommendations. Also, most studies rely on self-reported data. People are not always honest about their oral health habits. The lack of empirical evidence is due to the difficulty of singling out the variable. There are too many other variables involved to produce statistically significant findings.
- 3. Dentist Observations: Dentists recommend flossing because we see the effects first hand. There may not be quantitative evidence, but dentists observe qualitative evidence in favor of flossing.
- 4. Common Sense: When we eat, food gets stuck between our teeth. We know traces of food cause plaque and tooth decay. It just makes sense to continue to floss to ensure you remove hard to get food from between your teeth.
We are a Boca Raton family dentist dedicated to improving our patient’s oral health. To achieve this goal, we provide the best dental services at affordable prices. We also believe in educating our patients on oral hygiene. If you have any questions about why you should continue to floss, please feel free to call us at 561-257-1007. We can schedule an appointment for you which will include a dental cleaning and diagnostic services. The dentist will personally speak to you and will be able to answer all of your oral hygiene questions.