Of all the dental services we provide in the Joondalup area, one of the most underrated may be the advice we give our patients about good oral hygiene. It is important to keep your mouth healthy through self care. However, one of our most important dental health practices, flossing, has recently come under attack by the Associated Press and other media outlets.
An Associated Press journalist complied studies on flossing and determined that most of them were inconclusive and that the others had “weak” evidence that flossing has a positive effect on dental health.
Due to regulations in the US that require scientific “proof” for their guidelines, the US Government is no longer recommending flossing.
According to Dr Peter Alldritt, who works with the Australian Dental Association as the chairman of the oral committee, recent changes in the US are no reason for Australians to suddenly stop flossing. Dr Alldritt was described as “incredulous” at what he called “beating up on flossing.”
According to Dr Alldritt, he is easily able to determine who flosses and who doesn’t among his patients by the appearance of their gums. Those who don’t floss have gums that are red and often inflamed while those who do floss have gums that are pink and healthy.
Why Flossing Experiments are Not Likely to be Valid
According to Dr Alldritt, flossing studies don’t isolate teeth-destroying habits such as acidic diets or smoking. In addition, many patients floss, but don’t do it correctly. Dr Alldritt believes that the experiments and studies cited by the Associated Press only serve to prove that flossing needs studies that are more thorough and more scientific.
None of the studies has said anything bad about flossing: only that the evidence isn’t as strong as it could be.
Dr Alldritt believes that flossing is a “low-risk” activity and that you have “nothing to lose by flossing.” It takes two minutes to floss, but the upside is that it can help keep your mouth healthy and prevent both tooth decay and gum disease.
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