Have you seen the big dental news lately? The Associated Press just reported that there are no proven medical benefits from flossing. Can you believe it??? Does that news make you want to toss your floss in the trash and use those two minutes a day for something else? Don’t be so hasty. The truth […]
Scientists have long known that flossing cuts down on gum inflammation and bleeding, extrapolating from existing data that it could possibly prevent gum disease. What makes the data inconclusive is that the studies were only carried out for a few weeks. In order to track flossing’s effect on a long-term disease, the study would have to take years, as well as require tightly monitored control groups – can you imagine hundreds of people diligently maintaining records of their own properly flossed teeth for three or four years?
So no, there is no proven medical benefit for flossing. But anecdotally, don’t your teeth and gums feel better after you’ve run some floss over them? We’ve been in the dental biz a long time, and we’ve never seen flossing cause an adverse problem. Unless the ADA says it’s bad for you, we’re going to keep telling our patients to floss at least once a day.