The Associated Press recently reported that flossing studies lack the academic rigor to clearly prove it's linked to better oral health. Unfortunately, the report caused many people to question the value of flossing their teeth.
Flossing is still crucial according the American Academy of Periodontology.
Here's why: Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by prolonged exposure to bacteria in plaque. And they eventually lead to bad breath, receding gums and tooth loss.
Plaque is a sticky substance that builds up on and around your teeth throughout the day. It's your smile’s version of toe jam. If you want to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, you need to reduce your teeth's exposure to plaque.
Dr. Larry Kuhl, senior dental consultant at Delta Dental of Washington, tells us:
“Flossing cleans 40% of your tooth surfaces! It’s the best way to remove plaque from the spaces your toothbrush can’t reach – like in between your teeth and under your gum-line. Tooth decay and gum disease are both preventable by effectively removing plaque buildup.”
Take control of your oral and overall health by flossing daily. During your next dental visit, ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to effectively floss your teeth.