To Floss, or Not to Floss?

Dental Health, Flossing

To Floss, or Not to Floss?

Do you floss religiously—for the week prior to your yearly dentist appointment? Or are you a faithful flosser with a daily habit? Maybe you just brush your teeth and skip the flossing altogether. After years of being told by our dentists to “Floss your teeth daily to prevent decay and gum disease,” you may have recently heard that perhaps it isn’t as necessary for your dental health as previously thought. Wait—WHAT?  The Surgeon General’s office first began recommending daily flossing in 1979, but in 2016 the Dept. of Health and Human Services admitted it had not gathered adequate research in the years following those dates, to back up the claim that flossing is good medicine.

It IS a Habit Worth Forming

But the American Dental Association and the American Association of Periodontology continue to recommend daily brushing and flossing to maintain good dental health. In addition, here’s a great article from a UCLA associate dean of clinical dental sciences on the benefits of flossing.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Clark agrees, recommending good oral hygiene, including flossing to prevent periodontal disease (commonly known as “gum disease”), which is the most common disease among American adults.

Dr. Clark says, “Gum disease is more prevalent than diabetes, heart disease, or cancer. In fact, about 80% of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. Many people do not realize they suffer from gum disease, until it has progressed into more advanced, serious stages. If not treated it can lead to bone loss, receding gum tissue and tooth loss. Untreated periodontal disease has been linked to health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, pregnancy complications, and heart disease.”

So, Scottsdale—to floss, or not to floss? Keep your flossing game strong if you are already in the habit. If you have never picked it up, now is the best time to start, for optimal dental health! At Scottsdale Dental Excellence in North Scottsdale, we work hard to help you prevent and control periodontal disease.