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Flossing May Not Be The Key To Good Oral Health


August 2, 2016
by Associated Press

It’s one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Except there’s little proof that flossing works.

Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its website that flossing “is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.”

The federal government has recommended flossing since 1979, first in a surgeon general’s report and later in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued every five years. The guidelines must be based on scientific evidence, under the law.

Last year, The Associated Press asked the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture for their evidence, and followed up with written requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

When the federal government issued its latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. In a letter to the AP, the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required.

To view the full story, please visit: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-big-problem-with-flossing/


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  1. A Future without Flossing?

    The Associated Press, is correct when
    It published it’s recent article A big problem with flossing
    * AP
    Aug 2, 2016 4:18 AM EDT

    But it should have read” A Big Problem with Flossing Research.”

    I have done a great deal of research on the topic and there is little doubt in my mind that the research regarding flossing is flawed, inaccurate and usually paid for by the big dental companies who manufacture and distribute dental floss.

    The direction and tone of this article
    Seems to question whether it is important floss or to clean between the teeth at all.

    Every single dentist or hygienist that I have spoken with In over 40 years of active dental practice and teaching dentistry, have concluded that flossing in fact does work because we see that when used properly, flossing removes or disrupts the germs between teeth where your toothbrush and mouthwash cannot reach.

    The is however good research and overwhelming evidence that the germs hiding between teeth contribute to cavities, gum disease, bad breath and can even cause an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, even some cancers and other systemic diseases.

    The real problem with flossing is non- compliance. In fact few people floss and those who actually floss do it incorrectly. Flossing is technique sensitive and is inconvenient and difficult to do. Many patients actually lie to their dentist or hygienist rather than get scolded for not flossing.

    There has to be a better way. That is why Nathalie Fiset RDH and I wrote an article in the July edition of the Journal of Oral Health “Gum Disease Starts Between the Teeth ”
    and why we invented the “PerioTwist” which is a one size fits all teeth interdental cleaner which is so much easier to use than floss and will not only clean away the smelly germs between teeth but can also medicate the area as well.

    https://www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/gum-disease-starts-teeth/

    Dr Allan Coopersmith BSc DDS FAGD FADI FICD FCARDP FACD FIADFE
    Nathalie Fiset RDH

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