To Floss or Not to Floss?!

Well, of course the answer is YES!!

A few weeks ago, the Associated Press released a report that flossing is not all that it is cracked up to be. According to Huffington Post, a letter to the AP from the government acknowledged that proper research had not been conducted to make such claims.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology also claimed that some studies conducted were not long enough, did not have enough participants, or used outdated research techniques to be valid.

Dr Matthew Messina, a spokesperson from the ADA, stated "there are only so many research dollars and so much research effort. So not a lot of effort has been put into studying dental flossing, simply because there are more important things for us to do."

As much as we would like to believe flossing isn't beneficial, it is important to remove bacteria from the teeth, gums and between the teeth. Flossing helps remove plaque, which contains bacteria in it. Without the removal of plaque, this bacteria is associated with Periodontal Disease. 

Patients need to put forth the effort on reducing risk factors for periodontal disease, and having proper oral hygiene is one step to a healthy mouth! 

Keep up with the simple habit!