Flossing has been strongly recommended by dentists and dental hygienists around the world for decades. We all heard it; you should floss at least once a day to prevent cavities and gum disease. Now, this well-known recommendation is challenged by a recent report published by The Associated Press that argues that there is no real benefit for flossing over brushing. The report looked at 25 studies comparing toothbrushing and flossing with toothbrushing alone. The conclusion was that there is little or no clear evidence for the benefit of flossing.
In light of this finding, the Canadian Dental Association released the following statement: “The weakness of the evidence supporting the value of floss in the prevention of gum disease is a reflection of the difficulty of conducting the necessary studies, not of the value of flossing for the maintenance of good oral health. Brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist regularly are all steps in preserving a healthy mouth.”
Dr. Rita Calotti agrees, “Flossing is easy, cheap solution that you can do at home to help clean between teeth and remove plaque.” We continue to encourage and teach proper flossing in every checkup as we believe it should be part of your healthy oral hygiene. She adds, “it may be hard to prove to be beneficial, but it doesn’t hurt to floss.” So our recommendation is to Keep Calm and Floss On!