Looks like maybe lying to your dentist was good for your health

You’ve bought it, you’ve used it (sometimes), and you’ve lied about it to your dentist once or twice, and now
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You’ve bought it, you’ve used it (sometimes), and you’ve lied about it to your dentist once or twice, and now they are telling you that you shouldn’t use it!

It has been a staple of our dental routines for a long time, since 1908 when it was first introduced, but now the experts are saying that flossing can be doing you harm. It has been accepted that flossing regularly is part of a healthy dental routine and will help keep away those two big nasties; gingivitis and tooth decay.

Where did the accepted knowledge come from? Reports made by the companies that make dental floss. Those same companies buy a “Seal of Approval” from Dental Associations to “sell the science” behind its use. The Associated Press in the US used the Freedom of Information Act to get the studies that showed the benefits of flossing only for the Government to write them back to say no such studies existed.

Flossing is not a useless tool, however, it is ideal for removing food stuck in your teeth and in the hands of your dentist can be used to remove plaque. However, in the hands of most everyone else can lead to careless flossing. Medical experts warn that careless flossing can lead to bacteria being introduced into your bloodstream and cause infections. Carless flossing can also damage your gums and teeth.

The Associated Press dug into 25 studies being done comparing the effects on your teeth when flossing and using a toothbrush versus only a toothbrush. The results showed that those who used floss “fail to demonstrate that flossing is generally effective in plaque removal.”

While it might not be as effective as once thought dentists suggest that it should still be used regularly but that you should be very careful when doing it.

At least now you shouldn’t feel guilty for not flossing as much as your dentist tells you to.

What do you think?  Do you floss every day?  Do you only do it when your dentist does it?

  1. Dentists are an industry, just like the floss makers and they have had us over a barrel for generations. My partner visits his dentist every six months and has had many, many interventions over the years, costing a small fortune and rarely comes away without having “work” done. I didn’t go to the dentist for 25 years and all I needed was a clean. Not even a filling. I never floss but I do clean my teeth twice a day. I also scrub my tongue at the end of the clean. Bear in mind that pushing all these gadgets, products and dental visits, is an industry and will be flogged to the hilt.

  2. Pamela  

    Brush first, then gently floss and see if your brush misses any food from between the teeth before you decide to give it up.

  3. Bryan manuel  

    Ive been a dental practioner for 15 years, flossing if done right is very beneficial to help preserve a cavity free proximal(lateral) surfaces of the teeth, there is simply no means to get rid of plaque(biofilm) properly and not even the tiniest bristle can reach that area where 2 adjacent teeth meet, mouthwash will not do it. U need to mechanically clean it and brushing wont remove it either. So flossing provided that your dentist show it properly is the way to get rid of that plaque. Ive seen patients who they think they have no visible carious teeth or cavity suddenly coming to the dental office only to find out that the proximal areas of their tooth has already a large cavity that needs to be filled. In terms of promoting infection to the bloodstream,studies should still be conducted because if that were really true then we might as well ban oral prophylaxis too because when we do that procedure,we not only clean the areas above the gums but also the areas in between the tooth and the gums especially when there is severe build up of calcular deposits in the patients oral cavity.

  4. Bryan manuel  

    Ive been a dental practioner for 15 years, flossing if done right is very beneficial to help preserve a cavity free proximal(lateral) surfaces of the teeth, there is simply no means to get rid of plaque(biofilm) properly and not even the tiniest bristle can reach that area where 2 adjacent teeth meet, mouthwash will not do it. U need to mechanically clean it and brushing wont remove it either. So flossing provided that your dentist show it properly is the way to get rid of that plaque. Ive seen patients who they think they have no visible carious teeth or cavity suddenly coming to the dental office only to find out that the proximal areas of their tooth has already a large cavity that needs to be filled. In terms of promoting infection to the bloodstream,studies should still be conducted because if that were really true then we might as well ban oral prophylaxis too because when we do that procedure,we not only clean the areas above the gums but also the areas in between the tooth and the gums especially when there is severe build up of calcular deposits in the patients oral cavity.

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  6. Dens dentis  

    ‘Carless flossing’…….Para 4, last line.

    I’ll make sure that IF I want to ‘floss’, I’ll keep some in my car’s console to work on, at traffic lights, whilst stopped.

    Or maybe, whilst I’m driving along.
    Sure beats ‘sexting’…..er, um, ‘texting’!

  7. Julian  

    After 44 years as a daily intra-oral detective, show me an area of food catching and I will find either decay or a gum problem. Simple. No conspiracy by profit seeking dentists secretly holding shares in a floss company! For non-believers use cotton, fishing line, plumbers tape or a pound note but floss! Still needing someone to blame? Blame God or Allah or them Reptilians.

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