The great dental floss scam

The truth is out there… If you visit your dentist regularly you’d be familiar with the spiel that by flossing

The truth is out there… If you visit your dentist regularly you’d be familiar with the spiel that by flossing regularly you’ll be preventing gum disease and cavities. Turns out, this might be a bit of a furphy.

According to the Associated Press, there is very little proof that flossing actually works.

Dental organisations and governments the world over have long claimed that flossing your teeth removes the food that gets stuck between your teeth and turns into plaque. By removing plaque your chances of suffering tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis are lowered.

However, in its article published in August, the AP claims it conducted an intensive investigation into research on flossing and found no evidence it was effective. It also claims that the United States Government has admitted to it that research into the value of flossing remains inconclusive.

This is quite a revelation… Surely it’s up there with many of the great conspiracy theories?

As you’d expect dental associations have been quick to criticise the Associated Press for its report.

Despite recent reports that question the efficacy of flossing, the Australian Dental Association’s Dr Peter Aldritt says the benefits are obvious and people should continue the practice.

While the American Dental Association says on its website that flossing remains an “essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums”.

Apparently, it’s all in the technique. It’s one thing to make flossing a part of your dental health care routine, quite another to do it properly. We found a video that might just help you out.

It makes you wonder who to believe now, doesn’t it?

Will you be giving floss the toss? Or do you support the calls for flossing your teeth to ensure good dental hygiene?

  1. Marlee  

    I am having some dental work done at the moment and my dentist told me to floss first, then rinse and then clean with a soft brush, leaving the Sensodyne toothpaste on the teeth overnight and let it work for sensitive gums.

  2. Conspiracy theories abound, but my mind wonders about leaving food between my teeth. It decays and tastes and smells like it’s decaying, so I think a dentist knows best. 18 inches of floss is not so necessary, 12 inches is fine, for flossers on a budget.

  3. Pamela  

    Test this theory out yourself.

    Always brush first, then floss.

    If you ever remove debris with floss after brushing, you know it is beneficial.

    I will be continuing to floss!

  4. How can it possibly hurt, unless you use it with too much force and damage the gums. I use those interdental brushes too.

  5. Susan Bell  

    Do you take research from Associated Press and trust it or do you listen to your dentist? Flossing is an essential part of oral care. It removes debris from between the teeth and from the pocket your gums make around the tooth. This helps stop bad breath. Just stopping bad breath is reason enough to floss but flossing also helps tighten the gum attachment.
    So flossing strengthens your gums, gets rid of debris and allows you to keep your teeth throughout your life. If your gums are red, bleeding or swollen FLOSS. Dental floss is cheap but using it every day makes your dentists bills plummet.
    This article by AP is a furphy, they are trying to stir up controversy and conspiracy theories. Since when did the United States government do dental research, NEVER, you wait the next thing from AP will be fluoride is killing us (another lie). And finally think about it, dentist do not own shares in floss, they have nothing to gain if you floss. Dentist get their reward when they see you have a healthy mouth not through money from dental floss comanies.

  6. “great conspiracy theories?”

    You’re not bloody wrong there, mate.



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