You may have recently seen on the news or on social media sites that there isn’t scientific research to demonstrate the oral health benefits of flossing. However, many professional dental associations such as the ADA (American Dental Association) have confirmed that floss and interdental cleaners are essential for maintaining proper oral health.
Despite the fact that flossing was removed from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the government has not changed its perspective on flossing. Instead, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) decided to focus on reducing sugar intake and nutrition. Furthermore, other health agencies have continually recommended cleaning between teeth daily. For instance, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) suggests including flossing daily in your oral hygiene routine.
Dentists and oral health professionals, who understand the oral health conditions and history of their patients, are among the most qualified to give advice on flossing. Just because there isn’t solid proof doesn’t mean that flossing is ineffective. If you don’t clean between your teeth, you could experience tooth decay, gum disease, or plaque buildup. Floss and interdental cleaners help remove plaque, debris, and bacteria.
Therefore, remember to use interdental cleaners once a day in addition to brushing two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste!