The Dallas County Dental Society (DCDS) is always on the quest for knowledge in the ever changing and improving world of dentistry. We want the public to know the truth about their teeth no matter what they are reading in social media hearing from friends, or watching on the news. In our new blog series “Tooth Truth” we will tackle topics about dentistry that may be new, misunderstood, or even controversial. You can rely on our members, the experts in the field, to provide you with the facts. Who better to trust with your teeth than a group of reputable dentists?
We all know it, and many of us hate it: flossing. So it’s no surprise that the internet let out a collective sigh of relief when the Associated Press’s latest investigative report turned up little evidence to support the benefits of flossing. Finally, we can toss the floss! Or should we? Despite the findings of this report, the DCDS is still a strong proponent for flossing. Flossing isn’t a bad thing. In fact, the benefits are still there, even if someone claims the evidence isn’t.
If it’s one thing dentists across the country can agree on it’s that a clean mouth is a healthy mouth. There’s a reason why our dentists remind us to brush twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular cleanings: because these steps have proven to be effective at keeping our mouths healthy! Simply put, this regimen works! Regular brushing is obviously crucial to oral health, but that alone isn’t enough to combat the slew of bacteria that our mouths harbor. Sure, brushing is great at getting rid of the grime and food debris from the surface of your teeth, but it does little to remove bacteria and food particles from between your teeth and underneath your gum line. You need to dig a little deeper in your dental arsenal to fight that battle. Enter: floss! It’s arguably the best tool we have at our disposal to eradicate bacteria that attack the spaces between our teeth and under our gum line. If we leave that muck to fester, we expose ourselves to serious oral health issues, like periodontal disease which can then lead to much more serious health problems throughout your body. That’s one of the main reasons flossing is still as vital as ever. At the very least, the leftover bits of food still wedged between your teeth can produce some very unpleasant bad breath that the strongest mint can’t conceal.
Despite the latest chatter on the internet and across social media, flossing is still an essential component in any comprehensive oral hygiene routine. Flossing isn’t the enemy. Bacteria is, and the only way to annihilate it is with good oral hygiene, and that STILL includes flossing.