To Floss or Not to Floss?

Our office would like to provide clarification on the need for regular flossing, being that floss is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums. For your reference we have attached an article released by the America Dental Association (ADA) acknowledging recent media claims (Unproven Benefits) and providing clarification on flossing recommendations and guidelines.
 
The majority of people benefit from the use of interdental cleaners; whether that be string floss, interproximal brushes or a waterflosser. The sole purpose of flossing is to clean between the teeth, something that your body has no mechanism to do on its own. The regular removal of plaque and bacteria, help to maintain the health of your teeth and gums, while preventing bad breath, cavities and gum disease.  Flossing is so effective at improving your health, Dr. Michael Roizen touted in his book The RealAge Makeover that the daily habit of flossing can add 6.4 years to your life.The formula for a healthy mouth is simple – brushing twice a day accompanied with daily flossing and regular hygiene visits.
Look below for a refresher on how to properly use string floss and a link to see why the Waterpik is a really awesome tool as well. Should you have any other questions feel free to call our office or ask your hygienist at your next visit. See you and your pearly whites there!