As of late, flossing has been a hot topic. You may have heard recent studies claiming that flossing is ineffective, possibly even useless. But what really is the truth? And should you continue to floss?
`According to the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing is still an essential part of caring for your teeth and should be incorporated into your dental routine. Even with this controversial news, health experts are urging patients to maintain flossing once a day.
Yes, this past year, flossing was removed from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines because the benefits haven’t necessarily been proven. But according to the ADA website, there hasn’t been a need to test or prove the effects of flossing. Regardless, dentists (who specialize in oral care and work with teeth daily) are spreading the word that flossing can make a big difference in your mouth. How you ask? Here are five favorable reasons why you shouldn’t give up on flossing just yet.
1. Flossing can protect you from cavities.
There are tight, hard to reach areas in the mouth that a toothbrush simply cannot access. By using floss where your brush can’t reach, you are removing plaque buildup and protecting your teeth from potential cavities.
2. Flossing effectively removes food between teeth.
Flossing is proven to be effective when removing debris from between teeth. Ever get a piece of food stuck in your teeth? There’s a reason that you flossed right away – because it works.
3. Flossing helps keep your breath fresh.
By loosening bits of food and removing bacteria, you are eliminating the odor that lives between your teeth. Flossing can remove the plaque around your teeth that a toothbrush generally cannot.
4. Flossing reduces inflammation.
Puffy red gums can be the first sign of gingivitis, and it’s well-known that inflammation is not good for your well-being. Gum inflammation has actually been linked to cardiovascular disease, so by reducing inflammation, you are also helping protect your overall health.
5. Flossing is easy.
Flossing is simple and inexpensive. You don’t have to purchase high-end, pricey tools and it doesn’t take a lot of time. Think about it, you could have flossed your teeth just while reading this article. So what are you waiting for? Get flossing!
For more information on flossing, please visit the ADA website for current recommendations or speak with your dentist at your next appointment.