The Big Flossing Debate
The media caused quite a stir creating the big flossing debate last week. DannaSmile in Plano, Texas wants to set you straight about the big media misunderstanding about the necessity of flossing your teeth.
Here’s what happened:
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee decided not to include flossing in their 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines and did so as they made a deliberate decision to focus upon food and nutrient intake. These guidelines have no bearing on the longstanding recommendation from the Surgeon General, The Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies to floss between teeth daily.
In attempt to further clarify this issue, which has caused much chaos in the realm of oral health care, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reaffirmed in an August 4th statement to the American Dental Association.
American Dental Association Statement on Flossing
“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque. At HHS, NIH’sNational Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), CDC’s Division of Oral Health and Healthy People 2020have additional information and resources about efforts to address and improve oral health.”
“Don’t stop cleaning between your teeth as it’s essential to remove plaque which can lead to cavities or gum disease in areas where your toothbrush can’t reach” states Jodi Danna, DDS of Plano, Texas. “Cleaning between your teeth has been proven time and time again that it can help remove debris from between your teeth, which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. “
The American Dental Association continues to recommend brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, twice per day, and cleaning between teeth once per day—plus regular dental visits as recommended by your dentist.
“Keep on flossing” says Dr. Mariya Barnett, DDS also of DannaSmile. “We want you to maintain a beautiful smile for years to come.”
To learn more about flossing and interdental cleaners, go to http://www.mouthhealthy.org