Floss Remains Effective-Art of Cosmetic Dentistry Buckhead

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion removed flossing from its dietary guidelines. The Associated Press decided the evidence for flossing being a critical part of preventive care was “weak”. The media then widely reported flossing was a waste of time and money. This prompted a backlash from all corners of the dental world. The average consumer might question why the dental world would respond so strongly. It’s because any dentist, dental hygienist, dental assistant, or periodontist will tell you that they see the consequences of not removing interproximal debris everyday. Food and plaque build up between the teeth because the bristles of a toothbrush cannot extend far enough between the teeth to effectively remove it. This food and plaque mixture become a breeding ground for bacteria. The longer it remains undisturbed the more destructive the bacteria become. They begin destroying the enamel of the teeth, the gingival tissue, and the bone. This destruction results in fillings, crowns, scaling and root planing, and bone repair. While using string floss daily does not mean that these will never occur it does help lessen the occurrence. Does that mean only floss is the answer? Of course not. All mouths are not created equally. Some people benefit from Water Piks, proxy brushes, and floss picks. The point is they all remove that interproximal debris. There is no evidence to suggest that it is more beneficial to allow plaque and food to remain between the teeth.