Why floss might not be enough in the removal of plaque, but cleaning between teeth is still critical.
We want to address the recent articles, news reports, and social media blog posts regarding the need to floss and the lack of scientific evidence to support it’s benefits.
This is what we do know:
- Brushing alone is not enough.
- A majority of people are flossing ineffectively if they floss at all.
- People DO need to clean between their teeth.
- Disruption of plague is the end goal.
- We need to find easier and more effective ways to help patients clean between their teeth.
At this office, we have always recommended the Airflosser, Waterpik and Power Brushes to our patients as a means to remove plaque from your teeth. These methods are more effective at removing plaque if they are being effectively used.
We also recommend fluoride treatments and take home fluoride for adults, which is another way to reduce decay and tooth sensitivity.
Now, we are NOT telling you there is no need to floss or clean between your teeth. You need to remove the plaque buildup that occurs between your teeth in some manner to prevent inflammation (gingivitis) and tooth decay. We have several tools we can recommend to help accomplish this.