With the release of the Associated Press (AP) article regarding the lack of evidence-based studies on flossing’s effectiveness, patients are asking if they really have to floss now!
The fact is the article is not claiming conclusively the impact of flossing is irrelevant to oral health. It merely states that the evidence today is “currently weak” and the “evidence is questionable.” There needs to be more clinical and reliable research studies that focus on the long-term effects of flossing as it relates to periodontal health.
Here are the facts:
The widely reported AP article examined 25 peer-reviewed studies on the effectiveness of flossing and found weak or unreliable evidence that flossing had long-term benefits.
The report was not telling practitioners or patients to stop flossing, only that there are some questions unanswered about its impact.
The report never stated that providers championing daily flossing are wrong, incompetent, deceiving, or misinformed. It simply is looking at the behavior of flossing.
What is our stance at the dental office of Gretchen S. Gadwood?
Being able to remove food debris and plaque from between teeth and gums by flossing reduces the risk for irritation and in turn inflammation, which leads to an overall health benefit. A clean mouth is a healthy mouth. You will see and feel a difference!