- posted: Sep. 07, 2016
“Flossing is useless, or ineffective at best.” The Associated Press recently refuted 25 studies that have shown flossing to be helpful in preventing oral disease. In today’s world we look to the evidence—the research—to determine whether our current beliefs hold true. Some of the research is old, some studies have too few participants to be considered valid, and some really do outpace our old belief systems.
However, here’s what we know, based on current and valid research: 80+% of adults have gum disease and most of those who remain healthy prevent inflammation by brushing and flossing.
Taking the ten to fifteen minutes to floss daily is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. Floss deeply—curving the floss in a c-shape around the tooth and hug it as you move it up and down as far as you can. If your gums bleed, you have inflammation. Ask your dentist to help you with a plan to get healthy again and avoid the risks of tooth loss, stroke, heart attack, erectile dysfunction and diabetes.
Dr. Susan has much more to say about this misleading, and perhaps harmful, story from the AP. Read her thoughts here.
Finally, curious to learn more about flossing, gum disease, and much, much more? Check out Dr. Susan’s book, BlabberMouth: 77 Things Only Your Mouth Can Tell You To Live a Healthier, Happier, Sexier Life.