Keep Flossing…

In case you didn’t hear the latest mind boggling news, the following is an excellent example of how common sense is over ruled by bureaucrats who are scientifically illiterate and incapable of thinking:

The British Dental Society concluded that flossing your teeth wasn’t necessary because there were “insufficient studies demonstrating its benefits.” That’s like saying we need more studies to prove that the sun sets in the west. (Have you noticed the prevalence of missing teeth in people living in England?) This flies in the face of overwhelming evidence seen in my practice and those of my colleagues that patients who don’t floss have gum disease while those who floss CORRECTLY have healthy gums. The studies that the British Dental Society alluded to didn’t take into account the way people were flossing which was probably being done incorrectly and therefore ineffective. (Many patients coming in to my practice do not floss correctly and must be shown the proper technique.) What’s worse, is that our own National Health Service (NIH) has come out questioning the value of flossing. This is your government at work! Remember, you know your symptoms better then anyone else. If your gums bleed and are puffy, chances are you need to floss and need to floss correctly.

In addition, the American Academy of Periodontology “recommends daily flossing as one part of a regular oral hygiene routine, which also includes brushing your teeth twice a day and ensuring you receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year. The accumulation of plaque bacteria beneath the gum line may cause an inflammatory response which ultimately leads to gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can worsen, leading to tooth loss and increased risk for other systemic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. Flossing allows for the removal of plaque bacteria and debris from areas in the mouth that brushing alone cannot reach….Because the development of periodontal disease is slow in nature and because a variety of factors can impact its progression, studies that examine the efficacy of daily flossing are best conducted over a number of years and among a large population. Much of the current evidence does not utilize a large sample size or examine gum health over a significant amount of time. Additionally, many of the existing studies do not measure true markers of periodontal health such as inflammation or clinical attachment loss. In the absence of quality research, patients should continue to include flossing as a part of their daily oral hygiene habit.