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The Importance of Flossing as Key to Good Oral Health

The Importance of Flossing as Key to Good Oral Health

The topic of flossing has attracted extensive attention over the past few weeks, as multiple news sources have questioned whether the practice is essential to oral health. American Dental Association (ADA) continue to stress the importance of flossing.

The controversy began when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did not include flossing in the 2015 federal dietary guidelines, when it had previously been listed in years past. The Associated Press mentioned this omission in an August news story that questioned the benefits of flossing. While HHS did release a follow up statement confirming the importance of brushing and flossing, some media have written stories that might give the public doubts.

ADA dentists know their patients’ oral health status and history and will continue to remind patients why flossing needs to be part of their daily routine.

“While current guidelines of the U.S. Department of HHS don’t include flossing, that doesn’t mean you should stop. Most cavities start between teeth and not on the surfaces that a toothbrush contacts. The only way to remove this debris is by flossing,” said Dr. Bruce Terry, a ADA member practicing in Wayne. “Over the past several decades the dental condition of most adults has improved due to proper home care and regular dental visits. This is not the time to start skipping the easiest and cheapest things you can do to maintain your dental health.”

Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. It’s important to remember that brushing teeth alone is not effective enough to remove plaque. Cleaning between the teeth with interdental cleaners, such as floss, is essential to removing plaque. Whether you use floss or another interdental cleaner (such as a dental pick), it is important to consult with your dentist about the proper technique so it is effective.

Remember, a combination of brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between the teeth with an interdental cleaner, eating a balanced diet, and visiting your PDA member dentist regularly for a professional cleaning is the best way to maintain good oral health.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Our dentists can help everyone in your family understand the importance of proper oral hygiene over time and the positive effects it has on your health. At Family Care Dental Clinic, we treat our clients to a soothing environment where they can receive quality dental care no matter what their needs are. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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