Yet another research study has come out demonstrating that flossing provides no benefit over toothbrushing alone.
Researchers at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, performed a Cochrane Review of 187 studies to see how brushing alone compared to brushing and flossing. The data from these studies was extracted and evaluated by way of a meta-analysis to determine the effect of daily floss use on plaque and gingivitis levels.
They concluded that no benefit was shown from flossing on plaque levels or gingivitis. The scientific evidence does not support recommending dental floss to every patient. Dental floss is no longer the first choice for interdental control of plaque and gingivitis.
We have been recommending toothbrushing with an effective toothpaste and water irrigation with various essential oils and herbs for years. These have been shown to reduce plaque and gingivitis in our patients. We also can demonstrate to the patient thier reduction in bad bacteria in their gums with a simple microscope slide test.
Therefore don’t let your dentist tell you to floss for controlling plaque and gingivitis. It does not work and is not supported by the scientific evidence.
To your Optimal Health and Vitality with Beautiful Smiles.
Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Lawrence