Flossing has long been recommended by dentists, so why have recent research and reports questioned the value of flossing?
Recent news articles might have you thinking that you are wasting precious moments flossing each day.
It is argued that there is a lack of compelling evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of plaque removal by flossing. The reliability of studies has also been questioned as companies have often funded them with financial interests in the booming floss industry.
However, The ADA (Australian Dental Association) along with the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and the Australian Society of Periodontology have hit back, arguing in favour of flossing as part of all good oral health routines.
Nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between the spaces. Food caught between teeth creates a perfect breeding ground for plaque, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.
Richmond Fine Dentistry’s principal dentist, Dr Robert Harper says, “you just need to look at what comes out when you floss to see how brushing alone is not effective.”