Recently, a number of articles have come out questioning the benefits of flossing since it was removed from the most recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Many of you have asked us whether daily flossing is still needed, which is a welcome question! Our answer is a definitive YES.
The American Dental Association (ADA) is standing by the practice of flossing, explaining that the change is not a reflection of it’s importance, rather a change in focus of the dietary guidelines. They continue to recommend daily flossing referencing a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published on August 4th, stating that:
“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice. Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing, and cleaning between teeth (flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes) have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque.”
A toothbrush can’t reach the points where two teeth touch, so those areas need additional cleaning to avoid cavities and inflammation. Whether you prefer to use regular floss, a floss pick, or any other type of interdental cleaner – clean between your child’s teeth every night.
We look forward to seeing your beautiful smiles!