DENTAL FLOSSING - HOW GOOD IS IT?

Sadly, the statistics for people actually carrying out any sort of inter-dental work are not good despite the sterling work of dentists and hygienists.

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A recent headline in the Daily Mail ran:

"FLOSSING YOUR TEETH CAN BE A WASTE OF TIME AND DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD - LEADING DENTAL EXPERT CLAIMS." (Thursday 15th October 2015)

The article was an interview with Prof. Robin Seymour from Newcastle University who is a top periodontist.

In the article the Professor makes clear that, despite the alarmist headline, flossing is both useful and important in the maintenance of good oral health. However if done incorrectly then it can traumatise the gum and push plaque down below the gum line.

He points out that making a sawing motion does not remove plaque and can damage the gum, rather the ideal is to make a 'C' shape with the floss around the tooth and move it up and down. This removes plaque. He also recommend a combination of chloro-hexadine and essential oil mouthwashes as they work together to remove bacteria.

Sadly, the statistics for people actually carrying out any sort of inter-dental work are not good despite the sterling work of dentists and hygienists.

As regular readers of this blog will know, inter-dental brushes are the 'tops' for removing food particles and plaque from between the teeth.
What is certain is that no cleaning between teeth leads to decay, gum disease and bone recession and can result in tooth loss.
 
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