Many questions have come to my attention regarding the effectiveness of flossing. There was a report issued from the Associated press in August 2016, which discussed and stated that there is no direct evidence proving the relationship. My response to my patients is to floss at your own will. However, I do have some helpful tips for you to think about when it comes to flossing. Keep in mind, if you don’t remove the plaque within the first 24 hours after it forms, it can begin the process of gum disease or tooth decay. Also, your tooth brush and it’s bristles can’t get to the plaque build up in between your teeth the way that floss can. Many of my patients experience better gum health and less bleeding once they keep up with regular flossing. Flossing is also very important for people who are cavity prone. In my opinion, it is much better to spend an extra few minutes each day to be proactive with your oral health. A little floss, can make all the difference!
-Dr. Xiufei Gao
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