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Clinician’s Corner: Dental Floss

Flossing helps remove plaque by reaching areas that a brush cannot reach, but reports show that as few as 3% to 18% of patients floss daily. By cleaning these hard-to-reach tooth surfaces we may see a reduction in the likelihood of gum disease and tooth decay. Dental floss was formerly  made of silk, today is made of nylon filaments or single strand plastic monofilaments. Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Approval before purchasing dental floss.

Look for the  ADA Seal of Approval

  • Both Reach® (J&J) and Oral-B dental floss are ADA approved

What floss should I buy:

Simply stated it is the patients choice based on preference, waxed or unwaxed, flavored or not flavored..

  • Large gaps between teeth: Try dental tape or Super Floss, or JJ Reach® woven floss.
  • Tight spaces: recommend a waxed floss or Oral-B Glide®
  • Less mess: disposable flossers or floss in pre-measured strands.
  • Braces or bridges: A spongy floss is worthwhile, but any floss is OK with dental appliances, especially if you have a floss threader. Super floss is also a good choice.

Is flossing worth the effort: Flossing Controversy: August 2,2016- New York Times

“There is some evidence from twelve studies that flossing in addition to toothbrushing reduces gingivitis compared to toothbrushing alone. There is weak, very unreliable evidence from 10 studies that flossing plus toothbrushing may be associated with a small reduction in plaque at 1 and 3 months. No studies reported the effectiveness of flossing plus toothbrushing for preventing dental caries.”

  • ADA response: They still recommend brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. It is very cheap, it causes no risk to the patient and might be useful in preventing cavities between the teeth, and possibly heart disease.
  • There is reliable data that shows that gum disease may relate to heart disease. Flossing every day might even protect your heart! Your Thompson Pharmacist, along with your dentist, will keep your smile bright!