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786_image1 By now, many of you have likely read the article making rounds across the Internet, stating that flossing doesn’t really have any medical evidence to back up its efficacy.

Well, we are happy to tell you that our entire team is confident in standing up and saying this article did give us pause, especially when considering all the medical evidence, resources, and experience lacking in the belief that flossing isn’t necessary. That is why Dr. Brian Edwards and his team of professionals wants to enlighten you on the medical facts of the importance of flossing your teeth.

An article on makes the case for the AP article being inaccurate.

Brushing only manages to clean about 65% of your tooth’s surface. The rest of the tooth is covered by your gums. And as everyone knows, it’s incredibly easy to get food stuck in your gum line, between your teeth, and in other spots in your mouth which can prove troublesome to remove.

Now, the AP report focused mainly on string flossing, which isn’t always the best option for all patients. Water flossing and interproximal brushes clean the surfaces of your teeth that can’t be reached with a toothbrush, and work well for people who don’t like traditional string floss.

If you don’t do something to remove food particles and clean bacteria from around your gum line, you put yourself at risk for periodontitis. It’s widely documented in the medical field that gum disease is caused by the buildup of plaque (bacteria) around your gum line. Your toothbrush only does so much to help clean these areas, which is why flossing is imperative.

If you need help flossing, or need help encouraging your children to floss, Gumchucks are a great way for kids and adults to clean between their teeth. As you can see from the photo above, they are fun and helpful when it comes to flossing those hard-to-clean areas between the teeth and along the gumline.

If you have any questions about flossing, changing your flossing method, or any other dental-related questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to use today at 661-254-4000.