The importance of brushing teeth regularly to prevent the build-up of plaque is widely understood and is a key part of good oral hygiene. The benefits of flossing, on the other hand, are less well understood, and it has even been argued that the practice has no real benefits. Views on the subject are divided. What is the basis for this confusion?
The Argument for Flossing
According to Euro Dental Care, a holistic oral hygiene routine is important, and flossing is a key part of that routine. Dentists point out that the part of the mouth that benefits from flossing is where the gums and teeth meet. Food can become stuck in this area, making the teeth prone to plaque build-up and decay and the gums to gingivitis. Flossing cleans the area well, and this is why many dentists still recommend regular flossing.
Scientists Say It’s Not That Important
Some scientists, however, do not agree that flossing has benefits and have struggled to find a link between flossing and general oral health. The University for Applied Sciences in Amsterdam did a review of existing scientific studies. Their conclusion was not in favour of the practice: “A greater part of the studies did not show a benefit of floss on plaque and clinical parameters of gingivitis.”
So, Who Should You Listen To?
Everybody must make up their own minds about the value of flossing. Many dentists hold the minty threads in high regard, and their views tend to be based less on studies and more on their experience with actual patients.
Flossing extends the oral care not only to the teeth but also to the gums, an important part of the oral cavity. Although there are conflicting studies, it is likely that your dentist will remind you to floss regularly. As long as you don’t experience pain or bleeding, it’s probably wise to follow their advice.