Those Articles That Say You Don’t Need to Floss Are Wrong

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Several years ago, several sensational articles began circulating the internet claiming that there was no longer a need to floss, according to one particular scientific study.

This study was an analysis of many others that were done over the years. As it compared the different studies, it concluded that in general, when done normally, does not really help remove plaque to any significant degree. Fortunately, this is not entirely accurate.

In one of the studies they analyzed, the compared the benefits of consistent professional flossing with the benefits of unprofessional flossing. The result was obvious. People who had their teeth flossed professionally benefitted greatly, while the other did not. The difference is the technique of flossing.

The real difference between proper flossing and useless flossing is wrapping the floss around your tooth. If you keep the floss in a C-shape around the teeth, that will remove plaque in the proper way. Holding the string straight will contact only a small part of the teeth. That kind of flossing isn’t effective, so remember to wrap it in the C- shape. That will make your flossing worth the time.

To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Clayton M. Hansen or to learn more about the best hygiene practices, please call American Fork Family Dentist at 801-756-2809 or visit our office in American Fork, Utah.