Dental Flossing Isn’t a Recommendation-It’s a MUST!
When the federal government issued it’s latest dietary guidelines this year, the flossing recommendation had been removed, without notice. The government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had not been researched as required. They suggest that flossing is weak, and very unreliable. The reason flossing was removed is because the government didn’t find enough quality research to meet its criteria for recommending something!
What’s The Reality of this Problem?
The controversy is a mix of politics, a misunderstanding of how research works, and highlighting a true need for better research in all medicine, especially in dentistry.
The associated press article clearly has a certain slant, in that the aim of the article was to convince people they’ve been duped by the government, their ignorant dentists and most importantly Corporate America, into flossing. The article shows a misunderstanding of gum disease by its writer, claiming that research only looked at “gum inflammation but not gum disease.” Reality check: gum inflammation IS gum disease. Bacteria in the mouth can cause the body’s immune system to wage a war against bacteria. In the process of this drawn out war, there is collateral damage: destruction of gum tissue and bone tissue. Studying the gum inflammation is how one measures the state of gum disease.
Preventing gum disease lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and allows better overall health by reducing inflammation in the body. We HIGHLY recommend flossing at least once per day!