Recently, there have been news reports that have been questioning whether or not flossing is benefiting oral health, but the American Dental Association (ADA) and the federal government are insisting that flossing is a very important aspect of dental health.
The ADA is insisting that dentists are in the best position to advise patients when it comes to oral hygiene due to the fact that they have intricate knowledge when it comes to patients and their oral health.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a statement reasserting the significance of flossing when it comes to oral health.
“Flossing is an important oral hygiene practice,” according to the statement. “Tooth decay and gum disease can develop when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth and along the gum line. Professional cleaning, tooth brushing and cleaning between teeth -- flossing and the use of other tools such as interdental brushes -- have been shown to disrupt and remove plaque. At HHS, NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), CDC's Division of Oral Health and Healthy People 2020 have additional information and resources about efforts to address and improve oral health.”