The Arizona Dental Association (AzDA) has issued talking points in response to the statement, “I heard flossing is bad,” defending interdental cleaners.
The AzDA’s recommendations for maintaining good oral health by cleaning between your teeth once daily with interdental cleaners, brushing twice a day using toothpaste that contains fluoride, eating a balanced diet and visiting your ADA affiliated dentist on a regular basis comes from the American Dental Association (ADA).
Floss is one example of an interdental cleaner and can reach places between your teeth where a toothbrush alone cannot. If it is not removed by brushing or flossing, plaque can harden to form calculus or tartar.
Using floss or any other type of interdental cleaner is a matter of personal preference; however, the importance lies in understanding proper techniques when it comes to using such tools so the effectiveness of the chosen method can be utilized in the correct manner. A dentist’s advice should be sought out to ensure that interdental cleaners are used properly and effectively.
A list of talking points explaining why interdental cleaners are important can be found on the AzDA’s website.