Health & Fit Do you *really* need to floss? Dentists weigh in once and for all

20:30  16 april  2018
20:30  16 april  2018 Source:   Well+Good

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But even if the evidence is weak, that doesn’t mean flossing is totally pointless. The three leading dental experts we polled when this news circulated last year agreed: Yes, you should clean between your teeth. Do You Really Need an Omega-3 Supplement?

Flossing is recommended once daily. If you ’re unsure how best to floss , ask your dentist to teach you . Cleveland Clinic now offers same-day appointments. Get the care you need , right away at 888.223.CARE.

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Alongside washing your face before bed and eating your daily greens, flossing twice a day is one of those pieces of health advice that you know you're supposed to be following to a tee. In reality, though? It's not always happening (just me?).

As far as the flossing commandment, however, I can probably count on one hand (maybe even one finger) how many people I know who floss on the reg—which completely goes against what all dentists say.

Then again, the health staple has even come under fire in the past couple of years, with the Associated Press announcing that there's no scientific evidence that you need to be flossing daily. So what gives?

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While dentists , including Walmsley, agree you need to brush for at least two minutes twice a day in order MORE: Can Smiling A Lot Really Cause Wrinkles? If these floss warnings seem like an “It’s all about each individual’s mouth, so we recommend talking with your dentist about which interdental

Almost all dentists recommend flossing , but now we know it has never been scientifically proven to be effective. "Damage can be caused from bad technique, and if you can’t floss correctly, don’t floss at all," he noted. So do you really need to floss your teeth?

"Everyone should floss at least once a day," says Timothy Chase, DMD, a New York-based cosmetic dentist and practicing partner of SmilesNY. "If you don't, you leave food particles between the teeth and under the gums that can cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath."

The problem lies in your toothbrush, which only reaches roughly 25 to 50 percent of your tooth surfaces, according to Dr. Chase. "Brushing alone doesn't go between the teeth or under the gum, where food particles get stuck," he explains—and that's the area where most adult cavities form.

Your tooth has five surfaces, according to celebrity cosmetic dentist Bill Dorfman, DMD. "You can only clean three of them by brushing, so two-fifths aren't getting cleaned unless you floss," he explains. "That's not a passing grade in anyone's book." Sigh—and no one wants a failing grade in hygiene.

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There's No Need to Floss Every Day, Says the Federal Government. But how bad is it really to pass on the floss ? Dentists tell us to floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities—except there's little proof that flossing works, according to a new Associated Press review.

Recent headlines have suggested that flossing your teeth is pointless and there's not need to do it, but is that really the case? If you want to get advice, speak to your dentist or dental hygienist, and if you are looking for a Cardiff dentist , you might want to consider a clinic such as .

If you avoid the situation and stick to your toothbrush only, Dr. Chase says that you risk developing cavities, gingivitis, and eventually periodontitis—which is a serious gum infection that could destroy the bone that supports your teeth (yikes). And Dr. Dorfman adds that you can lose teeth. But, fear not—I asked about the absolute minimum amount of flossing that you can get away with and still have healthy teeth.

The answer? Once a day, according to Dr. Chase (though Dr. Dorfman is adamant that twice a day is key). Choose your own dental adventure, I suppose.

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