The floss debate

If you're not a fan of the floss, recent media controversy around flossing may have peaked your interest. So what's the deal?

Flossing has long been part of the recommended dental health management program, but a recent US study suggests that there’s no sufficient data to prove that flossing has a significant impact.  So let's take a closer look.

While the British and US government are changing their stance on flossing the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and the Australian Society of Periodontology strongly arguing in favour of flossing's integral role in maintaining good oral health.

"Patients should continue to include interdental cleaning as a part of their daily oral hygiene routine, along with brushing twice a day and regular dental visits. It is important to understand that the efficacy of oral hygiene practices is moderated by diet, use of fluoride and genetic factors."

The main role of flossing it to disrupt and remove food and plaque build-up between teeth. There are other tools that can be used, but floss is one of the least expensive and when used properly does a great job a cleaning out food and plaque between teeth.

Without guidance, getting a good and effective flossing technique can be challenging and - let's face it, for most of us compliance is an issue.  Forgetting to floss and not wanting to floss often get in the way of actually flossing.

For the team at bcdental, the clinical benefits of correct flossing and interdental cleaning are seen every day.  If you don't clean between your teeth these areas become susceptible to plaque build-up and often gum disease and decay. Effective cleaning includes brushing twice a day and daily flossing (or use of interdental brushes - these are great for cleaning behind retainers and braces).  

Flossing usually takes about 45 seconds and is very inexpensive.  For the protection it provides it's we think it's the most valuable piece of string you'll own!

If you're need to book a general check up or dental hygiene appointment call the staff @bcdental on 9589 2675 or using our HealthEngine Link