Flossing, is there any evidence its effective?

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That does not mean you should stop doing it…..

In a recent article on the Oral Health Foundation website, there was a discussion on the evidence of the effectiveness of flossing. Using TePe brushes, tape or floss itself, has become a common part of the oral health routines we encourage at Keppel Advanced Dentistry in Sutton, Surrey. However, there is no real evidence to support flossing effectiveness. Check out the full article here

So why do we encourage it?

Simply put, food gets trapped between your teeth. It can even get trapped around your gums. Having the ability to remove food debris prevents bacteria growing in these areas, raising acid and sugar levels in your mouth, leading to tooth caries and potential gum disease. There are many arguments about flossing, notably the type of floss, tape or brush to use. A key factor is the force with which flossing is undertaken. A bit like brushing your teeth too hard, this can be damaging. If you are in doubt, please contact us at Keppel Advanced Dentistry in Sutton, Surrey and our dental hygiene team can talk you through it.

Best wishes

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