Dr. Jergins of ClearWhite Dental recently came across a dentist on the web who is telling his patients to stop flossing their teeth.
Here’s what the New York doctor said…
Yep, you read that right: I’m a dentist and I’m suggesting that you throw away your floss.
The dentist goes on to say that oral irrigation is better than flossing. What does Dr. Jergins think about this?
“First, please do floss!” says Dr. Jergins. “While flossing is not 100 percent effective in removing bacteria and food build up below the gums, it does a world of good. Plus, for those who can’t afford an oral irrigator, flossing contributes greatly to dental and overall health.”
And here’s what the American Dental Association says about the importance of flossing:
Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to achieve optimal oral health. By flossing daily, you help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing also helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
So if you have an oral irrigator, great, please use it. But also continue to floss daily. And, come visit Clearwater Dentist, Dr. Jergins of ClearWhite Dental for the best in dental care.