So many of you probably heard the buzz regarding the NY Times’ article “Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing? Maybe There’s No Need,” which came out in early August. The article basically says that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ latest recommendation guide fails to mention flossing as a daily recommendation, after recommending it for years. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not say you SHOULD NOT floss, or that it wasn’t beneficial; it just failed to mention it as a daily recommendation. The American Dental Association promptly issued the following statement in response to this article:
“brushing for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner and regular dental visits advised by your dentist.” The ADA also stated that interdental cleaners, including floss, “are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums.”
At Chestnut Family Dentistry, Drs. Willougby and Bare, and the entire team strongly encourage you to brush at least twice daily for about two minutes each time, floss daily and see your dentist and hygienist regularly. Using a Waterpik, electric toothbrush and mouthrinse, such as Listerine, also aids in the prevention of periodontal disease and cavities.
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