Tooth decay, if left untreated, may lead to cavities and serious infections. It should go without saying that maintaining good oral hygiene is necessary, and for many people the thought of flossing and brushing twice a day is enough to prevent the build-up of plaque and lower the risk of developing gum disease.
According to HarleyStreetDentalclinic.co.uk and other dental practices, it is a common belief that flossing is an essential step in the prevention of oral health problems. After all, it helps clean those hard to reach areas between the teeth. A new study, however, reveals that flossing has little impact on preventing and reducing tooth decay.
To Floss or Not to Floss
British researchers, unfortunately, were not impressed with recent discoveries regarding the same. They claim that flossing is not truly effective when it comes to removing biofilms and reducing gum inflammation in adults.
The mouth is full of bacteria – both good and bad. Together, they form colonies called biofilms, which stubbornly stick to the surface of the teeth. Not brushing for several days can lead to a weird feeling when running your tongue over teeth because of plaque buildup.
As a group of researchers said to the BBC, ‘We are unable to claim or refute a benefit for flossing plus toothbrushing. A reduction in plaque would suggest a reduction in tooth decay in the long-term, but not a single long-term randomised controlled trial had been done (the longest was nine months). None had included an assessment of tooth decay because it would be too soon to see any difference’.
Proper Dental Care
Brushing and flossing may do more harm than good if you do not see the dentist regularly. Professional help is necessary if you really want to clean the teeth thoroughly. Costly as treatment may seem, nothing compares to a legitimate clean. Dental practices have the equipment and expertise to protect teeth from decay.
Dental floss is supposed to eliminate food items caught in between teeth that, if left to fester, may cause severe inflammation. Of course, flossing is not the solution to dental problems. It is still important to see the dentist regularly.