In recent news, the value of flossing has been called into question. However, the American Academy of Periodontology has made it clear that everyone should continue flossing their teeth daily. In a statement issued on August 2, 2016, the AAP said:
“The American Academy of Periodontology recommends daily flossing as one part of a regular oral hygiene routine, which also includes brushing your teeth twice a day and ensuring you receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year. The accumulation of plaque bacteria beneath the gum line may cause an inflammatory response which ultimately leads to gingivitis, a mild form of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can worsen, leading to tooth loss and increased risk for other systemic disease such as diabetes and heart disease. Flossing allows for the removal of plaque bacteria and debris from areas in the mouth that brushing alone cannot reach.”
To read the full article on the American Academy of Periodontology website, please visit: https://www.perio.org/consumer/AAP-recommends-flossing.