Should I Floss?

Hi Dr. Ellie, 

I received a brochure about your product and was wondering why flossing is not part of the dental hygiene you mention. 

Thanks CT

Dear CT

For many years I worked as a clinical dentist specializing in treatment of the developmentally disabled, disabled and phobic patients.

I desperately needed to find a system that would protect the teeth of these groups of patients.
Obviously for many of these folks flossing was difficult or impossible so I worked to find a system that would make their mouths healthy without flossing.

It took many years for me to figure out what worked and what did not. I talked with every patient about what they used for oral care and slowly I saw that a pattern emerged.

Oral health of my patients did not seem connected with flossing or not flossing. I read books on cariology in my spare time. I attended lectures and read more to try and understand the biochemistry of dental disease. I examined the results of research on oral care products and worked to gain more information about plaque, mouth acidity, bacteria and remineralization.

Dental disease is a bacterial disease. Flossing cannot remove all the bacteria from your mouth.
Flossing in an infected mouth should, I believe, be examined in more detail. (Perhaps we open wounds in gum tissue and bacteria gain entry in this way. I don’t know but I worry about that.)

I have encouraged my patients, family and friends to use the Complete Mouth Care System as described on the website. People formerly told to “floss more” by their dentist have finally found a way to be commended on their oral health (without even flossing in many cases!)

I am here to help people be successful with their oral care. I never tell people “not” to floss. I personally do not floss and am delighted with the standard of my gingival tissues. I am more concerned about eradicating the bacteria that cause dental problems and getting rid of them everywhere from the entire oral pharynx.

Recently the ADA hasendorsed a chewing gum containing sorbitol yet harmful mouth bacteria quickly learn to use sorbitol and this may result in their increased growth in their numbers possibly causing damage to gum tissue. I also see a connection between these harmful bacteria and acid reflux. Why would a dentist encourage the use of a chewing gum that promotes harmful mouth bacteria?

I try to help people achieve oral health with a combination of mouth rinses and the use of 100 percent xylitol products.

I would be happy to discuss this in more detail.

Hope this answers your question (at least in a superficial way!)

Best Wishes,
Ellie Phillips
Dental Health for Everyone!
26, Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

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