thanks so much,
There is no quick response – but I will try and cover the main points – ask me if you want expansion on any of these!
If a trained hygienist with excellent flossing and brushing skills were to try and clean her mouth with brush and floss – the best she would do is remove 40% of the plaque in her mouth.
The problem is that plaque germs are on the skin of your mouth, on your tongue and also floating in saliva.
Flossing cannot get rid of this.
Using appropriate amounts of xylitol has been shown (over a period of 6 months) to remove 98% of plaque from the mouth, saliva, and teeth! When plaque is 98% gone – what are you flossing?
The mouth rinses that I recommend ensure that the mouth and teeth remain “clean” also.
I worry that for some people flossing can cause damage. If your gums bleed then you may be opening up a wound into which germs can enter the body. If you have gum recession – flossing may be preventing its re-growth and healing.
There is not one single randomized clinical trial to show that flossing prevents cavities!!
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