Don’t Toss the Floss - Your Local Dentist in Calgary Advises that Flossing is Important

A recent article published by the Associated Press (AP) questioned the effectiveness of flossing, showing a lack of evidence to support the benefits of this oral hygiene practice.


  • AP conducted a study through research from the last decade comparing the use of a toothbrush in conjunction with both a toothbrush and floss. 
  • Though they concluded that flossing is “weak, very unreliable,” their findings were biased, rendering them incomplete. 
  • Unfortunately, the story led many people to believe that there was no need for them to continue flossing, and that dentists had their own agenda for recommending flossing for decades.

In response to AP’s story, The Canadian Dental Association stated, “The Canadian Dental Association supports flossing as one step of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Flossing is an effective preventative measure to remove plaque, the main cause of gum disease. The weakness of the evidence supporting the value of floss in the prevention of gum disease is a reflection of the difficulty of conducting the necessary studies, not of the value of flossing for the maintenance of good oral health. Brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and seeing your dentist regularly are all steps in preserving a healthy mouth.” 

At Go Dental, we understand that many patients find flossing to be a very inconvenient and tedious process, especially for those with permanent retainers from braces or Invisalign®. However, the benefits are tremendous, and cannot be replicated through brushing and mouthwash alone. Recent developments have made the process much easier, as there are tools that are complementary to ordinary floss.

Alternatives to Traditional Floss 

You can now use specialized toothpicks, interdental brushes, threaders or superfloss to get the job done effectively. Cleaning in between your teeth will help prevent gum disease and cavities by removing plaque that is lodged between your teeth. You can also ask your dentist in Calgary to show you how to floss properly. At Go Dental, we will provide advice to be thorough in your flossing, without causing undue pain. This will help promote good oral health. Your dental clinic may also provide you with samples of the flossing solutions noted above to help you form good flossing habits. 

Here are six important details you should know about dental floss:

  1. Without flossing, you can only clean some surfaces of your teeth.
  2. There are different types of floss for different oral needs.
  3. You should keep flossing your teeth daily, even if it causes slight bleeding at first. 
  4. There is a right and wrong way to floss – always remember to floss upwards and away from your gums.
  5. You should floss every day, preferably before brushing.
  6. Even with limited mobility, there are ways of flossing your teeth daily. 

A poor flossing technique can cause oral health complications, which is why it’s important to understand how to properly use floss.

Contact Go Dental today to schedule a consultation with an experienced dentist in Calgary to learn the best flossing practices. Call us at 403-407-2028 or fill out an online contact form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

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